U5 Spanish Study Visit to Madrid, Toledo and Segovia

Wednesday 5th November 2014

Very early on Friday the 24 of October, our L5 and U5 girls visited the capital of Spain, Madrid, for a cultural visit to this bustling and interesting city.

It was a six day busy itinerary, including travelling to Toledo and Segovia. The trip was blessed with unusual summer weather, 25-30 degrees on average.  On arrival, the first day involved students visiting the Royal Palace, followed by a Flamenco lesson, which set the pace that did continue until their return on Wednesday 29 October.  The experience of El Prado Museum with its classic paintings in contrast with the versatile collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Gallery did offer a wide spectrum of Art to remember.  The more contemporary Reina Sofia Museum did provoke different responses from what they had seen earlier, including the famous Picasso’s mural of Guernica.   But it wasn’t all sophisticated culture…. the inevitable shopping done at the flea market of El Rastro and the more commercial pedestrian roads of Arenal and Preciados, as well as Gran Vía, gave the Queen Anne’s girls the chance to explore bargains and Spanish designs.  And, of course, the football culture was included in a tour, through the Bernabeu Stadium, which turned out to be a very impressive set up of the sport all Spaniards love, particularly when the Real Madrid team had beaten Barcelona the previous evening. Some of our young ladies enjoyed taking a photograph next to the cardboard picture of Ronaldo, he seemed to be a very popular celebrity among them…

While in Toledo, the group embarked onto long walks through the picturesque roads of this important town, which architecture reflects the influence of Castilian, Arab and Jewish styles.  In a similar way, Segovia reflected the very Castilian flavour of a town that was the capital of Castile in the past with Isabel la Católica.

Added to all these timetabled experiences, driving through la Puerta de Alcalá, Plaza de España, Cibeles and El Paseo de la Castellana, as well as walking through Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Sol, eating at Mercado San Miguel, and even visiting the Jardín Botánico, next door to El Prado, provided a fair picture of what Madrid can offer.  The girls enjoyed the trip immensly… as they grew keener to practise their Spanish!   A trip to remember…

Written by Ms Ashcroft, Teacher of Spanish

Please see below for a slideshow of photographs from the Spanish Trip:


Created with flickr slideshow.
 

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