A Cultural Journey: Language and Visual Art Trip to Europe

Kim Cimetta, Head of Visual Art
Wonderful students, fascinating countries, exquisite foods, rich cultures and inspiring sites! Twenty-two students and three faculty members embarked on a trip to Europe from March 8 to 18 where, with the help of our dedicated guide Colin Welsh from Explorica, we enjoyed so much of the incredible and diverse cultures of Spain, Switzerland and Italy.

In Spain, students toured castles and palaces, sampled tapas, and had the opportunity to visit Camp Nou, home of one of the world’s premier soccer teams, FC Barcelona.

Our stop in Lucerne, Switzerland, was particularly picturesque, a venerable city where our experiences ranged from meandering our way down winding medieval streets to travelling by cable car to the top of the sublime Mount Pilatus. Although the sweeping views on the way up the mountain were breathtaking, it was at the top that we had the most wonderful experience where we truly felt like we were in the clouds.

The last leg of our journey took us to Italy, where we began in Venice. Experiencing Venice via a quintessential gondola ride was a first for many students and, despite the rain, the ancient canals and Byzantine architecture were a wonder to experience. The artisans of Murano entertained our group with a glass blowing demonstration. While in Burano, our students experienced a sunny afternoon exploring the delicacy and exquisite detail of the handmade lace items.

Our trip concluded in Florence, where engineering marvels, such as Brunelleschi’s Dome, forever reshaped the way we look at architecture. Our immersion in foreign languages and European cultures while being surrounded by rich history and renowned Renaissance works of art culturally enriched the education of our students in authentic, experiential and memorable ways that cannot be duplicated in the classroom.

What an experience to indulge in the varieties of European life! From all of the students and faculty, thank you to everyone who helped make this trip a reality, and especially to the parents whose support made this year’s March Break Language and Visual Art trip so unforgettable. We look forward to continue enriching the cultural education of HTS students through similarly amazing adventures in the future.