BC: The End | The End
FC: Europe Trip Summer 2011 | England France Belgium Germany Austria
1: The Gang (From Left to Right) Rhonda Johnson, Allan Ramshandani, Chris Healy, Bill Polson, Corey Weiss, James Rogers, Lauren Healy, Sarah Sparkman, Lauren Rutherford, Daniel Jones, Diana Bjornson, Spencer Nash, Scottie, Callie, Mrs. Polson
2: Today, we left for the trip! Mom was very nervous and sad but I couldn’t have been more excited. We gathered at the airport around 3:30 for our flight to Dallas at 5:30. We hugged and said our goodbyes to all of our parents and finally left for the trip of a lifetime! We had a 45 minute flight from Tulsa to Dallas and then a 9 hour flight from Dallas to London Heathrow. Both flights I sat all by-myself. The first flight wasn’t bad because we landed before I could even get comfortable in my seat. | However, the flight from Dallas to London was a completely different story. All by myself, 6 inches of leg-room, and my headrest was the airplane bathroom. A (surprisingly) loud “WHOOSH” scared me about every 3 minutes. There was no way I could get any much-needed sleep that night. Instead, I passed the time watching TV shows and playing poor quality video games on the screen in front of me. Finally, we landed in the incredible city of London, England.
3: London | a | How London of You
4: Day 3
5: 8:30 – Meet for the day 8:40 – Bus ride into town 10:00 – Tour guided by Jan 12:30 – Picnic in the park for lunch 1:00 – Winston Churchill museum 3:30 – Trafalgar square 4:30 – Cruise on the Thames River 6:30 – Asian cuisine at Waga Mama 8:30 – London Eye | So many sights, so little time
6: We got to sleep in today! We left the hotel at around 11 and left for the town of Portsmouth, England. It was sad to leave London, but I think we will have much more great adventures ahead of us! I was also sad I didn’t find anything for myself in London. Today was a pretty relaxing day, which is what I needed. Portsmouth is a very coastal port town where seafood is a large export and sailing is a huge part of the culture. They even have an entire building to commemorate sailing! Also, it is the birthplace of Charles Dickens! La Rae introduced us to the town and set us free for lunch. My group really wanted fish and chips since we hadn’t had it yet, so we decided to go to a pub!
7: We boarded the ferry for Caen at around 11. The ferry was a lot nicer that I expected. It resembled a mini-cruise ship with mini-bars, dance floors and duty-free shops. However, the cabins were extremely small and cramped. The entire group from Union pretty much acted drunk until 12 in the morning The swaying of the boat, combined with lack of sleep and Coke all made us a little tipsy. Time to go to sleep! The room is very noisy. Goodnight!
9: Arromanches | We took an hour long drive to the little coastal town of Arromanches. The beaches were pristine, the streets were typical France and the people, well there weren’t many of them. We first were given a guided tour of the D-day museum, since this is the site of Gold Beach, where Churchill decided instead of building harbors here, he dragged them from England across the English Channel to have easier access to the beaches. The pieces of concrete harbor, some at least, are still sitting there today.
10: True Bravery | Ardennes American Cemetery
12: Joie de vivre
13: The palace was anything but disappointing. We were in group 2, which means we went to the gardens first. I was excited to go first, until I realized that meant that we only had about 35 minutes in the gardens! I ate my gross sandwich and took pictures of every fountain and statue that I could see. A person could easily spend an entire day in the gardens, since it lasts for about 2 miles. For the short amount of time that we were there, the gardens were absolutely gorgeous!
15: G e r m | Col | ogne | a n y
16: We arrived in the town of Nuremberg at around 1:45. It was a gorgeous town! The old German town wall was still intact from around 600 years ago with the turrets and everything. Also, we saw the most wonderful side of Nuremberg today. Cross timbered houses lined the canal with a weeping willow in the middle and the old city bridge to connect the two. It looked like something straight out of a painting. I could have stayed there for hours, but we had to move on.
18: in Transit
20: I love the town of Munich! It is very clean, little bomb damage, typical German atmosphere, cool architecture, and nice people. It has maintained its history well while integrating cool modern architecture. They also have a lot of out door parks with fountains. The living is very expensive though.
23: Eagles | Nest
24: Hills are alive with music
25: We even sang around the fountain they danced around. It was a gorgeous town, and a castle was its crown jewel, which could be seen anywhere in the town. Also, a light blue river snaked its way through the town. | Salzburg