England and France - Spring 2015

Mrs. Hannon, ten adventurous students, and I spent the first week of spring break immersed in the history and culture of England and France. The first stop in our tour was London. We saw many of London's famous sites like Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square. It was an impressive two days exploring the heart of the city. The culinary highlight was fish and chips. I can report that London Bridge isn't falling down. In fact, it feels very stable! The second stop was Normandy, beginning with the D-Day museum in Caen. We also visited the American military cemetery, which makes you realize the number of soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defeat Nazi Germany. Our visit also included Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. At Pointe du Hoc, a high cliff area, you can wander through German bunkers that were part of their Atlantic defenses. We went further back in time -- and got our exercise-- when we climbed to the abbey of Mont St. Michel. Mont St. Michel, built in the Middle Ages, is perched on a small point of land that becomes an island during high tide. Our final stop was Paris. We saw the medieval cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame, the splendid palace of Versailles built by King Louis XIV, the Louvre, and of course, the Eiffel Tower. The culinary highlights in France were sweet: crepes and macaroons. Our trip was a great experience, and on behalf of Mrs. Hannon and myself, I want to commend our students being curious, enthusiastic, and all-around wonderful.

by Ben Ladd, faculty