MFL: Natasha Reports on the Bede's Paris Trip
On the December 7, our party of 49 students and 6 teachers made their way to the city of Paris.
The city is divided by the River Seine on both banks, with tree-lined boulevards littered with iconic buildings. All in all we managed to spend two good days exploring the sights of Paris.
We began with a visit to the iconic symbol of Paris, The Eiffel Tower. I couldn't quite believe the sheer size of the structure and its magnificent architectural qualities.
From there we then made our way to the Musée D'Orsay, which is housed in a grand railway station built in 1900 and is home to many sculptures and impressionist paintings. It is now one of Paris's most popular museums and covers a period from the mid-19th century up to 1914, containing works from Degas, Rodin, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh and others. I found the museum awe-inspiring!
Our next destination was the Arc de Triomphe and we were fortunate to scale it.
The view at the summit was spectacular. It was then that Paris's aesthetic qualities became apparent almost everywhere.
Our final destination for that day was the Christmas Fair on the Champs Elysées, where we experienced Paris's culinary culture. I quickly came to understand why France is considered such a giant nation in food terms. Although there were many other seasonal objects at the market, food and the love of it were the central themes.
The following day we began with a visit to the Nôtre Dame cathedral. It took until 1345 before the cathedral was completed, partly because the design was enlarged during construction. The result is an overwhelming building; I was astonished by the architectural brilliance of the people who, in a pre-technological age, had created a building of such integrity and beauty.
Our final excursion in Paris was a boat trip along the river Seine. This journey epitomized Paris as the city of romance - it was a delightful way to end the trip.
I loved every minute of our excursion to Paris, and it felt particularly poignant as my eighteenth birthday fell on the first day!
I would like to thank my teachers for very generously preparing such a special evening for me, and making the trip so incredible overall.