Todmorden High students have ‘the time of their life’ on French trip

Todmorden High School's year nine French trip
Todmorden High School's year nine French trip

If I could sum up the French trip in one word it would be “amazing”, writes student Victoria Lord.

On the way there the ferry was delayed by quite a few hours because of the bad weather and when we finally got on board, the ferry was rocking like an extreme see-saw.

Despite this, I had such a great time.

We set off from school late on Friday evening and by the time we arrived at PGL in France, some of us were like the walking dead. I just couldn’t wait to go to sleep.

We were out and about every day, visiting famous French landmarks. After visiting the Arc de Triomphe we got to walk down the Champs-Élysées Avenue.

During our tour we got to take pictures and walk around the magnificent architecture. In addition to that we also got to see the Sacré-Cœur and the art exhibition in the square where it was swarming with talented artists.

The view from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower was breath-taking, quite literally as there were so many steps! Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to go all the way to the top.

I have to say that out of all of the landmarks we were taken to see, the Notre-Dame Cathedral (home to Quasimodo) and the Louvre (home to the Mona Lisa) were my favorites.

In the Notre Dame Cathedral I was breathtaken. I must have taken at least 100 pictures.

As it was a Sunday, me and my friend managed to catch a bit of the service. The building was piled with people watching.

I was mostly amazed by how beautiful the stained glass windows were and the incredible details on the outside. It was worth the long walk.

We took a boat ride on the River Seine which I enjoyed.

We decided to cheer when we went under the big bridges as it echoed. It made the teachers a little bit worried but we made a little old man smile.

Whilst on the boat trip we got to see the city from the river and we also went under “Padlock Bridge” which is so full of padlocks now that it made the bridge look like it was made out of gold.

On our final day we went to Disneyland Paris and it was the best. My favorite rides had to be Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.

We also spent some time getting our photos taken with a few of the characters and buying little souvenirs from the gift shops.

To go back to our meeting point we arrived back on the train that takes you around the theme park as our legs could not take us any further.

I didn’t enjoy the packing because it reminded me that it would be over very soon.

To finish off at PGL they held a disco for us and I loved it! Me and my friend paired up to do a duet for the karaoke but unfortunately it never got round to us.

On the way back we visited the town of Arras which was an important World War landmark.

We took a tour of Vimy Ridge and the trenches there. We were also shown a video to give us an insight as to what took place there and it made me shed a tear.

The school took a memorial wreath to lay at the site to remember those who lost their lives and I was chosen, alongside another student, to lay the wreath.

Mr Wardman read the poem “Flanders Fields” and we placed it down whilst we all took the opportunity for a minute of silence and reflection.

Everyone was really excited to go home but at the same time we really didn’t want to leave.

We arrived back at Todmorden at 11.45pm very tired but filled with wonderful memories.

I will never forget this trip. All I can say is “Thank you everyone!”