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Eight Girl Scouts from the Nordonia Hills service unit spent part of their summer visiting London, Paris and Rome. The scouts had been preparing and fundraising for this trip for three years, selling Girl Scout cookies, nuts and magazines, hosting dances and campouts, and selling lemonade and homemade buckeye necklaces.
Three scouts, all 2013 Nordonia High School graduates, officially "bridged" to Adult Girl Scouts while at Pax Lodge in London, one of the four headquarters of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. To emphasize the global aspect of the facility, a Japanese guide gave the travelers a tour of the Olave Center after a typical English lunch. Following the visit, the group took a whirlwind walking tour of sites of London including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
A two hour ride on the Chunnel landed the travelers for three days in Paris with stops at Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, the Louvre, Versailles and a thrilling night time visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see the "City of Lights."
An overnight train took the group 2000 years into the past to Rome and the Coliseum. The Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain and shopping were highlights. Pizza and pasta along with gelato were some of the best eats on the tour.
There were 14 travelers: eight scouts, two leaders, three chaperones and the tour guide.