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Serra Goes to Europe!

posted Apr 22, 2013, 8:02 AM by sullivanp@serrahs.org

Eighteen students and five adults from Serra Catholic experienced the opportunity of a lifetime in March, when they toured various countries throughout Europe. Led by Mrs. Karen Kolenik, Social Studies Teacher, and Mr. Bob Childs, Assistant Principal, the group traveled to London, England; Paris, France; Lucerne, Switzerland; and Munich, Germany.

In London, students visited the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Students also rode the Underground and ate fish and chips. Later, some headed to the Warner Brothers Studio for a tour of the Making of Harry Potter, while others went on a Jack the Ripper walking tour.

After riding the Eurostar train underneath the English Channel, the students arrived in Paris. There, they visited the Louvre, rode to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and toured the Palace of Versailles. Later that day, the group attended Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Students also enjoyed riding the Metro and eating crepes and crème brulee.

Leaving Paris, the students traveled by bus to Lucerne, Switzerland where they were welcomed by a family who runs the Hotel Frohsinn. The family atmosphere at the hotel was welcomed by the group, who enjoyed traditional family meals and wake-up calls, such as the banging of pots in the hallways. Students toured Lucerne and enjoyed the Alps scenery as they rode two cable cars to the top of Mt. Pilatus. Shopping included Swiss watches and chocolate!

The bus then left for Munich, with a quick coffee break in Liechtenstein. The students toured the Neuschweinstein Castle and went sled riding in the Alps! A city tour of Munich included a visit to the famous Marienplatz center, where the students watched the Glockenspiel. Students enjoyed bratwurst, while a few ordered chicken nuggets.

The last day took the group on a bus tour of Munich as well as to the Dachau Concentration Camp, where students learned about the horrors that took place there during World War II. They also stopped at the BMW museum, where students were able to sit in many different types of cars. 

When asked about their favorite things on tour, Pat Crossen said, “I liked the Jack the Ripper tour and walking through Lucerne, Switzerland.” Liz Holmes commented, “I absolutely loved seeing the Eiffel Tower, especially at night. Going up to the top was also exciting. The London Eye was another highlight of my trip, seeing Big Ben from up high and seeing all of London was beautiful.”

The next Serra tour will visit Ireland and England in June 2014. All sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to join the 2014 tour.