Our journey began at 6.30 am...
We had to wake up very early to be at the airport at 8 o'clock am... We took two planes,
one which went to Paris airport, and the second one which went to Birmingham's airport.
The flight was pleasant, there were no disturbances and the weather was good.
We arrived at 1.30 pm. We were welcomed by Ray, we went to school with him in a white
minibus (which was very noisy, but funny), we discovered left-driving with a lot of
surprise. Ray is a great person, he has a lot of humour and he is very kind. Then we
waited for our host: Diane.
She arrived at 3.15 pm. She is very nice too.
She welcomed us very well. She is a retired English teacher, she has a son named Tom,
who is 21, and she has a big dog named smoky. We didn't meet tom (who worked in
London) and Smoky (which was looked after by her best friend).
So after saying good bye to our schoolfriends, we went with her in her car.
She spoke to us about Birmingham's past, it was interesting but we didn't understand
everything, we were, Alicia and I, a little tired. But especially we were starving! Indeed
the food in the plane was very frugal.
She took us to an English market and there she said to us: «take everything that you
would like to eat». It was a very funny experience because there were things that we
didn't know of. We saw a lot of English cakes (it looked very good) a lot of pies, tarts,
pork and beans, packets of one kilo of crisps! English jelly, chocolate... and so on.
We took some pictures of ourselves in the market (we were tourists, weren't we?) Diane
laughed with us. It was very funny, but also interesting because we saw English food,
Then, we went to her house. Diane's home is nice, it's an English architecture... the walls
in red brick, big windows, a beautiful door... the inside of the house was luminous and
was decorated with taste, with a lot of technology, a big TV, a big radio...
Then, we waited for her in the living room (we tried to understand the TV) to eat our
first English meal!
When she called us to join her in the kitchen we were very surprised because the table
was covered with food! It was very good.( now when people say to me «English food is
not good» I could laugh in their face, because all we tested in England was very good).
There was lamb, turkey, salad, some salad with pasta and red beans. We spoke about our
family, our habits and so on. Then we went for a walk in her town. Diane has a house near
Birmingham in another town. It was a beautiful place, but it was very cold! And we
weren’t wearing special clothes...
After we came back home, we tried to understand the TV but it was too difficult... then
we ate a chocolate cake and we went to sleep at 8 o'clock, we were very tired.
The second day we woke up at 7.30, we had a delicious breakfast (cereals, bread with
jam and butter, orange juice), we went to school, to speak about the Comenius project
(we were given T-shirts and a badge and a pen)... we visited the school with English
guides from 9 o'clock to 11 o'clock. We visited the classrooms, the sports hall, the
canteen, the theatre... The school is very big, but they're not a lot of children or
teenagers in this school. They are only 650 students who were not under 11. The
classrooms are colourful, there're a lot of decorations. They're not a lot in class, which
is better to learn, understand or speak... The school has a lot of technology: there are a
lot of computers, digital boards.
Students begin school at 9 o'clock and finish at 13.30!
We saw an account which was about Birmingham's past, and the important places,
monuments of Birmingham.
Then we ate at school, in the canteen at 13.15. We tried the jelly, it was not very good
for me, I find this too sweet.
Then we visited Cadbury World, the chocolate museum. It was interesting. They speak
about the origin of chocolate, of the history of Cadbury , of chocolate making,
manufacturing and packaging. Then we went to the demonstration area, advertising... and
so on. At the end we went to the world's biggest Cadbury shop. The museum was very
well decorated, there were a lot of activities, and the advertising was funny.
Then we went to Diane’s house, we ate and we went to a rock concert. It was very good :
young groups came over to make a good music.
On the third day we woke up at 6.30 (a little hard), we visited the river on a boat, it was
very very cold, but we could have tea or coffee which saved our lives! We went to the
black country museum, we started to eat fish and chips a traditional lunch. Then we
visited the museum, first we went in another boat, and we went in a grotto, it was
imposing, but I didn't like it because it was in the dark, and we felt trapped. It looked
like a cemetary.
And we didn't understand a lot. Afterwards we went to an old school in the museum, and
we saw how the English taught. It was funny because we were in the shoes of pupils.
Afterwards Alicia and I went for a walk in the museum, we visited old houses, old
farms... and so on. Then we went into a house. But we were only one French, with the
host. People gave us helmets, we didn't understand why, then we were gathered in
another room. We tried to understand but the man who spoke was too fast. So we
followed people when they moved, we went into a mine, it was in the dark and we didn't
have a light. We saw the life of men who worked in the mine, We understood that life in
the mine was very hard, people where very poor, and a lot of people died in accidents
which were frequent, we saw horses which lived in the mine all their life, it was
interesting, but sometimes we didn't understand.
Next we went to Diane's house. We went with her and with her best friend to an Indian
restaurant, it was very funny because they ordered a lot of food. We didn't know where
to put all the food on the table! And when we finished eating we understoodd that we
had only eaten starters! They were very sympathetic, we laughed a lot. And they spoke
about travelling , France, Birmingham, their life, ours... and so on. It was very pleasant
because they spoke a lot and we spoke English better than the first day, it was easier to
speak. Diane's best friend had already been to France when he was young, he spoke
about French towns, like Paris, Biarritz and so on. He spoke with a lot of emotion about
when he drove for the first time in France, he had forgotten that in France we drive on
the right side, and he understood when he saw a big lorry in front of him!
Then we went to Diane’s house, we drank tea (her tea is very good) and we went to
The fourth day, we woke up at 8 o’ clock, we had an English breakfast (eggs, bacon,
sausages, mushrooms, black pudding and red beans)
Then, we took a train at 9.23 to go to Birmingham.
We went to the town hall, a museum. It was about the Lord Mayors of the town and
politics. The town hall had a very good decoration. We took a picture of the group (
Spain, Bulgaria, England and France).
Then we ate in a restaurant in another museum (but we didn't visit it)
Afterwards Diane went with us to do shopping (we were supposed to visit an aquarium.
But Diane offered to do shopping, and we prefered to).
So we did shopping in a mall with a lot of shops.
The mall was very imposing, we took pictures, it was very luminous... (great!) It was the
biggest mall of Europe! I don't know how many shops there were in the mall... on the
first floor we saw an enormous bull made with coloured candies... it was a special floor
for candies. There were a lot of floors and a lot of escalators. All over the place there
was another shop, another floor... it was fabulous.
But it's very expensive. We didn’t buy a lot of things, because we wanted to buy gifts
for friends, and family. But we didn't find any gifts!
After that we went to Diane’s home, we worked (we had to do homework) Then we had
tea, and we spoke with Diane... then we went to sleep.
The last day we woke up at 8 o’clock, we packed our bag, we had breakfast ( cereals,
bread with jam and butter, orange juice). We had to be at the airport at 10.30. We
looked for gifts but nothing. We said good bye, and we thanked Diane a lot. She said
that we are invited for ever. Then we said good bye to English students and Ray. Then,
we took our plane and we arrived in France at 6 pm…which means the end of this
Wednesday, the 1st of October :
It’s the day of the departure. We arrive at Bordeaux Merignac airport at 8.25 am, and go on
board around 10.25 am to land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 11.45 am. For me it was the
first time I took a plane, and I found it very pleasant. When we arrived at Paris airport, we
took the flight to Birmingham, and we arrived around 2.00 pm, English time. Indeed, there was a
time difference of one hour between Birmingham and Paris, where it would have been 3.00 pm.
When we had our luggage back, we went to take the bus which went round the car park of the
airport and dropped us near Ray’s car, a minibus from Dame Elizabeth Cadbury. Driving for the
first time in England was very strange because the English drive on the left. So we arrived at
the school, unloaded the cases, and entered to wait in a room with a lot of computers. Diane
Selwood arrived after a few minutes, and we went to the supermarket with her. She spoke
about Birmingham, Broomsgrove, the town where she lives which is safer than Birmingham at
night as she was driving. She asked us if we wanted to visit or to do something special, and she
told us things about her family and her district. Diane has a son who doesn’t live with her any
more, and a dog. One of her friends kept her dog at his place because she was afraid that he
might frighten us. In Broomsgrove, there is a French market on the main street which takes
place three days a week. In the city centre, we can find restaurants from different countries,
especially Italian and Indian gastronomy. The districts are magnificent, and the houses ,built in
red bricks, are lovely.
When we arrived at the supermarket, Diane told us to buy all the English food we wanted to
try. She was very nice ! So we wanted to try English breakfast with eggs, ham, red beans … We
also tried jelly. In this supermarket, there was no department with fruits and vegetables, these
ones were packed. We also found big packets of crisps of 8 kg.
We came back to Diane’s home. We were very happy to share a good moment with her doing
shopping. Diane lives in a little house situated next to a private school where lessons are very
expensive. When we see the front of the house, we can expect that inside it, the space and the
rooms are limited, but it wasn’t. Indeed, the house contained plenty of rooms, two of which
were bedrooms. Each of them was decorated very well, all was like in a very good hotel. We
were really delighted, the stay was promising.
From the windows of our bedrooms, we could see the green garden of the house in front of us.
When our belongings were settled, Diane called us in the kitchen. We hadn’t eaten a really good
lunch since the boarding, so we were delighted and really surprised because the table was
deliciously filled. Lots of different ready-cooked dishes filled the table so that it was possible
that there wasn’t enough space for the cutleries any more. We tasted everything, and
everything was wonderfully good. I still remember the little hot buttered breads which
accompanied the salad.
In the evening, we went with Diane to the centre of Broomsgrove, and we watched English
programmes on the TV.
Thursday, the 2nd of October :
This day, everybody met up again at the school with the English, Bulgarian and Spanish
students. We went round the school with English girls, these ones showed us into the
classrooms. Coming into the classrooms while there was a lesson was a little embarrassing. We
could note that at Dame Elizabeth Cadbury, a school specialized in technology, practical work
was predominant. Students practise technology, arts and crafts, they work on computers, and
they are on the stage, they learn dramatic art. English education seems to be less difficult than
French education. Every day in England, lessons stops at 3.30 pm, except on Wednesdays when
students stop earlier. The teaching is a play teaching, and teachers can use digital boards. We
could meet a teacher who taught French in this school. He taught our language to young people,
playing : these ones had to find a word (it was a number) with some letters on the digital board.
When the tour and the morning were finished, we went to the refectory. We could taste
strawberry jelly and eat crumble. We didn’t need a plate because the trays were made to
This day, Ray distributed a pen, a snap hook and two t-shirts for the Comenius Project.
In the afternoon, we visited Cadbury World. Cadbury World is a chocolate factory which was
near the school. In this chocolate factory, we went into different rooms with different
activities which explained the making of the chocolate, the creation of the factory and the
hisstory of the family during the tour.
The chocolate comes from the tropical forests in the centre of America. John Cadbury opened
his first shop in 1824 in Bull Street in Birmingham next to his parents’ shop who sold clothes.
The Cadbury family decided to exploit chocolate to compete with alcoholic drinks. During the
tour, some samples were given to us and most of us bought some souvenirs.
In the evening, Diane offered to go to a rock concert. She went to the concert with her friend
who looked after her dog, Smoky. It was very good, two bands performed during this evening.
Friday, the 3rd of October :
This day, we woke up earlier, about 6.30 am, because we had to go on a boat on the river
Severn. For the first time we tried an English breakfast which was cooked by Diane. On the
table, there were sausages, an egg pie and red beans in a sauce.
It was very cold, especially on the boat, but it was nevertheless a pleasant morning. We could
speak with English girls.
Then, we went to the Black Country Museum. The Black Country Museum tells the story of a
fascinating part of history with lots of activities for visitors : we can watch classic comedies in
a 1920’s cinema, explore the underground coalmine, ride on a tramcar, attend a lesson in the
traditional schoolroom …
About 1.00 pm, we took on board a boat to tour tunnels under the rock. Everybody wore a
helmet for security. Entering a narrow and dark tunnel was a little spectacular. In the tunnel
our boat stopped in a place where the tunnel was less narrow, and where the rocky ceiling was
higher, we were in a vast cavity. The guide had to explain to us why these tunnels were built and
how human beings used them. A storm was simulated inside the cavity.
The first canal stretched from Birmingham as far as Wednesbury. This one connected the
coalmines of Wednesbury with the city of Birmingham. When the canal was opened, the price of
the coal was divided by 2 in Birmingham. The canal was extended as far as Wolverhampton
It was built in 1778 Count Dudley to connect his stone quarries with Birmingham canal which
had been opened five years before.
After the tour inside the tunnel, we came into a traditional classroom. A woman who wore
special clothes taught a simple lesson to us, and we had to intervene in the lesson writing on a
slate. She was talented, we had to recite the multiplication table, the alphabet, or do like
children who learn to write. When the bell rang, we left the schoolroom for the underground
For this tour, we had to wear a helmet another time. Going into the coalmine was a little
frightening, but also astonishing. The guide explained to us the work conditions of in the
coalmine. Then, we went to the shop where we could buy some souvenirs and we came back
Diane had planned to have dinner in an Indian restaurant in Broomsgrove this evening. When we
were settled, she and her friend ordered a lot of dishes because we had never eaten Indian
food and they wanted us to try. We were very grateful, and we really had a good time. The
restaurant was very noisy, and two birthdays were celebrated. However, we found that Indian
food was delicious, and we thanked Diane a lot.
Saturday, the 4th of October :
On Saturday the 4th, we had an English breakfast. We returned to Birmingham by train, and we
joined the group to visit the town hall. Victoria Square is in front of the town hall. Birmingham
includes 1,000 shops in the heart of the city, the taste of the world in over 200 restaurants,
plenty of theatres like « Alexandra Theatre », « Birmingham Hippodrome », « Birmingham
Repertory Theatre » …
The first people to settle in Birmingham were the Romans. During the Middle Ages, Birmingham
was a small town specializing in metal work. The area was rich in coal and iron but there wasn’t
enough transport. Small workshops produced a range of metal goods, and with the development
of the canal system in the late 18th century, Birmingham became one of the most important
trade centres in Britain. In the late 18th century. Three of the most important figures in the
industrial revolution, James Wyatt, Matthew Boulton and Joseph Priestley, worked in the town.
We toured Birmingham town hall with a guide who explained to us the different functions of
the different rooms. We saw the most important rooms, the galleries.
Then we toured the city centre going to Brindley place, to the Symphony Hall and we could
admire the canals which looked like Venice.
In the afternoon, we had to go to The Sea Life Centre but Diane wanted us to go to do shopping
with her earlier. So we went to an immense shopping centre where there were two floors. We
spent the afternoon doing shopping.
Sunday, the 5th of October :
The day of the leaving, Diane gave souvenirs like a perfume to us and offered to come back to
her home . She said that we are always welcome. After having thanked her for her welcome, she
dropped us at the airport and we left for Bordeaux.
Wednesday 1st October
We arrived at the airport at about 8:00 am. Then we registered our luggage and went through
the customs. Then we waited for the boarding.
Arrived in Paris , we quickly went to the terminal and boarded at once (Just the time to go to
the toilet )
Another hour on a plane and we arrived in Birmingham. Ray ( a teacher) waited for us to take us
to the school and every host family came to welcome us. For us, it was Ray’s wife who came. I
was with Marie, to go the house of our host family , it was at 1 hour away by car. Fortunately,
we went in the car with Madam Mauroux, Morgane, Marie and me.
Once there, we had dinner and with Marie we went to our host family’s house. In the evening we
spoke with them it was really nice. Afterwards we went to bed because the journey was tiring.
Thuersday 2nd October
the program : visit the school and Cadbury World
It was hard to wake up at 6:00 am! But we were an hour away so it was necessary. With Marie
we had breakfast , half English and half French. It was very good.
We took the super mini bus (wondering every time if it was not to fall apart) The program of
the morning was a visit of the school. It is in no way like ours: the pupils wears Uniforms.
We ate in the canteen of the school. The menu: " Fish and chips " with appla crumble for
pudding. Then we went to Cadbury World, the Chocolate factory. We visited the factory and
tasted the chocolate...
Then, we went back to our families. Marie and I had dinner at Ray's, Then he took us back
Friday, 3rd october
We went on a boat trip and visited the Black Country living museum . This time we didn’t have
to get up early, no need to drive for 1 hour, only 20min. ) We arrived at the river, and we made
a stroll on the water ….
Then we went to the museum of the Black Country. We wanted to be in the warmth and to eat …
We arrived at the restaurant to have Fish and chips with apple crumble. But it was better than
at the canteen.
Then, we had all the same to visit the museum. We went on the "boat" that the minors used. It
was nice. Then we went back in time to know what school was like in the 19th century. (Too
Then we had to visit old stores and to eat candies... And to finish with the museum we went to a
coalmine. ( it was very cold and very dark )In the evening Marie, Morgane and I had dinner in a
pub with our family and then, went to Nigel's rugby club.
Saturday , October 4th
First we went to the city hall (always by mini bus) The visit lasted approximately one hour, it
was certainly interesting but I didn’t understand much … Then we ate in a museum …
Then we arrived at the aquarium of Némo. It was great with loads of fishes there and all those
of the film " Némo ", it was very funny … The visit lasted approximately 1:30 am and then we
went to the shops for 1:30 am … In the shopping center we saw Jery allivel and thanks to
Morgane we went into an English bookshop ( which was exactly like the ones we have in France).
Once back in Ray's house, we went with the teacherss to the same pub as the previous day.
Sunday, October 5th
Back in France .
This day arrived faster than I thought.The mini bus drunk came to take us. Direction: the
airport. We had to say goodbye to the family: it wasn’t easy.
At the airport, we had a problem with the plane tickets but we ended up all the same being in
One hour later we arrived in Paris where we had to walk through the whole aiport to take the
second plane. The plane from Paris to Bordeaux was one hour late but we eventually arrived all
the same and had to go to school the next day .
Wednesday,October the first:
We had an appointment at Merignac's airport in the morning to go to Paris , and then to
We finally arrived at the beginning of the afternoon in Birmingham.
Ray, the English teacher, waited for us to drive us by bus to the school where we had an
appointment with Mrs Courrege and Mrs Mauroux.
Just after that , Ray drove Marie-Laure , Charlotte, Margot and me to our English families.
For me , everything was all right , I had been waiting for this journey for so long , there wer
no valid reasons to complain , because my family were very "welcoming" , but a little thing
prevented me from enjoying the evening with Sophie : I was tired and not feeling well .
Thursday,October the second :
Today, we will visit the school in the morning , and in the afternoon , we will visit Cadbury
In the Morning, we stayed some time in a classroom with English, Spanish ,Bulgarian and to
finish, French people .
Ray gave us the winner’s t-shirt " Save water , Save life" . It's a Bulgarian who won the first
prize . After this, We had the right to have the t-shirt of the school and a black pen.
After the t-shirt, Ray told his students , to show us around the school , Spanish , Bulgarian and
French people . We could see a theatre room, an arts buildings , a sports room , a dance room ,
and a lot of technology rooms . The speciality of this school is technology , and the teachers use
digital boards . Pupils learn playing :
Ex : In a physics lesson , they learned singing , the classifications of periodical elements.
After this visit , we met in the same classroom as in the morning, to go to a technology room.
Ray presented us the famous monuments of Birmingham city we would see on the next
After this conference of a half hour , we went to have lunch . After this meal , we went to
take our bags , and went to Cadbury World.
When we were at Cadbury World , we waited some time before beginning the visit of the
We learnt when chocolate was created , the origin of chocolate , and to finish , we tasted this
During all this afternoon , we discovered different sorts of chocolates ( chocolate with toffee,
chocolate with milk etc. ...)
At the end of this visit , we met in the hall and split up , and went to our families .
Sophie , Jordan , Martina (Jordan's partner) and I went to a café , and after this, we went to
In the evening , Sophie and I watched some DVDs and went to sleep quite early .
Friday , October the third:
Today , we are going for a boat tour on Stourport River and Severn River, go to the old school
in the Black Country living museum .
In the morning , we had a tour on Stourport River . During this tour some of us drove the boat
( Jordan ,Sophie and others of us ) , and we drank a lot of black tea and coffee ( YES , it was
After this tour , we went to have lunch , and ate Fish & Chips , the famous English meal.
Just after this meal , we went to the Canal , it was on a boat , and we had to wear some white
hard hats. When we went under the tunnel , it was very hard to understand the guide ...
Even with the difficulties to understand something during the visit , it was a very beautiful
After the visit of the Canal by boat , we went to the Old school , in a Church . We understood
we had to keep our hands behind our back , the girls didn't have the right to have varnished
fingers (some of us had ) we wrote on black slates with black chalk which did not write very
At the end of this lesson , we went to old shops , and saw the life conditions , work conditions
Some time later , we went into the Coal Mine , where we could see the life conditions, horrible
work conditions , the black skin of men because of the earth of the Mine , the history of the
mine , how they were built etc. ...
After this visit , we went to the school , and split up to go to our families .
In the evening, Sophie drove me to the Bowling with Charlotte and other people , (I don't
remember their names)
It lasted 2 hours , and was very funny , Sophie won with one point more than me , and twice !!
We went to sleep at ten and a half p.m , very tired !
Saturday , October the fourth:
We went to the town hall and could see the different pictures of the mayors of
It was very very interesting , but quite hard to understand everything. After this visit, we went
to a room, like a little Church , where there were crosses everywhere.
After this little tour in this special "little Church" , we had a few minutes before going to eat .
It was a buffet, and it was a very nice meal in the museum we had visited in the morning.
After this last meal together , we went to the aquarium of Birmingham city ,where we saw ,
beautiful mammals , ugly mammals, with the famous fish of the cartoon Nemo :Némo , Marin ,
Doris , Bubulles Gilles , Squiz , Crush, Astrid, Gargouille etc. ...
We discovered a giant tunnel , to my mind , because I didn’t see any paper with information
about this animal, with the biggest tortoises of the world ! It was very surprising.
At the end of this last visit of the journey , we went to do some shopping , with Celine , Marie,
Heloïse , Morgane , Sophie and me . We saw a shop like "Gallery Lafayette" in France ( and
there was Geri Halliweel in it ) , a tea shop , a chocolate shop in a big mall .
After this very nice day , with my family , we went to an Indian restaurant , and it was very
After the restaurant , I had to close my bag . It was too short !!
Sunday, October the fifth:
Today , we’re going back home, in France.
It was a very good journey , too short to my mind, but staying five more days would maybe have
been too tiring .
Thank you very much for everything, it was a wonderful trip , with a lot of emotions,
Wednesday 1st October :
We left the airport of Merignac in the morning and I bought my caneles for my host
family. The first flight, from Bordeaux to Paris, was very quiet unlike the second, from
Paris to Birmingham, which was rough. When we arrived at the airport, two teachers
took us in a minibus to Dame Elizabeth Cadbury . From there, we went to our host
I stayed with Alicia Mullen in her family where Elizabeth Rose stayed for the five days
to keep me company during Alicia's ballet lessons. She lives with her two parents (her
mother is Swedish) and her little brother Felix ans all the family spoke very fast. Her
mother was really nice and she always asked me if I was hungry or thirsty or anything
else. In the afternoon, Alicia went to her ballet lesson, I went with her and afterwards,
we bought chicken & chips and it was delicious !
At night, we watched a DVD and I went to bed early because the day had been quite
long (25 hours because of jet lag).
Thirsday 2nd October :
I woke up at 8 : 00 to be at school at 9 : 30. In the morning, we all met, but, instead of
presenting our work, we made a visit of the school and watched a slideshow about
After lunch at the school canteen, we visited « Cadbury World » . In my opinion, it was
one the best visits we made. There was a place where we could see the different stages
of the manufacturing of chacolate. They gave us a pot of melted chosolate filled with
what we wanted, a bag of little balls of chocolate, two chocolate bars : one with caramel
and another in milk chocolate (« dairy milk »). after the visit we went to the shop of the
factory, it was the first time I had seen so much chocolate in the same place, but I
didn't buy anything.
In Alicia's house, I stayed with Beth, Felix and one of his friends (because Alicia was at
her ballet lessons) and we tried to talk all evening. For dinner, her mum cooked a
Swedish course : meatballs with mashed potatoes.
Friday 3rd October :
In the morning, we left school by bus for a tour on a boat on Birmingham’s river. It was
cold and the boat was open so I didn't really enjoy this tour. We ate fish and chips at
the Black Country museum which we were to visit afterwards. We took another tour on a
boat and went to the village where there were a lot of shops where we could see old
objects. Some people bought old sweeties in one of those shops. We saw an old school
and had a class as there was before. Our « teacher » checked our nails, made us recite
tables, the alphabet in the right and in the wrong way and made us write letters. At the
end, we visited a coal mine, it was really interesting because we could see how they
worked in it.
That evening, we went to the bowling, where there were
Charlotte and Flora, we spent there all our evening and
went home at about 11 :30.
Saturday 4th October :
We met in the morning in front of Birmingham’s
library (I went in train). We visited the town hall with a guide, it was quite boring
because the guide spoke very fast and we didn't understand what he said (but the
building was beautiful). We saw a war memorial too. We ate in the art museum we didn't
have time to visit it.
In the afternoon we saw an aquarium which was beautiful (even if I usually don't really
like aquariums). After that we did shopping in little groups in mall. We went to some
shops (top shop, H&M ...) but I didn't buy anything. When we left the mall it was raining
and, from the station to Alicia's home we had to walk under the rain (without an
umbrella). I liked that afternoon.
At home there was Alicia, one of her friends, Beth, Felix and his friend. I packed my
case and Alicia's mother offered a chocolate box for my parents.
Sunday 5th October :
I said goodbye to all the family who were still in pyjamas and I went to the minibus. In
Paris, our flight was very late because of a bad organization and of the bad weather.
Return to Bordeaux . . .