Forty Year 9 students and five staff left Chepstow at midnight on Thursday 11 June for a four day trip to Paris. We travelled by coach and ferry and arrived at our accommodation, the FIAP Jean Monnet, at 13.30 on Friday. After a quick snack at a local café and a short rest in our rooms, we took the métro to Trocadéro, from where we had fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower! We finished our day with a magical boat ride along the Seine!
Saturday was spent at the Parc Astérix theme park followed by a walk up to the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre. Many students had their portraits done and we all enjoyed the magnificent views over the city.
On Sunday, the morning after the Top 14 rugby final, we had a tour of the Stade de France with the brilliant guide Toine. After lunch, we went to the Grévin wax museum and then took a long walk through the Tuileries gardens to the Louvre and then on to Notre Dame.
Paris was as stunning and animated as ever. The weather was beautiful and our students were exceptionally well behaved. Many are now going on to study French at GCSE level. Vive Paris! Vive la France!