Very early on the morning of Thursday 13th July 65 students and 8 members of staff left the academy for a 5 day trip to France. Staying just outside Paris in Lésigny, we stayed in the grandly titled ‘Chateau de Grande Romaine’. After some settling in activities on Thursday night, the first excursion was on Friday to visit the market in the local town of Brie-Comte-Robert where the main attraction seemed to be the stall selling watches. In the afternoon we drove into Paris to see the city from the heights of the Sacre-Coeur and look around the Montmatre area.

Saturday was for many students the ‘main event’ as we went to Euro Disney spending just over 8 hours riding, looping and screaming on all the rides the park has to offer. Luckily the park was not at its busiest, so that most queues were not much more than half an hour.

On Sunday we went back to Paris to climb the Eiffel Tower. Even only going as far as the second stage, most legs were very wobbly by the time we came back to Earth after climbing then descending 674 steps. After a short walk we then took an afternoon Boat Cruise to see central Paris from the Seine. By this time nearly everyone was becoming very tired and several snorers were discovered on the coach back. As there were no birthdays to celebrate while we were away, Mr Woodland was nominated to have his on Sunday night in time to be given a very tasty cake to share with everyone at the final night disco.

Monday needed an early start to make it back to Calais in enough time to be able to fit in a trip to a Hypermarket before our ferry at 4.00pm. Unfortunately delays at French Passport Control meant that despite turning up nearly two hours early, we left the port three hours late. Thus, with a change of drivers en route, a very tired group spilled out of the two coaches just before midnight on Monday to begin regaling their families with all the tales of their adventures.

Mr Stoddart

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