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A Day Trip to Evian: French, Art and Ice-Cream!

Posted on: 9th June 2015 | Category: Trips and excursions

One of the most special things about attending school in Switzerland is the many travel opportunities that come with it.  The rest of Europe lies waiting to be discovered and is easily accessible – only a short plane, train or even boat ride away.  Surval in particular is so fortunately situated on Lake Geneva that France is almost immediately on our doorstep.  A group of Surval girls decided to take advantage of this on Saturday afternoon - one short boat ride later and we were enjoying lunch in Café au Feu de Bois, in colourful and picturesque Evian!  As the boat’s motif itself exclaims: L’autre rive n’a jamais été aussi proche! 

Evian is a beautiful spa town which won the award for the best resort in France in the World Travel Awards a few years ago.  Its name is, of course, known for its spring water which is sold worldwide!

The girls seized this opportunity to practise the French which they have been learning in school this year.  It is fun to put a language in context and exciting to know that learning a language need not only be about verb conjugations and adjective agreements!  What better incentive to practise a language than when a traditional French dish of magret fumé or a delicious ice-cream is the reward?

As well as practising their French, the girls also deepened their knowledge of Art on this trip, with our Art teacher, Mr Bluhm, using the lovely buildings around us to explain architectural movements in history.  Mr Bluhm had also brought along paper and pencils so that we could sketch our own postcards – what a lovely way to remember our trip!

The weather was glorious with the sun shining all day long.  Luckily we had a refreshing boat trip on the way home to cool us down and – of course – bottles of Evian water, straight from the source!


Click here to see more photos of our sunny day in France!


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