Where was my favourite place in Europe? A huge cohort of 46 (23 students, 18 adults and 5 staff) is still asking themselves the same question. Was it walking the streets of Hamburg, where once the Beatles walked? Was it being able to see both sides of “the wall” in Berlin? Was it the fairy-tale beauty of Prague? The elegance and grandeur of Mozart’s Vienna?
Was it the breathtaking beauty of Venice? The renaissance elegance of Florence? Or was it the untouched medieval splendour of San Gimignano? Maybe it was actually the imperial beauty and cosmopolitanism of Rome. Or perhaps the ancient beauty of Herculaneum and Pompeii set against the stunning bay of Naples? Or was it our last stop, the birth of modern history, democracy and art, Athens?
Probably, we will never decide. One thing, however, is certain. None of us has returned the same person. We have all learnt so much, travelled so far, tasted different foods, heard different languages, made so many friends…
No matter how many times I go to Europe, I always love it. Most of all, the memory I will carry forever is the looks of amazement and wonder on the faces of everyone on my tour. Every day was full, new and a fresh glimpse at the world.
My thanks go to my team of staff leaders- it is no small undertaking to organise and run a tour of 46 people, 5 countries, 8 cities, 8 hotel check-ins, planes, trains and automobiles. I thank also all the parents and friends of the College who placed their children in our care…and especially to the wonderful group of 18 adults who came along!
And finally, to our marvellous students. Every hotel, museum, art gallery…everyone made a point of telling me that they’d never seen such well-behaved, friendly and engaged students. It should come as no surprise – they are Investigator College students!
Believe it or not…I have already met with my travel team in Sydney to plan the next tour in 2021!
2021 EUROPE: EAST TO WEST
If you are interested in Budapest, Munich, Venice, Milan, Switzerland, Nice, Barcelona and maybe even Dubrovnic…watch this space! Expressions of interest will open in late Term 3!