by Angela Cameron

French Tour 2015

A group of 40 students and teachers (18 boys and 18 girls) recently returned from a three-week tour of France, happy but very tired. It was a busy time away with many hundreds of kilometres covered.

The tour began with an easy weekend in Aix-en-Provence to recover from the flight, then the students began a week of intensive French language training in Montpellier with classes in the morning and organised activities in the afternoon. On 26 September we were collected by our Cosmos driver and tour guide who then spent the following week taking the whole group along the west coast of France from Bordeaux to Caen with lots of amazing places to see and visit including the Martel Cognac factory, Mont St-Michel, the castle of Chenonceau and the World War 2 Normandy landing beaches, to name a few. 

 Our guide and coach driver were wonderfully accommodating and went the extra mile to make the trip memorable. Finally, after a lovely evening in Paris, they drove us to Versailles for a guided tour and time in the gardens of this magnificent palace. We said goodbye to them at our hostel and then had four days exploring Paris and all its delights. On the final day, a group made their way to Eurodisney while the rest of us shopped and soaked in the ambience of a magical city. Shirley Boys’ students did us proud the whole way and were a super bunch of young men to be with. Bravo les gars!!!