Cultural Visit to Spain
It was with great excitement that Year 10 boarded the coach bound for Barcelona at the start of a ten day Cultural Visit to Spain. After many hours on the coach it was with great relief that we stopped en route at the wonderful town of Carcassone. Mr Hawkins gave a very informative talk about the history of the city which included an account of a pig being used to bring about the end of a siege!
We then travelled onto Barcelona, what an amazing city! We stayed in a hotel right in the heart of the city which afforded us easy access to the very many attractions which included the Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Musuem and Guell Park. The park was beautiful and full of interesting works by Gaudi.
We visited the monastery at Montserrat, accessing the small town by cable car which proved to be an exciting and spectacular ride. A great photo opportunity! We were left wondering and marvelling at how early engineers managed to construct such a wonderful church without the use of modern machinery on the top of a mountain!
We left Montserrat feeling tranquil and inspired. Our next stop was the fishing port of L’Estartit. From here we visited Figueres and the Salvador Dali Museum. This was an attraction not to be missed. His work was dramatic and thought provoking. After this we were quite ready for an afternoon on the beach! The sun shone and we enjoyed sunbathing and the sea. The next day we set off for the beautiful old city of Girona. The highlight was walking the city walls; the views were amazing.
Our final day was spent in L’Estartit doing some last minute shopping, having our hair braided and topping up our tan! Mr Thurston organised a great quiz for us all and we finished off with some rousing songs. Mrs Alcock and Mrs Webb improved their mathematical skills on this trip as they were forever counting us through a ‘gate’ to check that we hadn’t increased or decreased in number!
This was a very memorable trip enjoyed by staff and pupils alike. We look forward to the next one!