Switzerland Trip Autumn 2015

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Swiss Trip

2 November 2015

Whizzing along a thermally heated lazy river, dwarfed by snow-capped mountains, against a cobalt blue sky! Can it get better than this?

Thirty nine girls from Years 9 – 13 and four staff thoroughly enjoyed a recent trip to Switzerland and part of France during October half term holiday. The trip was organised by the Geography Department, but also included some language work – in French and German speaking areas. Most of the travelling within Switzerland and France was by train. Some trains even had panoramic windows! From Chamonix in France, the Montenvers railway was taken to view the Mer de Glace glacier, where girls drew annotated field sketches, after enjoying a delicious meal – one of many- in the Grand Hotel de Montenvers (should the Geography Department be renamed the Gastronomic Department?) and visiting the Glaciorium museum.

At Zermatt, Switzerland, our joy was complete, when the cloud lifted from the Matterhorn, which we gazed at from another highly recommended restaurant! From Zermatt we ascended by cable car to the village of Furi, and then descended back down the mountain, surrounded by  spectacular autumn colours. The girls also enjoyed a cruise across Lake Geneva to the French town of Evian-Les-Bains, where they took part in a mystery treasure hunt, to identify the stunning art nouveau architecture of this Belle Époque spa town and replenishing their water bottles with free flowing Evian water!

In addition to viewing glaciated scenery and enhancing language skills, the Swiss economy was explored with two visits to a chocolate factory and the Gruyère cheese factory (which also included another wonderful meal!). One year 11 girl, at the end of the tour of the Cailler chocolate factory , stated that this had been  “The best day of my life!”

Miss K. Burtenshaw
Head of Geography