London, England: A digital gallery

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London, England: A digital gallery

When the London Eye debuted in 2000, it became known as the world's largest ferris wheel. Located along the south bank of the Thames River, the view from the top of the London Eye offers an unimpeded view the city.

When the London Eye debuted in 2000, it became known as the world's largest ferris wheel. Located along the south bank of the Thames River, the view from the top of the London Eye offers an unimpeded view the city.

Photo: Kaelie Miller

When the London Eye debuted in 2000, it became known as the world's largest ferris wheel. Located along the south bank of the Thames River, the view from the top of the London Eye offers an unimpeded view the city.

Photo: Kaelie Miller

Photo: Kaelie Miller

When the London Eye debuted in 2000, it became known as the world's largest ferris wheel. Located along the south bank of the Thames River, the view from the top of the London Eye offers an unimpeded view the city.

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Flashback to 2014: The class of 2019 gathered into the auditorium to hear about a special opportunity presented by a man named John Garber, a well known doctor and friend to many children in Ada. He made the class a deal: if they kept up straight A’s until the end of the first semester of their junior year, he would fund a trip to London that same year for those who kept up their grades.

Flash-forward to 2018: 19 juniors and four chaperones, including two teachers who were picked by the traveling students to accompany them, headed to London, England, fulfilling the promise Garber made them all those years ago. The trip took a long time to work towards, and went by quickly, but the experience and memories will never fade.

 

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  • The sun rises over the plane that is taking 23 students and chaperones to the country of England, to explore the city of London. After an almost nine hour flight, completely over night, the first glimpses of the sun coming through the windows were a sigh of relief, knowing landing will be coming up soon.

  • The first bright red telephone booth the students happened upon in London may have been full of disgarded litter and covered in graffiti, but it was still an opportunity to snap pictures. As many people know, the telephone booths are a London staple, and a landmark many people think of when they think of the city. Although many are not in use anymore, they remain standing for tourists to take pictures in, and as history of the city.

  • Chris Eckler led the students through the London Underground, a subway system that connects the suburbs to innermost parts of the city. Just as important as the big, red double decker buses, the tubes helped the students navigate miles of history nd shops, although they did find themselves lost in the underground system a few times!

  • On day two, students explore the oldest castle in England. Warwick Castle, built in 1068 by William the Conqueror, was home to many princes, princess, dutches, and lords over the span of hundreds of years. Within the castle walls, an interactive

  • Commonly mistaken as the London Bridge, what is actually called the Tower Bridge stands tall next to its shorter surrounding bridges. The Tower Bridge sits over the Thames River, connecting the historical royal half of the city to the "commoner" side.

  • Westminster Abbey is the oldest cathedral in London, and is full of the tombs and memorials of past kings, queens, and some of the greatest minds in the world. Most recently added will be Stephen Hawking, who just passed away in March. He will be memorialized among the minds of Sir Isaac Newton and Shakespeare.

  • On the last day, the students got to see London from the best view in the city, on the London Eye. The Eye offers a 360 degree view of the city, and is right next to the Thames River.

  • Students got to watch the feathery hatted guards outside of the Buckingham Palace, where the royals reside. Unfortunately, the changing of the guard did not take place that day, but it was still a beautiful and interesting sight to see.

  • The students had a fun time as they walked across the historical Abbey Road, where the famous British boy band, The Beatles, walked to create their iconic album cover. Abbey Road crossing leads directly up to the Abbey House and recording studio, where The Beatles recorded their music. For some of the students, visiting this spot was something many of their parents may have been jealous of.

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