Our adventures began in London, England early Sunday morning. After checking into our hotel we set out to explore the area. Our first stop was Trafalgar Square where we enjoyed performances by the local artists, the many shops and a tour of The National Gallery. The next day, we enjoyed a full English breakfast and went for a stroll along the Thames River. We walked along the famous Tower Bridge and had lunch near London City Hall. In the afternoon we enjoyed a cruise on the Thames and a great view of London from one of the capsules on London Eye. On day two, our tour bus took us to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford University.
The next city on our itinerary was Paris. Our adventure included a very early morning train ride on the Eurostar to the city of light. That afternoon we went to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and enjoyed a delicious dinner in this area. We then walked along the Champs Elysses and took the “Metro” to the Arc de Triomphe. The following day we took a train to the Palace of Versailles and experienced the opulence of the French court. Once we got back into Paris we returned to the Champs Elysses, but this time during the day to do a little shopping! Students enjoyed the famous macaroons at Le Dore. The following day we had a booking at the Eiffel Tower and after making our way to the top, enjoyed an amazing view of Paris. We stayed in this area until evening and after dinner enjoyed a cruise along the Seine. We made new friends from an Italian private school that was also on an excursion to Paris.
The third stop on our tour was Barcelona, Spain. We arrived early in the afternoon on Sunday. After sorting out our hotel accommodations, we rushed to the Camp Nou Stadium for a soccer game between Barcelona and Osasuna. It was a great game and it was amazing to see the world’s best soccer player in action, Messi, who scored three goals! One of our students was in heaven as he considers himself FC Barcelona’s number one fan. We also toured the Camp Nou Stadium museum. The following day we had a visit to the Sagrada Familia Cathedral; this huge structure amazed most of us. After, we went for a walk on Barcelona beach. It was a great day as the weather was a nice change from Toronto! Being on a beach in March was unbelievable; the water was cold, but just being able to walk on the sand was great for us. On our final day in Barcelona, we visited the Tibidabo Mountain and enjoyed a wonderful view of Barcelona.
Our final stop in Europe was Madrid, Spain, where we arrived early Thursday morning. Delighted with our hotel, the students had time to rest before exploring the city. That afternoon we went for a tour of the Reina Sofia Museum. In the evening we took a stroll through one of Madrid’s most famous areas – Sol. The students enjoyed this area, and returned the next day for some shopping. On Friday, we walked around the old colonial part of Madrid and toured the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. In the evening we enjoyed a delicious Tapas and Paella dinner.
Europe 2014 was a great trip. From the adventure of train travel on the Eurostar, to the excitement of being at the top of the Eiffel Tower and the relaxation on Barcelona Beach, it was a trip to never forget.