Our school trip to Russia took place from October 24th to 29th, 2019. Firstly, we got to Moscow after a day’s worth of travelling. It was a beautiful and unique place to visit – truly unlike any major European city and filled with different ages of architecture. Whilst there, we visited numerous amazing places such as a school, in which we got to converse with the students using our language knowledge. We also had a guided tour around the Russian Kremlin (the working place of President Putin). Also, we got the chance to visit the beautiful Red Square and shop in the huge adjacent shopping centre, extravagantly lit up, and saw Saint Basil’s colourful cathedral. The hotel ‘Cosmos’ we stayed at was very cosy and had an incredible curved architecture. We ended our stay in Moscow by taking the overnight train travelling 714 km towards the other major Russian city – Saint Petersburg. Saint Petersburg was more akin to European cities, however. It was filled with bigger, grander buildings. We visited the Summer Palace of the old monarchs pre-revolution. It was a beautiful place and held so much gold in the gardens and detailing inside as well as historical furniture. Along the river Neva, we saw many sites such as the spectacular Winter Palace, adorned with intricate gold leaf details, and, when entering, we found a vastly decorated interior with paintings all around. It was an astonishingly large palace and one unlike any other. We also got to dine in one of the palaces accompanied by music and then watched a national dance show with many acts. One night, we also watched the Nutcracker ballet at the world class Mariinsky theatre with top professional dancers. Our time there was really fun and interesting.
Freya Church (Year 12) and Charis Church (Year 10)
Russian Trip Photo Competition Winner
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow. Photograph by Molly Marriott (Year 11)