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from the senior school (cont'd) the 863 year old Senanque Abbey that is still occupied by a community of silent monks. Chocolate was on the menu as we visited Chocolats Castelain on Wednesday, followed by a visit to Le Theatre Antique a huge magnificent vintage amphitheater from the time of Ceasar, where we viewed a gladiator presentation. The next day started with quick French class and was followed by a road trip to the medieval Baux de Provence, a huge castle/city built into a mountain, quiet an amazing place, with a very rich history. On the way home we took a quick trip into France’s Roman past at the Glanum ruins. It was already Friday and we were in Avignon for the day, first up was the Palais Des Papes, the safe-estate of the A popular excursion to a chocolate factory. Popes outside of Rome. We then ventured down to the Le Pont d’Avignon, the infamous half bridge over the Rhône. lunch. The afternoon was spent aboard the Vedette de Paris After an enjoyable weekend with our billets, we hit for a stunning cruise down the Parisian waterfront. Aigues-Mortes, an amazing castle city whose walls have With an early start, we were up and at it again for remained intact since its construction in 1289. Another Day 2. We began by visiting the Paris Museum of Science new day and the boys were at the Perrier factory museum. and La Géode. Afterwards we made our way to the Eiffel In Nimes we visited Le Tour Magne, a Roman hilltop look Tower; here we were indulged with the best view in Europe, out and La Maison Carrée a pristine Franco-Roman temple, from the most iconic structure in France. We ended the day where we watched a 3D film about Roman life in Nîmes. by climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and witnessed Our third last day in France took us to the Haribo factory, the town turn into the City of Light. Uzès, the amazing Tour Fenestrelle and the outstanding Pont Day 3 took us to the battlefields of the Somme where we du Gard, an aqueduct relic of man’s extraordinary building visited the Newfoundland, Australian WWI memorial and abilities. It was a sad goodbye to Avignon as we departed the underground bunkers of the area. This was a highlight back to the great North. The boys were back, and we took of the trip for most boys and bought home to us the realities a trip to the Les Galeries Lafayette. Our last activity as a of war and the harsh conditions our troops fought in. group was a visit to the Wax Work Museum. Le Chateau de Versailles, mind-blowing to say the Three weeks felt like a few hours, and for everyone least. We then visited Napoleon’s tomb and then onto Le involved thousands of fond memories and jokes. The group Panthéon; in one day we had visited the resting places of would like to express our sincere thanks to Mrs Downes some of the greatest Frenchmen in history. (Head of Languages) for her extraordinary effort in planning The next day we found ourselves in the Bohemian the trip and to Miss Robinson and Mr Caillard for organising part of Paris, the legendary Moulin Rouge, the cobbled and taking care of us as friends as opposed to guardians! streets of Montmartre and Le Sacré Coeur, which provided James Mullan (Year 11) an astonishing 360 view of Paris. In the afternoon we visited Le Louvre, where even the architecture itself is a masterpiece. It was au revoir to Paris and bonjour Avignon. After a weekend with our host families, the boys were back together for a fieldtrip to neighboring Toulon, where we had an appointment at an Archaeological Centre, and stopped of at the engaging Maritime Museum of Toulon. La Fontaine de Vaucluse played host to our second road trip from Avignon, a place of outstanding natural beauty. That afternoon we were given a guided tour of The group at Palace of Versailles. St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 46


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