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Tower of London: Where History Lives On

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When asked what the one thing a person must experience while in London, I tell them to visit the Tower of London and while there, be sure to take a Yeoman Warders Tour, say hello to the ravens, and check out the crown jewels. During…

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10 winter landscapes from around the world

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We’re preparing for some winter weather at WorldStrides’ headquarters in Charlottesville, but a little snow hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming about travel! As we wait for the flakes to start falling outside our office windows, we thought we would share some of our favorite winter landscapes…

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December Holidays around the World

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Few months present as many multicultural celebrations as December. From Christmas to Omisoka, the last month of the year is a “world of holidays.” Let’s take a look at some of December’s holidays around the world. Christmas One of the most widely known December holidays,…

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Halloween Around The World

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Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays. It is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France,  would light bonfires…

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From Flanders Fields to the Tower of London – Poppies as a Modern Symbol for Fallen Soldiers

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Today, Veteran’s Day, is the final day for the breathtaking poppy installation at the Tower of London. Poppies have been a symbol for veterans since the wars of the early 19th century. The symbol of a red poppy for the fallen soldier really crystallized around…

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Closing Up the Wall with Red Poppies for the WWI English Dead at the Tower of London

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close up the wall with our English dead. Thus begins King Henry’s speech as he rallies his troops to besiege the French city of Harfleur. It’s a stirring speech, beginning of Act 3 of Henry…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Hadrian’s Wall

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There’s a wall that runs for 73+ miles across northern England, from Wallsend-on-Tyne to Bowness. Called Hadrian’s Wall, it was ordered to be built by Roman Emperor Hadrian in order to protect Roman Britain from the ‘northern barbarians,’ the Picts. The wall today is mostly…

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Take A Peek Into WorldStrides Tours

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Want to know what it’s like to travel with WorldStrides? Well it’s your lucky day! We post photos from our tours regularly on our Facebook page courtesy of our awesome Tour Directors. Check out some of the photos from this season so far:   Students…

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Harry Potter’s Cambridge

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Growing up with Harry Potter, of the famous J. K. Rowling’s novels, I often dreamed of attending Hogwarts instead of my local school. Who didn’t? Then when I was accepted into Cambridge University, I realized just how close I would come to Harry’s real-life world…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: 10 Downing Street

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One of the most famous leadership residences in the world, 10 Downing Street, SW 1, London, England, is home to the British Prime Minister, and therefore, Her Majesty’s Government. There have been 52 Prime Ministers in the history of the United Kingdom, and 10 Downing…

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