A four-day trip to Paris by Carrick-on-Suir CBS Secondary School students took in a whirlwind tour of culture, sport, architecture, art and river cruises.
Under the guidance of language teacher Linda Barry and Deputy Principal Myles Mitchell, the 23 students from Transition Year visited Notre Dame Cathedral, the top of the Eiffel Tower, cruised along the River Seine at night, spent time in the Louvre, went bowling, enjoyed an afternoon at Euro Disney and viewed the Champs Elysees from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
The highlight of the four-day trip was a guided tour of the â€˜Stade de Franceâ€™, Europeâ€™s largest stadium situated north of Paris.
The students had access to the changing rooms and time to study the famous jerseys adorning the walls, wander around the stadium and walk the pitch.
They visited the world famous cabaret â€˜Le Moulin Rougeâ€™, taking photos outside only, and witnessed two marriage proposals at the Eiffel Tower.
The students noticed stark poverty and homelessness alongside great wealth in this historic city of contrasts, antiques, manners and romance, street markets, chic dress, small pampered dogs and fine food laced with delicacies of steamed and exotically flavoured snails.
People enjoying crepes and coffee along the boulevards were a common sight as perfectly elegant waiters in black and starched white moved swiftly among the outdoor tables in old world cafes.
Students Michael Oâ€™Dwyer, Jack Murphy, Sean Cooney and Tom Kenny said they would love to return.
They had a chance between cultural visits to savour the food, speak the language, travel on the Metro and take time to observe the multicultural street traders and artists along the river bank.
It was only a short trip but the experience of this wonderful city will no doubt lure them all back some day.