ARCHIVE - April 17, 2017
Well… We made it. My journey with CIE has come to an end. I am currently writing to you from my Delta plane, feeling incredibly full after all the food they’ve given me. This month has been one I’ll never forget, but let me tell you about the past two days.
On Friday, we explored Cornwall. The first stop we made was Land’s End. Here, you can stand at what appears to be the end of the world (geographically speaking, of course.) Mainly, it’s just fun to say you were there. I even kicked it up a notch by wearing a complete outfit by the clothing brand Lands’ End… but that part is optional. Probably one of the most fun things to do at Land’s End is to take a photo with a sign that tells you how far away other places in the world are from that exact point. You can actually have it customized with your own town’s name and distance! There are fun exhibits, like one about Sean the Sheep, and a bakery that serves pastries, cakes, and lunch items.
Stonehenge and Me!
My Lands’ End raincoat, Land’s End
Guest Camille pretending to dive, St. Michael’s Mount
The morning was kicked off with an excellent breakfast at The Cornwall Hotel that involved, like most breakfasts on tour, a buffet with plenty to choose from followed by the opportunity to order a cooked meal. Once we were all fueled up for the day, we headed on our way to Windsor, England. However, before arriving in Windsor, we made a really fun stop… at Stonehenge! For many guests, this was the highlight of the tour. We got off the coach and made our way to the stones, following a sea of vibrant red poppies. Then, the impressive circular stone setup was before us. It was simply a surreal moment to stand in front of the stones, knowing people, many years ago, put the stones the way that they did for some reason. Not to mention, the stones are just massive.
We had about half an hour to view the stones, which was just enough time, before heading to the visitor center. The visitor center has plenty of information about the stones as well as artifacts that have been excavated at the sight over the years. A favorite part of the exhibit for many is a circular cinematic screen that plays a video showing the stones throughout the seasons. It’s almost as if you are actually there, through all twelve months of the year, standing next to the stones… for less than five minutes. The circular shape of the screen mimics the formation of the stones.
Round tower with flag flying indicating the queen’s presence, Windsor Castle
Although I almost couldn’t move from all that food, we took our last walking tour of the trip, around Windsor. We were lucky enough to have the best CIE walking guide, Amanda! She was excellent and we all agreed that we learned so much from her. She showed us the Long Walk in front of the castle, the pony Emma that the Queen rides, the magnificent castle, and more. Along the way, she told us about Windsor’s history, as well as the monarch’s history and different fun facts that made our jaws drop and our bellies laugh. We even met a gentleman and his wife who live inside the castle and were able to ask them questions about what it’s like to live there.
And with that, the best month of my life came to an end. I said goodbye to my friends and got to bed in preparation for my early transfer to the airport in the morning.
Thanks for meeting me here!