continued “We took a bus trip to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was buried in 25 feet of volcanic ash from an eruption by Mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago which preserved the city,” Andersen said. “From this site we could see the Mediterranean sea and the isle of Capri. We visited a shop that demonstrated how cameo necklaces are made from shells.”
The locals visitors also toured Vatican City and saw its museums, the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
In Florence they viewed the famous Duomo Cathedral and went on a walking tour of the city that gave birth to the Renaissance. They strolled through the artisans and leather market.
The Crown Point band then took an over-night train from Milan to Paris. They spent two days in France.
“In Paris we took a bus tour of the city with stops at the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral,” Andersen, an art teacher, said. “We went for half a day to the famous museum, the Louvre, which is over a mile long and houses the Mona Lisa, Leonardo DaVinci’s most famous work.
“Day two we visited the infamous palace at Versailles,” she said. “The last night in Paris we took at night boat cruise on the River Seine and witnessed the Eiffel Tower sparkle in all of its glory. This was most of the students’ most memorable moment of trip; it was truly remarkable.”
The tour group then took the EuroStar Train to London. The train travels at speeds of 185 mph and goes underneath the English Channel.
“We took a bus tour of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby, Big Ben, London Bridge and we did the tour of London which houses the Crown Jewels,” Andersen said. “Most of the group also visited an exact replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre built with the original materials and craftsmanship.”
The whirlwind adventure left Andersen tired, but not daunted. She’s already planning another trip — this one for nine days to Costa Rica.
Anyone interested in joining her on the trek can call Andersen or go online at www.eftours.com and enter tour #1184004.