I love to travel and so does my family.
Over Spring Break, my oldest daughter, Teen B, left us to go on an amazing school trip to Italy. While there, she resided in Florence, Italy with Mrs. Landini who became her home-stay Mom for two weeks.
I wanted nothing more than to jump into her suitcase and go on the trip with her!
Teen B, while half way across the world from me, got to live European life and learn all about the history of Italian art.
Her school group took day trips to see various tourist attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. “Not at all as big in real life as it appears in tourist magazines and books.” says my daughter, the world traveler.
Teen B traveled to Rome where she had the opportunity to visit the Vatican City and see Pope Francis wave from his tiny little window.
Her day in Rome ended with a tour of the famous Colosseum.
Her most favourite part of the trip, was a road trip to the city of Venice where she had the opportunity to visit a glass blowing factory and take a gondola tour of the Venetian waters.
Teen B’s stay in Italy included morning Italian classes where she was taught to speak the language and art history classes where she was exposed to the various works of art she would witness when touring various churches and museums in the afternoons.
Now that she’s home with us she still reminisces about how much she enjoyed her walks through the town of Florence, Mrs. Landini’s yummy Italian cooking and the best tasting Gelato in the world.
Experience of her life!
My daughter had the experience of her life this Spring Break. First time traveling without her parents and first time ever leaving the continent on which she lives. She has seen and experienced life in a country that holds ties to her cultural background. She enjoyed learning more about the ethnicity of her grandparents and parents and now lavishes in the fact that she can understand and speak more Italian than before.
I know she will always remember this trip to Italy and I’m sure she looks forward to visiting the beautiful country again someday.
Honestly, so do I!