On Monday 8 October a group of 20 pupils and 3 staff headed off for a Parisian adventure.  The trip was organised by Mr Giraudeau our Head of French, and was designed to include elements of French and Art, with the trip attracting students studying either subject.

On our outward journey we were surprised to meet a former Fivemiletown College student on our flight! Vikki Johnston now works as part of the cabin crew team at EasyJet and gave us an impromptu careers talk mid-flight! As we flew towards Paris the sun shone brightly, setting the tone for our entire trip and giving us our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.

After a quick stop at the hotel we were off!  A 10 minute walk brought us to the Metro and our first experience of the underground transport system.  We had a magical evening walk in Paris, visiting a modern art museum and seeing the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the River Seine and the many bridges, not to mention the Crepes that were sampled en route!

Tuesday was our first full day and we were off to see the Eiffel Tower.  The heightened security in public places was very evident at each of our stops, but we were undaunted, and enjoyed the gardens and the photo opportunities at the base of the tower.  We explored a cultural museum, seeing the amazing 3-D sculptures and masks from different continents.  The Science Museum was next, and was an amazing area, full of interactive exhibits and challenges. As if that wasn’t enough we had a Geode film experience...and finished with a bit of retail therapy!

On Wednesday we were up early and off by Metro and train to enjoy the full Disney experience ending with the spectacular illuminations as the park closed. But that was not the end of our day! Some of the group had a midnight stroll to see more sights around The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile...and sample some snails!

Thursday morning saw us head off for our final Metro journey to the Sacré-Cœur and gave us an amazing view over Paris! We were able to do some shopping in the quaint cobbled streets before heading back to our hotel.  The sun shone as we waved goodbye to this beautiful city at the airport. We loved our time in Paris.

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