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Posted on: 13/12/2017
Year 7 Trip to Lille Christmas MarketsTuesday 5th December saw a very early start (0530 am to be precise) for a large group of Year 7s and staff, as we set off in search of the Lille Christmas Markets. Spirits were high despite the early start, and as the sun started to rise over the glamour of the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal, excitment was mounting. Were we going under the water? Would we see the Eiffel Tower? Where were the nearest toilets!? A continual flow of questions helped pass the journey time quickly and by 1030 am (French time) we had arrived in Lille and the students were raring to go.
Mr McKay led a short walk (march!) from the coach to the market site, providing many with their first experience of France and its culture. This also proved to be an opportunity for many more questions and for some, interaction with the locals!
After a few minutes we encountered a military parade in one of the squares, which was keenly scrutinised by our eager students, raising yet more questions! Having put their enquiring minds to good use, we headed for a local shopping centre, to give them a chance to try out some of their spoken skills, while fully immersing themselves in French daily life. This appeared to be a great success, as many students came back with shopping bags! It was then back towards the market square for lunch - another opportunity to practice and improve everyone's French speaking. For the brave it was also an opportunity to ride on the big wheel, providing an amazing view over the market itself, the town and the surrounding area.
After lunch the market itself beckoned and we headed towards the appetising smell of crepes and sausages. As the lights twinkled and the air cooled it started to feel very Christmassy and the varying array of stalls added to this feeling. Once again, the students busied themselves shopping and chatting with the locals, experiencing a different, more intimate side to French life and shopping, compared with the large shopping centre visited earlier.
It was then time to leave the lovely Lille behind and head back towards Coquelles for our journey home. There was just enough time for a quick stop at Cite Europe - a final opportunity to try out some French - before boarding our train home. Arriving back at DGSB in good time, it was clear that both students and staff alike had had a great though tiring day. Weighed down by bags and with many stories to tell, all left for home tired, happy and looking forward to the next trip!