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Spring Adventure in Paris

Senior School pupils from Years 10 to the Upper Sixth recently returned from the School’s first four day trip to Paris, where they enjoyed a vast range of cultural experiences, benefited from morning French lessons, tried out a funky new youth hostel and made the most of the opportunity to practice their French whilst exploring the beautiful city.

Pupils enjoyed a packed itinerary of activities on top of their daily French lessons, visiting the magnificent Palace of Versailles and its glorious gardens, exploring the Cité des Sciences and the Planétarium, inspecting the gruesome 18th century catacombs, shopping on the world renowned Champs-Elysées, and experiencing world class art, including the famous Mona Lisa, at the Louvre.

One evening the group finished the day with a lovely evening cruise by Bateaux-Mouches on the Seine, with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower and the Palais. On another evening they ended their daily adventures with a long and meandering walk past the shell of Notre-Dame and via the many hidden Parisian passageways of covered streets to Montmartre and stunning views from the Sacré-Coeur.

On the final afternoon, threatened by France’s infamous transport strikes, the group took the opportunity for shopping and meandering in the neighbourhood around the language school. It proved an excellent chance to enjoy crêpes and Viennese chocolate, and to buy plenty of delicious macaroons, some of which even made it back to the UK!

Director of Languages, Julie Desmarchelier-Arpino, said, “It was a great first trip, and with very encouraging feedback from the pupils, this will hopefully become a regular trip for the School. Look out for the next one! A big thank you to Rob Murdoch for stepping in at the last minute and being a great support to us all!