MFL Trips 2016 – France
Monday 11th July
Having travelled through the night, we arrived in France at around 8.30 a.m. and headed for the seaside town of Honfleur. Arriving at lunchtime, staff and students were able to stretch their legs and take in the picturesque marina. Some students even took the opportunity to sample some local seafood.
We then boarded the coach again for the short final stint to the hotel. When we arrived, students had time for a quick change before heading to the beach to unwind before dinner.
Later this evening, students will be letting their hair down at a disco organised by the hotel.
Tuesday 12th July
The day started with a trip to the 360 Cinema at Arromanche where pupils watched a stunning and very moving film about the D-Day landings and the liberation of France. From there we walked into the town of Arromanche and pupils had the opportunity to buy souvenirs before lunch.
We then visited the American cemetery and museum at Colleville. Students found the exhibitions very informative and the scale of the cemetery really brought home the scale of the human sacrifice.
From Colleville we headed to Pointe du Hoc, where American soldiers scaled 100m cliffs under enemy fire to take out German fortifications.
On our way back to the hotel we stopped off at the Pegasus bridge monument so see where British troops crash landed I gliders to secure vital supply lines for the Allied invasion.
Wednesday 13th July
Most of today was spent in and around the historic town of Bayeux. On our way into the town, we first stopped at the Commonwealth cemetery for a few minutes reflection on the sacrifice made by British and Commonwealth troops during operation Overlord.
We then headed into Bayeux to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, which students found very interesting. After a brief wander around the cathedral, students had some free time to explore the town and buy souvenirs.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the Drakkar chocolate factory where students were treated to free samples and a tour of their chocolate museum.
The students are in high spirits and are looking forward to a trip to Parc Asterix tomorrow!