Students from Saint Paul’s recently returned from a trip to experience the magic of the French Christmas markets. During the trip, the students were able to immerse themselves in many aspects of French culture from visiting the bustling Christmas markets in Lille and a factory which manufactured traditional Flemish waffles.
Lille proved to be the perfect place for the students to experience the authentic and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market and soak up the culture of the French city.
Staged in the heart of the city, the Lille Christmas Market is one of the prettiest Christmas markets in the north of France; it has a fantastic alpine atmosphere. There was a variety of festive music, tasty treats and lights and merry-go-rounds, singers and shows.
Ms Lucy Fowler, teacher of Modern Languages at Saint Paul’s, said: “The Lille Christmas markets had a warm and festive feel with plenty of choice to suit all tastes. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to explore the old city and savour the atmosphere.”
“Lille is an enchanting city, with a fantastic atmosphere, and the students quickly got into the festive spirit,” explained Ms Fowler. “The visit provided an excellent opportunity for the students to practice their French in a “real life” situation. It was great to see how their confidence grew as they were able to experience communicating in a foreign language! This was an excellent trip, which proved to be hugely enjoyably and a very valuable support for the students’ work.”
“The students were able to practice their French linguistic skills, do some Christmas shopping and sample some of the wonderful food on offer,” commented Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “For many students this was their first trip abroad and they returned tired but happy and full of all their new experiences.”