Day 15 - Paris

This morning we headed off early to Versailles and experienced some of the hustle and bustle Paris and the surrounds are famous for.

We wandered through the Palace before heading to The Louvre.

Our first stop at the Louvre was Mona Lisa, before exploring a tiny bit of what the Louvre has to offer.

After lunch we were lucky enough to be able to visit the Eiffel Tower. We all made it to the very top to take on the view of Paris and the surrounds.

We then caught the Metro for the last time back to our hotel for our tour presentations!

Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone for a fantastic tour!

See you all in Australia 🇦🇺

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Day 14 - Paris and Final Match

This morning we headed off on a bus tour of Paris.

We were able to see many of the amazing sights including The Bastille, The impressive building of the Louvre, La Opera and the highlight, driving around the Arc de Triomphe!

We finished our tour at a department store, Galleries Lafayette for lunch before making our way to the base of The Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately when we arrived we discovered the security staff were on strike and no one was able to climb the tower. We are all crossing our fingers and toes in hope we are able to climb the tower tomorrow afternoon.

We instead spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine in Luxembourg Gardens before making our way to our final match of the tour against PUC Feminine FC.

The lovely field overlooked the Paris FC stadium, where we were treated to a delightful post match meal by hosts. The game was played with great intensity and showcased some great football by both teams. Our team spirit and positivity throughout the game was exemplified and the girls finished off their Wanderers football journey with big smiles on their faces.

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Day 13 - The Somme and Paris

Today we toured the Somme Region before making our way to Paris.

Our first stop was The Adelaide Cemetery, before driving through Villers Brettoneoux, a town with a strong link to Australia. The school in Villers Brettoneoux is named Victoria School, as after the war donations from school children all across Victoria helped rebuild the school.

We then stopped at the Australian Memorial, where the names of over 11,000 soldiers are listed who’s graves are unknown.

After a quick lunch stop we then saw The Poziers Memorial, Moucqey Farm, Thiepval and the Ulster before our final stop at Beaumont Hamel. Here we were able to walk in preserved trenches, and appreciate how hard the soldiers had to work to gain such small ground.


From there we started our journey to Paris.

After quickly checking into our hotel we caught the Metro to the Champs Élysées for dinner.

After dinner we climbed the Arc de Triomphe to take in the amazing view of the Champs Élysées and watch some of the traffic driving around the roundabout.

We then hopped back on the Metro and made our way towards The Eiffel Tower to watch the impressive light show.

We then caught the Metro back to our hotel to have a well earned rest before our tour of Paris, and final game of the tour tomorrow.

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Day 11 - London and Final game in England

This morning we were lucky enough to have our final sleep in of the tour, before heading into London to do some final sightseeing.  

Our first stop was the delicious Borough Markets for lunch. There were so many amazing different things to eat, it was so hard to decide!  

We then went for a walk along the river and across the impressive Tower Bridge.  

Our last sightseeing stop was The Tower of London. The highlights for sure were the impressive Crown Jewels.  

We returned the pitch to take on Castle Colts this afternoon in what was a very competitive and enjoyable game. We were so excited to see great combination plays, desire and competitiveness from the girls; who were no doubt refreshed after a fee days off. It was a see-saw contest that kept the crowd on their toes and many celebrations were had. The hospitality was on point; with the girls happy to see us gone as they were spending the night with their host families. 

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Day 10 - The Cotswolds

This mornings adventures took us to the breathtaking Cotswolds. We met up once again with our lovely tour guide who enlightened us with his knowledge of the local area. We spent time in quaint towns; Bourton on the Water and Guiting Power before enjoying a delicious lunch at The Hollow Bottom, where we left with full bellies and big smiles.


Lucky for us, having a local resident of Guiting Power as our chapporone meant we were spoilt with stories from past and present and escorted on a walk through the beautiful town and a special tour of the local church.


We then heading back to London to enjoy dinner and a well deserved rest, opposite the largest stadium in the UK- Wembley.

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Day 9 - Warwick Castle

This morning we head to Warwick Castle for some adventure! 

First off we gathered at the Birds of Prey show, where some of us were braver than others, getting up close to some huge birds 🦅 

We all then spent the afternoon exploring the castle, Including a visit for some to the dungeon... they were lucky to get out!! 

This evening we walked around Stratford-Upon-Avon, visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace before having dinner in the quaint town centre.  

We are all very excited for tomorrow tour of the Cotswolds ☺️ 

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Day 8 - Man Utd tour and West Bromwich v Swansea City

This morning we had an early start and made our way to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United.

We were lucky enough to tour their stadium, sit in the dugout and the change room.


From there we made our way to West Bromwich to watch West Bromwich play Swansea City.

The first half was a bit slow, but the second half was full of excitement. We were seated near the away fans, and with the game finishing 1-1 there was plenty of banter.


After the game we went to a pub nearby our hotel in Walsall for dinner before a much deserved early night!

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Day 7 - Man City and Game 7

Most girls were up bright and early with their host families to start their day! All girls returned to the tour group a little bleary eyed but the sound of laughter was welcoming all back to the tour bus. We made our way to Manchester where we toured Manchester City's prestigious home ground Etihad. The girls were in awe of its grandure and how it is the polar opposite of Australia football. As we have learnt with football here: some are born here, some are drawn here but for everyone it is home.

On a brisk English evening, the girls were hosted by Haslington and it was a tale of two halves. It was great to see the girls taking on coaching advice and encouraging each other to play forward and work for each other. Haslington put on their world famous pies and everyone left in food comas.

The Buscapellas took their game to a nee level and took their music to the next level with some classic 90s tunes much to the coach's approval ✌

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Day 6 - Game 6

The girls enjoyed a well deserved sleep in this morming before we jetted off to the Bullring Shopping Mall in Birmingham. The girls got their shopping skills on and enjoyed a few hours of free time and retail therapy. We headed out to Alvis FC where the girls found returning to a grass pitch a little difficult but adapted quickly, despite freezing weather. The game was competitive and the girls enjoyed the challenge of a well establish team. The hospitality put on by the club was second to none and the girls all left in laughter and smiles with their host families. Stay tuned for the billeting stories..... 😘

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Day 5 - Game 4&5

We enjoyed a sleep in this morning, followed by a damp and windy road trip to Ross Juniors FC. We had brief stop in Gloucester at the FarmShop for some organic local produce for lunch and snacks before prepping ourselves for the afternoon's tournament.

We matched Ross Juniors and Herefordshire FA for all their skill and talent; while we experienced the true English conditions: stinking hot, freezing cold and torential rain. Many goals were scored and team comradery was at a high. The hospitality displayed by Ross Juniors and organiser; Paul was excellent and we are incredibly grateful. The girls left with full bellys and smiles from ear to ear.

 

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Day 4 - Windsor Castle and Game 3

This morning’s adventures led us to Windsor Castle where the Queen was in residence. The beautiful scenery and cool English weather kept us bright eyed and bushy tailed for the games ahead.

Our mini road trip took us to Crystal Palace where we took to the field and gave them a bit of a scare. Great team work by all and a solid 70 minutes of hard work. We backed it up for an extra 30 match against Croydon 11’s where there were a lot of smiles and laughter had by all.

Once again, local host Tim Ashton went above and beyond to organise a memorable day for all involved!

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Windsor Castle 

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Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Croydon

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Wanderers and Croydon

Day 3 - Game 2

The girls enjoyed a competitive match against Claygate Royals FC today. With a fine display of football and great comradery amongst the group, we enjoyed a quality and even balanced game. The highlight of the day was our after match function hosted by our opposition. We are very appreciative of their hospitality and thoroughly enjoyed socialising with the players, family and committee members of such a great club.


After the game, the girls headed to the QPR V Norwich City game where we witnessed our homegrown talent in Massimo Luongo score the first goal for the home team.

We then went to a nearby shopping centre for a quick shop and feed before heading back to the hotel. Everyone is excited for our third game of the tour tomorrow evening. 

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Day 2 - Game 1

Today the girls had an easy start to the morning with a bit of a sleep in followed by a walk before making our way to our first game.

Wanderers Aus took to the English mud and slippery field in typical aussie fashion: determined and excited. All girls put in a massive performance; with girls trying out new positions and excelling ! There were many beautiful passages of play, goals and great sportsmanship displayed. The day finished with socialising and food with the Larkspur Rovers and many a smile plastered on their faces.

For dinner we went to a pub near Windsor Castle, lots of delicious food was had before making our way back you the hotel for an early night in preparation for our second game tomorrow morning. 

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Day 1 - London

After a long day of travelling everyone was very excited to arrive in London. We got straight into it, and spent the morning seeing the sights of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Oxford St.

We stopped for lunch at Selfridges on Oxford St before heading to watch Watford v AFC Bournemouth. It was a really exciting game finishing up 2-2 with AFC Bournemouth scoring in extra time.

After the game we made our way to the hotel for a well deserved early night in preparation for our first game tomorrow.

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Buckingham Palace

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Trafalgar Square 

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Watford v AFC Bournemouth 

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