Latest reports from French trip to Normandy
Omaha beach, site of a huge loss of life in the Second World War

Latest reports from French trip to Normandy

01/02/2011

We left Roedean on Friday morning at 5.30am [writes Miss Seagar] and took a six hour ferry ride from Portsmouth to Caen. It was a bit bumpy, but we all survived to arrive at Château Baudonnière in time for a nice dinner and a tour of the grounds in the dark.
 
Since then, the girls haven't stopped. They've tried aeroballe (combination of basketball and trampolining), climbing, a treasure hunt with a twist, initiative exercises in the forest, orienteering and circus skills.

Yesterday we visited Bayeux and saw the amazing 70m tapestry and the beautiful cathedral where it was hidden during the war. Then at Arromanches, a town with weighty D-Day history, we watched a film about the history of the débarquement, followed by a visit to the American cemetery with its 9,000 graves. We surveyed Omaha beach, in the bitter cold, and imagined the horrors of the war, where on that very beach 20,000 soldiers lost their lives in just one hour.

Last night we had a campfire, singing lots of songs with mad actions and tomorrow we are off to the market to practise our French skills. Tomorrow night it is Soirée Francaise, ie dressing up with a French theme, when the girls will try snails - not that they know it yet…
 
Anyway, two days left and there is still lots to do. The girls are really progressing in their French and learning more and more vocabulary every day. There are countless opportunities for speaking the language, from 'Je peux descendre, s'il vous plaît?' on the climbing wall, to 'Je voudrais encore du pain'. Nobody gets away with not having a go!  
 
View pictures of the trip so far – look for 'Roed school'

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