36 S2 and S3 boys, accompanied by 4 members of staff, travelled to Alsace during half term for a “Taste of France and Germany”. The purpose of the trip was to gain a sense of the unique identity of this beautiful region, that has historically oscillated between French and German control.
An evening walk through the vines to the Sigolsheim WW2 Memorial and a visit to the Musée du Linge – with its preserved battlefield/trench from 1915 at 1000 metres altitude in the Vosges mountains – underlined the fierce fighting that took place in this area.
The boys had the chance to witness the typical Alsatian timber-framed houses on a visit to the picturesque town of Kaysersberg where they interviewed locals on potential winners of the World Cup 2018! The trip lived up to its name as boys sampled the local cuisine – Choucroute and Munster cheese.
Crossing the border we explored the old university city of Freiburg where boys had a chance to try out their German ordering ice creams. The Rodelbahn toboggan ride winding through the Schwarzwald countryside proved hugely popular, with boys (and staff) competing for the fastest run! The highlight of the trip was a day out at the German “Europa” theme park.