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Magical Moments: Italy

There’s no doubt that most (if not all) of us would consider a trip to Italy to be magical in and of itself. Today we will hear from the Levy family about an extra special field trip two of them made with other SLOCA families to Italy this past summer, and what made it so magical. Eric and Gina Levy have three children: Max (UMS), Nyah (LMS), and Isabel (Primary). They are a track B family in their third year at SLOCA. Here’s what Gina wanted to share with us about their inspirational visit to Italy:


     Leaving part of the family behind for various reasons, my daughter and I excitedly joined hands for an adventure neither of us will ever forget.  It’s hard to find the right words to describe seeing Brunelleschi’s Dome for the first time.  “Mom, it’s bigger than huge!”  Entering Venice at dusk on a water taxi going full speed, breathtaking.  Walking into the Galleria dell’Accademia, turning the corner and seeing Michelangelo’s colossal David at the end of the corridor, emotional.  The Roman Colosseum, with is grandeur and ancient past, awe-inspiring.  Walking Leonardo footsteps from the ancient town of Vinci to his home as a boy, surreal. 

     Any one can take this same trip and see the same sights as we did on our 10 day tour of Italy.  But, not everybody gets to do it after studying and learning all about the history of each of these amazing sights.  Having that knowledge in our back pocket enriched our experience by leaps and bounds.  My daughter Nyah and I truly had one of the best adventures of our lives and will always cherish that time we spent together in Renaissance Italy.

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1. The group picture is in front of the famous Rialto Bridge in Venice
and includes everyone who went on the trip.  
2. Nyah and I in front of the Colosseum.
3. Nyah’s hands surrounding the staute outside of Museo Leonardiano.
Wow, thank you Gina, for sharing a few glimpses of your amazing trip with us, and reminding us of the beauty of studying history and how it can enrich our experiences!

If you have an inspiring story or magical moment, please share it with us. A simple “aha” moment, learning with your kids at home, can be just as encouraging as a tour of Italy! Email Jenny at [email protected].

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