The excitement was palpable as the LVI A Level French students set off for their four-day trip to explore Paris.

"Our first day started with a promenade down the Canal Saint-Martin, looking out for the places mentioned in the book we studied called No et Moi. Taking fun photos on the way, we made our way to Bastille before arriving at the Gare d’Austerlitz. We were able to put ourselves in the shoes of the book’s narrator and envisage the places mentioned.

We then took the Metro to the Montparnasse Tower, the second tallest skyscraper in France. On the 56th floor, we enjoyed a gourmet meal at the restaurant, Ciel de Paris. We then strolled towards the St Germain-des-Prés and took in the film locations of the popular film The Intouchables.

Then, it was off to the Eiffel Tower! Thanks to superb planning from Madame Ross, we were swiftly led to the elevators to take us to the top floor. In awe of the breath-taking, romantic view of Paris, we took as many pictures as we could and were thankful for the pleasant weather. By the evening we were all quite exhausted and made our way to the cosy café, Marais, where we had delicious meals of steak and pesto spaghetti.

We woke up the next day to more beautiful weather and headed to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Afterwards, it was a quick visit to the Centre Pompidou to see the galleries showing works of Picasso and Cy Twombly.  We then walked to the Notre Dame, though unfortunately, there was a queue that seemed to go on for miles, but that didn’t stop us from admiring it from afar.

Strolling along the little shops by the Seine, we came to the impressive Louvre Museum. We had enough time to either wander around the Tuileries Gardens with refreshing ice-creams or see the prominent Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

After dinner at a wonderful creperie, we joined a two-hour Night Bus tour. The bus took us past many famous tourist attractions such as, the Champs Élysées, the Eiffel Tower, les Galéries Lafayettes, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Moulin Rouge and the Paris Eye, which all looked very beautiful at night.

The last day of our trip came so quickly! We began at the Musée Jean Moulin, who was a key figure in the French resistance during the Second World War. This was an enlightening experience as the information will be useful for the book we will be studying next term.  Afterwards, there was a free Balenciaga exhibition, called l'oeuvre au noir at the Musée Bourdelle, it told the story of Balenciaga and contained many fascinating sculptures.

After some free time, we visited the Musée d’Orsay, which features works by artists such as Claude Monet and Edouard Manet. We gaped at the talented strokes of these painters before it was time to leave.

Then, with our final crepes from Paris digesting in our bellies, it was time to leave. We couldn’t believe how quickly this fantastic trip had come to an end, but with the sights and sounds and spectacular cuisine we had the privilege of experiencing, it was definitely a trip to remember!"

Jean, LVI Form