It’s happening again! I’m unfolding my adventure wings for an overseas trip. In September, my study abroad group flies away to the world cultural capital of London for a week and then our flock migrates to The Eternal City of Rome. Our intrepid group will trek around these global centers and take in sites of literary and artistic significance. This is a double class with a robust schedule of posts, so for those who already follow this blog, be prepared to learn a few things along with me!
Fun factoids about London:
- Founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago as Londonium
- The world’s most-visited city as measured by international arrivals
- Estimated population of 8.6 million; metro area totals 13.8 million
- More than 300 languages are spoken within greater London
- The London Underground (subway) is the oldest underground railway system in the world
Retrace the steps of an earlier visit to London and other parts of England by clicking on September 2012 in the right sidebar for a series of blog posts. They come complete with photos and humor. Hint: read from the bottom to the top.
Fun facts about Rome:
- One of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Europe – a history spanning two and a half thousand years
- The 14th most visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the EU
- Estimated population of 2.9 million; metro area totals 4.3 million
- Hosts Vatican City, the only existing example of a country within a city
- Birthplace of Baroque style and Neoclassicism (I know just enough about this to be dangerous)