More than 70 youngsters from a French town famed for its windmills breezed through Hounslow this week.
Exchange students from the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, which has been twinned with Hounslow since 1982, spent seven days learning about life in west London.
The group of 74 pupils, aged between 13 and 15, touched down last Wednesday and went on a number of trips around the capital before heading back yesterday.
They stayed with exchange families from Chiswick Community, Gunnersbury Catholic, Isleworth & Syon, Gumley House, St Mark's Catholic and The Green schools.
Hounslow mayor Genevieve Hibbs, who met the pupils on Monday, praised the scheme and said she hoped to strengthen the borough's links with Issy.
“Many of our students form long lasting friendships with their exchange partners. All gain an insight into French life and culture, and become more confident about speaking French before tackling their GCSE,” she added.
Issy is on the banks of the Seine, south-west of Paris, and, like Hounslow, has a diverse population and a mixture of modern and more traditional buildings.