Sixteen Art and three French A level students endured an early start on Friday 10th February, meeting at St Pancras to catch the Eurostar for four intense days of Parisian culture. We visited seven museums devoted to art over the four days we were there – a packed agenda, and our feet hurt from all the walking! It was worth it though, the range of work from the contemporary and modernist seen in the Centre Pompidou and the The Maison Européenne de la Photographie, to breakthrough Impressionists at the Musée D’Orsay and L’Orangerie was exciting. We visited three museums devoted to sculptors, Rodin. Maialiol and Zadkine. Each had a very different feel but provided an alternative view to the paintings and photographs. The French students dived into the Musée de la Libération de Paris, took in a French film, visited Sacré Cœur & Montmartre, and then on the last morning rose incredibly early to make the morning lessons of the Lycée Camille Sée (to whom many thanks).
As a group we took in several restaurants, made a night time trip on the Bateaux Mouches river cruise, ascended the Tour Montparnasse for amazing views over Paris, spoke loud English through the Metro, enjoyed vintage clothes shopping, ate crepes and talked late into the night.
Our hostel was friendly, clean and light albeit rather bare on luxury, and had good coffee at breakfast. The group were fun to be with and I must thank Mr Robinson and Mrs Robinson for their support and help through the trip.