Leaving Penzance on Sunday morning at 6am was a shock to the system but once in the minibus, we soon warmed up and came to life. When we arrived at Bristol the air was freezing and we couldn’t wait to board our flight to Rome, where we knew that the weather was bound to be much warmer.
When we arrived on Sunday afternoon, the air was warm and the sky was full of a low autumnal sunlight. Having made it to our apartment, we arranged who was sleeping where, unpacked and headed out for dinner. We went to a local restaurant that Ms Bennett knew well. Having tried some of the local dishes we made our way back to the flat for an early night. We knew that there would be a great deal of walking to come in the next few days and that a good sleep was in order.
Over the next few days we visited most of the main tourist spots. The highlights were the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Although Sid and Andre also managed to sit in a Ferrari for a photo opportunity, which I think made their day. We were lucky that Mr Blackabey was an accompanying teacher and that he is a history specialist. Ms Bennett spends a lot of time in Rome and was also able to guide us through the streets of Rome and teach everyone in the group to order food and drink and ask basic questions. Armed with their key phrases, our students charmed the shop keepers of Rome!
As expected, the weather was much warmer in Rome and temperatures hit 30C according to weather gauges in the city centre. We covered 32 miles during our time in Rome and were grateful for such good weather, although we did feel a little bit warm at times! Our apartment was comfortable and well located and while Mr Blackabey and Ms Bennett cooked in the evenings for the group, the students took it in turns to do the dishes. As always the trip went by in a flash but a good time was had by all. The students that we took with us were a real delight to have around and did Mounts Bay Academy proud.
If you would like to be part of the Rome trip next year, letters are available from the MFL office and the anticipated cost of the trip is £700, payable over the coming year. Spaces are limited so be quick!
Report by Miss Bennett