Monday, July 16, 2012

A Magical Primary School Trip Destination

For educators thinking of taking their class on a primary school trip, there are a number of important decisions to make, and foremost among them is the choice of destination. Of all the options, Paris has some of the most appealing characteristics: close enough and with enough in common with home to feel safe and familiar, but different and surprising enough to let pupils expand their knowledge and experience. There is plenty in Paris to inspire the young, whether they are budding artists or scientists, future innovators or leaders - and plenty to entertain and fascinate them while learning. Here are just a few of the wonders that await.

The Sights of Paris

A primary school trip to Paris is a chance to visit some of Europe's most iconic buildings and structures, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Eiffel Tower is a miraculous feat of engineering, with an interesting background and wonderful views; the beautiful Notre Dame is a great focus for talking about the history and culture of Paris. Both of these attractions are also a good opportunity for young artists to try out their sketching skills. Another fantastic way to see Paris is a cruise along the river Seine, a leisurely journey through the heart of the city from where many beautiful and interesting areas can be observed. Or head to the top of Montparnasse Tower, from where the whole of Paris can be seen.

Musée d'Orsay

Paris is perfect for young art lovers, filled as it is with elegant architecture, modern chic, and some of the best art that Europe has to offer. It has enough galleries to fill up several weeks' worth of visits, but for primary school trip organisers with limited time, the Musée d'Orsay is an ideal choice - both for the inspiring atmosphere created by the building and the art contained within. Converted from a beautiful old railway station, it is a wonderful, light-filled space in which to discover the wonders of its collection - including colourful masterpieces by Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Disneyland Paris

Undoubtedly one of the reasons for young students to get most excited about their primary school trip to Paris, Disneyland promises a fun-filled adventure with plenty of learning opportunities along the way. Made up of five different 'lands', this famous theme park is packed with characters and rides to enchant visitors of all ages - but especially the young. Fantasyland is populated with favourite fairy tale characters from classic Disney movies; Adventureland is brimming with the excitement of pirates and strange new lands to discover; and Discoveryland takes bold explorers into space, the future, and beyond. All of these adventures can be enjoyed while observing the laws of science in action, as students take to the rides.

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