20 May 2022

A TRIP TO STRASBOURG by classe3alsa

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We're waking up at 7.30 a.m. and we're getting ready quickly. Then we're all going down to have breakfast in the shared room inside the hotel.
After having breakfast, we're leaving the hotel and we're heading to the bus to go to the European Parliament.

When we're arriving at the Parliament we're going to do all the necessary security checks, as in an airport, and then, at around 10.30, we can finally enter it.

At first, we're waiting in the Parliamentary hall for our English guide. When she's arriving we're moving to the Parlamentarium Simone Veil with an extraordinary 360º screen, touch-screen tables and a role-playing game to better understand the role of the European Parliament.

We're playing it, too! Our guide is dividing us into fictitious political groups within two committees to negotiate new legislative acts among us.

Through this game, we understand that it is tough to make important decisions, for example about climate change, especially when our opinions aren't the same.

After this activity, lasted 2 and a half hours, we're going back to our hotel.

In the Parliament, plenary sessions take place, too, but we aren't attending them because for today there isn't any meeting.
Normally the Hemicycle hosts the most important debates of the European Parliament and it is the place where many votes of historic significance have been held. Moreover, some special sittings are also held with guests of honour of the European Parliament, such as heads of state, Sakharov Prize winners or other public figures, who address the plenary.

- by Giulia Saccà, Sofia Solci, Veronica Veronesi and Arianna Pisaroni

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After lunch, we're going sightseeing the historical part of the city divided into classes. We're with our Art teacher. She's going to be our tourist guide for a day.

At first, we're going to visit the CATHEDRAL OF THE CITY ⛪, known as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg. It was built between 1015 and 1419 in gothic style.

Outside it's very very tall and it looks light and pretty with its more than a hundred statues. But when you enter the cathedral, our teacher told us, you are even more amazed. Probably because of the calm atmosphere, its colourful stained glass windows and its astronomic clock.

Then we're going to our favourite place: ROHAN PALACE. We like it because it's similar to the Palace of Versailles, so it gives us a 'royal feeling'.
The Palace is near the river Ill and there is an amazing view from it.
Inside it there are three museums:
- Museum of fine arts with a huge collection of popular Italian artists, like Giotto and Raffaello;
- Museum of decorative arts;
- Archaeological Museum.

Then, after visiting many monuments in the city, we're relaxing in Petite France. Most of us are going to the GALERIES LAFAYETTE for shopping✨ and girls and boys are separated.

In the end, we're meeting at 7 o'clock to have dinner at a
characteristic restaurant.

We suggest you to come and visit Strasbourg because you will have a great time and in our opinion, it will win your hearts, as it has already happened to us. ❤️

- by Priya Kumari , Federico Boni, Costantino Tabacelea and Diego Quarantani