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SVHS 2013 Tour of England, Ireland, Wales, and Paris

During June of this year eight SVHS staff and volunteers traveled to England, Ireland, Wales, and Paris, France for two weeks. This trip included a tour of Shannon, Killarney, and Dublin Ireland, North Wales, Stratford, Oxford, and London England along with a three day, two night tour of Paris. While in Europe our staff and students were immersed in the varied languages and cultures for twelve days and came away with enhanced knowledge and appreciation of these lands.

In Ireland we viewed the Ring of Kerry and visited the Bog Museum. We also visited Blarney Castle, Cashel Rock, and then we were off to Dublin where we toured O’Connell Street, saw the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and also toured St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We then took a ferry to Holyhead and visited Conway Castle in Wales before traveling through Snowdonia.

Next it was on to Stratford to tour Shakespeare’s birth place, Anne Hathaway’s cottage. We then toured Oxford University and traveled on to London. In London we had a guided tour of the city and saw Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Later we toured Windsor Castle and had some excellent fish and chips. The next day we took the Eurostar from London to Paris, France.

In Paris the students walked along the Seine River, toured the Louvre Museum, climbed the Eiffel Tour, and were awed by the beauty of Notre Dame Cathedral. The students stuck together and watched out for one another in this busy world class city. They ate at sidewalk cafés, shopped for souvenirs, and strolled along des Champs Elysses. The students took an exciting cruise on the Bateaux-Mouches River Ship and saw many breathtaking sites by water, including numerous chateaus and monuments.

The entire group had a remarkable adventure that they will certainly never forget. After an eight hour flight back to Charlotte, the group was met at the airport and welcomed by banners, friends, and family members eager to embrace them and hear all about this trip. Though some of us embarked as strangers, we bonded on this trip, learned a great deal about Europe, and also gained a great many friends here and abroad.

Written by: Jim Williams, School Counselor
Posted: Oct 03, 2013 by Carrie Mabry

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