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French,Belgian & German Christmas Markets

That time of year came around again quickly for the MFL department... Christmas Market Trip time!  On 6-8th December, Miss Wood & Miss Kaye had the great pleasure of organising and taking 46 pupils from Year 9, 10 & 12 who study French or German at GCSE/A-Level, along with Miss Abbotts & Mr Lamb, to French, Belgian and German Christmas markets.  What a treat!  En route, we visited firstly Namur in Belgium, followed by two Christmas markets in Aachen and Monschau, Germany, and finally en route back home, Lille in France.  Our youth hostel was in the cosy and picturesque little German town of Monschau with its authentic Christmas market which we enjoyed on our second evening.  All the markets were fantastic, but the highlights of the trip according to pupils were the big Ferris Wheel in Lille, enjoying hot chocolates with lots of cream in boot-shaped mugs in Aachen and feeling like locals in Monschau whilst enjoying the traditional atmosphere and munching on Bratwurst mit Pommes (sausage with fries) and crêpes in Monschau!  It was such a successful trip and we are already looking forward to next year's trip!

Miss Wood