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Sixth Form in Paris 2017!

SIXTH FORM SECOND DAY IN PARIS

The sixth form group enjoyed a cooler start to the day as we travelled by metro to the Louvre for our look at this world famous collection of paintings, sculptures and other relics, but it wasn’t long before the sun revealed itself and we were as hot as the previous day within minutes. The Louvre however was cool inside and gave us some respite from the heat, and once we were in (we had to negotiate a long queue despite our group skip-the-line tickets!) we started to enjoy what was inside. A fantastic Egyptology section took nearly an hour on its own for my group, whilst our mini-groups went in different directions. All of us however managed to fight our way through to the front to see the Mona Lisa, although slightly less effort was involved in seeing the Venus de Milo and Michelangelo’s Dying Slave. 

On leaving the Louvre, we put a stomp on to walk to the Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame Cathedral, mindful that we needed lunch and also that the previous day we had clocked up 12.7 miles on foot! We managed to find a Greek café that served us in double quick time however and we arrived at Notre Dame on time at 2.00 p.m. to meet our delightful guide Katarina who lived in Paris but is from Argentina. Katarina gave us a super talk about the cathedral before we went in and then the tour inside which revealed a place of breathtaking beauty. Several of the students lit candles and paused by the West door to appreciate the beauty. On leaving the cathedral, we went on foot a short distance to catch the boat for our river trip on the Seine which was included in our Notre Dame ticket. We then all enjoyed the hour’s cruise to the Eiffel Tower and back, resting our aching legs and enjoying some shade. It was a bit too much for Terry and Jason however, who fell asleep!

After the boat trip, we felt re-energised and took the metro to the Latin Quarter, walking on foot to the Pantheon ( a copy of the one in Rome) via an English-style pub called Baker Street where we enjoyed a coke to keep us hydrated. Once in the Latin Quarter, some students rested whilst others went with the staff to do a bit of shopping before we all enjoyed another alfresco meal in one of the pavement cafes, entertained by a busker playing the clarinet. Finally, a long metro ride home (3 changes, 4 lines, 18 stations) to get back to the hotel and shower and bed. A jam-packed day which we all enjoyed, but with the prospect of Eurodisney tomorrow!

 

Mr Thompson

 

SIXTH FORM ENJOY FIRST DAY IN PARIS

The Sixth Form enjoyed their first day in Paris which started and ended by walking down the Champs Elysees. The day got off to an unexpected and exciting start as police stopped traffic to let none other than the President of France through! By the time the group had walked along the River Seine past the Place de la Concorde to the Jardin des Tuileries, the sun was hot overhead. Going into the Musee d’Orsay (an art gallery built in an old railway station) was a cool and welcome relief, but nothing to the treasures contained inside. We were treated to a vast range of classical sculptures and a superb collection of impressionist paintings, including those by Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and Van Gogh himself.

After a very pleasant alfresco lunch at a bustling café, the group made its way to the Hotel des Invalides, an impressive building with a gold dome that houses the city’s military museums. Here the students were able to see close up the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, together with several impressive statues and carvings, including a beautiful and moving carving of soldiers carrying the coffin of a fallen comrade. We also visited in the same building the World War 1 and World War 2 exhibition which proved to be of great interest to the students. As tea time approached, and with the sun still hot, we walked through the Parc de Champ de Mars, the iconic Eiffel Tower getting ever closer. When we finally got to the tower, we were in awe of the sheer size of the structure.

With the evening approaching, and with energy levels wilting, we then took a metro ride to speed us to the Arc de Triomphe, another iconic landmark whose sheer size was impressive, before making our way home with tired legs, baguettes in hand. An excellent first day, despite the heat, with the students coping well with all the walking and taking great interest in their surroundings. In fact, we almost got through the day with no one complaining! Another busy day in prospect tomorrow!

Mr Thompson

For photo's please see the gallery here.