The tour group departed London today and arrived in Paris via the Eurostar. The rest of the day was spent on a sightseeing tour of Paris which included the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame and Place de la Concorde.
Photos of the students' tour of Paris have been added to the gallery.
London to Paris
Today began with our last breakfast with Naomi in London. She was such a great tour guide; helping us pass all the queues while showing us the key sites of London in a timely manner.
Upon arriving at the St Pancras Station we had the opportunity to do some souvenir, clothes and gift shopping before we had to say our goodbyes to our lovely tour guide.
Afterwards, we made our journey through the busy customs of London. Luckily, Trooper Jones didn't cause too much trouble allowing for an easy passing. Passports stamped and bags collected, we had the opportunity to purchase some food and have a rest before departing for Paris, France aboard the Eurostar. During the few hours we had on the train, we practiced our French and finished our postcards that detailed our favourite part of London, which we will be leaving in our time capsule to read again in 10 years.
Once arriving at Gare du Nord station, many of us had our very first experience with a pay-to-use toilet, resulting in...varying opinions. It also reminded us that we need to remember to carry change. Bella was in her element though as she put into practice her skills with the French language; reading signs and conversing with locals with relative ease.
Even though our trip from London to Paris went smoothly, our incoming tour guide's train broke down, which delayed us a little. Nevertheless, we still hopped on the bus with plenty of time for the scheduled quick bus tour. We saw some of the most defining monuments of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Champs Elysees. Even though the bus tour was reasonably short, being able to see these sites gave us a greater love and appreciation of France already. As a group we can't wait until the next couple of days when we can walk around and see them up close.
Once we arrived at the Ibis Hotel in Paris we were allowed to go to our rooms to freshen up and get ready for dinner. After finishing dinner, Sean and Leanne and our new guide Peter, took us on an evening walk to the Eiffel Tower, providing an emotional and moving experience for all. Even though we were mainly travelling today, everyone thoroughly enjoyed seeing what France has to offer.
By Chase Pontifex and Nicholas Margetts
This page was last reviewed on 15 Apr 2017