The New York and Washington Tour was a trip of a lifetime and everyone was buzzing on the journey there. On the first day we went to Liberty Island and took a lot of pictures of the Statue of Liberty – thanks to our history teacher, we all learnt many historical facts about it as well.
Sunday was quite a busy day as we then went to Ellis Island and to the 9/11 memorials, later that evening to Times Square where we were all amazed at the lights and all the people! That same night we went up the Empire State Building where we took some more amazing photos and got very cold. We went on a walk through Central Park the next day to reach Fifth Avenue where we did some shopping before seeing the Central Library and Grand Central Station. In the evening some of the group experienced the Broadway show ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in a packed theatre before a late night subway journey back to the hotel.
On Tuesday, we left New York and made a long journey to Washington stopping on the way at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and Liberty Bell for some lunch. We also paused at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where we all ran up the steps to the entrance and did a double fist pump at the top to re-create the famous scene from the ‘Rocky’ Films.
On arrival at the hotel in Washington, we dropped off our bags and had a rest for a couple of hours before we went off on a walk and to get some dinner. We saw the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building and the National Mall. The next day it snowed so we were unable to go to the museums we were scheduled to go to. Instead, we toured the centre of Washington seeing the Monument, The White House and the World War Two and Vietnam War memorials. We also went to the Lincoln memorial and stood on the spot where Martin Luther King did his ‘I have a dream’ speech. We had a chance to play in the snow and, as that day was also one of our teacher’s birthday, we all threw a snowball at her to celebrate!
That evening we watched a basketball game and were amazed by the way a 40-minute game lasted almost two hours! On Thursday, before we left, we went to the National Archives Building and saw the Declaration of Independence. We then went to the Space and Air Museum got some lunch and looked around before going to the National Museum of the American Indian. The last thing we did that day was go to the Natural History Museum. We then went to the airport and sadly had to leave America for an overnight flight home.
Written by a Year 8 Pupil