Posted by St Michael's College, Adelaide
on 29 May 2019
During the April school holidays, a group of 13 Year 10 and 11 students and four staff embarked on the 2019 France Trip. The group spent 13 days touring the sites of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. The trip also included a tour of the battlefields of the Western Front where the group toured the Somme area of France and the Flanders region in Belgium. The Battlefields tour culminated in our attendance at the ANZAC Day dawn service in Villers Bretonneux.
Also of particular significance to us as Lasallians was our day trip to Reims to visit 'Hotel De La Salle' the home of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time in France experiencing a culture different from their own. They enjoyed the food (French crepes were popular) the sites, and of course, the shopping!
Here are some highlights from students who attended this trip of a lifetime:
I really struggled to pick my favourite parts of the trip, but ultimately I would consider Versailles and Ypres the highlights for me. I loved Versailles because we just studied the French Revolution in History, so being able to place where everything happened was interesting and definitely added to my experience. I also thought the gardens were absolutely stunning and I loved walking through them and just taking everything in. I loved the two nights we spent in Belgium, especially the Flanders Field museum and the afternoon we spent wandering around Ypres, because the people were all so lovely and the Menin Gate memorial is so special and such an important part of our country's history. Overall though, the trip wouldn't have been nearly as fun if all the students hadn't become friends as quickly as we did, and I'm so glad we got to share such a wonderful experience! - Lauren
The France trip was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. Meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and seeing famous landmarks in different countries far away from home was such a unique experience. I am not able to pin-point one highlight from the trip that was better than the rest, as just being in Paris and being able to see things like the Eiffel Tower, Versailles and the Louvre with an amazing group of people was fantastic. - Alyssa