First year study trip: Paris, Lille, Antwerp and a lot more.

On Saturday at 1 am in the morning 50 first year Architecture students set off from a wet and windy Brighton to spend a packed week in Paris, Lille and Antwerp. First year trips have long been run by tutor Tony Roberts, famous for both spontaneity and getting to see more architecture in a week than seems humanly possible. Moreover for discovering lots that’s off the beaten track.

First stop (for those who were awake enough) was a quick sprint across the sand to Sangatte to visit bunkers on the beach and then it was on to Paris and the Picasso Museum. Stopping off at Lens to visit the new Louvre Museum on the way.

After a night of partying in Paris students then had to make an early start the next morning. We spent the first of two days in glorious sunshine visiting, sketching and photographing buildings around the Périphérique of Paris. Lots to discuss and reflect upon after exploring the student accommodation by Le Corbusier at Cité Internationale Universitaire.

On Wednesday we said goodbye to Paris and headed north towards Lille, stopping off at Beauvais and Amiens to take in the magnificent cathedrals.

After a quieter night exploring Lille we then headed east towards Mons, stopping off at the fascinating Mundaneum, Hasselt.

The trip culminated with a packed two days and nights in Antwerp then it was back to Brighton exhausted but full of ideas and lots of new friendships formed.