Keep coming back here to see what we are up to in France! It’s no more sleeps away… we’re here! Hooray!
It was a very early start for some and a very long journey but the coach is fantastic and Paolo our driver is great!
Traffic on the way to the Channel Tunnel meant we were straight onto the train with no time for a snack and so that was enjoyed in the train and before many of us had finished we were driving off and into France!
Lunch seemed an age away until at last it came and then another long old trek to Grandcamp-Maisy and the Centre. we only had time to find our rooms before dinner. You would have loved to have seen their eyes light up as the bread was never ending and then out came chicken and chips as well as salad. All followed by cheese and then an ice cream. The children act as waitors on their own tables and there are some budding silver servers out there!
After dinner it was finishing bed making, a fire drill and a quick walk through the village to the sports field for a quick run around before walking back along the front, watching the fishing fleet set out for the night and back to the Centre for bed.
Tired but very happy!
Tuesday and showers! Not rain but actual washing and with minimum complaints!
Breakfast of hot chocolate in bowls, cereals, juice, bread and jams and then off to Avranches and then on to the magnificent Mont St Michel, now one of my favourite places in the world! Ice cream was consumed and the children used their French to great effect – proven by the fact that they all got what they thought they were asking for!
A beautiful sunny day and lots of fun.
Back to the Centre for dinner (couscous starter with bread followed by Lasagne and green salad and pastries). The children are eating incredibly well – the speed of trips to fill the table bread platters is something to behold!
It was Miss Botham’s birthday today – what better way to celebrate than with 61 friends on holiday in France!
Everyone is down to the field again for rounders… and extra photos will appear before breakfast subject to IT cooperation!
Sleep tight – I know that we will!
IT is being very temperamental – sorry! On n ow and so here’s a quick round up of today with lots of new photos below…
Some of the children were delighted to be awoken by Mr Lewin’s dulcet tones accompanied by the ukelele. Most were not…
Breakfast was more of the same but very much appreciated by beautifully clean children who are getting to use their shower gel, soap and shampoo… much to everyone’s relief! This was followed by a brief historical context timeline involving Dan as a caveman at one end with Adam a second world war soldier at the other to try to explain the significance in time of all the history we are seeing this week.
We were then off in the coach heading for Bayeux. Amazing! The tapestry is simply incredible and the commentary really brings home the events of 1066. We went from the tapestry to the local market where the children had the time to practise their French and spend some of their pocket money. Some of you are in for a genuine treat!
Then it was lunch and a visit to the cathedral church of Notre Dame at Bayeaux followed by an obligatory ice cream where the children just had to use their French and the ice cream was paid for! They all managed it extremely well!
We then moved forward almost 900 years and visited the Allied war Cemetery at Bayeux where Sam and Laurel laid a wreath on behalf of the school. We then had a chance to walk around the cemetery, looking out for familiar names, different regiments, the different ages of the soldiers and the different nationalities. Of the 4,500 graves over 400 are of German troops and we took the chance to talk about the importance of reconciliation, of respecting your enemy and the equality of all in the eyes of God. The children were impeccable and a huge credit.
From there it was to Point du Hoc, a crucial part of the D-Day story and a fantastic place for youngsters of all ages to explore, learn and enjoy.
Back to the Centre to reflect on what we have seen, heard, experienced and learned before dinner of fish and rice and chocolate mousse (and another bread mountain).
Most of the children are back up to the field for games now or practising for tomorrow’s gala performance with some children choosing to stay at the Centre to practise. Then it will be bed, sleep and up for tomorrow’s exciting activities.
Do checkout last night’s sunset… beautiful!
Missing you all but having a wonderful time!