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Video of our trip to France

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On November - 20 - 2013

In March, 2013 we visited Paris and Strasbourg in France.  This video is over an hour long and divided as follows:

0-7.10: Eiffel Tower

7.10-10.30: Open top bus tour

10.30-23:10: Champs Élysées; Arc de Triomphe; Louvre; Irish Embassy

23.10-28:40: Versailles

28:40-45:15: Ecole Elémentaire Bouchesèche HOENHEIM, Strasbourg; Maginot Line

45:15-64:40: European Parliament; European Court of Human Rights

64:40-68:10: Strolling the streets of Strasbourg; GAA football match;

68:10-71:40: Our final day and journey home.

We’re home and our trip to France has come to an end.

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On March - 29 - 2013

As we look back on the past week we remember what a great adventure we had. We travelled by car, plane, bus, metro, RER train, TGV, coach, tram, boat and taxi. And, of course, we walked a lot!

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We had a brilliant week in Paris and Strasbourg. My favourite trip was to the Eiffel Tower. 🙂 Justin.

We had a really good week in France.  It was nice to meet all the French pupils and visit their school. 🙂  Rebecca.

We had such a fun week in France. We saw so much, and we all got to do some shopping in Gap :-p Amy.

I really enjoyed France this week. We saw lots of different things and they all were really good! There were lots of great opportunities. Really enjoyed visiting the school in Strasbourg. Thanks Mr. Ó Beirn!  Rachel 🙂

It was great to visit France!! It was such a good opportunity to visit all the wonderful things. We saw things from markets to the Eiffel Tower. Marie 😀

It was great fun. Ice-cream in France is great. We were really lucky and got to see famous buildings such as the Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower. All in all a great trip.  ENDA 😛

Had a wonderful time in France. Have great memories to cherish. You’re a fantastic group to be with. Thanks for bringing me. Sandie 🙂

On est bien arrivé en Irlande. . . fatigué mais content.!

On est bien arrivé en Irlande. . . fatigué mais content!

  1. It was a great trip!! Huge thanks to mr o beirne and sandie for looking after them so well.

  2. Noirin Byrne says:

    It is great to have you all home. Thank you so much Mr O Beirn for organizing such a fantastic trip. These are memories to last a lifetime.:-)

We’re back safely in Manchester!

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On March - 29 - 2013

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We’ve arrived safely in Manchester. Our flight for Knock leaves at 10.35. It is due to leave on schedule and we hope to see everyone again at 12 noon. In the meantime it’s off to check out the duty free. 🙂

  1. Noirin Byrne says:

    Looking forward to seeing you all in Knock later

GAA football match in Strasbourg

Posted by Rebecca On March - 28 - 2013

This morning we visited our host school and played a football match.  They had looked up the rules and videos on Youtube. They even watched last year’s All-Ireland final – Donegal v. Mayo! The game finished in a draw: 3-3 to 3-3. Gerald, our Comenius director from Austria, spoke to us on some future activities planned for next year. Then we had a party! The Mayor of Strasbourg was there. We were given gifts and everyone was so lovely. We presented the children with two board games that were made in Ireland – Discover Ireland & Discover Europe. We also had presents for the teachers. One of the teachers, Mathieu, asked Marie what was the best and worst part of the trip. She said the worst part was leaving France. 🙂

We got the TGV back to Paris and travelled back to our hotel on the metro. We did some shopping in GAP and Monoprix. Then we went to a restaurant for dinner. Afterwards we visited the Eiffel Tower one last time to see it lit up at night. It was beautiful. On our way back to the hotel we went to McDonalds for McFlurrys. We have an early start tomorrow and a coach will collect us at the hotel to take us to the airport.  We hope to arrive in Knock Airport at 12 o’clock.

The two teams line out at 9am for our GAA football game in Hoenheim.

The two teams line out at 9am for our GAA football game in Hoenheim.

GAA football match in Strasbourg.

GAA football match in Strasbourg.

The match ended in a draw!

The match ended in a draw!

Gerald Grahammer, our Comenius director, explains some of the upcoming Comenius activities.

Gerald Grahammer, our Comenius director, explains some of the upcoming Comenius activities.

Gerald Grahammer, our Comenius director explains some of the upcoming Comenius activities.

Gerald Grahammer, our Comenius director, explains some of the upcoming Comenius activities.

The teachers and parents hosted a farewell party for us!

The teachers and parents hosted a farewell party for us!

Mme. Wendenbaum presented us, and our school, with gifts.

Mme. Wendenbaum presented us, and our school, with gifts.

Mme. Wendenbaum presented us, and our school, with gifts.

Mme. Wendenbaum presented us, and our school, with gifts.

The Mayor of Strasbourg joined us for the farewell party.

The Mayor of Strasbourg joined us for the farewell party.

Tonight we said goodbye to the Eiffel Tower.

Tonight we said goodbye to the Eiffel Tower.

We had an amazing trip!

We had an amazing trip!

  1. The whole trip looked amazing. I hope you all enjoyed it.

  2. Noirin Byrne says:

    You have had a once in a lifetime experience. Looking forward to seeing you all today.

Outside the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Outside the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Outside the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Outside the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Central courtyard of the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Central courtyard of the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Inside the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Inside the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

Fáilte chuig Parlaimint na hEorpa!

Fáilte chuig Parlaimint na hEorpa!

The chamber of the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

The chamber of the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

At the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

At the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

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At the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

At the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

With Ms. Anne Power, the judge in respect of Ireland at the European Court of Human Rights.

With Ms. Anne Power, the judge in respect of Ireland at the European Court of Human Rights.

Outside the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Strasbourg.

Outside the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Strasbourg.

Inside the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Strasbourg.

Inside the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Strasbourg.

A tour of Strasbourg on the River Ill.

A tour of Strasbourg on the River Ill.

Today we went to the European Parliament for a tour. It is a huge building. The chamber holds 1465 people in total (including visitors).

Next we went to the European Court of Human Rights. We were welcomed by Ann Power who is the judge with regard to Ireland since 2008. We got to see the Grand Chamber that has 17 judges. She was very nice and explained all about the Court.

Then, after lunch we went visited the Cathedral in Strasbourg which is called Notre Dame, like in Paris.

Afterwards, we took a tour of Strasbourg on the river Ill. We saw the old and new parts of the city. We had earphones which we used to listen to an explanation of the tour.

Finally we shopping for souvenirs! We had a great day. 🙂

  1. Looks like you’ve had/are having a great time! Enjoy the rest of the Easter Holidays – Grace.

Our visit to the Maginot Line

Posted by Marie On March - 26 - 2013

Today we got up very early – 6.30am!! We had breakfast at 7 and then went by tram to our partner school in Hoenheim. In France they start school at 8 o’clock and at the platform the teachers and children greeted us with Irish flags and a big cheer. It was so nice. We then boarded a coach to visit the Fort of Schoenenbourg. It was the most heavily bombed fort on the Maginot Line in World War 2. The French hoped the Line would prevent a German invasion but the Germans went around it through the Ardennes forest. We had a tour which lasted over two hours.

Afterwards we went back to the school where we were given lunch. We introduced ourselves to the other children. We played basketball and soccer with them. We painted plastic Easter eggs and made some bunnies with marla. Then we sang a French song we had learned with the French children. Everyone clapped. The vice-Mayor of Strasbourg was also there to visit us. The Mayor will come on Thursday to say hello. Strasbourg is in Alsace and the French children did a traditional Alsation dance. Tonight the teachers are taking us out for a traditional Alsation meal. Their traditional dish is like a type of pizza so we’re looking forward to it! 🙂

 

  1. Pictures look fantastic. Its looks like you had a great day. Enjoy the evening!!

  2. looks like ye had a great time today with the french childrens and the teachers enjoy the rest of the evening…

  3. Noirin Byrne says:

    You are being treated like VIPs…..

The Irish Embassy, the Louvre and trip to Strasbourg

Posted by Amy On March - 25 - 2013
The Irish Embassy, Paris

The Irish Embassy, Paris

With Rosaleen Kavanagh, the wife of the Irish ambassador to France.

With Rosaleen Kavanagh, the wife of the Irish ambassador to France.

With Paul Kavanagh, Irish ambassador to France.

With Paul Kavanagh, Irish ambassador to France.

With Meg Laffan, cultural attaché at the Irish embassy.

With Meg Laffan, cultural attaché at the Irish embassy.

Mona Lisa (La Joconde)

Mona Lisa (La Joconde)

At the Musée du Louvre.

At the Musée du Louvre.

Sandie and Rachel at the Louvre.

Sandie and Rachel at the Louvre.

With our teacher at the Louvre!

With our teacher at the Louvre!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

On the TGV to Strasbourg!

Today we checked out of our hotel and went to the Irish embassy by metro. The Irish ambassador and his wife greeted us. In case we didn’t know he told us that Mayo had beaten Donegal yesterday. We were given a tour of the embassy by Meg Laffan, the cultural attaché. She is from Limerick. The rooms very big with very high ceilings. The carpets and rugs were made in Donegal. There were lots of old paintings and old-style furniture. There are four floors and twenty-two people working in the embassy. We were told all about the work of the embassy. In February, our president Michael D. Higgins was there and last November the Taoiseach visited. Today, the minister Róisín Shorthall was arriving for a meeting in the afternoon.

Afterwards, We just had enough time to visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa. There was a huge crowd of people taking photos and looking at the painting. The painting itself was quite small. The picture opposite was massive but not as many people were looking at that!

Then we went to Gare de l’Est to take the TGV to Strasbourg. It’s our first time on the TGV. We can see on the teacher’s laptop how fast the train is going. The fastest was 320km/h which is 200 miles per hour! We can see what the French countryside looks like. All the fields are very flat and there aren’t any stone walls! We saw a tractor ploughing a huge field. When we got to Strasbourg the French teachers met us at the station and took us to our accommodation.

  1. Miriam Byrne says:

    Great photos. Enjoy Strasbourg.

Our Visit to Versailles

Posted by Amy On March - 24 - 2013
At the entrance to the Palace of Versailles.

At the entrance to the Palace of Versailles.

Having fun at the huge mirrors near the ticket office.

Having fun at the huge mirrors near the ticket office.

Having fun at the huge mirrors near the ticket office.

Having fun at the huge mirrors near the ticket office.

The Gardens of Versailles.

The Gardens of Versailles.

The Gardens of Versailles.

The Gardens of Versailles.

The Gardens of Versailles.

The Gardens of Versailles.

The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.

The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.

Leaving the Palace.

Leaving the Palace.

Chocolate Mousse. Yum, Yum!!

Chocolate Mousse. Yum, Yum!!

Enjoying dessert!!

Enjoying dessert!!

Justin and Enda about to sink their ice cream boats!

Justin and Enda about to sink their ice cream boats!

Today we went to the Palace of Versailles. We got the metro first, then the RER train.

The carriages on the train had two floors. We went to the top on the way to Versailles and also on the way back.

We had to queue for a while for tickets. Then we walked around the gardens. The queue for the Palace was huge so we went to get something to eat.

When we got back the queue was gone and we went straight away to see the Hall of Mirrors which is one of the most famous rooms in the world. We saw other rooms with huge paintings and tapestries.

Then we went back to the hotel on the train and metro. We had pizza for dinner and dessert afterwards. We all had a great day – Amy & Rebecca.

  1. It looks amazing. Those boats are too big for you two!!

  2. Noirin Byrne says:

    Wow, what a fantastic visit. It’s very important to check the hair in the mirror now and then lads!!

Ag siúl an Champs-Élysées

Posted by Justin On March - 24 - 2013
At the Arc de Triomphe

At the Arc de Triomphe

A lamborghini.

A lamborghini.

A ferrari.

A ferrari.

Yesterday after the Eiffel Tower we went on an open top bus tour of Paris. We got earphones and when you plugged them into the bus you could hear all about the buildings in English. We saw Notre Dame and got off at the biggest street in Paris called the Champs-Élysées. It is over a 1000 metres long and 76 metres wide. It was very busy and there were lots of people sitting outside having drinks. We saw the Arc de Triomphe and went into some shops. We saw a huge Easter egg. We also saw some really cool cars. Then we got back on the red bus and went home. We had pizza and chips for dinner. Then we went to McDonald’s for McFlurrys afterwards. We had a great day.

  1. Noirin Byrne says:

    Enda and Justin, you look like you could just drive away in that car!!!

  2. I wish they could. Would love it. Great on our roads!!!

Gortskehy at the Eiffel Tower!

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On March - 23 - 2013
Gortskehy at Eiffel Tower

At the Eiffel Tower

Almost there!

Almost there!

Looking down on Paris

Looking down on Paris

Au sommet de la Tour Eiffel.

Au sommet de la Tour Eiffel.

 

Hi from Paris. Enjoying the nice weather. Did some shopping at the top of the Eiffel Tower. – Rachel

I saw Dior, Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vutton, Cartier and so many other shops. – Amy

Enjoyed the tour of Paris on the open top bus. – Rebecca

Had a great tour. Took lots of photos. – Marie

The ice-cream is lovely! – Enda

Hi Jessica, could nearly touch the sky! 🙂 Justin

  1. Noirin Byrne says:

    You seem to be having a wonderful time.. enjoy

  2. Noirin Byrne says:

    Glad to see that you haven’t lost Mr O Beirn en route. We were beginning to wonder where he was!!!

  3. Your all so lucky enjoy every bit these are your future memories!!

  4. You look awful high up! Must be cold up there.