Monday, May 12, 2014

Thanks Delphine and Gullivers Sport Travel

Our art tour to Paris, Provence, and Barcelona was absolutely outstanding with so many amazing experiences! We would like to thank Delphine Delhaise for her invaluable planning of our jam-packed itinerary and the fabulous organisation of our very comfortable and luxurious accommodation. We look forward to planning our next art tour with Delphine and Gullivers Sport Travel.

Reunion for sharing treasured memories and favourite photos

Bring along 6 of your best photographs to our art tour reunion. View other student's and staff's photographs and movies to remind you of our amazing trip.
Afternoon tea is provided. Parents can join students from 4.30pm.

Where: Trade Training Centre
When: Wednesday 21st May
Time: 3.15pm - 5pm

Don't forget to visit the art tour photo display outside D1 and the top of C Block to show your friends your remarkable journey!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Desert Duning - oh what a feeling!

Our desert dune safari adventure begun with a falconry show, explaining how they are used for hunting, then a roller coaster ride in 4WD's over desert sand dunes to see the sunset, camel rides, and then a delicious buffet of Arabic food at a Bedouin style camp. A great way to finish our art trip.

4WD driving - letting air out of the tyres prior the Desert Duning.
Rollercoaster ride across the sand dunes.
Falconry display
Watching the falconry display 
Desert sunset
Viewing the sunset
Oh what a feeling!
Camel rides in the desert
Nick gets up close to a falcon
Bedouin camp style buffet
Stargazing in the middle of the desert.
Belly dancer at the Bedouin camp dinner

Off to the airport bright and early in the morning. We can dream about all our wonderful experiences during our 14 hour flight home! See you all in Sydney!

Jumeirah Coast and the biggest shopping mall in the world

After very little sleep, the very weary travellers were up at 9am for breakfast and a morning tour of Dubai. We had a fabulous guide who took us along the Jumeirah Coast so we could see all the famous architectural landmarks of which Dubai is famous. We visited the Atlantis resort situated on the edge of Palm Island, a man- made canal system and land in the shape of a palm leaf.

It was a very balmy 37 degrees day, so much warmer than the rest of our holiday weather! Every one was keen to jump back into the air conditioned bus. We also stopped at the 7 star rated Burj Al Arab hotel, viewing it from a nearby public beach.

All the rooms are suites with an underwater suite that is like a giant aquarium in your room!

The famous helipad on which Tiger Woods hit golf balls and Federer played tennis. 
Next stop, the Burj Khalifa, tallest tower in the world, and the Dubai Mall, biggest shopping centre in the world.
Orchids in pots dot the walkway through the car park of the Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall with the Burj Khalifa in the background.
The Dubai Mall has its own massive aquarium.

Exclusive high end brand stores are found at the Dubai Mall like Laduree, from France. We never got the chance to see one of the shops in Paris but found it in Dubai.

The Dubai Fountain outside the Mall shoots jets of water to synchronised music for a very short time.

Metro stations in Dubai are very futuristic as are the trains and monorails.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bye Bye Barcelona

On our last day in Barcelona we headed for the Mediterranean Sea, just to say we dipped in our toes!
It was warm, very pleasant and peaceful as it was too early for the crowds. We are off to Dubai with a very late arrival - just after midnight.

Barceloneta beach

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Red roses on St George's Day, perusing Picasso and Basque Pintxol

Today is a public holiday in Barcelona celebrating St George's Day where girls receive red roses and boys are given books! Local Barcelonians dressed up as dragons or Princesses and had treasure hunts across the city.

We visited the Gothic Quarter or Barri Gotic to see the Picasso Museum and experience the atmosphere inside the gothic cathedrals. The Picasso Museum was housed in a Spanish Renaissance palace with ornate timber carvings and stone masonry. Picasso's works were good too! In particular, the Les Meninas room of painted studies created for his appropriated masterpiece based on Velasquez's Les Meninas. 

Picasso Museum

We stopped for a treat at Euskal Etxea for Pintxol, a type of Spanish hors d'hoevres from the Basque Country. We all sampled five delicious and very gourmet Pintxol.

We visited the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar and the Barcelona Cathedral, each with lofty ceilings and beautiful stone masonry. The Barcelona Cathedral had access to its roofop so we could gaze over the city and out to the Mediterranean.

Inside Basilica of Santa Maria Del Mar

Outside Barcelona Cathedral

Inside the cathedral

View of the towers and spires from the rooftops of Barcelona Cathedral.

Sagrada Familia from the rooftop of the Barcelona Cathedral and later at night as we ventured out for dinner.

Outside Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Gaudi's masterpiece

As a treat on our last night in Spain, we went to a Flamenco show with tapas and drinks. The show was exuberant and the dancers showed their mastery in flamenco style dancing.

Dinner at El Tablao de Carmen, a Flamenco show in the Poble Espanyol village in Barcelona