Students, Parents Visit Spain, Italy, France in June


Abby Wittler, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

This year’s Notre Dame Academy trip to Europe took place June 16–29 with 13 students and 10 chaperones attending.

The only NDA teacher who attended was Natasha Geyer, who also orchestrated the planning for this two-week long adventure. The other chaperones were parents of students that attended the trip.

This trip cost around $1200 and students began signing up to attend around three months prior.

Participants visited Spain, Italy and France, experiencing new and amazing things in each country.

Helena Parmar, a current junior at NDA, said that her favorite part of the trip was “going to Venice, the shopping was really good and seeing the architecture of St. Mark’s Square was amazing.”

“My favorite part was meeting different people and places over there,” said Melanie Luna Guerrero, also a junior.

Throughout the course of the trip the group visited beaches, castles and shopping sites in various cities.

While in Spain, participants visited the Barcelona Cathedral, which is currently still being constructed in Barcelona, Spain. They also visited a beach in Tossa De Mar which was, according to Helena Parmar, “stunning, the water was crystal blue.”

In France, they visited the Chateau de Queribus, a historic castle built by a king for his sons, and stayed in the dungeon of Carcassonne, a fortified city.

Lastly, in Italy, they shopped in Sienna after being rained out of their planned activity, climbing a bell tower. They then traveled to Venice, shopped and went on a gondola ride.

This trip was filled with new and exciting experiences for all of the students who attended along with their parents.