004 - The Grand


Factual Question

What was the Grand Tour?

Debatable Question

Has the idea of the Grand Tour influenced modern day travel?

Activity One - What was the 'Grand Tour'?

The grand tour was first started around the 16th Century for the aristocracy to extend their classical education. They initially visited cities such as Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome, the Renaissance hubs of Europe. This kind of tour was extremely expensive and tough to complete due to the poor means of travel. Using the links 'Useful Resources' box answer the questions below.

      1. What was a 'Grand Tour'?
      2. Who would have gone on a 'Grand Tour'?
      3. What problems would the travellers have faced?
      4. Why would people put themselves through such an arduous trip?

Activity Two - Transport

Today many people will have the opportunity to go on some form of a 'Grand Tour' due to the huge advancements in travel. It is amazing to think that just over a 100 years ago travel by air was only something people dreamed about. Flying is now just part of life and many view an aeroplane as a flying bus in the sky. How has this happened? You will be watching the DVD 'Honey I Shrunk the World' to explore how the Earth became that little bit smaller with the invention of different modes of transport. As you watch the DVD/YouTube clips answer the following questions:

      1. How did the car change travel?
      2. What was the first car that revolutionised road travel?
      3. When did flight become a reality?
      4. What happened to change the aviation industry?

Activity Three - The modern 'Grand Tour'

Your task is to develop today's version of the 'Grand Tour'. Remember the tour must be based on the original ideas of the 'Grand Tour' to extend your education in Art, Architecture, Culture and Geography.

      1. Where in the world would you go?
      2. Why would you visit those cities/towns?

There are two ways we can present this data: one is using Google Earth and the other is old fashioned pen and paper. If you are using pen and paper write the place (town/city) you would visit as a sub-heading and underneath need it explain why it would be on your Grand Tour.

Google Earth

  • Using the pin function, mark 3 sites that you would visit on a Modern Grand Tour on to your map.
  • When you activate the pin function you have the opportunity to write a description. In the description box justify why you would visit that place. Remember it has to link to either an interesting geographical feature, architecture, art or culture.
  • You can link the sites using the path button.
  • Create a folder by right clicking on 'My Places' in the left hand column and then press the 'Add' button on the tool bar. Folder should be the first item you see, click on that and give the folder a name - Your name and then 'My Grand Tour'. Or you can right click on 'My Temporary Folder' and then press 'Add' in the tool bar to create a folder.
  • To save - press the File button - Save - Save my places - remember to save as a kmz file and then email me the document.

Google Earth Buttons

How to Create a Folder in Google Earth

How to Save you Folder as a kmz file

Useful Resource

Taken from - www.free-world-maps.com

How will my work be assessed?

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding