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Ducks looking out over the river in Paris, France.

Paris, Day 2: Notre Dame, a River Cruise on the Seine, and the Louvre

Today began with a hop on the Metro to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a stunning Roman Catholic Church that exemplifies the French Gothic movement in architecture. Construction of the Cathedral began in the 12th century, and finished in the 14th century. Eva (our tour guide) gave our students a brief art history lesson as […]

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My students!

Why I Am Always Asking For Your Money…

I know it’s true. My hand is always out. Why? Because I know that the $20 you spend on coffee each week could help change the life of one of my students. The high school in which I teach is big. As in, three city blocks big. 3,5oo students big. And our budget is small. […]

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The view from the top of the St. Louis Arch.

St. Louis – the perfect city for kids!

Addie woke us up very early today – I think she was excited to ride up the arch. We had breakfast, grabbed our free Starbucks coffees, and headed over to get in the ticket line. By 8:10am, we were on the first tram ride up! I was slightly terrified when we first got into the […]

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Our hotel room in St. Louis, MO.

Meet me in St. Louis, Louie!

We arrived in St. Louis this afternoon, and went straight to our hotel. Priceline.com came to the rescue once again! For $50 we had an arch view, and we were literally across the street from the monument. We also got vouchers for free coffee from the Starbucks located in the hotel. I was elated. After […]

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The Parthenon in Nashville, TN

Welcome to Nashville! … or Greece?

I love oddities and unexpected tourist traps. Take, for instance, the full scale replica of the Parthenon that is in Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. Built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, the sculptures that adorn the outside were built from plaster casts of the originals. It is an imposing building, though somewhat out of place […]

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Assisi and Rome

Today we had our earliest morning yet because we had a lot of ground to cover. We boarded the bus just before 8am, headed for Assisi. As we arrived, the sun came out, finally! What an incredible little medieval city – best known for St. Francis and St. Clare. Sadly, we only had enough time […]

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Adventures in Florence

Today was a whirlwind. We awoke early and had a quick breakfast before meeting with our local guide, Niccolo. We spent the first two hours of the day with him as he led us through the city and provided us with a detailed history of the city and the art in Florence. I truly love […]

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Nice, Pisa & Florence

Today started as usual – bread, croissant, juice and coffee. However, Jenn, Spencer, Liz, Kate, and Gail (a teacher from the Pennsylvania group) and I decided to catch the sunrise over the Mediterranean Sea. After breakfast we took a quick walk to the shoreline in Nice. It was amazing! The rain had stopped, and even […]

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Barcelona – Day 4

We started our morning with a breakfast of fresh croissants, butter, strawberry jam, orange juice and the equivalent of honey smacks cereal. Kendra, Jenn and I also had café con leches to help get our gears moving. Our first activity of the day was a bus tour of Barcelona, led by a local guide, Ellie. […]

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Hola Madrid!

After landing on time this morning, Madrid welcomed us with beautiful, sunny weather. It was a nice change from the colder temperature of home! Our tour guide, Jesus, met up with us as we left baggage claim and led us to a small café in the airport. The original plan was to wait a bit […]

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