Over spring break our 8th grade class went to Italy and Greece. Students were able to explore ancient wonders we originally studied in 6th grade like the Roman Coliseum, the Acropolis and the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Students also experienced hikes in the mountains of Greece and visits to the rocky cliff beaches of Italy. To see more pictures of our trip, visit this link.
If you chose Istanbul, Turkey last night, you are correct! There are many different reasons I chose Istanbul as part of our tour. It used to be named Constantinople after the Roman Emperor, Constantine. It covers two different continents! The Silk Road passed through here. The Crusades passed through here. Today you can still see the influences of ancient civilizations around the world in the culture and architecture of this city that dates back to the 7th century B.C.! Today is also a major cultural and financial hub of the modern world.
Here is our itinerary for the two days we are in Istanbul:
With our tour director we will see:
*Visit Hagia Sophia
*Visit the Blue Mosque
*Visit the Grand Bazaar
CLUE #3 Our second round of tours on Day 4 of our journey will take us to a spot of an Ancient Greek Battle. Or was it? Historians and scholards debate to this day whether or not this battle actually took place. Two epic poems give differing accounts of this battle, Illiad and Odyssey. What was the name of this battle? What made it so famous? Can you find it on the map?
Each day this week I will be giving a couple of clues as to where we will hopefully be going on our international trip in the summer of 2016!
Clue #1: Our first stop will be at a city that used to be named after an ancient Roman empeoror.
Clue #2: This city is also the only major city in the world that spans two continents!
Talk with your family tonight! Bust out the atlases! Get the google machine revved up! Post your educated guesses below!
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