9 March 2009 / Greek Odyssey
Thirty two of the girls, accompanied by four members of staff, enjoyed a Greek odyssey that included visits to the Acropolis and several other museums in Athens, the ancient ruins of Delphi that were snow-covered at the time, Olympia with its famous stadium and sculpture-filled museum, the pretty coastal resort of Tolon, the Bronze Age site of Mycenae, the theatre of Epidavros and the Venetian town of Nafplion.
There was an added surprise when the group visited Corinth.
'It was our last day and we were lucky enough to be shown around the site by the director of excavations whose family happened to come from Mawnan Smith,' said the school's Head of Classics Sarah Brown who organised the trip. 'Everyone enjoyed being allowed to climb through the fences and go past the no entry signs.'
As well as having an opportunity to step into the past at a time of year when there are far fewer other visitors to contend with and when the wild flowers are spectacular, the girls also experienced some modern day shopping in Athens.
'They had great fun - even managing to persuade the soldiers on guard at the war memorial to let them take their photos,' said Mrs Brown.