Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, a travelling party of staff and students flew into Charles de Gaulle Airport for a weekend packed with sightseeing tours in the attractive surroundings of one of the world’s most famous cities.
Historically, the weekend will be remembered as the one when Nicolas Sarcozy lost his Prime Ministerial seat to Francois Hollande, but that did not bother the 46 Kilkenny CBS first years who enjoyed the joys of Disneyland Paris, a Seine cruise in a ‘Bateau Mouche’, a tour of Notre Dame cathedral, a dizzying ascent to the summit of La Tour Eiffel, a visit in glorious sunshine to the Basilique de Sacre Coeur du Montmartre, a tour of the Stade de France, and an afternoon of shopping in the ultra modern surrounds of Quatre Temps in La Defense.
Despite the recessionary reality, Paris retains all of its legendary charm and life continues as it always has - with an obvious perpetuation of the qualities that have hallmarked the French capital for many years: Spontaneity and diversity.
With tour organiser Jim Ahern at the helm, the trip was thoroughly enjoyable and will be etched on the memories of the students for many years to come. Bravo Monsieur Ahern.
Modern European language acquisition has lost none of its importance, and Kilkenny CBS has always maintained a very high standard in this area, and the benefits of tours like this in moulding students’ future lives cannot be overstated. Allez CBS, et Vive les excursions scolaires.