At the end of last year a group of Clifton’s French scholars had the opportunity to visit Paris and Versaille to explore the history and soak up the sights and culture of this iconic city.
They took in the architecturally beautiful Palace of Versailles, the darkly impressive Notre Dame, the magnificent Eiffel Tower and the burial place of Napoleon. A highlight of the trip for many was creeping along the ancient subterranean passages of the Catacombs where pupils took on the challenge of translating the stone inscriptions.
Despite the cold weather, our students trekked to many museums including the Museum of Resistance, which painted a poignant and courageous picture of figures like Jean Moulin, who suffered but remained resolute at the hands of the Nazis. Students also explored Paris’ Museum of Immigration which portrayed different experiences of immigration from around the world, and included eye-opening personal accounts from immigrants who had suffered racism and discrimination because of their ethnicity
Students truly immersed themselves into the Parisian culture as they strolled along the streets of ‘Le Quartier Latin’, hopped on and off ‘Le Metro’, chatted in French and ate hot crepes. A wonderful time was had by all.