We learnt so much about life in France on these two final days. On day 4, we set off after another delicious breakfast to visit a French market in the town of Le Touquet. On the way, we stopped at Etaples war cemetery and learnt about the significance of the World War I centenary. We discussed why we should treat this special place with respect and consideration. We then went on to Le Touquet market where our task was to buy only local produce using all our knowledge of French language – no-one was allowed to communicate in English. We were divided in to groups of 3 and 4 and had to use our combined budget to choose a range of ingredients for our French lunch. We bought very very smelly cheeses and strong tasting sausages and extremely fresh fruit and vegetables; and, of course, baguettes! We then returned to the centre where we prepared our food for a French lunch competition. Yum! The afternoon was spent having a sandcastle competition at the beach and one final splash in the waves before heading home. Our evening meal contained an optional surprise: escargot – snails. Many of us tried a snail or two – they tasted just like chewy garlic-bread. In the evening, we all returned to the beach to buy an ice-cream. After the snails, we all deserved it!
The following day, it was time to say good-bye to France and Le Pre Catalan. We spent the morning engaging in centre activities before heading home.