Monday, July 2, 2007

Ali: “At 7:00, we traveled to the Arts Theatre to take in a performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged….What an entertaining glimpse into the almost endless amount of work that Shakespeare produced. Three hilarious men proved to be all the show needed to keep the audience involved for 97 minutes. I think it would be quite the experience to purchase front row tickets for high school students and let them be surprised with the actors speaking right to them throughout the entire show!”

On to Abby Road...

Jen: “Today, our free day, was open with possibility and it took us all week to plan and agree upon a schedule. We started the day in line for half price tickets, then moved on to pay homage to the Beatles by visiting Abby Road. This visit was a lot of fun, and it was quite humorous to time a picture while waiting for a lull in traffic. Abby Studios looked on from behind, and I had to pause and reflect upon the spectrum of history, events, and sights London has to offer from groundling territory to Henry VIII’s court, to the Beatles. I feel like I only got a taste of all that London encapsulates!”

On to Kensington Palace

Janine: “After leaving Hampton Court, we took a trip out to Wimbledon and then visited Kensington Palace. While I was a bit disappointed in the Palace overall, the tribute to Princess Diane was nice. The gardens here were beautiful also. Finally, the weather was cooperating, and it was a great day to be walking around…This has been an amazing trip on both an educational and personal level. I am very thankful to have had this opportunity. It is something I will never forget, and I will enjoy sharing it with generations of students to come.”

Redesigning the Entrance to Stonehenge

Adrienne: “Today Elise and I had the opportunity to go to Stonehenge. I was so very excited because I had been learning about this place for the past six years as part of my studies for architecture. I was so excited the entire bus ride, but sadly when I got there I was very disappointed with the entrance. Stonehenge was just next to the road and there was just a loop in the grass to walk around the monument. I would like to prepare a lesson in which students re-design the entrance to the monument…that has more [respect for] history.”

Exploring Hampton Court II

Nicole: “Today we traveled the tube to Richmond Station and then hopped on a bus to Hampton Court Palace. We crossed the Thames on a footbridge, and the sight of the river is still fascinating to me. Despite its brown color, it still seems beautiful and peaceful. I enjoyed learning about the residence, particularly the modifications by Sir Christopher Wren. It would be so extraordinary to take our students from Liberty High School to see the Great Hall where Shakespeare performed for the King and Queen. The tapestries, woven with real gold and silver, portrayed beautiful scenes of the king and queen and mythical stories. I believe the students would enjoy the tapestries because they displayed so many different stories. We then ate like the king and the queen in the mess hall. I tried sausage with leeks. I would encourage my students to try different foods representing the time period and cultures. We then traveled through the rose garden which was, by far, the best part of the palace.”

Exploring Hampton Court I

Elise: “Exploring Hampton Court Palace today was a lot of fun. I love how great it was to explore this grand place at your own pace. It was really cool how you can walk through each section of the palace that each owner added. The sections were so different and so unique. It was great to be able to explore!”

Exploring the British Museum

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Nicole: “We then traveled to the British Museum and accidentally ran right into the Rosetta Stone. The building itself is so beautiful with its pristine white floors and walls and glass ceiling. The museum is so large that we became distracted and lost direction. How ironic to run right into the Rosetta Stone, the epitome of a key and guidance…We then traveled through the ancient Egypt section. Ali and I were fascinated by the rolls of papyrus that still existed…I was mesmerized by the tombs and burial boxes. The CAT scans showing the artifacts left inside the bodies, including internal organs and memorials to Gods were also amazing. I saw the burial wrap with the body of Cleopatra inside!”