Trip to France

Fourth Former, Sophia Majzub, writes: During half term, I travelled with a group of Shells and Fourth Formers to Caen, France. The first day consisted of getting there, of course, which was much more exciting for me than most because I had never been to France before, so the whole euro tunnel experience was very new to me. After a reasonably long journey, we arrived at Chateau du Molay in Normandy. The next day we went to a 360-degree cinema to watch a film about D-Day, which was very moving, and then on to an aquarium. At the gift shop, I tapped into my six year old self and bought a pink dolphin toy. Over the next few days, we went to a cider farm, to Bayeux to interview people and see the tapestry, to a goats’ cheese farm and to a caramel factory. By the end of the week we were quite tired, but I managed to consolidate my French on this trip by being around French people and writing a postcard home in French. The French language was constantly circulating in my head, so I picked up many new words and phrases. I didn’t only come home with greater confidence in French, though. There were other, more surprising benefits to the trip; I also started friendships with people I would never otherwise talk to – and ate a pesto snail! The trip was something I look back on with good memories, and I’m very glad I went.

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