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MFL Trip to Normandy July 2012

Modern Foreign Languages Vist to Normandy area - July 2012

Normandy Visit 2012

In the last week of term, from 15th to 19th of July, 32 students together with Mrs Clifford, Mr Oates, Mrs Fitzgerald and Miss Loosli spent five days in Northern France. We stayed at the King Hotel in Port-en-Bessin, a beautiful little fishing village on the Normandy coast. From Port-en-Bessin we went on a number of different day trips within the region.

After a long journey, we arrived at the hotel on Sunday night and enjoyed a three course meal before going to bed very tired. On our first full day there, we visited the beaches of the 1944 D-Day Landings, the American Cemetery near Omaha Beach and the museum of Peace in Caen. On the second day, we saw the remaining pieces of the artificial harbour at Arromanches and experienced a visit to a 360° cinema that showed impressive pictures and footage from the invasion in June 1944. In the afternoon we had fun at a bowling alley. On Wednesday, the third day, we visited the Bayeux Tapestry and then students got a chance to practise their French whilst buying things from the market in Bayeux. After that, we went on a trip to a cider farm in Honfleur where we were able to taste the apple juice that is produced there. Every evening, we were able to go to the beach, and even though the weather was not hot, it was nice enough for the students to play football on the beach and to enjoy the sea air.

After a long journey home on the last day we were back at school on Friday for the final day to join in with the celebrations and the whole school mass. It was a great experience for everyone and we certainly learnt a lot about D-Day and World War II.

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