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Reilly joins international trip.

Associate Professor Hugh Reilly joined colleague Chris Allen and International Communication students for the 11th annual London trip in early May.

Photo by Jasmine Maharisi.

The students began the trip with a tour of London's historic Fleet Street where the newspaper industry was born. They had the opportunity to visit many of London's most famous media companies like Weber-Shandwick, The Telegraph newspaper, Publicis Advertising Agency, Schwawk, the Press Complaints Commission and were even treated to an authentic middle eastern meal when they visited the Islam Channel.

photo by Matt LaFrentz

The highlight of the tour may have been the trip to the BBC where they were taken on an extensive tour of this international media giant, by its employees.

Allen and Reilly led a group of 12 students to Dublin on a free weekend. The group toured Dublin's many sights and enjoyed a bus tour through the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough.

Glendalough is an ancient monastic settlement,nestled in a mountain valley next to two pristine lakes. It dates back to the 8th century and features St. Kevin's Church, a well preserved round tower and a terrific cemetery with tombstones more than a thousand years old.

A cloud of ash from the Icelandic Volcano delayed our return to London by a day. The students seemed to enjoy the extra day in Dublin and used the time to visit the city. Some even visited a small fishing village on the Irish sea.

This year's trip also included visits to famous sights like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Tower of London and Piccadilly Circus. The group took day trips to Warwick Castle, Stratford-On-Avon, Oxford and even Cambridge where they has a chance to go punting on the river. They enjoyed a spooky walking tour that recreated Jack the Ripper's murder spree and then ended the tour in grand fashion with an authentic medieval banquet.