MOUNT OLIVE — Twenty University of Mount Olive students recently visited London, Paris, and Rome. Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Sullivan and Director of Student Activities Emily Schneider accompanied the eager students on the nine-day adventure.
The first stop was London, England, participants were led on a walking tour that included sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the National Gallery. The group visited the Tower Bridge, Westminster Abby, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Churchill War Rooms. They later explored the city on their own.
After three short days in London, Paris was the next stop. Once again, the group hit the ground running. They went on a sightseeing bus tour, stopped for a tour of the Louvre, and later saw the Love Lock Bridge. The tour ended in front of Notre Dame. One full day in Paris was devoted to Versailles.
“Before we went in the Versailles Palace, I was expecting just another fancy building, but this palace was extraordinary,” said Jessica Sellers, a junior agriculture education major from Beaverdam. “Magnificent paintings and detail covered every wall. From top to bottom, this palace was filled with the finest.”
To end their time in Paris, the group visited the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Goodbye, Paris. Hello, Rome. In Rome the group visited the Colosseum, did some sightseeing, visited a few street markets, spent some time in the Pantheon, and stopped by the Trevi Fountain to make a wish. The group was able to take a tour of the Vatican.
One student commented, “Being inside the Sistine Chapel and seeing Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam was a big deal.”
A visit to Pompeii completed the journey.
Sellers said, “Each day, after we finished as a group, we were allowed to explore the city. Experiencing the culture of each place was interesting. The food was delicious. Trying to have conversations with people who did not speak English was hilarious. Having the opportunity to visit another part of the world was priceless. We made memories that will last a lifetime. Had it not been for the University of Mount Olive and the Campus Activities Board, this trip may not have been a reality. I’m thankful to be a part of a school that encourages travel and helps make adventure possible.”