pictures from Lynn Parry Thomas (ABGS 1957-1964)
This week-long School Excursion to Paris took place in April 1963. The boys with
three staff stayed at a seedy hotel in the Monge district, (close to Place Monge a station
of the Paris Métro). Trips were organised to the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon’s
Tomb, the Palace at Versailles, The Musée du Louvre, Montmartre, L’avenue
des Champs-Élysées, and Pigalle. Those who were 6th formers were allowed
out late, several of them went to a jazz club near the Rue St Jacques, and saw some
celebrated jazz musicians including Chet Baker (trumpet), Memphis Slim (blues pianist)
and Maxim Saury (clarinet). The club was in an underground vaulted cellar. As this was
the student quarter of Paris, they visited the area several times. The staff accompanying
the boys were Mr D. Daniel Davies (Dai Cube), Mr Garfield Griffiths and Mr
Royston Leach (far left), John Hill (5th from left with tie), David Terry Evans (behind
bottle) and D.R. Davies (holding bottle) at centre table
table far right: Brian L. Jones, Anthony Lewis, D. Alun Evans.
John Tomkins, Morton Russell and Gabe Treharne
at the swimming baths which were close to their hotel in the Monge district
John Tomkins at Versailles
We can’t imagine what the boys were doing at the Pigalle - perhaps they were
D. Terry Evans on the left in sunglasses, D.R. Davies (centre) with back to
Lynn Parry Thomas with a World War 2 Panther tank, captured by the French 2nd Armoured
Division at Dompaire (Vosges) on 13 September 1944.
Pictured in the grounds of Les Invalides - after visiting Napoleon’s Tomb.