France – Day One

The day got off to a fantastic start as twenty-five extremely excited children (and adults) set off on the journey to France. We eagerly bundled onto the coach and travelled to Folkestone amongst the backdrop of enthusiastic chatter. Excitement mounted as we arrived at The Channel Tunnel and emerged in Calais, France, only to be topped by our first footsteps on French soil shortly afterwards.

Our first pittstop was the Aquarium at Boulogne in the glorious sunshine.

Right from the off, tropical fish captured our attention; it was difficult to know where to look first.

If push to came to shove, whilst we enjoyed all of the Aquarium, our favourite part would have to be the seals. We could have spent all day watching them playing around in the water and they even gave us a little show!


Right before it was time to leave, we managed to pay a visit to the sting rays. Here the brave and mighty rose to the occasion by touching them as they swam past. We topped the whole thing off by viewing the Penguins who managed to entertained us all.

Then all to soon it was time to return to our trusty coach to make the smooth trip to our beautiful Chateaux in Criel-sur-Mer. We arrived to be greeted with a much-appreciated hearty dinner including a delicious apple tart for dessert.

That left us with just enough time for a quick game before bed. Each group had to make the most effective water balloon carrier with just some card and cello tape.


Finally it was time for bed, and after a fun-packed day, there are some extremely happy children currently dreaming away about all the excitement coming up in the next few days. What an excellent start to our trip!

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