F and E block Trip to Opal Coast, France
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F and E block Trip to Opal Coast, France


During our five-day French trip to the Opal Coast from 1-5 April this year, we did many fun activities. On the first day we travelled on the coach for most of the day, crossing the Channel via Eurotunnel, and had a leg stretch at Cap Gris Nez. Then we arrived at our hotel and had a little tour and unpacked our bags, followed by a very French dinner and some ball games with one of the French animateurs – Quentin - in the garden until bedtime. On Tuesday, we visited La Coupole, a WWII bunker which was very interesting. As the tour was in French we had headsets to translate it, so it helped our French. Then we visited the beautiful Arras cemetery before heading into town where we could buy some souvenirs and snacks. On Wednesday, we made croissants with a very intimidating but funny French man at a traditional boulangerie, then we went on the Rando Rail. This was extremely fun as it was like a massive four-seater bicycle which we pedalled along a disused railway track through the forest and up and down hills. Then we made delicious crêpes and visited the market town of Boulogne which was bright and had lots of unique stalls. Then on Thursday, we visited the impressive Etaples war cemetery before we headed off to Le Touquet. The beach which was enjoyable even though none of us were brave enough to take a dip. We then went to a biscuit-making demonstration and tried some yummy biscuits and then headed of to the very interesting chocolaterie which made everyone’s mouth water. Finally, on Thursday night in the hotel we were treated to a mini disco along with an international school from Denmark, which was really fun and we all thoroughly enjoyed putting our little Rugby spin on it. On Friday, we all felt very sad as we packed our belongings and got ready to leave. On our bus journey back home, before heading back to the Eurotunnel shuttle, we stopped off at Vimy Ridge Canadian War Memorial. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the trip as I liked our hotel with the games room and it was fun socialising with the other schools.


Ciara Hogan (G)