EXPLORING LONDON, ENGLAND

EXPLORING LONDON, ENGLAND

DAY THREE 

Day three of our London adventure, we were given an option to visit different places the city had to offer. The options included going to Abbey Road and 221B Baker Street, boarding the Belfast warship, or visiting Westminster Abbey and the scale heights of the Tower Bridge. My friend and I jumped on board to visit Westminster Abbey and the Tower Bridge. Continue reading “EXPLORING LONDON, ENGLAND”

LONDON, ENGLAND

LONDON, ENGLAND
LONDON RECAP
DAY ONE

It took us about an hour to an hour and a half to get to East London. Before heading to our hotel in Heathrow, we made our way to Central London for dinner. Mesmerized by the buildings and lights, I was anxiously waiting to get off the bus and explore. London was definitely the most fanciest and cleanest city I’ve ever been too. Aside from my horrendous outfit choices in Grade 12, the luxury of the city made me feel like I wasn’t in place, let alone, afford to be in the city! Continue reading “LONDON, ENGLAND”

CANTERBURY, ENGLAND

CANTERBURY, ENGLAND
CANTERBURY RECAP 

The following morning after our adventure at Vimy, Yprés, and Lille, we drove to Calais to board the ferry to Dover. It was a very exciting but busy morning, as we had to pass through customs and unload the bus with all of our luggages. Aside from the excitement of going to England, it was also a sad morning as we had to say goodbye to one of the most talented bus drivers we’ve ever had on the trip. Continue reading “CANTERBURY, ENGLAND”

YPRÉS, BELGIUM

YPRÉS, BELGIUM
BELGIUM RECAP

Belgium! Belgium was a surprise as it was unexpected during my trip in Europe. After Vimy, we traveled to the little cheery town of Ypres, a once devastated town located in the Flemish Region of West Flanders. As the centre of the battles between Germany and the Allied Forces during World War 1, Ypres, also known as Ieper, has blossomed into the most beautiful town I’ve ever seen. Upon arriving, I was fascinated with how huge the In Flanders Field Museum was and how it took up half of the square we were in. Unfortunately, I was not able to visit the museum as it was not part of the itinerary. Continue reading “YPRÉS, BELGIUM”

DIEPPE, FRANCE

DIEPPE, FRANCE
DIEPPE RECAP

We woke up pretty early, got ready, packed up, and headed for breakfast. The breakfast was complimentary and buffet-styled so we were able to choose what we wanted. Compared to my Parisian breakfast back in Paris, the breakfast was almost the same except for the croissant and the cheese. The cheese was not fresh, as it was packaged, and the croissant just didn’t have that same Parisian taste. As we were eating, we were intrigued with stories from some people in our group about the hotel. Apparently, in some of the rooms, there were bedbugs and dead insects under the beds, so some girls had to sleep in the bathroom. I felt really bad but I was lucky that I didn’t have go through that. Once we all ate to our heart’s content, we checked out, loaded the bus with our luggage, and made our way to learn about the tragic Dieppe Raid in 1942. Continue reading “DIEPPE, FRANCE”

NORMANDY, FRANCE

NORMANDY, FRANCE
NORMANDY FRANCE RECAP

Two years ago, I was able to take a life-changing trip to many of the War Memorials, Commonwealth Cemeteries, and famous landmarks that marked the footsteps of World War I and World War II. After our luxuries trip in Paris and Versailles, we took the autoroute to our first stop at Arromanches, Normandy. As the site of the famous Mulberry Harbour, we were enriched with the event that took place on the 6th of June, 1944; D-Day. Continue reading “NORMANDY, FRANCE”

VERSAILLES, FRANCE

VERSAILLES, FRANCE
LE CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES RECAP

Let me begin by saying that it really took me until the end of the tour that I was really at the Palace of Versailles. Versailles was definitely one of my top highlights of my stay in France. Everything was covered in gold and sculpted in a way that was unique from the buildings in Paris. Before I left for Europe, I was in the middle of learning about the three Louis that occupied the Palace during the 17th-18th century. On the tour, I was able to connect and really set myself in history. Continue reading “VERSAILLES, FRANCE”

PARIS, FRANCE

PARIS, FRANCE
PARIS RECAP
DAY ONE

Paris. The city of love, lights and all things magical. When I first arrived in the city, I fell instantly in love. My mind was in a trance, my heart was already gone and my life was about to change. I could remember telling myself you’re not in Paris, you’re just dreaming, but for a second or two, I believed it. Was I really in Paris?

As soon as I arrived at the Paris airport around noon, I was anxious to go to see everything right away. Once the group boarded the bus, we headed towards Clergy Pontoise where our hotel was located. I dropped off my luggage, checked in and as soon as the rest of the group was done, we took an expeditious trip on the subway train to the Louvre; our first experience in France. Continue reading “PARIS, FRANCE”