France/Germany Trip 2016
By Alex Mason, Alex Wight and Emma Eales
On the 25th of June a group of 42 pupils and 5 teachers left the rain in hope of sun. However, to our great displeasure, this was not to be. On arrival, we went for a walk around Lahr and discovered Müller, the best shop ever! We were excited to sit down to our ‘chicken’ at dinner, until we realised it was veal... That night we made up for it though by visiting an amazing Eiscafe and all enjoying a delicious Spaghettieis!
We woke up on Sunday to sunshine and the chiming of church bells (every fifteen minutes!). On arrival in Strasbourg, the Petit Train was waiting for us. The tour of Strasbourg allowed us to see the stunning architecture and scenic views. After the tour, we climbed all 330 steps of the Strasbourg cathedral. The views at the top made it well worth the climb. However, as soon as we stepped out of the cathedral, the rain began. Thankfully, we were approached by some street vendors selling umbrella hats and the majority of the group gave in to their offer and bought a hat for three Euros.
Monday began well as we arrived at Freiburg’s beautiful market. Many of us tried Bratwurst or Currywurst as the coach driver told us we couldn’t go to a German market without having one. Next we went to the Schauinsland cable car. We reached the top and then climbed even higher up the viewing tower. Mr Giblin, terrified of heights, bravely overcame his fear and climbed to the top of the tower, even if it was a slow ascent. That evening we went bowling and took full advantage of the free WiFi!
Tuesday was the hardest day as in the morning we went to Le Struthof concentration camp. Whilst it was not an enjoyable experience, it was important for us to see and learn about what people went through during the war.
In the evening we began packing and went on a final group trip into Lahr. We finally managed to take our group photo (see below). The next morning we got the coach to Basel airport where it cost six euros for a bottle of water. We were happy to go home to nice food and drinkable tap water; however everyone was sad to be leaving France, Germany and their new friends. The trip was amazing (even with the questionable food) and we would all love to visit Germany and France again.