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Pirates Explore London, Paris For Summer Trip

Pirates Explore London, Paris For Summer Trip

Perkins High School students and teachers in June crossed the Atlantic Ocean to explore England and France.

Students explored London’s streets and rooftops, partaking in the sights, sounds, and tastes from castles to works of art, street performers, and scones with butter and jam.

One evening they joined a detective who guided them through the streets where Jack the Ripper committed his gruesome murders. Some students journeyed to Windsor Castle to discover that King Charles was in residence, while they proceeded on the castle tour.

After a six-hour cruise across the English Channel, students arrived in Normandy, France, where they visited the beaches and American Cemetary to honor those who served in World War II.

The next stops on the trip found them in Mont-Saint-Michel, and Saint-Malo – two seaside walled cities with narrow streets and quaint shops, Chartres, where they visited a Gothic cathedral with a pilgrimage maze, and Winchester that dates back to the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

In Paris, the first stop was the area of Montmartre with its curving narrow streets that go up, up, and up to the Balsilique Du Sacre-Coeur, a beautiful church on a hill.

Students spent one evening at the top of Montparnasse, 56 stories high, watching the Paris skyline and waiting with bated breath for the Eiffel Tower to sparkle.

The next three days found travelers rising to the top of the Eiffel Tower, viewing works of art in the Louvre, taking a boat cruise along the river, dining at beautiful cafés, seeing the progress made on Notre Dame, and shopping on the Champs-Élysées.

This trip was an experience of a lifetime, an opportunity for students to experience the culture of different countries.