Forty-one travelers from Beacon College returned to the United States on June 15, 2013 after twelve days of touring Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia. The group began their travels in Rome where, unexpectedly, they found themselves in an audience with the Pope and received his blessing. After seeing the sights of Rome, the group traveled to explore the ruins of Pompeii.
Leaving Pompeii and Italy by ferry, the group arrived in Croatia and began their visit of the walled city of Dubrovnik. The group soon understood why the city is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic sea.” Split was the next stop along the Croatian coast where the group explored Diocletian’s Palace and Peristyle Square. The students then traveled inland, traversing the Bosnia-Herzegovina border on their way to Plitvice Lakes National Park. The group hiked the lush valley of 16 terraced lakes and waterfalls, and then welcomed the bus ride to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The large city of Zagreb had a communistic feel to it as the group explored historic neighborhoods and sights.
The travelers set off again for the border of Slovenia where they were detained for two hours. The wait at the border was well worth the time because Ljubjana, the capital of Slovenia, was a pleasant destination bordered by mountains and filled with distinctive bridges, a riverside market, and a castle accessible by a funicular.
The last stop on the journey was Venice, where the group witnessed the art of glass blowing, explored another castle, and traveled the canals of the city in a gondola. Although they were tired by the end of this trip, the students achieved more learning outcomes then they had set out to accomplish, and everyone took home memories they will treasure!
~ Dr. Shelly Chandler