Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thank you 2009 HUM1915 UK students

Thank you HUM1915 2009 Elmira College students for enrollling in our course.
Prof. Gerald Parkhouse
Prof. Alison Wolfe

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Last Supper

Tonight was our final night in the beautiful city of London, so we decided to go out in style! We all dressed up, paraded through the tube station with our pretty dresses and dapper suits, and went to dinner in Covent Garden. After a scrumptious dinner we saw the play War Horse and then ended the night with one final group picture.To quote a Michael Buble song "Another airplane, another sunny place, I’m lucky, I know but it's time to go home." It's crazy to think that by this time tomorrow we'll be back home! I guess it's true, time flies fast when you're having fun. Thank you Professor Wolfe and Professor Parkhouse for the trip of a life time... we'll never forget it! Cheerio!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tea Time!

We started off today by going to the Imperial War museum, which had numerous exhibits on both World Wars, including a trench recreation and blitz-shelter simulation. However, the Holocaust exhibit was probably the most interesting and eye-opening piece that we spent an hour walking through. After the museum, we met up with Professor Wolfe for tea, scones, and sandwiches... yum! Everything was absolutely delicious and at the end of our meal, everyone surprised me by singing "Happy Birthday" to me. Thanks guys, I couldn't have asked for a better day! Cheerio until tomorrow!

Monday, May 25, 2009

The White Cliffs of Dover

It was a rainy morning in the U.K. but we bundled up, put on our rain boots, and took the train to the town of Dover. As soon as we arrived at the coast we were able to see the beautiful white cliffs of Dover and the English Channel. Even though it was a little chilly, many of us still walked along the water and we even saw some people swimming in the Channel! Finally, before we left the coast, we threw some pebbles into the water then headed to Canterbury for some traditional fish and chips for lunch! The chips were crispy and the fish was cooked to perfection! By this time the sunshine had come out and we all went to the Canterbury Cathedral to light a few candles and pray for peace before going back to Regents College for some dinner and much needed sleep. Cheerio everyone!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Hampton Court Palace

The sun was shining, the weather was gorgeous, the temperature was ideal, and it was the perfect day to spend outside roaming the grounds of the Hampton Court Palace. As soon as we arrived at the palace, we chatted with King Henry VIII and Catherine Parr for a little while then walked around the rest of the palace to learn more about dear old King Henry and his obsession with beheading his wives. After all the beheading talk, we had a lovely lunch in the palace then spent the rest of the day finding our way through the maze, walking around the astounding gardens, and seeing the Great Vine that was planted in 1768!Still the best part of the day was being joined by Brittany's parents, who came with us to the palace. Brittany's dad even joined us in our famous "jumping picture".
It took us about a hundred times to get it right, but we finally got the shot! Until tomorrow, cheerio!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Today we took the train to Stoke-on-Trent, the world's largest and most famous pottery producing city. Here we went to the Wedgewood Visitor Centre and Museum where we were able to see one of the world's most beautiful pottery and china collections. We were even lucky enough to be able to make our own pottery and paint our own cups.
This kindly old gentleman showed Rachel, Ashley, and Danielle the ins and outs of making pots and working with clay. After crafting the day away in Wedgewood, some of us danced in the rain quick, then all of us slept the whole train ride back home to Regents College. Cheerio for now!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Such Great Heights

We began our journey today in Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece St. Paul's Cathedral. The Cathedral is absolutely breathtaking and its large dome can easily be spotted among London's skyline. As soon as we entered the Cathedral we made our way up two hundred and fifty seven stairs to the Whispering Gallery, which over looks the altar and the entire ground floor. In the gallery, a whisper spoken against one wall can be heard 32 meters away on the other side of the dome. Amanda whispered to us to do the wave and our tour guide even told us that ours was the best wave ever done around the dome! After that we made our way up yet another spiral staircase to the Stone Gallery, which overlooks the outside of the dome and has a picture perfect view of the entire city. Once we conquered our fear of heights, we walked across the Millennium Bridge, ate lunch in the park, and were lucky enough to see the play Romeo and Juliet in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre! Before the play even began, Rachel got serenaded by a few of the actors... lucky girl! Needless to say the play was phenomenal and the actors were pretty amazing too. Benvolio (the cute blond on the left) was our favorite! Finally, we ended our day up in the clouds on the London Eye, the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe!
Well that's all for now. Cheerio, parting is such sweet sorrow!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Famous Yorkshire Pudding

Today we left from King's Cross Station and took the train to York, where we explored one of England's most historic cities and ate one of its most famous foods. First we took a double-decker bus tour of the city and saw the ancient Clifford's Tower, the beautiful York Minister, and of course the Salvation Army building. Needless to say I was smiling from ear to ear! After all the sight seeing we were ready to try the famous Yorkshire pudding, which we found out is nothing at all like pudding. It's actually a cross between a popover and a soufflé. It's baked in beef drippings until it is golden brown and is then served with a cut of roast beef.

There it is in all its savory, beef dripped glory... yum! As you can tell by the picture below, it was easy to tell who loved the dish and who couldn't stand the sight.

After experiencing Yorkshire pudding, most of us went to the local ice cream shop for some dessert. Then we just spent the rest of our time in York feeding the geese, going to the museum, and having fun until the rain chased us back to the train station. Luckily, by the time we arrived back at Regents College, there was nothing but sunshine! Cheerio for now!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Place Fit for a Queen

Today we took a train to the Queen's official residence, the lovely Windsor Castle. As soon as we got close to the castle we noticed the royal flag flying on top the Round Tower, which means that the Queen was there! Even though she didn't have time to chat with us over tea, we still enjoyed walking through the castle and seeing all of the beautiful architecture, art, and amazing interiors. Queen Mary's Doll House was one of our favorite sites of the day, which had working lights and pluming. As Ashley would say, "it was gorgeous!" More adventures tomorrow, cheerio!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What a Weekend!

This weekend each of us split into groups and took the U.K. by storm! On Saturday a group of girls went to the ancient site Stonehenge, Kristina and Sara headed off to Manchester, Amanda and Kaitlyn flew to Paris (se magnifique!), and Danielle, Rachel, Brittany, and I went to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare's house. After our separate journeys, most of us met in Liverpool on Sunday to go to the Beatles Museum!
The day was filled with great music, psychedelic pictures, and learning all about the Beatles legacy. So needless to say it was a wonderful weekend! Peace, love, and cheerio until tomorrow!