On Thursday 24th January, all of the Year 13 girls studying French, along with Mrs Ross and Mrs Northcote-Green, set off to Paris for three nights. We arrived late at the Generator Hostel in the north of Paris, alongside the Canal Saint-Martin – an up-and-coming area of Paris.
Friday saw us walk down the canal into central Paris, exploring the areas where two of the main characters in one of our set texts live. We passed many interesting sites and this helped the book come alive. We then made our way to the Ciel de Paris, a beautiful restaurant situated on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, where we ate a delicious three-course meal. Afterwards, we went to the Eiffel Tower, and went up to the 2nd floor – cold but lovely! Our first full day ended in a local brasserie, with some music and food.
On Saturday, we went to Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur, where we had our first glimpse of the Gilets Jaunes. After this, we had some shopping time on the Grands Boulevards, where we again encountered the Gilets. We walked down to the Centre Pompidou, and explored this interesting area before heading to a Creperie for a traditional Breton meal. We then had our first disappointment of the trip, when we left the restaurant to get to our night bus tour and missed the bus, as all the metro stations were closed due to the strikes! However, after 20 miles of walking we were quite glad for an early night!
Sunday was a day of reinforcing our textbook learning, with a visit to the National Museum of Immigration, followed by some very moving memorials and monuments to the Holocaust. A few more delicious ice creams and necessary hot chocolates later, we were ready to go back to the airport to return to the UK – it had been a great trip!
Mrs Zoe Ross, French Teacher & Year 13 Housemistress