MHS Rome Trip 2016!
An account of the trip by Mrs Budd
The trip to Roma was amazing! We saw so much it is difficult to give a quick resume! Ancient Roma has its tremendous size and History to engage every young mind and the streets of Ostia give the visitor a real feel for life in the early centuries. We saw a fishmonger’s mosaic floor detailing the fish he sold; we experienced a group of senior French students acting out a Moliere play on the ancient stage while we sat in the citizens prime seats and to top that morning off we walked around the Forum and engaged with the businesses so vibrant even now that you could imagine them haggling over prices. The final ancient site was the baths of Caracella and, as if on cue, it started to drizzle with rain. The sheer grandeur of these baths, used by the rich and famous, was breath-taking and the mosaics were dramatic in their size and intricacy. That night everyone came down to earth with an 'UNO' tournament and I have to say that a certain member of staff was very competitive! However Max Foulston won the giant chocolate bar.
The third day was given over to an exploration by day and night of the famous Baroque and Renaissance buildings of central Roma. The plaza’s and churches were so beautiful that many of the children would highlight this as their favourite day; I wonder if that has anything to do with the delicious pizza and the gelato we all ate by the illuminated Trevi fountain? Finally, we explored the Museums and basilica of the Vatican. These were so special and I shall treasure some of the comments we heard from the children – ‘amazing’, ‘how could someone paint like that?’ ‘did the Popes really sleep in this Raphael bedroom?’ ‘is this only a part of the collection?’ and so much more. We experienced the delights of the Roma metro and many described it as being much easier than London - but nevertheless slightly stressful with 25 children! It was certainly quicker than by coach.
Our pupils were described by other guests in the hotel as ‘delightful’ and both the hotel staff and Easyjet congratulated us on their behaviour. Such comments and their interaction with all the staff make such trips very worthwhile. Thank you all for your support.
Huge thanks of course go to Mrs Budd, Mrs Walker, Mrs Fields, Mr Reid and Mr Ridge for accompanying the trip.
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