Y12 VISIT TO PARIS
15 - 18 MARCH 2007
PARIS is still a magical city! Despite the trick of a lost ring and students witnessing a bag being snatched at the Tour Eiffel, it is a safe city to wander around.
Paris is changing though. I saw many people cycling, which just did not happen before, including police officers, when they were not whizzing past on skates!
The best thing about this visit, for me, was to be in the company of a wonderful group of young people who were eager to discover Paris and never once moaned about being made to walk for hours!
L Richards, Head of Sixth Form
Below is a word document with a full account of the trip to Paris.
VISITE A PARIS DU 15 AU 18 MARS 2007
Our trip to the top of the Tour Eiffel for me was the epitome of our visit to Paris. Two hours and a rather scary lift journey later, we finally reached the top, and it was worth it. Before us lay the whole of Paris - a truly unforgettable image.
The highlight of the trip was our wander up the steps of Sacre Coeur and around the cobbled square which lay behind the church. As the sun pierced through the clouds, the group sat on the steps and posed for some pictures, drinking in the view of the city stretching out before us. The group continued on towards La Place de Tertre around which stood countless easels, occupied by artists with wise and weathered faces and steady, wrinkled hands, each one being almost as ancient as the buildings under which they sat. This memory of Paris shall stay imprinted on my mind like the oil on the canvases over which the old Parisennes still slave.
The most memorable moment for me was standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, looking out over the never ending roofs of Paris. The weather was fantastic and the noise of the traffic added to the cultural effect of being in Paris. I was surprised at the space on the roof and the spacious rooms inside.
Place de Tertre was amazing. The square was cobbled and filled with artists showing off their wares. It was fantastic to see them at work. On our way back down Butte Mont Mattre, Sacre Coeur looked spectacular against the sky as the clouds had lifted off the city.
The most enjoyable part of the visit for me was eating out in typical french restaurants each night as a group. The food and drink was fantastic! My favourite restaurant had to be "Le Volcan" where both service and cuisine was superb.