Every year, the five-year-olds in my Italian nursery school class embark on a five-day school trip. It is the culmination of their three year journey from small children who are completely dependent on their teachers, to elementary school kids, ready to tackle reading, writing and the hardships of academic school life.
For the past 13 years, we have always travelled to England, specifically Newcastle, to attend school with English-speaking children, and emerge ourselves in the English way of life. This year, however, the crisis has dealt our school a hard blow, so we chose a more modest destination – the Grossetto region in Tuscany, six hours from Turin.
As a British-Canadian, I will admit that I was more than happy to trade a week of wind, rain and cold in Newcastle for a week in the sunny countryside of Tuscany.
To document my first trip to this part of Italy, I brought along the Panasonic Lumix GH3, which proved a great companion in all situations paired with the M. Zuiko 45mm and the 12mm. Of course, with 50 nursery school aged children tagging along, it wasn’t easy to concentrate on taking spectacular photos.