Just as Lees Brook was preparing for a well-earned half term holiday, a band of merry Year 7's and Staff were meeting at the stroke of midnight to set off on a long journey across the sea the France. The destination, Boulogne. The road was long and sleep was elusive but we were blessed with absolutely stunning weather.
As the coach made its way around the picturesque French countryside, we made numerous stops at enchanting little villages to visit with some of the tradesfolk and converse with them (in French) to find out about their daily lives and how they run their businesses.
First stop was a Patisserie where the students learned about baking bread and had a little go themselves at some of the techniques. Of course there was the opportunity to sample the daily made fresh produce before moving on. The next destination, a snail farm. Here the students learned all about the breeding and preparing of snails for consumption. The snail farm we visited produced around five tons of snails in a year! Once again there was the option to taste the end result which most students were brave enough to do and the feedback was positive overall.
Eventually we reached the charming Seaside town of Boulogne. One of our last stops was at a Crepes cafe where students all had a go and making their own pancakes. The owners were very charming, helpful people as were all the locals we encountered and I would highly encourage anybody to visit this part of the world if they get the opportunity.
We arrived back roughly twenty four hours later, exhausted but enriched and very, very ready for half term!