European trip of a lifetime for Grantleigh learners

At the Piazza in Rome

GRANTLEIGH art and drama senior learners enjoyed the holiday of a lifetime at the end of term one, as they swept through Europe, soaking up the sights and engaging with the places from which their classroom theory finds its routes.

On 25 March the 42 learners and four teachers jetted off from South Africa, landing in Athens for the first leg of the arts and drama guided tour.

The four-country tour included Greece, Italy, France and London, from where they returned home on 8 April.

Grantleigh drama learners at the Epidaurus Theatre

Kicking off the tour in Greece they toured the ancient theatrical delights, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysus.

It is believed the first actor, Thespis, debuted here.

The art students were then exposed to numerous ancient artefacts in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens before moving to Plaka, the oldest part of Athens.

Across the 6km Corinth Canal, the Epidaurus Theatre, built in the last quarter of the fourth century BC, was next on the agenda.

This theatre shows the early drama stages as we know them today.

Nafplio and the Acropolis were the next port of call, as was the site in Ancient Corinth where St Paul was tried for being a follower of Jesus Christ.

Grantleigh learners at the Coliseum on their European tour

Italy was next, with Pompeii, the art of cameo making, the Coliseum, Trajan’s Column, the Arch of Constantine, the aqueducts, Julius Caesar’s site and the Forum.

Roman highlights included the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel, Basilica of St Peter and the Baths of Caracalla.

Florence, where the learners visited Michelangelo’s David was next, followed by Venice and a ride in an authentic gondola.

Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa in the Louvre, the Paris Opera House and a walk to the base of the Sacré-Cœur summed up the French leg before the tour headed to London, its final leg.

London’s highlights included the iconic Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, watching The Lion King, the Globe Theatre, the Tate Gallery and a trip on the London Eye.

The weary travellers then headed home…exhausted, but a little more worldly wise.

Inside the outer pod of the London Eye


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