On Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 15 minutes past midnight 39 excited and not at all tired Year 7 students set off for their visit to the Rhineland. We arrived in Dover for the 6.30 ferry and enjoyed a calm crossing. The journey to Boppard passed fairly quickly and we arrived at our hotel at 16.15. After settling in we went for a walk through the quaint town of Boppard down to the Rhine, then had our evening meal and went to bed early.
Wednesday started with a typical German breakfast and we then drove to the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz to look at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Moselle. The students had some time to go up the Wilhelm I monument and after a photo shoot we then carried on to the town of Cochem. There the students had free time and a chance to practise their German when buying ice creams and souvenirs before going up to the castle overlooking the Moselle. After a guided tour in English we walked back to the town and the day finished with a relaxing boat trip on the Moselle. The evening was spent watching the football and playing games such as Splat and Wink.
Thursday took us to Cologne where we climbed up the Cathedral Tower and went to the Chocolate Museum. We had two entertaining guides and the chocolate fountain and shop were particularly popular with the students. After lunch we drove back to Boppard to go up the chair lift and enjoy the beautiful views of the river Rhine. We were not the only English school group taking the lift up but we were the only ones walking down the mountain rather than taking a return trip. We then had an early evening meal – Wurst, Krautsalat and Bratkartoffeln - before driving to Koblenz for the bowling.
Friday, the day of our return to Horncastle, meant an early start and we were on the coach ready to depart at 7am. We arrived back at about 9.20 pm.
We had a fantastic few days in the Rhineland – the weather was good, the scenery impressive and the days packed full with activities.The students were a credit to themselves, to their parents and to the school. My thanks go to all the parents who supported the trip and to my colleagues Mrs Bealby, Mrs Semple, Mr Hogg and Mr Scott who made this trip possible. We were also lucky to have a brilliant coach driver whose taste in music proved very popular with the students.