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Sicily trip 2017

DSC_0968“GCSE Geography students in Years 10 and 11 spent the first week of the Easter holidays on the Geography tour to Sicily. Study sites included Mount Etna, the Alcantara river gorge, the tourist honeypot of Taormina and the Aeolian island of Vulcano. The highlight of the trip was the visit to the southern flank of Etna where, at an altitude of 2,500m, we were able to marvel at the sight of a stream of molten lava flowing down the slope while snow was falling all around.  Mr Latchford commented that this was Etna at its most awesome and the students should feel very privileged to have witnessed such an event.”

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Geography trip to Sicily

The Year 10 and 11 Geography trip to Sicily began with a very early start, leaving Wellington at five minutes past midnight! It was a very excited (if a little sleepy) group of geographers that arrived at Gatwick before dawn and we quickly made ourselves comfortable on the seating areas dotted around ‘World Duty Free’ at the airport. Our plane left at around 7:30am allowing us to enjoy, not only the spectacular view of England, but also of the Alps and of Mount Etna as we flew to Sicily. DSC_0182

We landed in Catania airport and promptly met our bus driver, Sebastiano, who drove us to Giardini Naxos where we would be staying for the next few days. Everyone was basking in the fantastic weather that we were greeted with as we drove through the beautiful Sicilian scenery. When we arrived at Giardini Naxos we went to a local pizzeria for lunch which was delicious, despite the fact that a few students had a little difficulty keeping their eyes open! Then we made it to the Hotel Nike, our home for the duration of the trip. It was sat right on the edge of the sea with a beautiful view both out to sea and inland. Having settled in, we headed out to do some field sketches, where Harvey also had the opportunity to demonstrate his excellent drawing abilities. After dinner we were quite thankful to be able to go up to our lovely rooms and finally sleep knowing that we had a busy day ahead. DSC_0116

The following day we were all set to head up the south flank of Etna. We arrived at Rifugio Sapienza, a secondary cone of Etna. It was a chilly 7˚C when we arrived there and a very, very blustery walk along the edge of the crater. The view, however, was spectacular. As we walked up and round we could see the island laid out before us and even right down to the sea.

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