Journey across globe in UNT's Travel-Learn program

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:16

DENTON (UNT), Texas --Trace the steps of Charles Dickens' famous characters, uncover clues about notorious crimes and explore the spookiest spots of London and Paris in three new trips offered through the University of North Texas' Travel-Learn program, designed to blend learning with leisure travel.

London native Peter Johnstone, a UNT professor of criminal justice, will lead the three new voyages offered through UNT's Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning. Other upcoming Travel-Learn trips involve exploring the wildlife of Alaska, the beaches of Normandy and more.

"Our Travel-Learn trips are always for small groups so that all participants get to benefit from the faculty member's special knowledge and personalized trip itineraries," said Marilyn Wagner, director of UNT's Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning.

Paris native Christine Pincemin will join Johnstone to lead the "Christmas Past and Present: London and Paris" trip from Dec. 14 to 20. Travelers will follow the steps of characters from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, seeing the places that inspired his novels. Added bonuses will be the holiday lights in both historic cities, along with optional Christmas shopping excursions to famous stores.

"It is always a pleasure for us to share a very personal view of two of the world's greatest cities," Johnstone said.

Johnstone and Pincemin also will lead an international criminal justice trip through London and Paris March 8 to 15. The trip, open to Travel-Learn participants, will include UNT students who are in a study abroad course through the Department of Criminal Justice. Participants will tour criminal justice sites and attend a luncheon with English barristers at Middle Temple Hall and dinner at one of the Oxford colleges. In Paris, they will eat dinner at the famous Le Procope, frequented by Voltaire, Rousseau and Victor Hugo. In July 2015, Johnstone will oversee a trip to explore villains, spooks and spies in London and Paris while touring the famous Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower and more. While Travel-Learn trips are geared toward adults, this trip to London and Paris in July 2015 is designed for grandparents and parents with children ages 7-16. Visit Travel Learn online for a complete list of Travel-Learn trips, or learn more about individua tours.

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