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French trip to Burgundy 2018


The coach departed Twycross early on Sunday 27th of May full of excited students ready for their French holiday at the Maison Claire Fontaine activity centre. It was a long journey but worth the 12 hours when we arrived just in time for our delicious dinner of spaghetti bolognaise.

On the Monday we went to the circus and met Olivier who was really funny although his jokes were terrible. He put us through an interesting warm up and then took us on to the five main activities: the tightrope; the trapeze; the silk;  walking on a ball and the American roller. They were all very difficult but lots of fun. Overall our circus experience was fantastique!

After an exciting morning at the circus and a tasty lunch we prepared ourselves for a thrilling afternoon of archery. We all had a great time, from the start when we learnt the instructions in French to the end where we shot the balloons. We were given the opportunity to shoot four sets of three arrows so we had twelve overall. The competition was intense and the overall winner was Patrick who shot an outstanding twenty two balloons and the runner up was Jess C with thirteen.

On the Wednesday morning we travelled to the market by bus. The market was amazing. It was one of the greatest moments of the trip. We worked in groups of our tables and we went around the market buying food for our picnic lunch. We had to speak French the whole time! Firstly we bought olives and then some cucumber and peppers. Wait, how can we forget the waffles and the meringues for dessert? For the main course we bought ham and cheese. When we got back to the centre we had to present our food in French and the teachers rated it all out of five. In the end we ate it and it was delicious.

Before breakfast and then after our amazing dinner made by Chef David, we had the best free time. We could play sports such as Frisbee, football, badminton and table tennis. There were also swings that we could go on. On the last free time of the week the Maison Claire Fontaine gift shop was open where we could buy these amazing regional sweets called les anis de Flavigny. Tres bien!

At the end of the week there were presentations for different things that people had won during the week and we did a drama activity where we had to perform a play in French based on different parts of the holiday.

On the final evening, there was a disco. The music was chosen by all of us during the week. We all also participated in a dance that we had learned called the MCF dance which was really fun and we performed it that evening. 

The centre staff were kind and understanding. They were very helpful when learning new vocabulary or if we ever got confused and excellent in helping us to achieve the goals we wanted to achieve in our time there. They helped us to improve and feel more confident when speaking French. Merci Maison Claire Fontaine! and Merci Alex Mark and the team for a wonderful stay!

Mrs V Knight