TY Paris Trip - October-2007

Paris

Last year when we were told about the trip to Paris we were all very excited! We were told that there were 40 places on the trip and people came into school as early as 7 a.m. to make sure they got a place. All of the places filled up very quickly. When June came we were all looking forward to finishing the exams and starting T.Y in September. When we started back to school we paid for the rest of the trip and we couldn’t believe it was actually happening. We had a meeting after school and were told the rules for the trip. We were also told that we had to be in the airport at 4:15a.m. (We were all very excited but 4:15 is early!)

Friday 26th of October finally came and we were in the airport and said goodbye to our parents and hello to our friends! We arrived in Paris at about 10:00 a.m. and met our bus driver, Pete. We got on our bus and went to meet our tour guide, Robert. Mr. Joe Walsh gave us a tour of Paris by bus that was enjoyable and gave us a flavour of what lay ahead for the next four days. We then went to The Louvre which was half museum and half shopping centre. We had lunch in the food hall there then went to the museum. We did a marathon around the museum and saw the Mona Lisa. It’s amazing, her eyes follow you around the room. The Louvre is also the home of the nicest pick ‘n’ mix ever!

After that we got back on the bus and got dropped off on a road. Robert then took us on a walk. We went to London in Paris. He showed us a wooden windmill that many famous painters painted from. We then walked to a church, sat on the steps of it and listened to a man performing many songs. When he finished performing our whole group broke into a chorus of “Molly Malone” but we didn’t get much of a clap afterwards. We got some free time to look around a small village before going back to the bus to go back for dinner.

Nobody knew what to expect for dinner, but nobody expected Flunch. Flunch was an experience in itself. We had an €8 voucher each, this got us dinner, dessert and a drink. Most people just got chips for dinner, we couldn’t believe that this is where we would be eating for the next three nights. After Flunch we had a sing song on the bus on the way to the hotel. We arrived there at about 9:30 p.m and were sorted into our rooms. There were twelve rooms of three and two rooms of two. Most people were in rooms with their friends. We went to sleep early that night as we had been up since 3 that morning!

We each got a wake up call at 8 a.m. and were down in the restaurant at 9 a.m for breakfast. The breakfast was lovely so we ate lots because we knew where we were going for dinner that night (Flunch). We went to mini France and saw 116 mini buildings and went for ‘lunch’. We had rolls and sandwiches, if that’s what you want to call them. We took it in our stride and didn’t complain too much! We moved on from there and went to The Palace of Versailles (a huge house which belonged to King Louis).

We then went back to the hotel before going to Flunch for dinner. It was slightly nicer that night and we made friends from Louth! After dinner we went to Montparnasse. It’s a 59 story building and we got a really good view of the city. We had our sing song on the bus and went back to the hotel and had a meeting about what would happen on Sunday. Then it was off to bed for another good night sleep!

We had to be at breakfast for 8 a.m., so we got our wake up call at 7! We went to mass in Notre Dame at 10. That afternoon we went to Aqua boulevard. Everybody enjoyed that, even Ms. Murray! We had lunch in Aqua boulevard: most people ate McDonalds it was the closest thing to food we had seen since we left Ireland. We went back to Notre Damn that evening for evening Song. We walked around the Cathedral and some of us went to confession. Then it was off to Flunch for dinner. They had pizza in Flunch that night and it was lovely. When we got to the hotel (after our sing song on the bus) we had another meeting and were allowed into our friends rooms until 10:30 p.m.

Monday. We were meant to go to an island but it was wet and we were all quite happy to spend a few extra hours shopping. We had lunch in the Shopping Centre, it was McDonalds for most people again, and then went to a hill where we got a really good view of The Eiffel Tower. The was dancers performing there and we stopped to watch, the pulled Jenny and Kelly out of the crowd and got them to dance in front of about 300 people! We then went on a cruise down the river Seine which was very enjoyable. Then it was off to Flunch for the last time. We met more people from Cork and Kerry there. We had our last sing song on the bus on the way back to the hotel for our last night in Paris. Fair play to Pete, he didn’t complain about our singing once! We had another meeting in the hotel and were allowed into our friends rooms until 10:30 p.m, but it was the last night and we had figured out how the phones worked, so we kept ringing each other.

The last day…we checked out at 9 a.m. and went to an art museum. After that we went to an aquarium and the biggest shopping centre in Europe, it really was HUGE. There were designer outlets out the back of it, they were really nice. After all the shopping it was off to the airport to go home. We arrived in Ireland at 10:45 and I’d say most of us were ready to sleep for a week. Paris was a brilliant trip.

By: Nuala O’ Donovan 4-1