S: Senior Trip: Euro Edition
FC: Senior Trip: Euro Edition | Dublin, London, and Paris 2011
1: I picked an amazing trip that my little, penny-saving, 5th grade mind could ever dream of. Dublin, London, and Paris consisted of so many wonderful people and memories that made it the best conclusion to some of the greatest 4 years of my life. First, in Dublin, we visited Catherine McAuley and the Guinness Factory, as we ferried to London, excitement was in the air to see the Royals, and finally, after "Chunneling" to Paris, we got to visit the Palace of Versailles, and "Tour de Eiffel."
2: Dublin | Dublin was our first, and favorite city. From touring the city, visiting the famous Baggot street house of Catherine McAuley, and drinking my first Guinness, it truly brought great memories to my heart. The Wellington was our pub of choice, and I watched my first Rugby game while sipping on the dry Smithwick, after trading my Guinness with KDM. Our next day was busy. We got a tour of Baggot St from wild nuns, and walked miles in the rain to visit the famous Guinness factory, but really, just stayed in the Gravity Bar! I beat Kate in finishing the beer, a huge accomplishment!
4: Stratford upon Avon | A quick, yet memorable stop was in Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford. Just outside of London, we took a bus from HollyHead to Stratford, got stuck in traffic posted signs in the bus, played Welsh Bingo, and went on a ghost tour! One of my greatest Stratford Memories was the Italian National Rugby team, who, conveniently, stayed in our Holiday Inn. Many laughs and easter jokes (chicks). Finally, we visited the cottage of Anne Hathaway, and were able to reconnect with nature. It was absolutely lovely!
5: London | London was such an incredible place to be! We were able to see the Trouping of the Colors, which really meant, seeing Prince Harry, William, and Kate Middleton! Part of the trip was spent shopping at Harrods and the Top Shop, visiting St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and going to the chic Tate Museum.
6: Cheerio! | London. It's the city I miss the most! I fell in love with the Hilton, locked my muffin and passport in a safe, cleaned out my bags. Morgan and I spent our first day visiting the most famous spots in London, including Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. We got lost, bought a disposable camera, and went to Hyde Park and saw a group of nude men in protest of oil consumption.
8: London: Harry Potter Style | When in London, we wasted no time visiting our favorite spots from Harry Potter. We tried to fly across the Millennium Bridge and hop on the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 and 3/4. Unfortunately, we never really were able to get to Hogwarts or experience any of J.K. Rowling's magical world.
9: London: Living Like Kings | When in London, we took a short visit to Henry VIII's summer home, Hampton Palace. There were many people dressed up, and it took us right back in time. While there, we were presented to the king's newest wife. Also, while posing for pictures, one of the King's men asked for me "to be silenced" and another said he would "be off with my head." It really was a great part of the trip.
10: J'Adore Paris | Paris was the final stop of our trip. Paris brought many memories. My first visit to the Eiffel Tower filled me with excitement! We then visited the famous Louvre museum and saw the real Mona Lisa. It was my favorite Parisian memory! We visited the Arc de Triomphe, Latin District and Notre Dame! Later that night was dinner and wine followed by the Eiffel Tower. As soon as the reality of going to the top hit me, I freaked out! I reluctantly got onto the elevator, then made it to the middle level. Paris at sundown truly was beautiful, but it was high enough for me! Rushing back down on the elevator, I kissed the dirty Paris ground as soon as I felt it. Later, we treated our selves to the most delicious chocolate, strawberry, and bananas crepes. Délicieux!
12: Chateau de Versailles | The most famous symbol of the extravagance of the French monarchy is Louis XVI's Chateau de Versailles. With a gold explosion, vast sun gardens, and the famous Hall of Mirrors, Versailles was a memory maker. Filled with Chinese tour groups, it was hard to get away from the crowds. I was miserable until we reached the Hall of Mirrors and I then felt history take over. Not only did we have elbow room, but we stood in the same room as Winston Churchill. My favorite part of Versailles was the Apollo Garden. It went on forever! After seeing just how lavish this palace was, I can understand why the peasants were more than mad when Marie said "Let them eat cake."
13: The best part of Versailles was the picture session in the front, where a little Chinese man in yellow stole a picture of all of us ladies posing in front of the palace!
14: Montmartre, Paris | After Versailles, we got dressed up for a night out on the town. Dinner was at the infamous fondu shop. We met up with the Bouman family and ate bread in fondu cheese and meat in fondu oil. We had to climb over the table just to get to our seat. They served baby bottles of wine! Who knows what kind of wine we had, but I can tell you it was from a tap. After dinner, we hiked up the steps to picturesque Montmartre, a hill with many sights of Paris. When in Moulin Rouge, I bought wine we tasted at a little market store. All along Paris, the men fawned over us. Giving kissy faces and beat boxing "very sexy." I loved Montemartre! Ces soirées-la!
16: People of the Trip | Ms. Mitchell & Mrs. Smock, Chaps. | James: The reason we loved Dublin, our Irish tour guide
17: The group, with Julz our ACIS tour guide throughout the trip | All the seniors, with the Chaps | Soundtrack of the trip, Rhys, the Welsh J-Biebs
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