Today was a light day, especially in comparison to the first six days of our trip, and with structured tours every day in London and Paris, today's down time was a welcome change of pace.
After three great days, we bid adieu to Paris and boarded a train to Marseille in the South of France. The second-largest city in France wit ha population of about 1.5 million, Marseille is the biggest trading harbor in the county.
This morning we drove about a half hour southwest of Paris to the Palace of Versailles, home of the French monarchy for parts of the 17th and 18th centuries during the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louix XVI. After wandering the breathtaking gardens on our own, we moved inside the palace for our guided tour, where we learned all about its history.
This morning we toured Paris by bus, stopping at such iconic landmarks as the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. The detail in the Gothic architecture of the cathedral was incredible, and the stained glass windows were beautiful.
Our tour ended at the Louvre, where we had a few hours to wander around. Everyone made sure to visit the famous Mona Lisa and her enigmatic smile and spent the rest of their time checking out the paintings, statues and other artifacts.
GW sailing is debuting Capital City Sailors, a bi-weekly blog written by members of the team. This initial post was written by sophomore Gabriella Malek
With our pre-season training right around the corner, GW sailing is getting pumped for an amazing year ahead! Not only do we have
a great class of recruits joining our ranks, but we are also slated for our
best year of competition as a varsity team. This sailing blog was
started to tell OUR story - our journey as a team collectively. It will give you a chance to get to know who
we are, what we do and how we are achieving the goals we set out for ourselves
this upcoming year!
There are some great things
to look forward to:
- We have a very talented recruiting class of 11 freshmen -
- Bigger regattas and more wins! With several regatta wins under
our belt last year and greater competitive regattas the new "norm," we are
looking forward to putting our skills to the test against the top nationally
ranked teams consistently.
- With coming just shy of qualifying for nationals last
season, our determination is that much greater to qualify for Women's and Coed Nationals this upcoming spring (look out world, we're coming for you!).
We are so proud to have successfully completed our Raise
High the Sails fundraising campaign and will be receiving a new fleet of Z420s
for the 2014-15 season! With these boats we will be able to train harder and
on a more competitive level. Expect us to host more teams on campus and regattas on the Potomac.
We have such a bright season ahead of us and are looking
forward to sharing our incredible journey, especially the memories that we make
along the way, with you. Welcome everyone!
- Gabriella Malek '17
Today we bid farewell to London and said "Bonjour" to Paris. We boarded the Eurostar train at St. Pancras Station around lunch time and prepared for the just under three-hour journey to Paris via the Chunnel, the tunnel that runs under the English Channel connecting London to Paris and the rest of mainland Europe.
Today was game day! But first we spent the morning sightseeing - we cruised down the River Thames, then took a ride on the famous London Eye.
On our river cruise, we saw many famous sights, including Big Ben and the houses of Parliament, Shakespeare's Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral and the old port of London. After driving over them yesterday, we rode under London Bridge and Tower Bridge and learned that if someone waves to you from the Tower Bridge as you sail under, it means five years of good luck!
Our second day in London began with a driving tour through the city with our amazing tour guide, Ruth, that took us past a number of historic sites. After driving over London Bridge - which didn't fall down - we stopped for some photo opportunities near the more picturesque Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, a nearly 1,000-year-old castle that houses the royal crown jewels. From our spot across the River Thames, we had a great view of the White Tower.
From there it was on to Westminster, the government center, where we saw Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, the site of royal weddings and coronations, as well as the burial site for British monarchs.
All three of GW's student-athletes continued individual competition after their initial elimination in one of three consolation draws at the WSF World Junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia this week.
To read about each player's matches in the main draw, click here.
Greetings from London!
We landed here a little before 9 a.m. London time, which was 4 a.m. back in D.C. We tried to get some sleep during the six-and-a-half hour flight, but needless to say we're a little tired.
Today was a relatively light day thanks to our jet lag and a bit of rain - it is London after all. After meeting our tour guides, Joey and Leo, at the airport, we boarded the bus and headed for downtown. It was really strange to be driving on the "wrong side of the road! On the way, we learned that London is the biggest city in Europe with a population of about 8-9 million, and has both the tallest building and the most expensive apartment in Europe - it recently sold for £120 million - or $240 million!
A 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection, Adewole amassed 1,144 minutes along the backline, most among GW freshmen and fourth-most on the team. The defender from Ashton, Maryland, tallied three points on a goal and an assist last season and was twice named A-10 Rookie of the Week. In addition, Adewole was named GW's Male Rookie of the Year at the third annual Georgey Awards.