2010 School Trip to Paris, France
by Anna Cantelon
(Cambridge, Ontario, Canada )
Day 1: March 12, 2010
Travel from Toronto, Canada to Paris, France
Day 2: March 13, 2010
Today we met our tour director, Denis, at the Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and took a coach to our hotel. After dropping our bags off at the hotel, we headed straight into town. We first arrived at the Latin Quarter on the left bank of the Seine (Paris' very picturesque river), we walked through some of the cute cobbled streets before coming out to a beautiful view of the famous Notre Dame cathedral. We took some photos and then had some free time to get our first French lunch and perhaps get some souvenirs. After this, we headed straight to the Louvre to see some of the 300000 priceless works of art that its 17km worth of galleries holds. We then ate dinner before heading up the lit up Eiffel Tower. Today was a busy day of sightseeing and we saw a great deal, it was time for a well deserved rest.
Day 3: March 14, 2010
Today was a slightly more relaxed day of sightseeing in Paris. We had a guided tour of the city with our wonderful guide Elizabeth. She took us to all the sites of Paris including La Bastille, Opera, Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, The Ritz (where Princess Diana spent her last hours), Les Invalides (where Napoleon is buried), the home of the President of France and many many more places. For the afternoon we headed outside Paris to the Palace of Versailles. This is truly a magnificent palace fit for a king. Elizabeth and Frederique (another guide) helped bring this spectacular palace to life in their explanations of all the history. After strolling in the gardens we got back on the bus and headed back into the centre of Paris. We were dropped off at the top of the Champs Elysees and the Arc De Triomph for some free time/shopping time. All of the best stores were here including a giant Louis Vuitton shop. After a good and filling dinner we enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the river Seine so that we could take in the view of the city at night. Tomorrow we will head for Provence and perhaps a slightly hotter climate
Day 4: March 15, 2010
Today was a beautiful sunny day with not a cloud in the sky in Paris. We packed our things and went to the train station to catch the TGV train. The train station was magnificent and befitting for the fastest train in the world. The train whizzed through the French countryside at 300km/h and quickly arrived at our destination of Avignon, the capital city of Provence. We met our driver for the next three days, Ximo and he took us into Avignon. The city is a walled city which was once the home for Popes in the 14th century. We walked through this medieval city and enjoyed the sunshine and the winding lanes. We also got to take a picture next to the Pont D'Avignon, famous for the song! After some good free time, we drove to our hotel in Nimes and went for a delicious 3 course dinner. After filling our bellies we took a quick stroll around the Roman Amphitheatre and then back to the hotel for sleep!