Dream Trip Passport to My Favorite Historical Places By: Doug Smith
Greetings From London, England! I arrived in London today and toured the Cabinet WarRooms that were built for Winston Churchill and his top advisors during World War II. These war roomscontained special conference rooms, wall-sized maps onthe walls and a special ‘hot-line’ to the White House so Winston Churchill could help lead England during WW II.
Greetings from Woodstock, Oxfordshire, EnglandHere I am at Blenheim Palace which is whereWinston Churchill was born on November 30,1874. Blenheim Palace belonged to Winston Churchill’s grandfather. When he was 7 years old, Winston Churchill left Blenheim Palace to go to boarding school. BlenheimPalace is located about 100 KM northwest of London.
Greetings from Versailles, France!Right here at the Palace of Versailles, the Treatyof Versailles was signed to end WWI. The Treatyof Versailles was signed June 28, 1919 to end thewar between Germany and the Allied Powers. The Palace of Versailles is located about 30 km west of Paris.
Greetings from Normandy, France! Right here in Normandy, the Allied Forceslanded on the beaches in 1944 during World War II. The Normandy American Memorial and Cemetery is located on a bluffoverlooking Omaha Beach which is one of the beaches where allied forces landed. This Memorial and Cemetery honors American soldiers who risked their lives and died in Europe during WWII.
Greetings from Berchtesgaden, Germany!Now I’m in Berchtesgaden, Germany where Adolf Hitler’s mountainside retreat called the Eagle’s Nest is located. The Eagle’s Nest was a 50thbirthday present to Adolf Hitler so he could haveit for a retreat and entertain dignitaries. It was taken over by the U.S. Army’s 3rd InfantryDivision on May 4, 1945. Eagle’s Nest can only bereached by bus or on foot. If you walk, it takes 2 hours to reach the Eagle’s Nest.
Greetings from the Spanish Port of Palos! Well, theres only one thing I feel when being here at the Spanish Port of Palos, Spain – the history. This is where Christopher Columbussailed off to the ocean blue in 1492. Christopher Columbus and is crew set sail on the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria to find a western sea route to the West Indies. King Ferdinand and QueenIsabella gave Christopher Columbus the ships and a crew of about 90 men to go on the voyage.
Greetings from Constantinople! Here I am in Constantinople which is the capital of the Byzantine Empire and is a wealthy and thriving Y1K city. It is located on the Bosporus Strait which connects theBlack Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It is an important center of trade because of its location with all of the trade routes. People trade ivory, furs and silks here.
Greetings from Vinland! Here I am on an island off the east coast of North America. The island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Lief Ericson, a Viking explorer, discoveredthis island in 1003. At the time, the island was called Vinland.Today, it is known as Newfoundland. When Lief Ericson sailed from Greenland, he had a crew of 35 men with him. After spending the winter in Vinland, he and his crew sailed to Greenland to bring back people to settle on the island. They settled on the northern tip of the island.
Greetings from Kiev! Now I’m in the city of Kiev which is located on the Dnieper River trade route. It is located south of Novgorod and north of Constantinople. Kiev became a major citybecause of trade with the Byzantine Empire, but by 1240 A.D., Mongol invaders from central Asia captured the city and completely destroyed it.
Greetings from Disney World! Disney World is one of the greatest places to visit, in my opinion. One thing that makes this place so great is its originality. As you walk through DisneyWorld, you can feel all of the memories it holds!