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6 August 2011 D Day!
Great excitement & mayhem as the Cornwall Hill College group gathered at OR Tambo airport, all eagerly awaiting the wonderfully enriching tour to France. Boarding will commence at 18h00 and for a few this will be their first overnight international flight and for the majority their very first experience on the magnificent A380! I will only be able to write a detailed report tomorrow night, but will get a quick message to you once we have arrived safely on French soil. Bon voyage to all and until tomorrow…
Written by: Jenny Peddle


7 August 2011 Safe arrival & a wonderful day!
Nous voilã en France et quelle longue journée! Our plane landed on time at Roissy Charles de Gaulle and a little bleary eyed we made our way to terminal 2F where we passed through immigration & security before boarding our connecting flight to Nice. We were warmly greeted at Nice Côte d’Azur by the Management of Le Centre International d’Antibes & their very professional team of animateurs & animatrices. Excitedly my 3 groups (Independent August + Cornwall Hill College + Redhill School) boarded the awaiting coaches and were whisked off to Campus Horticole, where everyone enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch. After a quick freshen up and change of clothes, all were transferred to the quaint town of Antibes ~ the weather was superb and all ended up swimming in the little cove/beach which lies in close proximity to the delightful vieille ville ~ it was truly magnificent! At 6.00pm we returned to the campus where we all unanimously agreed that we were officially exhausted! After dinner tonight there will be an ice-breaker session where all will be introduced to the other international students, but I know that it will not be long until our students bound into bed and fall soundly asleep! More tomorrow…

Written by: Jenny Peddle


8 August 2011  Les cours de français + une excursion ã Cannes!
Meeting new friends last night was great fun and once the adrenalin had subsided, all enjoyed a good night's sleep! Everyone awoke so refreshed this morning and after having been assessed on their written & oral prowess, they enjoyed 2 hours of interactive ‘cours fermés’. At lunchtime the group was prioritized in the queue since the coach departed campus at 13h10 and once at the station all hopped on board a train to Cannes which was an amazing experience for everyone! The first visit was to Le Suquet, a landmark which affords a magnificent view over the bay & the Estérel Mountains and then the group descended to the beachfront where they passed the yacht-lined harbour en route to the Palais des Festivals. After a photo-shoot on the red carpet adorning these famous steps, the group was allowed ‘du temps libre’ which allowed everyone some time to enjoy ‘window shopping’ in the designer boutiques along the illustrious La Croisette or ‘actual shopping’ in the name-brand boutiques of Morgan & Zara + the popular and more reasonably priced ‘back-streets’! Laden with parcels, my 3 groups gathered with broad smiles at 5.15pm and in high spirits we boarded our return train to Antibes. All are greatly looking forward to tonight’s ‘soirée barbeque’ and traditionally this is wonderful, animated evening with a vast array of food + much laughter and social interaction!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


9 August 2011 International classes + Monaco + Juan les Pins!
Based on the results of their tests, all were today placed in classes with other international students of the same ability. The chaperones chatted to everyone after their 3 hours of communicative French tuition and the majority were very happy with their placements ~ for the one or two who were concerned, a ‘shift’ was negotiated, which will be implemented tomorrow. After lunch a happy band of travellers hopped on board the coach and departed for Monaco, where everyone was struck by the cleanliness and obvious wealth of this small principality. All felt very proud that our own South African Charlene Whittstock married Prince Prince Albert 11, thereby laying claim to a royal princess! After a visit to the cathedral and the palace, everyone boarded ‘le petit train’, which is a great tourist attraction, since the informative commentary gives excellent global coverage as it travels through the streets of the F1 race track, passing in front of the Monte Carlo Casino and the surrounding luxurious hotels. After some souvenir shopping all regrouped at 5.30pm and returned to campus, where they enjoyed dinner before travelling to the vibrant summer resort of Juan les Pins. This is such a popular outing and at this time of the year the beachfront is strewn with colourful stalls and the sight of diners enjoying a meal on the beach in the moonlight with the waves lapping at their feet, is always so romantic!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


10 August 2011 Sun, sea and sailing!
Beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies greeted all this morning ~ a perfect day for the scheduled afternoon of sailing. At 13h00 all were transferred to the Yacht Club in Antibes where, under the tutorship of professional instructors, they enjoyed sailing on catamarans on the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery on the French Riviera ~ an amazing experience and a real highlight for everyone! They returned to campus in a jovial mood, all looking forward to the evening’s entertainment of song & dance!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


11 August 2011 Visits to Florian and Fragonard!
Once again we awoke to beautiful sunshine and after much fun in the classroom + a delicious lunch, the group boarded their coach and travelled through amazing scenery en route to the Gorges du Loup for their first visit. The Florian ‘confisserie’ is world renowned for its sweets, chocolates & jams and the free tastings + on-site shopping were greatly appreciated by all! Thereafter they travelled to Grasse, the home of French perfume and dubbed the ‘balcony of Provence’ for its panoramic views. At the Fragonard ‘parfumerie’ they enjoyed a fascinating guided tour followed by the opportunity to purchase authentic products ~ judging by the packets & strong scent in the coach thereafter, many purchases were made! At 5.00pm all returned to the campus, with time to relax & freshen up before dinner and tonight’s widely advertised Cabaret/Spectacle which will be held in the amphitheatre. Many different countries will be participating and I have no doubt that Les Sud-Afs will bring the house down once again ~ an evening of great fun awaits and the chaperones look forward to basking in reflected glory!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


12 August 2011 Final day of lessons + excursion to Nice!
The week in Antibes has flown by so very quickly and today marked the end of their formal French tuition at Le Centre International d'Antibes. All were proud recipients of a DELF accredited certificate which attests to the level attained + a comment from their teachers ~ once again the educators expressed their delight with our South African students and praised their positive & enthusiastic approach to the lessons. After lunch the group travellled by coach to Nice, the ‘Queen of the Riviera’ and the meeting point was on the newly revamped Place Masséna. Having had an orientation tour, the majority headed off to the name brand boutiques along the Boulevard Jean Medecin, whilst others preferred to meander through the narrow streets of ‘la vieille ville’ looking for bargains and only a few chose to soak up the ambience on the seafront. Suffice to say, the afternoon was a real success and at 5.45pm all returned to campus in high spirits!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


13 August 2011 Onward to Rouen!
An early start this morning and a sad farewell to this idyllic part of the world & to all the new friends which have been made on campus. By 9.00am the group had checked-in for their flight to Paris and by 12.30pm all were on board their coach en route to Rouen. The chaperones report that the driver is most pleasant, careful & helpful and seems to be well informed about the area. Upon arrival in Rouen all thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour and everyone was in awe of the size & beauty of the Cathedral. After dinner in the hotel everyone welcomed a restful evening, with time to recharge batteries for tomorrow! A reminder that the contact details for the hotel are Kyriad Rouen Centre Tel: 00 33 2 35 15 25 25 Fax: 00 33 2 35 15 92 90.
Written by: Jenny Peddle


14 August 2011 Onward to Caen!
After a leisurely breakfast all hopped on board their coach and travelled to a beautiful but wet Caen. After an interesting orientation walk around the hotel, the children miraculously found a MacDonalds where they enjoyed a reasonably priced lunch! Thereafter they met with their local guide for a visit to the Peace Museum, which uses some of the most advanced interpretative techniques available to highlight the atrocities of World War II ~ apparently this was a wonderfully informative experience. The meal this evening was served in a local restaurant and was described by the chaperones as “amazingly delicious, a real culinary delight and a truly gourmand experience!” A reminder that the contact details for the hotel are Kyriad Caen Centre Tel: 00 33 2 31 86 55 33 Fax: 00 33 2 31 79 89 44.
Written by: Jenny Peddle


15 August 2011 D Day landing beaches!
All awoke refreshed after a good night’s sleep and everyone eagerly awaited the day devoted to a tour of the D Day Landing Beaches. In the company of a local guide they relived the momentous events of June 1944, when the Allied Invasion proved to be the turning point of World War II ~ a really emotional experience for all and quite a sobering day, with much reflection and introspection. The talk on the artificial port really awakened the children’s interest and at Arromanches they enjoyed walking around the quaint little village where they enjoyed a welcome lunch break. Paris tomorrow and everyone is very excited….!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


16 August 2011 Bienvenue a Paris!
After an early breakfast this morning, the group hopped on board the coach, all bursting with excitement for their arrival in Paris! Having freshened-up in the hotel, they made their way by metro to the Eiffel Tower, where they ascended to the 2nd level for a magnificent view over Paris. Everyone then regrouped and enjoyed a relaxing cruise on the river Seine with a commentary which was very informative. After a quick dinner, all were treated to yet another perspective of Paris as they enjoyed a guided coach tour of this magnificent city of lights. Bed will be very welcome tonight and everyone (especially the girls!) will no doubt be dreaming of shopping on the Champs Elysées tomorrow! A reminder that they are staying at the Campanile Gare du Nord and the contact details are: Tel 00 33 1 40 34 38 38 Fax 00 33 1 40 34 38 50.
Written by: Jenny Peddle


17 August 2011 Quelle journée magnigique!
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, all headed off to the Champs Elysées and everyone was given a generous time allowance to explore the amazing boutiques along this world famous boulevard. After lunch and with several name brand packets in hand they made their way to the Louvre Museum and all were impressed with the grandeur of this former palace. Fortunately they were able to fast-track the queues and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour which was led by a specialist guide/conférencier who used the latest ‘whisper system’ to communicate with them. Thereafter they made their way by metro to Montmartre, the highest natural point in Paris, where they visited the basilica of Sacré Coeur, before strolling to the Place du Tertre, which was buzzing with activity. Here everyone had some free time to explore the quaint streets, nooks and crannies before enjoying a pre-paid dinner in one of the most famous restaurants on the square, La Cremaillere. The 3 course meal & ambience were superb and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
Written by: Jenny Peddle


18 August 2011 A wonderful day at Disneyland Paris!
Everyone has really been looking forward to visiting Disneyland Paris and this morning they made their way to the RER station for their ‘external’ train ride to Marne la Vallée. With their entry tickets already in hand, they were able to fast-track the queues and enjoy an amazing, fun-filled day in this wonderland of adrenalin rushes! No doubt their journey back to the hotel tonight will be filled with animated anecdotes attesting to this amazing experience!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


19 August 2011 Fond farewell to France + details of return!
Today marks the final day of an amazing tour and after a leisurely breakfast, everyone cleared their rooms and transferred their cases to the ‘bagagerie’ where they will be held in safe-keeping until 16h15 when the coach transfers them to the airport. I have confirmed the return flight on AF 990 which departs Roissy Charles de Gaulle at 23h20 this evening and I am sure there is no need to remind all excited mums & dads that the A380 is scheduled to arrive at ORT tomorrow, Saturday 20 August is @ 09h50. Your children will return with mixed emotions, as whilst they are obviously looking forward to seeing family and friends back home, everyone will be left with a sense of sadness at having to say farewell to people they have grown so accustomed to seeing on a daily basis. I have no doubt that each and every child will return not only academically enriched, but enriched as a person, having matured and grown in confidence and the precious memories & firm bonds of friendships will last a lifetime. It has been an immensely successful tour and as parents you can rest assured that you have afforded your children the most wonderful opportunity. Chaperones are crucial to the success of any tour and to act ‘in loco parentis’ is no mean task ~ a big thank you therefore to Eugenia Lysandrou & Tanya Langley for all the love and care they have shown your children over the past 2 weeks. It has once again been my joy & privilege to be associated with Cornwall Hill College and it remains for me to wish you all a happy home-coming and to say ‘merci beaucoup, bon retour et à la prochaine’!
Written by: Jenny Peddle


You are rendering a unique service to schools and children! I have just read your web-page information on our tour and was once again inspired by how committed you are to what you do.

Parent – St Peter's College


I loved the daily reports that you provided ~ thank you for a fantastic tour!

Parent – PBHS


Thank you so much for an amazing diary - it was always completely updated and I have loved reading it! It has been the highlight of my day going to your website and seeing what the girls have been up to!

Parent – Herschel


I would like to thank you for all that you did to make our Cultural Tour so memorable! Not having to worry about accommodation or tour arrangements because we knew that you had organized everything so skilfully meant that we chaperones could relax and enjoy what was on offer. I really admire your boundless energy and the superbly efficient way in which you took care of every little detail. We all had a fantastic time and thank you, we all had a wonderful trip!

Educator – Herschel School


Your daughter Michelle was a delightful co-chaperone and it was so special to travel with her and to see what a beautiful relationship you share. It inspired me to work even harder towards mine with my son, as I believe it takes a lot of love & hard work to create a special family.

Educator – St Peter's College