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16 April 2012

UVIth Trip to Normandy

 

 On the Monday 16th of April the Upper 6th left for France. We all arrived the night before and after camping in Fans and getting up at 4.45am, we hopped on to the coach and drove to the ferry.
We arrived at our hotel, which was on the coast of the D-day landing beaches in “Hermanville-sur-mer”. We shared rooms of 2-4 people and had breakfast and supper at the hotel. After putting our stuff away everyone ran straight down to the beach, which was conveniently right next to the hotel.
  

On the first night, we were all settling in and enjoyed a three course French supper before heading off to a well earned sleep. We woke up early every morning as for some people it was their first time in France.


 

 

On Tuesday morning, we left for the Bayeux tapestry; it was an amazing trip where we also managed to fit in going to a beautiful Cathedral. In the afternoon on Tuesday we all travelled to a national stud and as we all love horses, for many of us this was the highlight of the trip. We saw horses in all sizes and shapes and everyone found it extremely interesting.
 

On Wednesday, we headed off for a day in Paris. This was an incredible day with a mixture of travelling around on the Bateaux Mouche and climbing to the top of the Eiffel tower. Seeing Paris was one of the best days and apart from the quite wet weather, we all had so much fun.
 

On Thursday morning, we headed for the French market. We were each given one euro and had to find the best thing that we could. We returned with a large variety of objects and most people also bought gifts and presents for their families. On the afternoon of Thursday we went to Monet’s house and garden where some of us enjoyed drawing the wonderful gardens which we all know as being so famous. Then we were allowed to tour the gardens and the house in groups. It was amazing seeing the famous bridge, which so many artists have used as inspiration for their paintings.


On Friday morning we went to “la ferme de Billy”, a beautiful ciderfarm. There, we were able to see the huge orchards, where the apples were grown and managed to sneak a peek at the donkeys and Miniature Shetlands that the family also owned. We were even allowed to taste the delicious apple juice and after behaving rather well he let us try the cider. After the tasting we also were given a bottle of apple juice of our choice by the school and many of us bought cider for our fathers.  Afterwards we travelled to the supermarket to buy the last of our presents and souvenirs of our trip to France. Many of us bought Carambars and we took a huge quantity back for the whole school to share.
 

Our trip came to an end with the return on the ferry. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in France and would happily go back any time.
We thank Mrs Granados, Mrs Witheridge and Mrs Rowland who made this trip possible for us.

By Marina Vestbirk and Lara Longden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the trip there was a prize giving.............


Emily Newitt and Patricia Olivares...............................tidy dorm prize
Tilly Henriques.....................................................naughty matron prize

Ophelia Fortescue.................................................best companion prize

Phyllida Reoch..........................................the most deliciously unfussy

Charlotte Rouse...........................................................best journal prize

Emilia Beale and Alice Gornall-Wick.............conscientious journalists

Edith Hood................................................................best pronunciation

Imo Folks.....................................................best effort to speak French

Patricia Olivares.................................................most improved French


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