School trip to Paris
During Transition Year we were very lucky to go on a trip abroad. The destination chosen by the teachers was France. France is the perfect place for a school tour as it has very hot weather and there are so many sites to keep us busy throughout our stay.
Forty-eight students went on the trip. We flew from the new terminal at Dublin Airport directly to Paris. Our stay would last five days-which seemed like it was only one or two days, because we had so much to do!
The first day was pretty much a relaxing day, because we were after being up very early that morning! We dropped our bags in the rooms and headed straight to the pool to soak up some sun.
The second day was jam packed with sites to see. We first went to the world renowned Eiffel Tower where most of us made our way up near the top but it was definitely not meant for the light hearted. We made our way from the Eiffel Tower to Champs-Elysees and then to the Arc De Triomphe.
All these places are just amazing. Our next destination was The Louvre which contains the world famous painting of Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. We then caught the Metro which brought us right up beside Notre Dame, the most famous cathedral in the world. We got the Metro back to the hotel and we all went to bed straight away after a long day.
On day three we were going to the theatre to see a production of Williams Shakespeare’s King Lear. It was my first play to see and it was absolutely brilliant. We had studied King Lear in school but you can’t understand what is going on in the book compared to watching people acting it out; it was very helpful. After the production we went shopping to the biggest shopping centre I have ever seen - it seemed like we were walking for hours to get from one end to the other.
On day three we went to every child’s dream, Disneyland Paris. We took the RER which is the train service around Paris and it was very quick and efficient. Disneyland was exactly as everyone described it and a lot more. It was definitely my highlight of the trip because it does not get much better than spending the day in Disneyland with your friends!
On day four we had another rest day in the hotel. It was mainly a bonding session between all of us, which consisted of playing card games and playing around in the pool. This was very important as one of the main aspects of TY is to make new friends. It was a great way to spend our last day together.
On the last day we had to get up very early and get the bus to the airport. We made it back to Dublin safe and sound and had time to reflect on the amazing trip we had in France. It was a once in a life time experience and I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.
Written by Shane Fletcher 5th year Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre