An Amazing Time In Northern France With School (Part One)

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 The Chateau

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing experience of going on a trip to Normandy with my school to learn French. We visited lots of wonderful places in Northern France, and here are my highlights from the trip…

Our year stayed at Chateau Beaumont, a lovely chateau built between 1837 and 1852. It is surrounded by loads of grass and places to explore, and on some afternoons we took part in fun activities, such as tir à l’arc (archery), tyrolienne (zip wire) and escrime (fencing). All of the instructors were so much fun, made us use French as much as possible and were really encouraging – so much so that they somehow managed to get me to climb all the way to the top of an incredibly difficult climbing wall!

Our room was nice, and actually very spacious for a group of ten people. I was lucky enough to be placed with my best friends, and we had a fabulous time together.

Every night we had evening activities, such as French night (we dressed up as stereotypical French people, took part in a quiz and went down a catwalk), egg drop (we had to create a protective case for a raw egg and drop it from the top of the chateau) and a disco.

Saint. Malo
My friends and I only spent a short amount of time at Saint Malo, but we still really enjoyed ourselves. It is a perfect destination for tourists as the shops sell pretty much everything; our favourites were a fantastic chocolate shop and a VEGETARIAN SWEET SHOP – it was like a dream (we don’t eat gelatine, so finding the right sweets can be a challenge).

Le Mont Saint Michel

The beach at Saint Malo is beautiful. The sand is soft and an amazing shade of yellow, and the sea was perfect and really warm. It was one of the only beaches I have ever been to which was unspoilt by rubbish and tiny fish swam around our ankles.

Mont Saint Michel
Le Mont Saint Michel is a picturesque island just off the coast of France. It is surrounded by a beautiful beach, is full of history and is visited by over three million tourists a year!

At the top of the town, there is a stunning abbey, (which unfortunately we didn’t get to) and incredible views, as well as countless shops, museums and houses from the 15th and 16th centuries. There is so much to do, and so many things to see. We were told about old myths, tactics in battle and more, but the thing that interested me the most was that the shops had inspired Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter movies!

These are only some of the brilliant things which I got up to in Normandy and Brittany. Read here for part two

Read about the caravanning trip to France I took with my family in 2011

Read about my school trip last year – to PGL.


9 Responses

  1. Mums do travel

    What a fantastic trip, I’m glad you had a great time. I was in Normandy recent too but didn’t get as far as Mont St Michel. I’m intrigued by the egg drop – how did you protect the egg and did it work?

    • J

      We were given a bin bag, cardboard, tape, glue, tissues, an egg, a rubber glove and scissors, and had to put an egg inside. Our group tightly wrapped the egg and blew up the bin bag, then wrapped it in cardboard. Other groups created parachutes, but ours wasn’t, and fell down extremely quickly.

      Luckily, our egg didn’t crack when it hit the ground!

  2. Trish Burgess

    We visited this part of France when my son was younger – it’s such a beautiful place. I took a photo of Mont St Michel and my dad created a painting for me from it so I always have happy memories of that holiday on my wall.
    So pleased you had a great time.

    • J

      Thanks – I did have a great time. Le Mont Saint Michel was probably the most beautiful thing we saw on the trip; it was stunning!


    I used to live in France but have never been to Mont Saint Michel. I had no idea 3m people went every year. Sounds like a fabulous trip.

    • J

      It was fantastic – I learnt loads, saw amazing sights and had loads of fun. I never would have expected that over 3million people visited le Mont Saint Michel per year…

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