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Day 5 - Stade de France & back home

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Friday was our final day.  We started by packing our bags and cleaning our rooms and then after breakfast we said goodbye to the Chateau and headed into Paris to visit the Stade de France.  

 

We had had a great tour guide who showed us around the stadium.  He explained how the stadium had been built and then showed us the police station complete with jail cells!

We also got to visit the changing rooms and run out of the players tunnel. 

Our final stop was to the Presidents lounge. 

 

 

After our stadium visit we headed straight to the airport.   We checked in easily and boarded our plane on time.  Unfortunately just after we departed the captain announced that he wasn’t happy with a warning light and we had to return to the stand.  

 

We waited patiently and eventually the Engineers gave us the all clear and we were able to fly home.  

 

After our delay the journey was straightforward, other than an unscheduled stop at Burger King where Mrs Stephenson ordered 24 kids meals!  The cashier thought she was joking, but she walked out with 4 big bags of burgers and fries. 

We finally arrived back at school at 9:45 so about 2 hours later than we'd expected,     and everyone was reunited with their parents and excited to tell them all about the trip.

Day 4 - Disneyland Paris

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We were all excited about our trip to Disneyland Paris.  We arrived as the park was opening at 10am and were all very excited to see the castle.  

 

We made our our way around the park,  visiting each land in turn.  Our first stop was Frontierland where most of us took a ride on Big Thunder Mountain,   Next stop Adventureland where the bravest went upside down on Indiana Jones,   and we also explored Adventure Isle and sang along with the Pirates of the Caribbean.  

 

We had had lunch in the sunshine in Fantasyland and then explored the tamer rides in this area.  

 

Our final land was Discoveryland where our braver students tackled Space Mountain.  

 

By this time it was time for the Parade so we found a spot on Main Street and enjoyed the show.  

 

After the parade we  had some time to shop on Main Street and then we headed out of the park to Planet Hollywood where we had dinner.  

 

After dinner we had a little more time in the Disney Village before we found our bus and headed home after a very long but fun day. 

Day 3 - Musee D'Orsay, Cinema Rex, and the Tour Montparnasse

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Today we started our day at the Musee D'Orsay which is a beautiful art museum set in an old train station.   We saw some very impressive art works including Degas' The Little Dancer,    Van Gogh Starry Nights and  Monet's Water Lilies.

 

We also admired the view of the Seine from the clock tower.

 

After our visit to the museum,  our next stop was at the Cinema Du Rex,  where we took a backstage tour and learned all about how to make a movie.  This was very popular with all the students, who enjoyed watching the films they had made in the final viewing room.

After a lunch stop,   we were able to take a quick photo at the Trocadero and then we were onto our final stop of the day, which was the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse.  This is the tallest building in France and has stunning views of all of Paris including the Eiffel Tower.  Some students were a little nervous to go up the tower,  but everyone made it and we all enjoyed the stunning views from the top.

 

We returned back to the Chateau,  and for dinner this evening everyone had the chance to try a snail.   (There was also the option of Lasagna,  snails were optional).   A number of our pupils did try the snails and declared them garlicky and a bit chewy.

 

Evening Entertainment this evening was crepe making,  with everyone enjoying their crepes and toppings.

 

 

Day 2 - Brie-Comte-Robert, Bateaux Parisiens, Sacre-Coeur

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We have had a busy day today,  we started by making our baguettes for lunch and then enjoying our breakfast of cereal or croissants.

 

Our first stop of the day was the market town of Brie-Comte-Robert,  we followed a town trail looking for clues around the town,  and relying on our French knowledge to follow the directions,

when we found the Market Square we had some time to shop in the market. Pupils bought souvenirs and some visited the bakery for some delicious snacks.

 

After our visit to Brie,   we boarded the coach and travelled into Paris,  where we saw some of the sights on the way to the boat trip.   The boat left from the base of the Eiffel Tower so we got a great view as we boarded the boat.    We enjoyed our lunch on board the boat whilst viewing the sights of the river Seine,  including the very impressive Notre Dame.

 

Our final stop of the day was to  Sacre-Coeur & Montmartre.   The students all climbed to the top of the hill,  300 steps on the way up, and 300 on the way down.    We went into the Basilica and everyone was very quiet and respectful as we walked around.  It was the quietest moment of the trip so far!     After our visit to the Church we explored the Artists Quarter where some ice creams were the order of the day.  By this time the sun had come out and it was a very lovely warm day.

 

We arrived back at the centre just in time for our tea,  and then after dinner the students enjoyed their disco.   Highlights of which can be found on Twitter.

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Travelling

 

Today was a day of travel,  we left Wellfield at 8am and travelled by coach to Leeds Bradford airport.   We checked in and successfully negotiated security and then had time for some lunch in the terminal before we boarded the flight.

Our flight was quite smooth, although it was cloudy so we didn't get any great views out of the windows.

 

We found our PGL coach and drove to the Chateau,   the traffic in Paris is always slow,  so this took a while, and by the time we arrived everyone was ready for some exploring,   so we had a tour of the grounds,    and then some time to unpack before dinner.

After our meal,    it was time for Mini Olympics, where 4 teams competed in a number of relay games.  One of our students was most amusing as he attempted to blow a ping pong ball across the floor.   There were also towers built of shoes,  and hula hoop races.    All good fun.

 

It was lights out at 10,  as we are looking forward to our visit to Paris tomorrow.

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