Over the half term holiday, there were two different trips to Venice, one for the VIII art historians and another for the VI Italian students.The art historians’ rigorous schedule involved many course-related visits to examples of fifteenth-century painting, sculpture and architecture. Particular favourites were the opulent palazzo of Ca’ d’Oro with contemporary art in the Venice Biennale and the Nordic pavilion, which consisted of shattered glass windows and resonant humming. They happened to run into Dr Victoria Avery, an OP, who kindly shared her expertise in the Frari (pictured above) and it delighted Miss Evans to be taught by one of her former students. The ten Paulinas who visited Venice to improve their Italian had language school every morning and trips to museums, galleries and churches around Venice every afternoon. Every student left with an improvement in language skills and an increased appreciation of architecture. A visit to Murano, the glass blowing island, was a particular highlight, as was a surprise gondola ride.