Student Travel: Ancient Rome in Modern Europe

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Over March break, eleven Dublin students explored the remains of the Roman Empire in France and Italy with Dublin teachers Michelle Knapp (English and ESL) and Nellie Herman (Latin and Spanish). The trip grew from Ms. Knapp's experience leading student trips to Europe and Ms. Herman's passion for Roman history. Thanks to early enrollment, the students were part of the trip planning process, from hotels to destinations. The first week was spent day-tripping from our home base of Uzes, Provence to arenas, aqueducts, towns, theaters, triumphal arches and temples in Arles, Avignon, Orange, Nimes and St. Remy. Crossing the Alps in true Hannibal fashion, minus the elephants, we moved camp to Rome. The second week was filled with experiencing the grandeur of the capital city - Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Appian Way - and day trips to Pompeii and Ostia (Rome's port city on the Tiber). For the art lovers on the trip we visited sites important to Van Gogh (the cafe in Avignon and the asylum in St. Remy) and saw the works of Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Bernini, Botticelli and others at the Vatican, the Borghese Museum, and the Ufizzi and the Academy in Florence. We learned and practiced French and Italian, shopped at farmers' markets and cooked our own food in France, and developed a love for the food and culture of both countries.