Newton Rigg Study tour to Paris
With light snow falling 42 students and 4 staff departed from Penrith on 23rd February by coach. After a change of drivers at Ferrybridge and a moderate sea crossing from Dover to Calais which saw a few turn a shade of green, we arrived in Paris soon after lunch on Sunday. Groups of students had the afternoon and evening to themselves giving them the opportunity to explore the many sites Paris has to offer.
SIMA is one of the largest machinery shows in the world with over 1,200 trade stands representing 39 countries. Students were impressed by the scale of the exhibition which filled six huge halls and “showcased” every aspect of modern agriculture.
The Paris International Agricultural show which the students attended on the Tuesday was equally impressive in terms of size and provided a platform for understanding French rural culture across all the regions as well as an opportunity to sample a range of locally produced food and drink. The show included a diverse range of livestock and a number of stock judging rings.
An early departure on Wednesday from Paris and clear roads saw everyone delivered safely back to Cumbria at a reasonable hour concluding a memorable trip for all concerned.