In the early hours of Friday 9th October, a group of 50 students and 5 teachers from Nenagh College embarked on a 4 day trip of a lifetime to the most visited city in the world, Paris. Spirits were high as students and teachers began their bus journey to Dublin Airport. After a quick 75 minute flight, they landed at Beauvais Airport just outside of Paris. Their first destination in Paris, the majestic and beautiful Champs Elysees. The weather was sunny and bright as both students and teachers were able to take in the full experience of one of the busiest, most expensive shopping streets in the world.
The group visited the Louvre, one of the most historic focal points in Paris and one of the world’s largest museums and art galleries. From many of the world’s most famous works, such as the painting of the ‘Mona Lisa’, the sculpture of the ‘Winged Goddess of Victory’ and the Ancient Egyptian exhibition, there is something there to suit everybody’s interest.
Paris would not have been complete without a boat ride down the Seine. The city comes alive at night as the buildings in the centre of the city become illuminated and even more majestic.
A visit to Disneyland was high on the priority list for students. Entering the park, they were greeted by the familiar sound of all the music from their favourite Disney films. From adrenaline fuelled roller coasters such as Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain to breath-taking adventure rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, there were attractions there to suit everyone. Disney Parades began every few hours as favourite characters sang and danced their way through the park cheered on by thousands of onlookers. Overlooking the entire park is the world famous Disney Castle. At night, the sky above the park glistens with fireworks. In Disney’s central meting hub, Main Street USA, this bright shimmering display could be seen and heard for miles.
After four immensely enjoyable and activity filled days, the group finally made their way back to Ireland on Sunday 11th. Landing in Dublin Airport after midnight, it was almost 3.00am before Nenagh appeared in the headlights. While many students and teachers were exhausted after all of the travelling we can all agree, that Paris 2015 was the trip of a lifetime!