JANET'S JOURNAL

Snippets of interest from a Grand Tourist 

Maps – I just love maps

Maps – I just love maps

Maps are a rich source of information including history, geography and landscape. To study a map carefully is to learn about a region or an area before setting foot in it.

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Oxford, England – May Morning

Oxford, England – May Morning

May morning in Oxford, choristers sing from the top of Magdalen Tower to welcome in springtime and a new season. The painting by William Holman Hunt is typical of the 19th century pre-Raphaelite style of exuberant and highly symbolic art.

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Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival 2020 – a fabulous celebration of creativity and sartorial elegance. A feast for the eyes and a tribute to the city of Venice, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic….

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A Grand Tourist in Naples

A Grand Tourist in Naples

The Grand Tour – a journey through Italy designed to educate and inspire young, wealthy travellers from the 18th century onwards.

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What was a Scriptorium?

What was a Scriptorium?

Before the invention of the printing press books were written by hand, usually by monks working in a room called a ‘Scriptorium’. The ‘Scriptorium’ was a small space, in the monastery, next to the library. Here the scribes (writers) would write, illustrate and copy manuscripts.

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