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Paris Trip 2016

  The Paris trip got off to an early start on Monday 14th March when 35 excited Year 8 pupils accompanied by Mrs Lane, Mrs Crawford, Mrs McIntosh and Miss Thatcher assembled to board the bus to Dublin.  After a few hours we were climbing the steps to the impressive Sacré- Coeur Monument and Place du Tertre where watching the artists paint portraits proved to be an exciting pastime.  This was followed by a trip to the many souvenir shops where lots of presents were “in the bag”.

Our evening meal was at a traditional crȇperie, Crȇperie Beaubourg which also enabled us to visit the famous Georges Pompidou Centre.   After a short coach ride to the outskirts of Paris, we were glad to get some rest.

The next day started with a visit to the Eiffel Tower, with most of the group going right to the summit.  The weather and views were superb and the hearty breakfast was soon worked off.  However, there was no respite as we continued to make our way up the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe to see L’ Étoile  from the top.  

From there we strolled down the Champs-Elysées in true Parisian style for some retail therapy, at least where we could afford.  We were then met by our tour guide for a very interesting and entertaining tour of all of the iconic sights this wonderful city has to offer.

After tea, we had the opportunity to cruise along the Seine and see the city at night.  The glitter on the Eiffel Tower proved especially popular, as well as the impressive view of Notre Dame.

The highlight for many was probably the next day’s visit to Eurodisney.  Mrs McIntosh and Miss Thatcher led the thrill seekers to Space Mountain and Indiana Jones while Mrs Crawford and Mrs Lane ventured on a more sedate adventure around Fantasy land and the house of horrors.  Without doubt, there was something to suit everyone.  As the day went on, the number of purchases and particularly “Mickey Mouse” ears greatly increased too.

After dining in style among the stars in Planet Hollywood, we headed home to pack before our departure the next day.  Special mention must be made to “Florian” our bus driver, who never complained once and always greeted us with a smile.

In conclusion, I think I speak for all when I say it’s not “Goodbye”, more “Au revoir!”

L Lane