2009-07-30 / Local & State

SF Geography Club Travels Abroad

Back row, left: Lisa Keefer, Carol Jean Johnson, Heather Hollenshead, Marilyn Mellott, Melinda Golden; middle row: Tia Keefer, Nancy Younker, Jonnie Zeger, Judy Eisaman; front row: Lacey Beatty, Jenna Hollenshead and Jenna Ritz. Back row, left: Lisa Keefer, Carol Jean Johnson, Heather Hollenshead, Marilyn Mellott, Melinda Golden; middle row: Tia Keefer, Nancy Younker, Jonnie Zeger, Judy Eisaman; front row: Lacey Beatty, Jenna Hollenshead and Jenna Ritz. Fulton County students and adults recently spent eight days in England and Scotland. Southern Fulton students Lacey Beatty, Jenna Hollenshead, Tia Keefer and Jenna Ritz were accompanied overseas by Fulton County residents, Judy Eisaman, Melinda Golden, Heather Hollenshead, Carol Jean Johnson, Lisa Keefer, Marilyn Mellott, Nancy Younker and Jonnie Zeger.

The first stop was a tour of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, located in central London. First used as a fortress, the tower is now famous for housing the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. The group next spent time at various well-known spots in London such as: Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, the London Eye, Hyde Park

one of London's largest parks), Piccadilly Circus, (also known as England's Time Square) and St. Paul's Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married. Next, the participants watched the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch.

Next, participants headed outside the city of London for a guided tour of the Royal Family's retreat at Windsor Castle. Highlights at Windsor Castle included touring St. George's Chapel, final resting place of many monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I. The group opted for a one day excursion to Stonehenge and the Salisbury Cathedral. The Cathedral is home to the United Kingdom's tallest church spire, the world's oldest working clock and one of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. To conclude their stay in London, participants attended an evening theater performance of Wicked in the West End.

As the group headed north, they toured Oxford University and Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born, raised and buried, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Continuing north, the group arrived in the ancient walled town of York. York was founded by the Romans and later taken over by the Vikings. A highlight while in York was a visit to the York Minster, Great Britain's largest Gothic cathedral.

While en route to their final destination of Edinburgh participants stopped at Housesteads, site of one of the bestpreserved forts along Hadrian's Wall. The Roman Emperor Hadrian traveled to England in A.D. 122 and ordered that a wall be built to prevent attacks from Scotland. The wall also became the northern border of the large Roman Empire.

The last two days of the tour were spent in Edinburgh, Scotland. While crossing the border from England into Scotland, the group paused for a picture displaying the Fulton County News. Once in Edinburgh, participants tour-ed the famous Royal Mile, the main street of the Old Town. The Royal Mile is located between two famous sites: Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyroodhouse. Edinburgh Castle, located atop an extinct volcano, is a fortress that has changed ownership many times between the Scottish and the English. Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth in the castle to James VI of Scotland who later ruled England as James I. Holyroodhouse is the Royal Family's official residence in Scotland.

The tour was arranged and conducted by EF Education, the world's largest private education company. EF Education was founded in 1965, with a mission of breaking down the barriers of language, culture and geography. Today EF Education focuses on language learning, educational travel, cultural exchange and academic programs.

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