Friday, July 3, 2009

Show Them The World!!


Taking a group of young kids who have NEVER left the country and showing them Europe for their first time was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life!! This was an amazing group. Seriously, other teachers were running into problems and issues with their kids and mine were all complete angels (as far as I know) and more than that, they were completely fun to hang out with. They had me laughing and on the go for the entire trip!!
Here they are in the Louvre. They got my own special tour that I used to give to visitors when I lived there so long ago! It was so much fun to run amuck through this ancient palace with them!!

Always camera ready, here are some of the kids in the group, I had 15 total!
We were on a boat tour of Paris just in time to see the Eiffel Tower light up. It's hard to believe that it is right outside my window as I type this. Life is TOO good to me!

We all put in such LONG days and averaged about 10 miles a day of walking (according to my high tech pedometer!) As soon as we got into the bus each night to go back to our hotel rooms the kids just zonked out!

Within five minutes of being in Italy I had a gelato in my life is supposed to be. Once the kids saw that it was totally ok to eat gelato five or six times a day, they were totally on board!!
Outside the beautiful and famous Scala Opera house there was a huge demonstration for the Arts. In Italy, like America, many art programs are being cut from school curriculum and these ballerinas and opera singers were showing the beauty of their craft.
This couple was amazing, doing a whole ballet for us!
Of course the hot Italian police were nearby to stop any madness that might happen. The Italians are a people known for their passion!!
Lunch time! We filled an entire sidewalk cafe!

The beautiful duomo, it's been about 11 years since I climbed this tower with Holly long ago!
My favorite statue in Italy (and probably the world)
When the girls and I got tired we sat on the steps and then rated Italian men. Is was the best pasttime EVER!! We found a 9.5, if he had been a few inches taller I would have given him a ten, but you can't have it all. Although, I must say that Italian men DO know how to dress!

It really leans, in case you were wondering.

Doing her laundry on a sultry day.
I got three scoops of gelato here and it was THE best I have EVER had, they deserved their title!
I did spend a pretty penny on one souvenir for me, I usually get one nice one per trip. I got a set of three handmade vases from this little pottery shop tucked away in a high corner of the little Tuscan village. She is SO talented!

I've got Italian blood. I really do.
One of the best moments with my kids...reinacting the assassination of Julius Caesar with them on the very place that it actually happened. I taught each of these kids this play during their 10th grade year and how amazing to actually go and witness first hand the old ruins of the Roman Forum!! (I was Caesar, just about to get it!)
Eating gelato, yet again, on the Spanish Steps in Roma!

The never ending arches of San Marco Square

And my final act in Italy? I put a wish on Yoko Ono's wishing tree in the gardens of Peggy Guggenheim. This was one of my favorite days in Europe. I would highly suggest visiting Peggy's collection!


Rowena said...



Alisa said...

Looks like so much fun!

smiles4u said...

Perfectly beautiful, exciting and amazing. You glow with contentment and joy. I am so happy for you and your students. It doesn't surprise me that you had no problems with your group. Look forward to hearing more about your adventures! Hugs, Lori

PS Happy 4th of July!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Life. Teaching. Travel. Wonderful that you were able to combine them all.

so loved this.

Stina said...

I want to be your student! I want Theo to have a teacher like you!

Laura said...

What a wonderful journey for you and your students. Gelato, statues, 9.5s, ballet, and ten-mile meanderings. What more could a person want?

Boquinha said...

Where are the pictures of the 9.5s??

Holls said...

Ugh! I am so jealous! I am supposed to be returning to Italy because I tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain! Oh and Paris! Man, I would love to go back again!

Kristan said...

put amazed, jealous, happy, proud, excited, nostalgic, and jealous (again) in a blender, mix it up, and that's how ifeel about this. sigh.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora D'Arcy,
Wow, what an amazing experience, and offers a few opportuities for you as well! I am sure these young people will remember this experience for the rest of their lives, and who knows what doors you have possibly opened for them, or yourself? Welcome back.

EmilyCC said...

What a great travel log, and such beautiful pictures!

Fletch said...

Yay! You posted! That was so much fun to see.