Modern Foreign Languages Trip to France and Spain

The Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages organised a trip to France and Spain to give students the opportunity to experience the lifestyle, history, culture and cuisines of these countries while improving their language skills.

The  trip was a worthwhile experience for all 17 students who participated.  The students were so excited and full of energy. They went for a boat ride on the Bateaux Mouches; these are open excursion boats that provide visitors with a view of the city along the river Seine. For most of them, this was the most memorable activity as it gave a fantastic view of Paris and the beautiful Eiffel Tour after dark.
In order to get a real taste of the parisien lifestyle, the students travelled the city on the metro or on foot. They were able to visit the Louvre Museum, the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument as well as spend time in the Tuilerie Gardens. They enjoyed a guided tour of the Sacre Coeur Basilica and the Montmartre museum, which gave them a great appreciation of the history, art and architecture, as well as learning about the lifestyles of artists, writers and painters such as Pablo Picasso, Suzanne Valadon and Apollinaire.
The students also attended French language sessions, visited the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees and spent a day at DisneyLand Paris. The weather was great and the boys particularly enjoyed the croissants and baguettes while the girls enjoyed visiting stores such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier at the Champs Elysees Avenue. They then took a six hour ride on the TGV (France’s intercity high-speed rail service) from Gare de Lyon to Barcelona.
In Barcelona, they attended Spanish classes at Enforex Language School, visited the Picasso Museum and enjoyed the delicious tapas. Although it was rainy season in Barcelona, the students still managed to attend a Flamenco show, visit Camp Nou Stadium and the Barcelona FCB (football) shop.