Leisha LeCouvie, the Director of Parent and Affinity Programs, cruises on to Italy and connects with fellow McGillians.
Representing McGill University in any capacity is always an honour. The McGill name and reputation reaches all corners of the earth, and often while traveling I have chance encounters with people with ties to the University. This trip was no exception with many people wanting to speak with me about McGill, Quebec students, and the state of higher education in our province.
As many of you know, the McGill Alumni and Friends Travel Program is unique in that if offers quality educational tours. The Jewels of Antiquity cruise had an exceptionally high educational component with AHI lecturers from Queen’s University (Kingston) and Brown University (Rhode Island), as well as from the ship itself. The star lecturer from the ship was Francis Broun, Toronto resident and “lost” McGill graduate. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a McGill graduate on a ship in the middle of the Mediterranean, but was delighted to make his acquaintance and welcome him back into the McGill family. By the way, Francis’s lectures were outstanding, and I often heard passengers tell him afterward that he helped make their cruise even more special. You can find out more about Francis at www.arthistorylectures.com
A quick word about the Italian component of our trip: it was outstanding. In order of appearance, here are the cities and sites we visited: Florence, Vatican City, Rome, Pompeii (or Herculaneum), Sorrento, Taormina and Venice. Every single stop was special in its history and beauty; enjoy the photos!