A group of Fourth Form linguists visited Barcelona. The first day was packed with activities which included a visit to Port Vell, the newly renovated harbour, and a walk up the Ramblas. In the nearby Barri Gotic (Catalan for Gothic Quarter) the group admired the majesty of Barcelona Cathedral, which is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe.
After a much-needed night of rest, the group set off on a Gaudí extravaganza, heading first to Park Güell, followed by a visit to the Sagrada Familia, which was by far everyone’s favourite landmark. The rest of the afternoon was spent visiting two others of Gaudi’s creations, la Pedrera and Casa Batlló, also known as the ‘House that Breathes’. A final stop at the local covered market of La Boqueríaprovided pupils with the opportunity of purchasing some authentic Spanish food.
The last day was spent at the Spanish Language Institute and then the Olympic citadel of Montjuic. Despite Mrs Semenzato’s fear of heights, pupils persuaded her to conclude the trip with a steep descent to the city via cable car, which offered breathtaking views of the city. It was both an educational and enjoyable trip that gave pupils an insight into the richness of one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities.