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Tuesday 5 May - Paris

Tour itinerary

The students and chaperones begin their trip home to Queensland, flying from Paris via Singapore and into Brisbane on Wednesday night.

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Reflections on Paris

This morning we met in the lobby for breakfast at 6:30am, which was surprisingly easy to do due to our excitement for the day ahead. We were on the bus and on our way to Paris at 7:10am and arrived in Paris at the Notre Dame at around 10am.

Everyone was buzzing. We had close to an hour to spend looking around the Notre Dame: some went inside the cathedral, some went to the nearby souvenir stores and others simply took in the sights. Following this, the group walked to the Louvre, home of the one and only Mona Lisa.

After three hours in the Louvre admiring artwork, eating lunch and buying still more souvenirs, the company split into Group A and Group B and headed for the Metropolitan train station nearby. Finally, at around 3pm, we arrived at the Eiffel Tower - the famed Parisian attraction we had all been waiting for. The view from the top of the tower was amazing and the structure itself met all prior expectations.

At 6pm we went for dinner at a nearby restaurant where the French again did not disappoint. Our final stop for the day was the Arc de Triomphe in the very heart of Paris. Just a short train ride from the Eiffel Tower stands the French tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The view from the top of the Arc was simply breathtaking - definitely worth the extraordinary number of stairs we had to climb to get to the top. Paris by night is even more beautiful than in the daylight. The Eiffel Tower looked particularly spectacular lit up in the night sky.

Lastly, less than an hour before midnight, we arrived at our hotel, all very ready for bed.

Reflections on the tour

Emma Grady and Gemma Price

Today marks the end of an incredible two weeks. For all seventy recipients and ten chaperones it's a day we have been dreading since the beginning. Its been a phenomenal learning experience we will never forget. Only 15 days ago we were strangers, now we are a family along with our mascots Private Billy, Trooper George and Patricia the Potato.

Like the Anzacs, we have formed incredible bonds through mateship, and explored countries far away from home. We have made friends with locals, eaten all kinds of foreign food - the list is endless. We cried, laughed and experienced a whole range of emotions together forming friendships and memories we will never forget.

Unlike the Anzacs we are all coming home, all because of the sacrifices they made for us 100 years ago.

Back then the Anzac tradition was one of mourning the loss of so many men, and as we have learnt, some very brave women. This was meant to be the war to end all wars, however there is still war today, still people sacrificing their lives for our nation's freedom. We will always remember all those who serve.

Today the Anzac tradition is a reminder of the values our nation holds dear. The values that keep us free. One hundred years on, as a group of 80 individuals we brought to life the stories of over 160 brave men and women who fought in all wars and peacekeeping missions to this day to ensure the Anzac tradition and legend never dies.

The Anzac tradition will continue through future generations as we continue to remember the individual stories which ground us to the Anzacs.

In the end though, throughout our commemorations we learnt that Anzac Day isn't just about World War I. Of course the Great War is our focal point but, there are others, others that need to be remembered.

To the Premier's Anzac Prize team of 2015 - thanks for the memories.

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