Tuesday, June 15, 2010

An Amazing Journey

Such an amazing journey and amazing opportunity!

My son is traveling with his AP US History teacher and a group of other high school teachers and students on a European tour of historical sites.   They have actually been there for quite a few days already but I decided to chronicle what he's doing today since I think it's so exciting.

He is starting by waking up in Florence Italy and then seeing the Academia Museum.  Included at this museum is Michelangelo's David sculpture and Botticelli's Madonna and Child. 

Afterward they'll be traveling to the American Cemetery outside Florence.  The Florence American Cemetery sits on 70 acres, where the headstones of 4,402 of our military dead are arrayed in symmetrical curved rows upon the hillside.

Both of his grandfathers were in WWII, with my father spending part of the time in Italy.   The students were supposed to study about the history of the cemetery and find the names of American soldiers buried there.   When they visit today, they'll hunt up their soldiers and place small American flags on their graves.    So my son is armed with his small flags and his names, and ready to set forth to honor our fallen soldiers on foreign soil.   I think it's great that the school includes this as part of the tour.

Late afternoon they will travel on to Rome and will spend the evening seeing the Trevi fountain (you, know...the famous fountain you throw coins in), the Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon.

So don't you agree this is a most amazing journey?  We hope he's learning lots of history and having a great time!!


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