EMHS Students Explore the World Abroad

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In an amazing trip over spring break, students of East Meadow High School visited five countries in 10 days, learning about and embracing many new cultures. 

The trip began with a bike tour of Barcelona, Spain, where they viewed the famous seaside locales that were home to the 1992 Olympics. Students also toured La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian mall that connects Placa de Catalunya with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. There, they used their language skills to converse with the locals. 

The group then visited Parc Gruell, culminating with a specialized tour of the Basilica Sagrada Familia, created by famous architect Antoni Gaudi. This proved to be a highlight of the group’s stay in Barcelona.

Next, the students crossed the Pyrenees into France and explored the Medieval city of Carcassonne. Traveling to the south of France, they strolled through the Pont du Gard, a well-preserved Roman aqueduct. The group’s arrival in Nice began with a stop at the Florian candy factory, where they viewed a candy-making demonstration and tasted many of the factory’s famous treats. “Strolling up and down the magnificent Promenade des Anglais, which stretches along the Mediterranean Sea, had to be one of the highlights of Nice,” said Toni McIntosh, the district’s business department chairperson. 

While in France, students learned how French perfumes are made at Fragonard’s and dined on tasty French cuisine. In addition, all students learned to play boules lyonnaises, a very popular French sport game.

While in the south of France, students were also treated to a visit to Monaco’s Grimaldi Palace, where they saw the changing of the guard before heading to Monte Carlo. 

“The students enjoyed walking on the same streets where the Grand Prix is held every year while enjoying the opulent landscape,” McIntosh said. “The views on the French Riviera were truly breathtaking.”

Following Monaco, the group traveled to Milan, Italy, one of the fashion capitals of the world and a spectacular and bustling financial city center. They toured the Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. They were also able to view Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

On the final day of the trip, students enjoyed a boat ride excursion on Lake Como to the lakeside town of Lugano, Switzerland. They had time to explore the Piazza della Riforma and experience Swiss culture with an Italian twist. 

“Students conversed in different languages throughout our trip while dining on magnificent foods from the countries we visited,” McIntosh said. “To say this trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience is an understatement. We know it has created a desire in our students to further study abroad and expand their horizons.”