Paris visit 2017
26th Jun 2017
Paris visit 2017
From the 20th to the 25th of June 2017 a group of 34 students and 5 staff experienced the sights and sounds of Paris. Mr Norton, Mr Henderson, Miss Hood, Miss Mitchelson and Mr O'Brien were the staff charged with the safekeeping of our group.
The group spent three full days in Paris. The first day began at the Tour Montparnasse, once the tallest skyscraper in Europe, with its 37 second lift ride, and stunning 360-degree view of central Paris. We continued on to the Orangerie Museum, via the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens. While impressive, the Orangerie was a somewhat sobering experience, with Mr Henderson getting irked by the overtly "shushy" staff.
Day two was set to be more tiring, with more time on foot. We began at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Europe's largest science museum, followed swiftly by an IMAX show at the Géode, a huge dome, which also doubles as the cinema screen. The afternoon was spent visiting the beautiful Montmartre, starting with a walk around the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and then on to the Place du Tertre for a look at the portrait artists and souvenir shops. Some students had caricatures drawn, to varying degrees of satisfaction.
On the third day, let's just say "Disney". I'm under no illusions that this was perhaps the main reason a lot of the students wanted to come to Paris, and they certainly seemed to enjoy the rides and attractions. Their pockets, and mine, certainly felt lighter afterwards.
Our accommodation was based just outside Paris, in a specially equipped building for school groups. The rooms were basic, but modern, and the food was great, and improved every night, culminating with staff and students sampling the dreaded "escargot".
All in all, the trip was a huge success, thanks to the staff who came, and the students for participating so well, and also displaying excellent organisational skills, which made the days out run so smoothly.