2007-07-18 / Front Page

Trip of a lifetime

by Terry Toole

Chelsea Freeman and Tarah Sloan at the top of the Eiffel TowerChelsea Freeman and Tarah Sloan at the top of the Eiffel TowerHow many young ladies, middle-aged ladies or old ladies would give anything to go to Paris or even better, all over Europe for a vacation?

On June 12, Tarah Sloan and Chelsea Freeman departed for three weeks going on the trip of a lifetime!

These two young ladies from Colquitt were among 43 teens chosen from the Southwest Georgia area to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program. This organization was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 in an effort to promote world peace and understanding.

Tarah and Chelsea were able to journey through Europe while visiting some of the most memorable landmarks in the world. They were able to visit the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, The Christian Catacombs, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and ride in a gondola down the canals of Venice. In Austria they toured the Mauthausen Concentration Camp and spoke with a holocaust survivor. Also while in Austria they stayed with a local family for two days. They went to a Mozart concert at an Opera House in Vienna. In Switzerland, they enjoyed sampling the world's most famous chocolate as well as making their own apple strudel.

Their last stop was in Paris, France, where they toured the Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.

Chelsea and Tarah were not only good ambassadors from Colquitt, Southwest Georgia and the U.S.A., but they had a first-hand experience of some of the history of this world. They made memories that will last them for a lifetime. Now that's what I call a vacation!!!!

Chelsea is the daughter of Sheila and Louie Freeman.

Tarah is the daughter of Joe and Debbie Sloan of Colquitt.

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