Our Lady’s Castleblayney Students Visit Paris

Some seventy students from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan accompanied by eight of their teachers, recently enjoyed a four day language trip to Paris.

Upon arrival in Paris, the group was met by a luxury double-decker coach. The students were then immediately immersed in the history and culture of this beautiful city as they enjoyed a panoramic city tour of Paris. A tour guide filled everyone in on the finer details as well as pointing out all famous landmarks. The Champs Elysées provided the venue for lunch before the students took the Métro to the Louvre Museum.

They were then met again by their coach and made their way to the fabulous area of Montmartre. There were many tired legs on the climb to the Basilica of Sacré Coeur, although all agreed that the breathtaking views from the summit were worth it.

Here they had time to visit the cobbled streets with their little shops, the renowned Place de Tetre with it’s many artists and of course the Chocolate Museum did a roaring trade! Following the evening meal at a Parisian restaurant, the group enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the River Seine on the Bateau Mouche. The hotel was a welcome sight on that night, after a long but satisfying day.

The second says programme began with a visit to the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame Cathedral. After visiting the cathedral the students enjoyed real French cuisine in the little traditional restaurants of the Quartier Latin. After lunch the group took the short coach trip to Versailles. They visited the splendid Château and gardens of Louis xiv. Some took the train around the estate while others talked their teachers into hiring golf buggies. One of the highlights for the students was when a group of Japanese tourists mistook the three male teachers for a famous Irish boyband!! After a frantic bid to rescue them it was back to Paris for an evening meal and then everyone cooled down at Paris’ Aquatic pool, Aquaboulevard.

The third day saw the group join Mickey Mouse and Co. in Eurodisney. This was followed by an evening meal in Planet Hollywood, where one student celebrated an 18th birthday he will never forget! From there it was on to the Eiffel Tower. Everyone was happy to take the elevator to the third floor after an already exhausting day.

On the last day it was time for some retail therapy. Val d’ Europe international shopping centre provided the venue. All too soon it was time to depart for Charles de Gaulle airport.

Tour organiser, French teacher, Ms Carol Christie was fulsome in her praise of the young students whose manners and conduct on the trip had been second to none. “They were a pleasure to be with, wonderful ambassadors for Our Lady’s and indeed their parents should be very proud of them. They were so enthusiastic and eager to practise their French and have learned so much over these days, it will certainly stand them in good stead especially for the Leaving Certs when they come to do their orals. They take home with them many happy memories and as the students said goodbye to Paris, full of emotion, many of them promised to return!”

Au revoir Paris, à la prochaine fois.

Pictured outside Versailles, at the gates of the chateau are some 70 students and their teachers from Our Lady’s Castleblayney who enjoyed a four day language trip to Paris in recent weeks.