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Mile High Academy’s British Literature class (and other interested students) went on the trip of a lifetime to London and Paris, leaving April 3. We flew overnight from Denver to Heathrow Airport in London and, after arriving, immediately went sightseeing on a river tour of the Thames and to see the London Eye, an observation wheel much like a Ferris Wheel. We were really tired but excited to be there. We spent most of the next day at Hampton Court, the palace of King Henry VIII and Mary of Orange, but we also squeezed in some time at the British Museum.
Sabbath was a special day, as we visited the famous churches Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We also saw Buckingham Palace from the outside.
Sunday we spent at Shakespeare’s Globe (a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre) and the acclaimed Tower of London. I was sad to leave London, as there was so much more to see.
Monday, we traveled on Eurostar, the high-speed train that took us under the English Channel from London to Paris.
There, we enjoyed a river cruise on the Seine, and then saw the Eiffel Tower, climbing to the second landing where we saw an amazing view of the city. We stayed four days in Paris, spending time at Versailles and the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versaille was signed, which ended World War I; Marie Antoinette's gardens; and the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa, and the Arc de Triomphe.
One of the features of the trip was to visit Notre Dame Cathedral. The group visited this iconic 850-year-old cathedral just one week before the recent devastating fire. I was extremely thankful to see it in its original glory.
Even after getting stuck in Customs in Chicago on the way home and sprinting to the gate while the airline held the plane for us, we got home only five minutes later than scheduled.
Mile High Academy's teacher, Brian Howard, on the trip as a sponsor, sees many benefits to exposing students to travel -- "Experiencing different cultures, getting students outside their comfort zones, seeing new and different ways of thinking about the world, these are the opportunities that truly change our students."
"We will remember and tell, for years to come, a Tale of Two Cities."
~ Tallya Waller; photos supplied