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France

France

France is a culinary wonderland, an artist’s dream and showcases a long and rich history. Take your student’s on an unforgettable journey through the battlefields of the north, the mesmerising coastlines or simply stay in the capital city where you have world class art galleries and awe-inspiring museums, couture fashion houses and the Eiffel Tower right on your doorstep.

Language
Art & Literature
History & Classics

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

A French Language tour is perfect for schools looking to inspire and challenge students in improving their language skills. With an Itinerary that uses practical learning and field assignments, students really get to practice their comprehension and pronunciation. Everyday situations and social interactions will challenge students to develop their own skills and put themselves out of their own comfort zone. With the opportunity to stay at a Travelbounds privately owned Chateau in the Normandy countryside, it also allows the opportunity to compare and contrast the language from the bustling city of Paris, to the smaller town, local atmosphere.

Sample Activities

Chateau Du Molay- Travelbounds very own 18th century French Chateau set within 38 acres of private parkland, offers students the opportunity to be a part of educational activities, and language learning classes. They can be a part of a French Cinema night and enjoy some free time swimming or playing sports in the recreational areas. (Normandy)

French Market Assignment- Students will visit a French market, bursting with local produce. Each student is given three Euros and has to use their French-speaking skills to buy ingredients to make a cold lunch back at the château. After they have prepared the meal, it is then judged by the château’s head chef. (Normandy)

Boulangerie Visit– A trip to a traditional French bakery lets pupils learn about the complete process of bread making. Students can actively participate and eat in or take away what they help to create. This tour is worthwhile just for the smell alone, but there are also great opportunities to ask the baker some questions in French.

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Art

Home to the best galleries in the world, the charming French capital will delight and inspire your students. From street art to contemporary art and art from the 16th Century, Paris is an artist’s mecca. Spend days weaving through the beautiful buildings that house the most famous art pieces in the world and tick off the “must do’s” in the most romantic city in the world.

Sample Activities

Louvre Museum– The Louvre, originally a palace but now one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. There are 35,000 paintings, sculptures and relics displayed over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space. The Louvre holds some of the world’s most famous works of art, such as the Mona Lisa, The Virgin and Child and the Venus de Milo. (Paris)

Picasso Museum- the Musée Picasso Paris collection comprises over 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archived pieces. This collection is the only one in the world to present both Picasso’s complete painted, sculpted, engraved and illustrated work and a precise record—through sketches, studies, drafts, notebooks, etchings in various stages, photographs, illustrated books, films and documents—of the artist’s creative process. (Paris)

Palace of Versailles – Just outside of Paris, you can enjoy Versailles as a day trip, or half day. the royal Chateaux was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. This used to be the hunting lodge of Louis XIII and the seat of French government. Today, the Chateau de Versailles contains works of art, a museum and gardens full of statues, fountains and ponds.

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History

Help enhance your student’s understanding of WWI and WWII with a trip to the Somme and the Normandy Coast. Follow in the footsteps of our soldiers and soldiers from around the world when you visit the locations of some of the harshest fighting and trench warfare in world history. You will find your students recognising the reality of the war as they visit trenches, battlefields, memorials and museums throughout France.

Sample Activities

Omaha Beach, US Cemetery- The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,387 military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. The memorial, set around a bronze statue, shows maps and narratives of the military operations. Centre staff are available to answer students’ questions.

Catacombs– the Catacombs gather the remainders of approximately six million Parisian, transferred between the end of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century. Along a labyrinth of obscure galleries and narrow corridors, the visitor discovers the bones laid out in a “romantico-macabre” decoration. (Paris)

Sacré-Cœur: The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica, is a Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica, consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919, has become one the most popular landmarks of Paris. It is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

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Homestay

There is no better way to learn the language than experiencing the day-to-day language immersion that comes from living with a host family. Travelbound can offer students the exciting opportunity to experience a country’s culture and local customs first-hand in a practical environment which is designed to provide an authentic language education.