Written by Ravi Majeti '18
Over Easter break of my senior year I traveled to Europe with the Guidance Department. This experience was one of my greatest while at Marist because I had the opportunity to spend nine days in England and France, both of which are filled with great history!
Jumping right into the trip, fourteen students, including myself, flew into London with Mrs. Cox, Mr. Hennessy, and his wife. As soon as we made it through customs, our adventure began. While in London, we saw the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum, stopped by Buckingham Palace, and posed for pictures with the Queen’s Guard at the Tower of London. After venturing to Stonehenge, we crossed the English Channel by ferry and landed at Caen. We traveled throughout Normandy and saw the American cemetery, Omaha Beach, and the cemetery for Axis forces. This was my personal favorite part of the trip because I am a World War II fanatic!
After Normandy, we traveled to St. Malo and saw Mont St. Michel, which I loved because Saint Michael is my confirmation saint and experiencing this sacred island, which was accessible only by boat or when the tide was low, was very humbling.
After this we stopped in Tours for one night before traveling to Paris. Paris was stunning! The architecture and history can be felt as you enter the city limits. As we walked through the streets of Paris and took our sightseeing tour. I was in awe because of the flawless architecture. Viewing buildings that withstood two World Wars, the French Revolution, and much more was extremely surreal!
This trip truly was a dream come true because I got to see many great sights such as Normandy and Omaha beach to the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame. I am truly grateful for the many opportunities afforded to me at Marist over the course of my four years. I want to thank Mrs. Cox and Mr. Hennessy for this wonderful trip and experience!