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Comparative Criminal Justice in London and Paris

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S: Comparitive Criminal Justice in London and Paris May 2011

FC: Comparative Criminal Justice in London, England and Paris, France May 17, 2011-May 30, 2011 | Amanda Mohrman

1: Paris, France | Traveling After a very long and hectic flight we finally made it to Paris and checked into our hotel where we got our first taste of culture shock. | a | We then took a walking tour of the city and learned how to work the Metro.

2: After becoming acquainted with the area we were allowed to explore for a little bit before we all met back up for dinner. This included seeing Notre Dame, some of the historical buldings around it, as well as Shakespeare and Compkany. Thie first english bookstore in Paris.

3: Police Nationale | On our second day in Paris we visited the Police Nationale. They taught us how they respond to crimes and how it's different than in the United States as well as let us watch some of their drills.

4: After visitng with the Police we had a free evening and spent it seeing the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph as well as enjoying the amazing shopping Paris had to offer. | we made it

5: Palais de Justice | Our third day was spent visiting the Palais de Justice.We walked through courtrooms and sat in on a trial. It was different than trial in the U.S. because there are only three people in the room and the defendant is not present. We ended the day with a group dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe Paris.

6: Sainte Chapelle and La Concierge | For our first free day in Paris a group of us visited Saint Chappelle. Of all the churches in Paris this one was the prettiest and had the best stained glass. | We then visitesd La Concierge. It was a beautiful Prison and contained a lot of history. Seeing the cells set up in relation to wealth really showed us how much different things were in the past.

7: We then went on a boat cruise around Paris and ended the day by going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. The views from the top were amazing, it definately has the best view of the city. Since this was our last day in Paris before heading to London it was a great way to spend it.

8: London, England | On our fifth day in Europe we took the Eurostar from Paris to London. When we got to London we checked into our hotel which was very nice and then took a walking tour of the city and learned how to work the tube.

9: On our sixth day we visited the Museum of London and the Royal Courts of Justice. The museum was one of the biggest I have ever been to and was very well designed and set up. While visiting the Royal Courts we got to sit in on a trial as well as see the different outfits worn by the men over time.

10: After visiting the Royal Courts, we toured the Inns where the barristers work and got to see Inner Temple. It was so nice and quiet, and seemed like a great place to be able to work. We also got to see where all of the barristers dine. | With the evening off, a group of us went and visited Picadilly Circus and then met back up with the others for a ghost tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we got to hear more about Londons history.

11: This was our first chance to sleep in, and then we spent the afternoon with the Thames River Police. They are responsible for patrolling the river. We were able to hear stories from one of the retired river policemen as well as tour the museum.

12: While visiting with the river police we enjoyed lunch at a nearby pub. It was our first experience with pub food but it was actually delicious. That night we were all able to go out to the local pubs and bars. We were staying in a fantastic area with many options to choose from.

13: Buckingham Palace | With a free day off in London we started the morning by going to Buckingham Palace and watching the changing of the guards. I was unaware that this ceremony took over an hour. It was extremely intricate and really fun to watch. We also happened to be there when President Obama left the Palace to head to Parliament.

14: We walked to Westminister Abbey from Buckingham Palace using the Princess Diana Memorial Walkway. It was a beautiful day outside and the church was gorgeous. | We then went and saw Big Ben. I was expecting it to be bigger but there was so much detail on it that I see why it is such a landmark of London.

15: Day nine was spent at the Crown Court courthouse in Croydon. Sitting in on the trials was definitely a highlight of the trip. I wish we could have stayed longer and heard the outcome of some of the trials, but we were able to hear testimony | and judges summary about a double rape, forced imprisonment trial as well as a child abuse case. It was also very interesting to see the differences between these courtrooms and trials compared to the ones we saw in Paris as well as the U.S. | We then finished the day by going to the top of the London Eye. We could see for miles and were able to pick out all of the buildings we had seen during the past few days. It has the best view of the city.

16: We spent the day at the Tower of London. It is a huge museum detailing the history of London. Each castle within the grounds held different artifacts and displays. We got to see how armor has progressed as well as the weapons. This is also were the crown jewels are located.

17: After leaving the museum we had a late luch at Wetherspoon's, one of the most popular pubs in London. It was delcious and very cheap. We then went to Harrods. This is where the rich and famous shop, and after being here no mall will ever compare. At night we all went out one last time while in London. It was a lot of fun and we all really enjoyed spending the time together because we knew we would be coming home soon.

18: With this being our last day in London, we woke up early to take advantage of it. We traveled to the City of Westminister to see Abbey Road and take pictures on the famous crosswalk. We then took the tube back into the city and visited Oxford Circus. It had fantastic shopping and was crazy busy because this was also the day of the Manchester United v. Barcelona game.

19: On day 12 of being in Europe we took the Eurostar from London back to Paris. I loved London so I was sad to leave but excited to get back and finish seeing everything there is to see in Paris.

20: Louvre | With one final free day, a group of us went and visited the Louvre. It was unbelieveable getting to see art work so close up that we have only heard about or seen in the news or on television. The Mona Lisa was a lot smaller than I was expecting but the Museum itself was gigantic, we would have needed days to see everything.

21: We enjoyed one final group dinner on our last night in Paris atop the hill by the Sacre Coure. It was one of the prettiest views I had seen of Paris. We were also able to go to some of the unique shops atop the hill and enjoy some gelato.

22: As we all sat on the steps watching the sun go down over this gorgeous city it was hard to believe how fast the two weeks had gone. We had seen and done so much in two of the biggest cities in the world and I was sad to be leaving. This trip was a great life lesson and one I will always remember. The people I shared this journey with are some of my best friends and I know we will always have these great memories together.

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  • University of North Texas and East Carolina University Criminal Justice Departments London, England and Paris, France May 17, 2011-May 30, 2011
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