Students travel abroad

After a cruise on the Seine River, the Eiffel Tower lit up the night with a five minute sparkling light show.

After a cruise on the Seine River, the Eiffel Tower lit up the night with a five minute sparkling light show.

After a long day of walking, they stopped to watch the sunset in Florence, Italy.

After a long day of walking, they stopped to watch the sunset in Florence, Italy.

The morning that they left to head back home was filled with tears, laughter and memories of the past week and a half.

The morning that they left to head back home was filled with tears, laughter and memories of the past week and a half.

Nine Heritage students and two teachers took the opportunity to travel across the world to experience new cultures.
It was a trip in the making. They had been planning for over a year and a half. But the chance finally came to stamp their passports and walk onto European territory.
Most had never left the country they called home. They had 10 short days to discover London, Paris, Florence, Assisi and Rome with the help of their EF Tours director, Gwenael Amisse.
Ms. Jackie Peach, a Heritage Social Studies teacher, and Ms. Renee Hemmie, last year’s student teacher in Social Studies were the chaperones on the EF Tours Europe trip.
Austin Merchant, Marc Thomson class of ’14, Jennifer Brewer, Natalie Cozart, Ashley Franco, Kenzie Meyers class of ‘15, Melissa Falls, Josh Merchant and Chiara Zagnoli class of ’16 were the nine HHS students able to travel on this trip.
“I wanted to go because I knew that it would be the trip of a lifetime and I was anxious to meet people from all around the world with various backgrounds and lifestyles,” says Brewer.
After a long nine hour flight, they landed in London. There was no time to rest between arriving and officially starting their journey. They immediately went into the heart of London and saw Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Later they saw historic monuments such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.
“My favorite part was seeing the Queen of England in London. It was amazing to see such a famous person in real life,” says Falls.
After traveling under the English Channel, students were able to test out their skills in speaking French. Even saying “merci” to fellow French made them feel connected to the people an ocean away. In France they enjoyed experiences like kissing the bottom of the Eiffel Tower and taking a cruise along the Seine with the shining lights of the tower in the distance.
Florence was a sea of red-topped buildings and spectacular architecture.
“American ice cream doesn’t compare to Italian gelato. The flavor options and amounts they give you are unbelievable,” says Brewer.
After a couple hours in the hills of Assisi, they traveled to historic Rome. The city is the icon for history. There are broken buildings that are thousands of years old next to Roman modern homes. The Roman Coliseum is surrounded by modern paved roads and businesses. While walking through the streets, their history books came alive.
“The memories and pictures I have from my Europe trip will help me remember this vacation forever,” says Brewer.

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