Sixth Form students soak up the culture in Paris
5 Mar 2014
During half-term a group of Lower Sixth, together with two staff, participated in the annual Paris cultural tour.
After travelling by Eurostar the group settled into very comfortable accommodation in a hotel in north Paris and then headed into central Paris to explore the area around the Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars.
The second day began with a visit to the medieval heart of the city, taking in the remarkable architecture and stained glass of Ste Chapelle and the Conciergerie, a surviving section of the old royal court. The latter was also of particular interest due to its role as a prison during the French Revolution, with Marie Antoinette and Robespierre being amongst those held there before the journey to the guillotine. The afternoon was spent at Versailles, with a tour of the palace and a walk through the gardens to Marie Antoinette’s hamlet. The day concluded with time at the Pompidou Centre to view the extensive collections of modern art.
A walk through Montmartre began the third day, followed by a choice of artistic visits or, for the historians, the Museum of the Middle Ages. The afternoon was spent in the Louvre, after which there was a stroll down the Rue Rivoli and tea at Café Angelina to celebrate the birthday of one of the students. The last evening was spent looking at the historical significance of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoying another Parisian supper.
The fourth and final morning saw the group split, with the artists visiting the Musee D’Orsay and the historians touring the Les Invalides (including Napoleon’s tomb) and the impressive French Military Museum.
The students packed a huge amount into a short time and certainly enhanced their knowledge of French history, art and culture.