Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring Break 2017 London/Normandy/Paris - Days 1 & 2

 I am overwhelmed with photos from 3 phones and 2 cameras, but here goes: 
Our group of Berea Community High School students and adults 
departed LEX on Friday, March 31 for 
ATL and then overnight arriving at Heathrow on Saturday.   
I had been ill with 2 bacterial infections for nearly two weeks prior to departure, 
and didn't decide until the night before departure I would go. 
I am very thankful I was able to travel with these great folks.
It was a whirlwind educational tour (= miles of walking). 
Afternoon teas were not possible to schedule.
But, I knew that in advance. Traveling gluten free is a challenge, but all worked out. 
 We were met by our English tour director, Trevor,  and hit the ground running. 
Above: Mr. Fontenez and Ms. Flara, the BCHS sponsors. 
My first cup of tea in London.  Yes, it's in a paper cup, but
after traveling all afternoon and night on Friday, 
 finally a small salad and tea on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. London time.
It was a treat to be able to sit by the Thames River and drink a cup of English Breakfast Tea.
Carissa summed up how we were all feeling by this time on Saturday afternoon.
And, after dinner checked in at the hotel in the London area.
Below:  The tea making station in our hotel room.  


relevanttealeaf said...

What a wonderful trip even though it was fast-paced.
I'm glad you were able to go, and I look forward to
reading your posts about the trip.

Joy said...

I'm glad you were able to go on the trip - and that you found some tea along the way.

Winifred said...

Glad you got home safely after your whirlwind trip. Been trying to open your post on Canterbury Cathedral but for some reason I can't. Might be due to the slow Wi fi in our Spanish hotel!

If you haven't visited it before try Durham Cathedral, on your next visit it's beautiful. Just been voted Britain's favourite cathedral again. I love it, the situation on a rocky promontory is wonderful. It was a Benedictine monastery & cathedral until the Reformation when the monks handed it over to King Henry VIII soldiers. That way it wasn't sacked but it became a protestant cathedral after that. I know I'm biased but it is amazing so if you ever get the chance, go! Bill Bryson the American writer wrote in his book Notes from a Small Island:
"Why, it's a perfect little city. If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful."
Now I'm wouldn't say that about the city now as I remember it from when was young and they have really messed it up with their sixties architecture, but it'd certainly say it about the Cathedral. Look forward to catching up when I get home.

Marilyn Miller said...

Happy you ended up feeling well enough to travel. It is no fun to be sick on the plane.


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