A coachful of HHS students pulled back into the school car park in the wee hours of 20 July: five days tireder, but two countries, two mind-opening, time travelling theme parks, and 1571 miles wiser than when they left.
Our home for the week, aside from the luxury Spratts coach, was the Hôtel du Futuroscope, where the students got to grips with living as a group and coping with unfamiliar cuisine. Futuroscope is a theme park unlike any other, offering a unique angle on the world, whether from the end of a gyrating robot arm or the back of a giant ladybird.
Next stop was the past, via another French park, voted best in the world last year. Le Puy du Fou goes to extraordinary lengths to bring history alive in a series of spectacular shows. The best of the students’ own descriptions and photos will be posted here in due course.
On Thursday we drove to La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast. One group visited its famous Aquarium, while the others explored the town – followed by an afternoon of sun, sea and sand for everyone.
On the last day, the homeward journey took us via Ypres in Belgium, where the students searched the walls of the Menin Gate for the names of relatives killed in the First World War. There was just time for a lightning tour of the chocolate shop run by Willy Wonka’s Belgian nephew, and a look round this attractive town, before we were whisked back up to Calais and the ferry to Blighty.
Un grand merci à Monsieur Armstrong and the Team (Miss Baker, Mr Thomson, Miss Stanley and Mr Berry), our drivers Dave and Andrew, and to all the students who helped to make it a successful and enjoyable trip.