The Louvre and Chateau of Versailles were the main attractions today as the students received an exclusive tour of the spectacular palace and gardens of Versailles. A highlight of the visit was a trip to the Hall of Mirrors where the Versailles Treaty was signed, ending the First World War.
Photos of the students' tour of Paris have been added to the photo gallery.
Today started with a typical French breakfast at the hotel buffet before leaving to travel to the Palace of Versailles. As we left Paris, our French tour guide was able to fill us in on the long but very interesting history of Paris. After a short drive we arrived to the palace where the Treaty of Versailles was signed signalling the end of WW1. As we made our way around the large building, we saw intricate architecture, gold mouldings, beautiful marble inlays and massive paintings. We saw many rooms including the entrance, Hall of Mirrors, bed chambers and meeting rooms. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts about the palace. The highlight for many of us was the beautiful gardens that stretched endlessly into the distance. We then enjoyed a typical French lunch, which consisted of cheeses, baguettes and deli meats. To finish we had eclairs that were delicious. Overall, Versailles was an amazing experience.
After the short ride back to Paris, we arrived at the Louvre. The iconic glass pyramid greeted us before we plunged into a labyrinth of incredible art. We saw iconic pieces including the Mona Lisa and Venus De Milo. On leaving the Louvre, we all purchased matching berets, which we wore for the rest of the night, much to the amusement of locals. We then had dinner in our hotel before exploring the city. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower. We sat down and watched it sparked brilliantly in the night sky. We knew it would be an experience we would never forget. We also saw the Arc de Triomphe illuminated by the lights of the Champs Elysees. It was a long, tiring night but was well worth it.
By Lillian Ward and Isabelle Jardine
This page was last reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 at 02:02PM