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Parkwood Students Take Whirlwind Tour of Europe

Among the many monuments students visited on the tour, the Roman Coliseum in Rome, Italy stood out.

Jean Patterson, Parkwood High French teacher, and three Parkwood High students set out in June 2012 on a European Tour with an educational tour company. They boarded an airplane in Charlotte which took them to Rome, Italy. Once they arrived the next morning in Rome, the tour director met them at the airport, and then they were immediately whisked away on a large tour bus to a nearby beach which is about 20 minutes outside of Rome.

It was there that they met the other groups that would be accompanying them on their entire stay in Europe. Two groups of students were from Maine, and one group was from Ohio. Meeting these students and their chaperones is always one of the highlights of any school travel tour. From the beach, the bus took them to a tour of the Coliseum in the center of Rome. This is a definite must for anyone traveling to Rome.

The next day was spent having a guided tour of the Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, and the Roman Forum. The afternoon was free, so they decided to visit the underground catacombs and walk in the nearby countryside. The night bus tour was given with a stop at the Trevi Fountain where they threw a coin over their shoulders into the fountain which "guaranteed" that they would one day return there. From Rome the bus took them to Florence, Italy with a stop in Assisi to visit the monastery of St. Francis of Assisi. In Florence, a tour of a leather making shop was a highlight.

Next the bus was on to Lucerne, Switzerland, but on the way they stopped and saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the beautiful Baptistry of the nearby cathedral. Once in Lucerne they took the world's highest cogle car up to Mount Pilatus. This was a trip they will surely never forget!

From Switzerland, they went on the bus straight to Paris which was filled with tons of sights including a bus tour of Paris, viewing the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre, touring the Notre Dame Cathedral and going to Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. Having an afternoon free allowed the students to choose a sight of their choice. They decided to climb to the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral, an unbelievable view of the city! They even took a river cruise of Paris on the Seine River. All in all, the tour was a true success on every level.

Written by: Jean Patterson, French Teacher
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Oct 09, 2012 by Regina Snelson

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