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This morning we woke up to another sunny, hot day! We were all really excited for the day, as we were going to the aquarium! After we had breakfast we got ready and packed our bags to go off to the aquarium. When everyone was ready we began to walk in the city centre of La Rochelle. At the Aquarium we saw lots of really awesome sea creatures like the bull shark which we called Larkin J. There were other huge sharks which were extremely interesting. The sharks’ teeth looked so sharp and pointy. We saw lots of different coloured fish, which were in interesting shapes and sizes. Some fish had pointy, spikes on the body, there was some that were absolutely massive and some that were completely tiny. There were fishes that had weird patterns on, with lots of bright, fancy colours. Some were interested by the blue spotty stingrays and there strange patterns. Many other people were curious to look at the Jellyfishes and how some of them were transparent. After the aquarium we strolled in to the heart of La Rochelle, the market place. The market was not that busy but it was a very beautiful place and was beautifully set out. There were a number of shops which we could go in and they were all cool and full of presents to send home, also the food was amazing! We had had rice and chicken and fruit for pud.
Amelia, Holly, Abby and Samantha.
Today we got on the bus and went to Cognac and we got on a boat and sailed around the lake to a place where they make Henessy brandy and they gave us a tour as well as showing us how to make the brandy. At the end of the tour the teaches where allowed to taste he brandy but (unfoutuntly) we had to have grape juice instead with was actually all right! The brandy was very expensive. We all tried to find our dates of birth on the brandy barrels, as each barrel had a year written on it. The teachers took us to an amazing beach that was great fun. There were amazingly big waves that everyone jumped over. The sand was boiling hot on our feet. We had a contest to see who could dig the biggest hole in the sand but they all ended up getting washed away by the water. We chilled and sunbathed on the beach as our clothes dried. We got the bus back to the youth hostel the journey took an hour and 30 minutes. When we got back we had our tea straight away as it was almost 7. After tea we came back and wrote our diaries until it was time for bed. It was a very fun day today.
Paige, Caitlin, Mille and Gabrielle
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La Rochelle Day 1
Hi there! we have experienced our first day at La Rochelle and we are going to tell you about our time! After waking up at 7oclock and rushing to get ready we went for breakfast in the food hall! We had everything from French delights to the basics!
Morning: We strolled into the French old town and came across some amazing views! We saw expensive boats parked along the stunning harbour which led to beautiful sights of old castles and artistic statues, whilst doing this we learnt about them and their history!
By Megan, Charlotte and Ellie
Afternoon: We enjoyed a delicious lunch under the trees at the youth hostel soaking up the rays of the scorching sun! We then made our way down to the local beach and had a fun afternoon of swimming, sun-bathing and running around! When we finished at the beach we each bought an ice-cream to enjoy on our walk back to hostel ready for tea! We are excited for what day 2 of La Rochelle has to offer and to soak up some more sun!
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La Rochelle Day 3
We were woken up at 7:30am as we had to get to breakfast at 8:00am however most of us were tired. But we still managed to get there on time. For breakfast we had the choice of cereals, toast, bread rolls, hot chocolate, water and orange juice. After breakfast we went back to our rooms to get our things ready for the upcoming trip. We went to the island of Il Da Re and used worksheets to complete a factual task and then a market task when we reached there. We then had lunch and made our way to the lighthouse. We learnt a bit about the fishing history and then headed on the coach to the beach. We splashed about in the sea before piling back onto the coach to drive back to the hostel. When we arrived we ate tea and then spent our free time playing big football matches.
Written by David King and Lee Scott videos by Will Holme photos by John Mc’carthy.
Bon Jour! After some traumatic weather, Gordon our heroic driver took us safely through torrential rain both in France and England. The ferry was an experience for us all as both pupils and staff had to battle through the maze of corridors to get to our rooms. The journey itself was particularly smooth, taking into account the weather before and after. We arrived fresh faced and bushy tailed to an overcast La Rochelle after our Pixar sponsored journey. Our dinner was a gentle introduction to French life and cuisine with roast chicken and chips. Pupils were lulled into a false sense of security and at this early stage were starting to ask for their food preferences in French! Sunday consisted of a stroll around La Rochelle and taking in its architecture and culture. Again showing off their bilingual prowess, as pupils started tentatively ordering local ice creams and viewing the traditional Sunday market. Monday has brought the aquarium which fascinated everyone with the range of activities and attractions. Everyone was amazed at the range of wildlife the sea had to offer, however some started to question their desire for fish and chips on their return home! The weather has been steadily improving since our arrival and we are looking forward to sampling more of the local culture and cuisine over our upcoming days here. Santé Team La Rochelle