High Days of the Low Countries

Each spring since 2009, the Fortin & Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program has run a “Travel Seminar,” linking a variety of topics with a dynamic, specially related travel component. Students spend a semester studying an interdisciplinary subject (often team-taught), and then travel to experience first-hand the sites related to the topic. Past destinations have included Rome (2009 & 2012), Venice (2010), and London and Oxford (2011). Due to the generosity of Donald and Michele D’Amour, an endowment subsidizes the cost of the travel component.

In Spring 2013, 16 students, two professors, and two additional companions travelled to Belgium and Holland for ten days to experience the “High Days of the Low Countries.” From the early 1400s to the late 1600s, the cities of the Low Countries (now Belgium and Holland) were the most exciting urban centers of Northern Europe. Bruges in the fifteenth century, Antwerp in the sixteenth, and Amsterdam in the seventeenth laid the foundations of modern capitalism and produced some of the most dazzling art of any period.

Follow the journey through pictures and videos of Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, Delft, Amsterdam, and The Hague.

Tuesday, May 14, Departure from Boston

Wednesday, May 15, Brussels, Anderlecht, and Bruges

Thursday, May 16, Medieval Grandeur of Bruges

Friday, May 17, Art and Culture in Bruges

Saturday, May 18, Ghent and Antwerp

Sunday, May 19, Glories of Antwerp

Monday, May 20, Delft and Amsterdam

Tuesday, May 21, Hidden Amsterdam

Wednesday, May 22, Golden Age of Amsterdam

Thursday, May 23, Art and Culture in Amsterdam

Friday, May 24, The Hague and Concertgebouw

Saturday, May 25 Returning to Boston

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Participants: Michael Bakis, Tamar Bonaventure, Taylor Boyle, Lauren Brown, Kathryn Buckley, Amanda Carchedi, Andrew Clark, Elena Despotopulos, Sara Heath, Rebecca Jacobson, Janet and Gary Lambert, Lauren Landry, Kara Lessels, Cara Loughlin, Samantha Minieri, Shannon Romanowski, Erin Sliney.

Chronicler/Videographer: Tamar Bonaventure

Professors: Lance Lazar and Toby Norris