As Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea” and that was certainly the case for 77 of our 2nd Year students who travelled on Thursday, February 13th for four fun-filled days of culture and sightseeing. The tour began in the early hours of Thursday morning with a 2am departure for Dublin airport. All were happy to be leaving Ireland behind as storm Dennis was making his appearance. The flights there and back were a bit turbulent but the group was thrilled to touchdown and enjoy four days of spring sunshine in the City of Light.

Day one began with a visit to the Palais de Versailles with its splendid grand apartments, the glorious hall of mirrors and beautiful garden. The girls then enjoyed a cruise along the Seine followed by an obligatory pit stop to dine on some delicious crepes before hotel check-in.

With the group staying in a Disney hotel, they were only a stone’s throw away from the Disneyland parks for their activities on day two. A short coach ride meant they arrived at the park ahead of the crowds and could make a plan of attack, squeezing as many rollercoaster rides into the day as possible. They enjoyed the thrills of Big Thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror and Space Mountain with a few hugs and high fives from the Disney characters along the way. With it being Feb. 14th a number of students were even witness to a marriage proposal! The parade along Main Street and spectacular fireworks display above the castle were enjoyed by all – students and staff alike. They certainly got their money’s worth, as they were the last Minnie Mouse-eared revellers to leave the park.

Day 3 started with a visit to the Louvre Museum with everyone excited to see the magnificent artwork on display, especially da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Montmartres was next on the itinerary but first came the climb up the Montmartres hill to the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur. It was here that some of our eagle-eyed students made a celebrity sighting with YouTuber and rapper KSI being swarmed by our Bower girls and happily took time to stand in for some selfies and snaps. We are hoping this was not the only highlight of the trip!

The group’s final day was a lot more relaxed with a bus tour of the city’s sights and a leisurely stroll along the Champs Elysees to see the Arc de Triomphe and a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower. A spot of shopping was enjoyed before an evening flight home. The girls were a credit to the school and their families while away and we hope they made memories that will last long into the future. We would like to thank the staff members who travelled with the group and the tour committee for organising another highly successful 2nd year tour.