On Monday 16 October, fifteen excited students and three members of staff left behind a bleak, grey Stafford, and just over five hours later arrived in the bright sunshine of Paris.
The weather remained beautiful throughout the trip and we saw Paris at its best: views of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur against a clear blue sky, autumn colours glowing in the sunshine and cobbled streets and squares with the sunlight filtering through.
We did a lot of climbing. Some were brave enough to go to the summit of the Eiffel Tower; many climbed the towers of Notre-Dame and saw the gargoyles and all enjoyed the spectacular scenery and stunning viewpoints of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
In the Musée d’Orsay, we were fascinated by the beauty of this former railway station, and saw many famous paintings, as well as discovering some which were new to us.
The Jardin des Tuileries, with its French formal design, provided an interesting contrast to this and we explored it and then walked along the nearby Seine to buy ice-creams.
Another food highlight was the Musée du Chocolat, where we learned about the history and the making of chocolate, and enjoyed sampling many different types.