Fred & Isaac Share Stories from the Loire
During activities week, Warwick boys journeyed to the Loire Valley in France. Below, Fred in Year 9 and Isaac in Year 10 share their experiences.
Although the bus journey was long and hot, the ferry crossing was a welcome relief from the bus. We were allowed to walk around, and I spent most of the journey standing in the sun, looking out into the channel. It was a very pleasant part of the day, and I enjoyed it. The bus drive, not quite as much!
After a super fun day of rides, and exploring Futuroscope, we went back to our rooms and prepared for the highlight of the day, the show! At 10.15pm, we wandered down to the massive seating area, and the show began. With spectacular visual effects, the show followed the story of a girl's nightmares, where she eventually overcomes the scary teddy bear! The colours were absolutely stunning, and there can only be 1 or 2 places that do this kind of show in the world! They used powerful water fountains and jets, to create hologram-like pictures, there was water, fire, and fireworks! This is definitely the highlight of the whole trip so far!
After an interesting look around a mini châteaux "village" we went to look around a very impressive aquarium, with the friendliest looking lobster ever!
We eventually found our way to the stunning town of Amboise, and we wandered through the enchanting streets - they smelled of perfume from the soap shops. We stopped off at a friendly little restaurant to have an early supper, and afterwards we walked around happily with flower-ice creams. It was a very pleasant day!
We had a slightly cooler day today (much more manageable and less sweaty!). We visited an animal park where we saw the biggest gorilla I had ever seen! We were up close with the monkeys and lemurs, and we were able to follow them around! After a quick packed lunch, we found ourselves at a very nice bowling alley, that was pretty much deserted! With lots of lanes, we were able to play with smaller teams, and although I wasn't quite the best, I thoroughly enjoyed it! Madame Thomas bought everyone an ice cream as well! We are all very grateful. After that, we all spent far too much on trying to beat the high score on the punching machine and had a great laugh! Overall, it was a very good day!
Written by Fred in Year 9.
The best part of the first day was arriving at the Futuroscope complex after a long and hot sixteen-hour drive. It was really nice to relax, and there was definitely a feeling of relief throughout the group.
We spent all day at the theme park today, going on lots of rides, many structured like virtual simulations. My favourite ride was 'Objective Mars'; however, my favourite part of the whole day was when the year nine and tens got together and played football. It was a really sunny day, and to top it all off, I scored twice.
My favourite part of the day was going to park of mini castles, where there were loads of model châteaux for us to look at. We also went to an aquarium where I touched a fish in water for the first time, so that was fun too.
On Wednesday we went to the monkey park in the morning, which was fun because you could get really close to them. However, my favourite part of the day was when we went bowling in Poitiers, because I was shocking at the start, but the others helped me, and in the second game I almost doubled my score.
The best part of the last day was, of course, getting home. After another long coach ride, we finally had the school in our sites. It was a great ending to round off a great trip, and I’d love to go again.
Written by Isaac in Year 10