Concorde International recently went on a trip to London with students from France! The students were studying in the AGFCPS business school. For most of us, it was the first visit to the English Capital. We were all very excited. The trip was really well organized by Concorde International. The bus picked us up at 8:30 in the morning and dropped us off after a short while right in front of one of the world’s most famous cultural attractions;
The British Museum. Although I’m not really passionate about history, I was amazed by the exposition testifying the evolution of mankind with over 100 exceptional objects scattered all over the museum. The British Museum is so big and the exposition is so vast that it would probably take several weeks for visitors to see everything. The museum exposes around seven million objects and pieces of art, including prehistoric stone tool named hand axe, the Hoa Hakananai'a statue and the Rosetta stone, discovered by a Frenchman named Champollion. When the French students learned that it was thanks to a fellow citizen that we were able to decrypt hieroglyphs, they felt very proud. The exposition does not leave you indifferent. The expression on the faces of the members of my group revealed to me that we were living a very special moment.
After lunch, we had a little free time, enough to go shopping on the famous Oxford Street. We had all planned for this moment and everybody spread to visit their most desired store. For me this was the official Nike Store, located in the corner between the two most famous streets for shopping in London, which are Oxford Street and Regent Street. Personally, I found this store unbelievable and it certainly was one of the best shopping experience that I have ever had. The NikeTown store building has four levels, with different zones, each sheltering a specific sport. The animations inside the store are fabulous. There are fantastic lightning effects on the walls, pictures and posters dedicated by international sports players and a DJ who mixes live hip-hop music. These business student enjoyed to see how the theoretical marketing lessons from my university can all of a sudden become tangible reality.
After the shopping experience, it was time again for sightseeing. In one single afternoon, we managed to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and London Eye. Unfortunately, the national flag was raised on Buckingham Palace, indicating that the Mother Queen was out and could not have tea with us. Big Ben had to keep silence as construction works were ongoing and would not allow its clock to strike the hour. London Eye with its spectacular view made up for it and concluded our day in the City.
The bus trip back was a good opportunity to exchange all the extra information of the day; the real reason for the name of Big Ben, the story behind the construction of London Eye and many more. We all had a great time. Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what weather we had. But, it could have been raining cats and dogs and would not have made a difference to the great day.