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Thorpe House School Choir Tour to the Black Forest, Germany

Published Friday 15th of August 2014 10:32:10 AM

At 4:00am on the first Monday of our summer holidays the excited Thorpe House choir tour boys and a support group of parents boarded a coach to Heathrow, where we flew to Frankfurt in brilliant sun-shine. Although sadly the weather changed during our trip, the enthusiasm didn't!

Our first stop on our way to the Hotel B�ren, Oberharmersbach was to visit the remains of the Heidelberg castle. Some of us raced up the 319 steps to the castle leaving many parents trailing! The castle had been bombed during WW2 but the views were still awesome. We returned to the town square for lunch before heading off to the Alte Brucke Bridge over the river Rhine which was where we had our first group choir tour photo; we had a super view across Heidelberg. We then clambered back on the coach and headed off to our hotel.

On our arrival we were treated to Black Forest Gateau which was really delicious and hot chocolate. Having taken our bags to our rooms, we walked to a brilliant mini golf park, it even had running water sections, small tunnels, slopes and jumps! We got the local train back to the B�ren hotel because it had started to rain.

Following breakfast the next day, we went to the Sommerodelbahn in Gutach which turned out to be a 1500m Toboggan run down a mountain where only you control the brakes. The rain was sheeting down and there had been floods in the village overnight so the track was slippery and very quick! You could see your speed when you went through a speed trap at the bottom of the slope, most people were doing about 50km/h! It was one of the best things we did in the Black Forest.

After that we went to a huge waterfall called Triberg Waterfalls where we climbed up the steep path next to it and then had lunch in a small hut, still raining! The waterfall was amazing and very fast flowing. Lake Titisee was our next stop where we were to sing in the bandstand in the park, however, the rain was torrential by now! So the teachers had an idea and found a cafe where we sang under their tarpaulin near the lake. Lots of tourists still stopped in all their wet weather gear to listen to us sing. Mrs Stallabrass then took 28 children and parents into the café where we drank lovely hot chocolate!

Afterwards we got on a boat and we went around Lake Titisee where the sun finally decided to show itself, it was great fun. By the time we had got back to the B�ren Hotel we were shattered and tired and ready for a good night's sleep.

We started day 3 by taking a coach to the famous Europa Theme Park. This was a new experience for some and for others a memory, for example Miss White (our conductor) used to go to Europa as a child! Despite the weather we spent our day going upside down on rides like The Silver Star and stuffing our faces with delicious cakes and confectionery, which were unique to the country!

As it got to 2:00pm the boys were asked if we would like to stay another hour or two, in answer to that there was a flurry of 'yeses'. Even the youngest boys were having a great time on the tea-cups, Alpine log flume and Alpine roller coaster!

By the end of the day we were shattered but we were not finished yet! We arrived back to the bear infested Hotel B�ren for our last night, but we were not leaving without a bang! We performed at dinner to the residents of the hotel along with a line-up of local dancers and singers and now finally, we were exhausted and I think it's safe to say we all slept well that night.

On the morning of day 4 our last day, the mood was sad but at the same time excited as we could now go back to England, see our parents and enjoy the rest of our summer holidays. The tour was not over yet though as we spent our morning at the Vogtsbauernhof which was a Black Forest Open Air Working Museum! Here we discovered the history of Germany and we got to try its amazing hot chocolate!

Finally we reached the end of our fun filled choir tour and I think I speak for all of us when I say we had a memorable time and we would go back in an instant! Also I would like to say thank you to the parents and the teachers including Mrs Stallabrass (Head of the Choir and the Music Department at Thorpe) who had arranged some fantastic excursions and made everything run smoothly. What a fabulous Choir Tour!

By Jack Noller and James Wakefield (Year 8)
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