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Country group travels through Europe

By Keeli Parkey | Staff Commentary

For two weeks in July, a group of approximately 40 Unicoi County High School students and teachers and others traveled through Europe. The group visited five countries – England, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Above, the group is pictured in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. (Contributed photo)
For two weeks in July, a group of approximately 40 Unicoi County High School students and teachers and others traveled through Europe. The group visited five countries – England, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Above, the group is pictured in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. (Contributed photo)

I was lucky enough this summer to be part of a group of Unicoi County High School teachers and students and other travelers who flew across the pond to visit five countries in Europe.

Traveling with EF Tours, an educational tour company, over a two-week period we visited England, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. It was a lot to take in in a short time, but it was worth every plane ride, train ride and bus ride and every mile we walked.

Our first stop was London where we saw many sights, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. From there, we traveled via train to Paris where we spent two days experiencing the beautiful city. We visited the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, took a cruise on the River Seine and saw Notre Dame, among other sights. We departed Paris by bus and traveled to Reims, France, where we spent a morning before traveling to Heidelberg, Germany. Next, it was onto Munich, Germany, where we took a bicycle tour through the city and through the beautiful English Garden.

Austria was the next country on our agenda. We stopped for half a day in Salzburg before staying a few days in Vienna. In Vienna we visited the grand Schonbrunn Palace, the quirky Hundertwasser House and Prater amusement park. We moved on to Prague in the Czech Republic, which is a grand old city. There, we took an underground ghost tour, saw Prague Castle and saw the John Lennon Wall.

Dresden and Berlin, Germany, were our last stops on the busy tour before flying home. It was an experience I will never forget and there are too many memories for one newspaper to hold.