A group of Crown Point students and adults recently went on a tour of Europe, visiting Italy, France and England. Making the trek were students Marissa Titus, Jordan Popp, Jake Courcy, Sam Bodette, Keegan Choffatt, Ryan Worth, Jenna Petro, Natasha Burns, Brooke Feith and Mickaela Gunnison along with adults Elaine Dixon, Peggy Patnode, Tieah Gunnison, Barbara Boyer, Jenn Boyer, Katie Whitford and Jayna Andersen.
Three countries in 10 days. It’s no wonder Jayna Andersen is tired.
Andersen, a Crown Point Central School teacher, led a group of students and adults on a tour of Europe recently, visiting Italy, France and England.
“This was a very fast paced and busy trip, with a ton of traveling,” Andersen said. “But the students were amazed, as I had hoped. They will treasure these memories and experiences for a lifetime.”
Making the trek were students Marissa Titus, Jordan Popp, Jake Courcy, Sam Bodette, Keegan Choffatt, Ryan Worth, Jenna Petro, Natasha Burns, Brooke Feith and Mickaela Gunnison along with adults Elaine Dixon, Peggy Patnode, Tieah Gunnison, Barbara Boyer, Jenn Boyer, Katie Whitford and Andersen.
The trip was planned through EF Tours, an educational tour group specializing in student trips.
“I have always loved traveling and have visited Europe many times in the past and nothing compares to the thrill and adventure of seeing buildings and artwork that you have read about or seen pictures of,” Andersen said. “I have a fascination of other cultures, their way of life, their food, their art...I crave it and I wanted to share that enjoyment with as many people and students as I could.
“Why live in a world and not see all its wonders?” she asked. “I love the quote, ‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page’ by St. Augustine. I have traveled to Italy now three times, Ireland three times, France, England and Spain and I plan to continue throughout my life. I long to see it all.”
The group spent four days in Italy. They toured the Rome city center seeing the Trevi Fountain, Roman Catacombs, Piazza Novona, Spanish Steps, Pantheon (oldest building in Rome), Victor Emmanuel Monument, Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
“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.