This year, we took the plane to go to Liverpool! Well, we first landed at London Gatwick airport, at 8am. We then could enjoy a walking tour to London’s main touristic sites. Luckily (or not!?) Donald Trump was in London that day, scheduled to meet with Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. We were able to see his convoy as he passed in front of us near Big Ben. Many demonstrations and strikes were organized.
Micky, our bus driver for the week, then met us by the London Eye (some of our students were lucky to get free tickets to admire the view from that touristic attraction) and drove us to Liverpool. We met our host families for the week in Wallasey.
In the morning, we went to Manchester in order to have a guided tour of the stadium of Manchester City, the winners of the Premier League!
Our two guides, Mark and Ian were absolutely sparkly and funny! We spent a very good time with them. We even got to see Pep Guardiola (the coach). Look at our pics!
In the afternoon, we went back to Liverpool. We couldn’t stay in that city without visiting the Beatles’ museum! With audio guides (in English and French), we learnt about the band’s origins, songs and stories. We loved it! To finish the day, a little walk to Liverpool One was appreciated. It was the occasion to buy a few souvenirs.
Then back to our host family.
In the morning, everybody had worn their sportswear in order to go biking around the Lake District in Windermere. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining. We took a little ferry with our bikes and off we went to go cycling! We had our lunch by the lake with an amazing view. We had rent the bikes for the whole day. We traveled for 30kms! We were proud of ourselves.
In the morning, we visited Caernafon castle, a UNESCO World heritage Site where Charles, Prince of Wales, was invested in 1969. This castle is full of hidden places and small museums. We had our picnic by the castle and then departed to Llanberis. Tickets had been purchased to experience a 1-hour tour on a steam train around the lake.
Finally, due to poor weather conditions, we unanimously decided to go to an outlet village next to Liverpool in order to finish the day going shopping to not get wet.
Last day! We left our host families a bit early in order to spend more time to our final destination: Oxford!
The sun was shining, we wandered around in town; we enjoyed a walk to the University of Oxford. Most of the streets in the town centre are pedestrian. Therefore, our students were allowed to visit the centre on their own.
Micky then drove us back to the airport in London at 4pm.
And that was the end of our school trip.
Everybody lived it to the fullest and we are grateful to our students who made the most of it and were respectful to their host families and guides.