Leland and Gray Students Travel to England, Ireland and Wales

IMG 2056Our students have been fortunate, over the years, to share in hands-on/on-site learning from China to Egypt, Greece to Belize, Germany to Costa Rica.  Another excursion launched February 12 and returned the 20th. Four  students, two staff and an alumna traveled from Shannon, Ireland to Killarney, Blarney and Dublin taking in the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral, and a night of Irish dance and music  along the way. 

After a ferry ride across the Irish Sea, Wales was the next stop for a drive through the countryside and a visit to Beaumaris Castle followed by a night in the charming town of Langellen.  A day in Stratford-upon-Avon gave travelers a first-hand look at Shakespeare’s life—the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway, and his birthplace showing the various rooms of his childhood home, including the shop of his father, a glove maker.  Lunch in what was his daughter’s house and a drive past the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the grammar school where the Bard schooled arduously in Greek and Latin rounded that leg of the tour. 

The last stop was London for a London Walk in the Whitechapel district charting the maneuvers of Jack the Ripper followed by a  comprehensive motor tour of the city the following morning. That afternoon the group visited the British Library to see the Magna Carta, DaVinci’s notebooks, first folios of Shakespeare’s works, the original scribbles for several Paul McCartney tunes and more. A stop at the British Museum followed, as did a walk through London’s South Bank and a stop at the Globe Theatre,  a fish and chips dinner at a local pub and last minute touring through the Piccadilly Circus area. The final day included a tour of Windsor Castle en route to the airport, though not a visit with her Royal Highness.  Alas.

All along the way, the EF tour guide and local guides offered thorough, rich and engaging narration of the sights.

According to trip leader, Annie Landenberger, “The students on this tour, as on all other tours I’ve led to faraway treasures of world history, were eager to learn and to listen opening their eyes, minds, and hearts to learn the world.   It’s good to be home, but I know our collective itchy traveling feet could have gone on.