This past June a group of travelers from Macon and Smith counties embarked on an amazing 12-day adventure to 4 different countries in Europe.
They started in Paris, France where they saw the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the Louvre museum, the Orsay museum, and many other famous attractions. They walked down the Champs de Elysee and along the Seine River and went up to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for breathtaking views of Paris. Some of the group went inside Notre Dame Cathedral, some went into the Pantheon and others took time to wait in the long lines to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Because of the historic flooding that was occurring during their visit, the group was unable to actually visit the Louvre museum.
Next, the group traveled by Eurostar to London, England. Here they visited the Museum of London and saw St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Tower of London and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Most of the group had time to visit Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Covent Garden and the area around the River Thames. Several from the group went to see Wicked on one of their nights in London. Most of the group spent a day to go visit Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favorite residence and another day to travel to Stonehenge and then on to Salisbury, where they saw an original copy of the Magna Carta.
Then they were off to Edinburgh, Scotland by train. They had limited time there and spent most of it exploring Edinburgh Castle. Most of the group had their dinner meal that night at a Scottish Ceilidh, a traditional Scottish meal with music and dance.
On their way to catch the ferry that would take them to Ireland, the group had an extra stop at the Falkirk Wheel, the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world. After a very nice ferry ride, the group started this part of their journey in Belfast, Ireland. Here they saw many giant political murals that help tell the history of Northern Ireland, Belfast’s own leaning tower, Lower Falls, Shankill Road and the shipbuilding docks. The group visited Titanic Belfast, a museum built on the actual site where the legendary Titanic was constructed. They spent an entire day on an excursion out of town to Derry and Giant’s Causeway.
They reached the last stop on their journey (Dublin, Ireland) by bus. Here they visited both Trinity College, to see the Book of Kells, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Other famous sights they saw on their tour were Dublin’s elegant Georgian doors, the Guinness Storehouse, Ha’Penny Bridge and the Spire of Dublin. Some of the areas the group visited were O’Connell Street, Stephen’s Green and Temple Bar. They also had a drive through Phoenix Park, home to the Dublin Zoo and the residence of the US Ambassador to Ireland. After dinner one night, most of the group attended a traditional Irish music and dance show.
This was a great trip and the group had many wonderful experiences. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, you need to attend the meeting for our next adventure to Europe. This time we will be visiting Italy and Greece for 13 days, which includes a 3-day cruise of the Greek Islands. The informational meeting for this trip will be Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM in room #115 at Macon County High School. We do these trips so that students can travel with or without their parents, but they are open to anyone. If you have any questions, or can’t attend the meeting, contact Tammy Brawner at [email protected]