S: Leslie O'Neill Europe 2010 People to People
FC: EUROPE | July 2010 | SPAIN FRANCE MONACO ITALY | PEOPLE TO PEOPLE | MEDITERRANEAN TRADITIONS | MEDITERRANEAN TRADITIONS
1: From July 10 to July 27, 2010, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Europe with the travel group People to People Student Ambassadors. I made 48 best friends that I will never forget. It was the trip of a lifetime, and the experiences I had will follow me throughout my life.
2: 2010 | Before the Journey | a | car wash!
3: the world cup! | Madrid, Spain
4: Valencia, Spain | home stay
6: home stay | In Valencia, Spain, Veronica, Jacqui, and I stayed with a home stay family for 3 nights. I had a home stay brother and mother, and spent days with my "grandmother" and her home stay girls! | Spanish shoes were extravagant - I couldn't help myself!
7: Our next stop was Barcelona, Spain, where we spent two days seeing the Gothic area, making paella, exploring Gaudi, and more.
8: putting fish into the water for our service project | making paella for lunch!
9: the hike up was strenuous, but it was worth it when we saw the view from above | Tautavel Man Cave, France
10: Carcassone, France | Avignon, France
11: The Rhone-American Cemetery in France is the resting place of 861 soldiers killed in the 1944 attacks on southern France. It was a somber, eye-opening morning for all of us.
12: We visited the L'Usine Laboratoire of Fragonard, where we learned all about perfumes and shopped around. We got some free time in Grasse, France, which meant it was time for relaxing, shopping, and hanging out with our new friends!
13: Nice, France Cannes, France
14: A highlight of the trip was seeing a bonus country - Monaco! The nation occupies an area smaller than Central Park, and is home to the oldest monarchy, the Grimaldis. The best part, though, was the incredible views.
15: Monaco's streets were adorned with flowers and flags
16: After a hike along the Via del Amore in La Spezia, Italy, we made it to Cinque Terre and enjoyed the panoramic view. Afterwards, we soaked up the sun on a beach in Monterosso!
17: We may have said "au revoir" to France, but that didn't stop us from enjoying their junk food! Florence was amazing, too. Though this photo is just a replica, we did see the real Statue of David. We also visited a real leather factory! For dinner, we ate pizza prepared by some fellow delegates.
18: Leaning Tower of Pisa
19: Full-On was a challenge-filled day where we broke wooden boards, had time to reflect, and, best of all, repelled down a castle wall! | After dinner, we saw this just-married couple in Assisi!
20: Bacio chocolate factory | Roman Forum
22: Trevi Fountain
23: Eating gelato, switching bus drivers too many times, hiking for miles, walking along coastlines, becoming an insomniac for 3 weeks, going to festivals, eating authentic foods, learning basic phrases, living with dozens of other kids: It was all a great experience. Despite the sweat, getting lost, and just wanting to be alone, I can't say that I have had, or maybe ever will have, a better trip in my life. Immersing in different cultures taught us a lot and opened our eyes to a little bit more of the world around us. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. I made 48 new family members this summer, and I'll never forget Europe 2010! | Sistine Chapel Vatican City Spanish Steps