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New Salem Teachers Travel to England during Winter Break

 VIF teacher, Emma White, recently hosted a tour of her home country to fellow New Salem teachers, Beverly Little and Susan Ulrick. “Visiting home for the holidays is always special, but to have teachers from my school to have the real English experience with me was even more exciting. It was so nice for teachers I work with to see and experience all the places and foods I have been talking about for the last three years.”

The ladies started their week long adventures in London, England visiting Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the London Eye. The view from Europe’s tallest ferris wheel, The London Eye, was a highlight of the evening.

Day two began with a visit to Trafalgar Square, Paddington Train Station, and the National Gallery, where one of the world’s greatest collection of paintings are housed. The teachers viewed works by artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. After tea time, the ladies flew to Newcastle upon Tyne, the home town of Ms. White.

An early morning train journey to Scotland began day three. While in Edinburgh, they shopped on Princess Street, toured the Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Dungeons. This castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD). The day concluded with dinner at Indian Lounge.

Day Four included exploring Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland; enjoying fish and chips at Neptunes in Seahouses; and stopping by Alnwick Castle, the film location of Harry Potter. The coast of Bamburgh and its castles have been featured in numerous additional films including Macbeth and Robin Hood.

New Year’s Eve included a tour of Durham Cathedral and climbing to the top of the 217 ft. tower (325 steps) for a breathtaking view of Durham, England. This day ended with the Gala Theatre’s Pantomime of Aladdin and watching London’s breath taking New Year’s Eve Fireworks show…this proved to be a spectacular way to end the year and the trip with a BANG!

Written by: Beverly Little, AIG Teacher
Posted: Jan 14, 2015 by Gina James

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