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YR11 & 13 “Vacances” in Lyon Student Review

15th November 16

School Trip to Lyon



Over the October half term, Year 11 and 13 French students spent their “vacances” in Lyon, also known as the French capital of food. Smaller, cleaner, friendlier (and cheaper!) than Paris, Lyon hosted the King Alfred students for a week while we attended French lessons at Lyon Bleu International language school.

The mornings were spent brushing up on our grammar ahead of exams, while the afternoons were spent au cinema, at the funfair or various Lyon museums. We were lucky enough to have our own historical walking tour of the city by none other than King Alfred’s own Leon Whitham (yes Leon in Lyon).

The week was a huge success, not least because we learnt there are more places in France than Paris and Provence! We left Lyon well-fed, well-travelled and a little bit more French despite not-so-recent political events.

Many thanks to Pauline Moloney, Acting Head of French who organised such a fantastic trip! 

Pendant les vacances d’automne, les secondes et les terminales ont passé une semaine très agréable à Lyon, capitale gastronomique de la France. Alors, personnellement, je n’avais jamais visité Lyon jusqu’à cet automne, mais j’y ai trouvé une belle ville dans laquelle j’aimerais vivre à l’avenir.

Bien que je ne sois pas française, j’ai découvert la culture lyonnaise vraiment similaire à celle de Londres. La cuisine a autant d’importance que les arts et la musique (même le jazz !)

Je suis sûre que j’y retournerai quand je serai adulte. 

Gigi, Year 13


More Student Comments on the Lyon Trip

I think Lyon was a great experience and I had a lot of fun, the people who I stayed with were so nice and the lessons were very beneficial. Elena

It was surprisingly fun, but just as challenging as I expected. Jack

Lyon was an amazing trip, we were given so much freedom to roam around the city and explore! Helena

I came home from the trip feeling I knew a little about the history of Lyon. Sam

Thank you Pauline for organising and taking us on such a brilliant trip. Dora

Since then I can form sentences very confidently. Miranda

It was one of the best school trips I have been on. Holly



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