English Trip to Paris

English & Media

From Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March, students from English Language, English Language & Literature and Creative Writing were away in Paris.

The students have been studying an anthology of writing about Paris and travel writing so this was the perfect opportunity to match their reading with the reality and to write about their experience in the City of Light.

They travelled on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris' Gare du Nord. Rather than taking a tourist coach, the students explored the streets of Paris on foot and descended into the Metro to get a direct sense of the city.

On arrival they visited the Sacre Coeur and were treated to fabulous views over the city. A busy second day saw visits to the Musee Gourmand du Chocolat; 387 steps up the bell tower of Notre Dame; a visit to the Eiffel Tower; and a cruise along the Seine. The day culminated in the literal highlight of the trip: fantastic views of Paris at night from the 59th floor observation deck of the Tour Montparnasse.

The third day saw visits to the Pompidou Centre and the Louvre, seeing the Mona Lisa and giving an opportunity for people-watching and reflection on the tourist experience. Throughout students were taking photos and voice notes for their travel blogs and critiquing the audio guides in the places they visited.

After plenty of time in Parisian cafes, enjoying croques (monsieur and madame), steak hache and other French treats, the final meal was a visit to the Hard Rock Café. Afterwards the group went to a sports bar to watch Paris St Germain vs Barcelona.

Everyone came back having had a wealth of experiences – and most importantly, lots to write about!