As you probably know, we traveled to Paris yesterday! Feels surreal to type that statement….anyway, as you can imagine, Paris is breathtaking! It is an absolutely beautiful city, and our trip was made all the more special because of our wonderful tour guide, Fred. We hit all the highlights of Paris’ attractions and saw some amazing architecture along the way. Although we had a bit of a long night coming back on the Eurostar, everyone rallied this morning to end our final day in England together on a fun note. Today’s agenda was a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and a ride on the London Eye.
Our tour of St Paul’s Cathedral was very interesting and enjoyable. We had a guided tour through the cathedral, which included details of the cathedral’s construction, history, architect and design style. An interesting fact we learned was that the architect, Sir Christopher Wren, built the dome in the cathedral with no previous experience! Another unexpected finding was a carving of Florence Nightengale in the cathedral’s crypt. I am really glad everyone got moving this morning so we could tour such an amazing cathedral!
St Paul’s Cathedral
As a fun ending to our journey in England, the class all hopped aboard the London Eye for an afternoon ride! At first, I was a little nervous about the extreme height, but the ride was so smooth and slow that pretty soon I were relaxed. The views were absolutely amazing! Not to mention, we had a bright blue, sunny sky, as a backdrop, a sharp contrast to yesterday’s snow!
After our ride was over, I headed to Oxford St. for a little last minute shopping. Luckily, I stumbled across a little (actually pretty large) store called Liberty. Well, needless to say, I had a good time looking at all the different items and bought some very nice chocolate to bring back to the states! 🙂 Mmmmm!
Overall, I have had a wonderful time on this trip! I am taking away valuable lessons on learning and communicating with different cultures, understanding the health care system in England compared to the U.S., and England’s rich history. I am also leaving this class with a better appreciation of health care systems and how they will affect my personal and professional life. Also, I have learned the importance of Florence Nightingale’s influence on the nursing profession and her lasting legacy in hospitals today. Finally, I am taking away fantastic memories of England, new friends and of all the people we met while in Europe!