After an early departure from school, we arrived in Dover to see the clear skies over the channel, things were looking good! We arrived in Paris just in time to hot foot it into the restaurant, collect our bags and get settled into the hotel.
An early wake up for some on Friday, but a hearty breakfast of croissants and hot chocolate started to give us a flavour of the French culture. We took the trains into Paris; always a great experience and certainly a lot quicker than the reported congestion on the roads into the city.
We arrived at the Eiffel Tower to building works going on all around it! It took us a while to find the way in, a real sign of the times compared to how freely you could walk under the Tower not 5 years ago. Amazingly, we got all 100 students up to the first floor with a lot getting to the very top. It was great to see Mr Smith getting the students to repeat back to him how to order their tickets in the language. The beautiful weather had brought out the crowds, however. This meant our planned visit to Scare-Coeur and the artists quarter had to be cut short but the students still managed to buy a range of Paris souvenirs including (bizarrely) cow hats… Dinner in Paris and then the bus ride home.
We arrived at Disney on the Saturday to clear skies. Again, the weather certainly encouraged the crowds meaning queue times for some of the rides were longer than usual. As we met up in the afternoon, students were keen to share their adventures and head over to the Studios for the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith roller coaster. Oh, and to buy anything and everything from the shop including huge teddies, bubble guns and giant slippers.
What a great trip and as always, we were sad to leave. Lots of memories, lots of funny moments we’ll remind the students of when they get to year 11. 28 degress in October was a real surprise, the sun cream came in handy. Thanks year 8, you were wonderful!