Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Every dedicated teacher continues to look for ways to encourage the imagination of young learners. Organizing a school trip to bring a dusty page of history to life is (or should be) at the top of the list. No subject benefited more than the opportunity to visit sites where past monumental events had occurred, and no subject offered so many choices when planning school trips.
Exploring the Normandy Heritage Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

The Normandy region of France is a logical choice for school trips, with several sites related to medieval studies to the bloody battles of World War II. From the foundation level to the GCSE level, students can benefit from various programs in museums and monuments, many of which can be tailored specifically to curriculum requirements.

History of the Middle Ages

For students studying the Norman Conquest, the trip to Normandy led them to where it all began. Visiting the Bayeux rugs introduced them to early medieval art; these preserved magnificent artifacts are one of the most valuable historical sources available to teach the period to the students. As a complete and compelling visual narrative of the events surrounding the Norman Conquest, this serves as a real learning aid to inspire deeper appreciation of the era, both for the primary and secondary groups. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Falaise Castle is another very important site for those who focus on the Middle Ages. The birthplace of William the Conqueror is a great example of medieval architecture, and visiting the site allows students to give knowledge of this important sovereignty, the first Norman King of England, into the historical context.

Modern history

For young people who study the events of World War II, Normandy is an active learning center, with many sites and monuments related to combat performed on French soil. No amount of textbook reading can come close to a deep experience of visiting beaches and battlefields where these events took place and so many youths lost their lives.

The WWII site in the region serves as a serious war heritage and provides an excellent source of education, not just for historical subjects, but also related to politics and social studies. The tour of the cemetery and the battlefield brings home the real reality of war and can not but leave an indelible imprint on young hearts and minds, while a museum with cutting-edge technology serves to bring the drama of the Normandy invasion into real life.

But more than simply providing an opportunity to elaborate facts and meet the curriculum requirements, visiting the WWII site in Normandy is an opportunity for an educator to give young people an insight into the gravity of war, its consequences and impact. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Accessible Destinations

This beautiful part of France is capable of sparking a passion for history and learning in groups of various ages in curricular studies, making it the perfect destination for school trips. It’s also very practical in terms of budget and logistics, with the Channel Crossing from Folkestone ensuring a quick trip from the UK.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in school trips for schools and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveler, John is keen to provide students with a valuable and exciting learning experience outside the classroom. By sharing expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and continue their studies into life. Bringing Life on a School Trip to Normandy

Easy and Clean Desserts

As a society we are addicted to sweets. We know they aren’t great for us, we know we should really avoid them, but its part of the culture. In this article I’m definitely not saying dessert is healthy, but I do have a few tasty options that are much better for you. On top of all that, all of the recipes are quick and easy.

You can’t go anywhere without seeing a frozen yogurt place. It’s all the rage these days. And of course it’s typically advertised as a healthy dessert. I think we can both agree that sugar filled yogurt with sugary toppings isn’t exactly “healthy.” Not to mention the price point isn’t so great either. Well if you have a food processor or blender at home, you can actually make some really great frozen yogurt. Perhaps it isn’t a traditional method, but I can assure you, no one will care. All you need is a vanilla yogurt. Any kind works. I like coconut milk yogurt because of lactose reasons, but you could do whatever you like. Add some frozen fruit and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (if you have it!). I also like to add a splash of almond extract. Blend together until smooth and you won’t believe the creamy goodness!

The next dessert on the docket is also fruit based but quite opposite in temperature. A fruit cobbler is a great way to get sweet, comforting dessert without a lot of refined or processed sugars. Start with a frozen or fresh fruit. Toss with a tablespoon or two of flour or cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon or two of sugar. You know how much sugar your fruit needs. Next make a crumb topping by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of soft butter, with a tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of quick rolled oats, some chopped pecans and maybe a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. The crumb topping should be in pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle the topping on the fruit and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and bubbly. I like to bake mine during dinner so it’s ready to go when we’re all done eating.

Another great quick dessert is a pudding. You could make a bread pudding with old, stale bread, or perhaps a yummy chocolate pudding. Tapioca pudding is also a really nice, comfort food as well. The great thing about a pudding is that it can be served hot or cold, with or without fruit, in many different flavors, all relatively quickly. There are so many good pudding recipes out there to choose from. Just make sure its homemade, simple, and in a flavor everyone will enjoy. There’s nothing better that a nice, warm pudding and a dollop of fresh whip cream.

Hopefully you have a few more ideas for some quick, relatively healthy desserts. Just keep in mind that anytime you can make something yourself, without a processed, boxed mix you have a win for your health. Keep up the good work and take a few moments here and there to enjoy some dessert. Happy eating!

Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

The uniqueness of life on the Galapagos Islands is well documented and, for nature lovers, a visit to this region can be an inspiring and life-changing experience. For those who embark on the Galapagos wildlife voyage, understanding the reasons behind its extreme diversity can contribute to a deeper appreciation of this remarkable part of the world.
Natural phenomena Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

There is one natural phenomenon that can take great credit for the abundance and diversity of marine and terrestrial animals in the archipelago. The cool Humboldt now comes from Antarctica, driven by strong winds to flow to the west coast of South America and push the cool waters toward the path through the Galapagos Islands. It brings with it the nutrients it collects from dead and rotten objects on the seafloor, and when mixed with the warm Southern Equatorial currents, these nutrients rise from deep to maintain the plankton that form the basis of the food chain on the island. .

This current affects every aspect of life, both on land and around the ocean.

Water Temperature: Some people who visit Galapagos wildlife voyage are stunned by the cold water temperature, due to the Humboldt current. June to December is when the ocean is the coldest, because these months are marked by rising currents. From November to May, the flow is still there, but significantly weaker, allowing warmer waters to reach the islands. Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

Weather Pattern: The current is also responsible for two different seasons experienced in the archipelago: cool winters and warmer monsoon seasons. In the dry months (from June to October), strong trade winds cause currents to rise. Because the waters around the island are cooler, less evaporation, and therefore fewer rain clouds are formed. While Galapagos wildlife cruises can be enjoyed at any time of the year, two seasons can offer a very different experience.

Wild Animals: Even beyond these remote islands, Humboldt’s presence can be felt and credited as “the world’s most productive sea eco system” – responsible for 20% of the world’s amazing marine catch. Every single species – reptiles, mammals, birds, invertebrates or marine – on every single island, including the surrounding waters, is influenced by and dependent on this strong current. Nutrient waters that are brought directly or indirectly provide a source of food that supports large wildlife populations. Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

El Niño Effect

Current current effects may be most clearly visible when nonexistent. During a weather phenomenon known as El Niño, it is attenuated by warmer winds and decreases in air pressure. During these times, which occur cyclically every two to seven years, there is a marked decrease in the activity of local wildlife breeding. There are much fewer fish, and therefore a very large source of food in the archipelago, resulting in large numbers of animals starving to death.

The complex and definitive role played by these cold ocean currents in maintaining the rich biodiversity of the islands is an interesting aspect of one of the most interesting places on the planet. Humboldt Current: blood from the Galapagos Islands

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Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance writer with special interests in the Galapagos Islands. For those interested in the Galapagos wildlife voyage, Marissa recommends travel plans organized by Naturetrek, which has brought its unforgettable sightings of the various species in one of the most spectacular areas on Earth.

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

For the uninitiated, the idea of a barge holiday may seem like an odd way to see a country. However, ask anyone who has travelled the waterways of Europe and they will explain with gusto the beauty of cruising through foreign landscapes, tasting gourmet food and wine and learning about local culture and customs.
A barge holiday offers an intimate and immersive way to explore a new place. Not only will you get a novel perspective of the landscape from your position on the water, you will gain inimitable insights from experiences catered to your own tastes and interests.

 

Spontaneous Moments

Though a barge holiday with European Waterways is always meticulously planned, the gentle rhythm of travel allows plenty of time to become acquainted with some of the more unusual aspects of a country or region. Of course, we enjoy showing guests iconic architecture and famous landmarks, we know that they equally appreciate unplanned, authentic moments where they can truly connect to people and places.

This is what we call an ‘insider experience’: an experience possibly unique to the small group of people travelling on your hotel barge creating a memory you will cherish forever.

We love spontaneous moments in which our guests can form relationships with people they meet along the journey. For example, one memorable afternoon our guests were treated to a private tour of a Burgundian lock-keeper’s immaculate garden and cottage before being asked to share a glass of Pastis. They bravely joined him in a game of boules and though our guests played valiantly they were thoroughly beaten by the locals! In the past, our holiday-makers have received a tour of the beautifully tended grounds of a Scottish castle and given a knowledgeable talk by the head gardener.

As many of our guests are wine connoisseurs, we often seek out interesting wine-related adventures. One fortunate group were shown round a beautiful Renaissance castle by the owner himself. The count then took his fascinated visitors down into his excellent wine cellar – we were all very envious! There is also a certain wooden boat on the River Loire well-known to our guests. The hospitable owner is very happy to share a carafe of crisp white wine with his passengers.

Cultural Experiences

We try and lead our guests away from the typical tourist haunts and introduce them to locals whenever possible. From master clockmakers in Holland to builders in a Thames-side boatyard, these craftsmen always have stories to tell and are a fantastic way to tap into the rich history of the waterways. We encourage an appreciation of traditional values and skills – whether the job is the manoeuvring of delicate cogwheels or the creation of an entire vessel, you’ll be impressed! Meeting and learning from locals is one of the best ways to gain a comprehensive cultural knowledge of a region that a guide book just couldn’t deliver.

If you crave a real understanding of the places you visit then maybe a barge holiday is just what you’re looking for.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Understanding Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

Understanding Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul

The aviation industry is growing at a substantial rate, which certainly is good news for stakeholders, from passengers and airport sponsors to institutional investors and aviation service providers. Of course, the industry runs on services in many different segments, and one of the major services provided is MRO, or Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul. In this post, we will describe the kind of work that these service providers offer with regards to aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management, and why this sector matters for operational success. The need for MRO services Regardless of the location, facilities and other services offered at an airport, the aviation industry depends on one major aspect – operational aircraft. Aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management is all about aircraft servicing and management. Commercial airlines and private operators prefer to delegate maintenance tasks to specialized companies offering aviation maintenance. These companies have the necessary operational expertise and experience and also have a great depth of capabilities through their training, tooling and authorizations. These services are critical as projecting and managing maintenance schedules will determine whether aircraft will be operational and available to meet their mission requirements. With today’s increasing demand, MRO service providers are pertinent, necessary, and extremely relevant to keep aircraft and their passengers moving on schedule. What do MRO management services offer? As MRO service providers grow, the need for professional management increases as well. In most cases, maintenance and repair work is dependent upon a number of different requirements and regulations, and the nature of contracts with end users varies considerably. Owners and operators are focused on cost control, quality, and minimizing the downtime of their assets. They also seek to source more services from single source providers, e.g. MOR companies with a breadth of capabilities and authorizations which allows for more services to be provided during a single maintenance event. Demand for aviation MRO services is driven by mandatory maintenance, which occur on fixed flight hour, time-based or activity based intervals. The combination of an aging fleet coupled with increasing utilization underpins the increasing demand forecast for the next 5-10 years. The need for aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul management will continue to increase, and as aircraft utilization continues to grow the need for such services will become more prominent in years to come. Consequently, it is important to choose a company that has the necessary experience and expertise for your particular maintenance requirements to meet your mission profile and keep your aircraft and passengers moving.

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

Get Ready to Rock the Mountain: Musilac 2018

If you’re planning a ski holiday to Chamonix with a group of mates and can’t decide when to go, my advice would be to wait until April 2018. That way, you can participate in Musilac Mont-Blanc 2018, the ultimate party on the mountain! This new spring festival is expected to become one of the biggest annual music events in Chamonix.
What to Expect

 

Musilac is already famous in Aix-les-Bains, where it is a popular summer festival. Past headliners have included everyone from Elton John and Sting to The Chemical Brothers and David Guetta. For Chamonix, festival organisers promise an equally stellar line up: so far, 15 acts are scheduled to play from April 19 to 21.

The Festival will be a massive affair: it’s estimated that up to 30,000 spectators will attend the three-day event. An open-air stage will be set up at the Bois du Bouchet paragliding landing area, which will play host to audiences of around 15,000 each night.

To ensure that this is one of the major events in Chamonix’s 2018 calendar, Musilac organisers have partnered with MontBlanc Médias, a renowned French media group that specialises in extreme sports.

Ski the End of the Season or Just Hang Out

Whether you’re a keen skier and want to take advantage of Chamonix’s cheap ‘end of season’ deals or you just love the party atmosphere of a festival, April in Chamonix is perfect for you.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the resort’s skiing opportunities are guaranteed throughout the spring, during which there’s a fantastic range of glacial skiing that really comes into its own from April onwards.

There are a range of nursery runs for beginners, – although the snow cover this late in the season can be risky – and for intermediate and advanced skiers, Chamonix’s challenging runs provide the ultimate high-thrill playground.

In town, you’ll discover that Chamonix is a bustling place with a cool, hip crowd that populates the resort all year round. There are some great bars and clubs, and the pretty centre is equipped with many nice café terraces.

If you’re looking for a group holiday during which you don’t want to hit the pistes every day, combining a ski holiday with one of the best events in Chamonix ensures that you’ll have a blast!

How to Get There

Taking part in the many events in Chamonix couldn’t be easier, as there are regular flights from the UK to Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble and Lyon airports during the ski season.

For a good-value transfer option, book a group transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home. Choose either a private or a more economical shared group transfer, and our drivers will pick you up from the airport and deliver you straight to your resort. It doesn’t get easier than that!

What is Event Insurance and Why Is It Needed

What is Event Insurance and Why Is It Needed

Imagine that your company is organizing an annual fundraiser and you are hosting an event. You have handled everything from reservations to signing contracts to delivering entertainment and beverage services. Unfortunately, by the time the last storm propagates and affects the flight into your territory. Now you have to cancel or stop your show rain. Your business will not only suffer; You can earn a lot of money.
Canceling any big event can cost thousands of your organization if not millions of dollars. For this reason, many operators are now recommending business owners get canceled event insurance to protect their companies.

What is Event Insurance and Why Is It Needed

Event canceling insurance is used as a defense against loss of profits or expenses. The costs incurred due to weather, power loss, terrorism, delays, or even complete cancellations are included, such as the cost of relocation for the event.

In some cases, event planning may take years. As organizations spend more on costs during the planning phase, some even struggle to cover the cost of the event, let alone a disruption to it. In the event of a delay or cancellation, the resources of the company can easily be exhausted. With these and other threats, event canceling insurance is not an option, it is necessary to protect the company’s investment. What is Event Insurance and Why Is It Needed

Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

Starting a world tour can be one of the greatest adventures in the world! After renewing your passport, booking your flights and accommodation and purchasing annual travel insurance, you may want to consider getting some handy gadgets to help you organize your journey further towards a smooth and comfortable journey.
This is a selection of gadgets that I find very useful when traveling remotely on their own. Apple iPad

Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

Probably one of the most obvious gadgets to travel, but there really is not another device that packs as much punch as iPad, whether mini or full sized. Instead of taking your laptop on a round-trip trip, pack iPad for an operating system, camera, photo storage, online access, music and fun travel apps. If you often type a lot when you are traveling, consider buying a keyboard accessory.

Use your iPad to take photos of your important travel documents and information, including passports, annual travel insurance information, travel itineraries and confirmation of your reservation as a backup copy.

Skross Plugin All-in-One Plug

Since you will visit a number of countries, you will surely fill your electronic devices using various types of plugs and sockets. This world travel adapter will save you time and frustration by allowing you to fill everything in every country with ease. iClever BoostCube USB Wall Charger Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

No need for your electronics awaiting their turn to charge! This charger comes in one, two or six port options to meet all your charging needs. The cool thing about this particular brand is that the “SmartID” technology allows it to feel the device is charged and will adjust the amount of juice and speed required. You’ll find this much faster than older chargers, especially when charging newer technology models.

IPad and Waterproof Tablets are deeper

Remember all the photographed documents you’ve stored on your iPad, like your passport, travel itinerary and your annual travel insurance information? All will remain safe and healthy in this stunning waterproof box. With your iPad sealed from various elements that you will experience in various climates, this case will even keep your iPad protected up to six feet of water!

This case has a clear front line so you can still do all the things you love to do like photographing, listening to music and chasing friends and family online. The case is also equipped with a rear hand loop, shoulder straps and backrest to increase mobility and comfort.

Light Camel pillow Genius Gadget for Travel Worldwide

When we think of gadgets we tend to think of electronics, but this gadget is far from anything that requires a cable or charger. If you’ve ever tried to grab my breath suddenly in a moving vehicle, be it a bus, train or plane, you know the bumps and lack of space to rest your head can make it impossible. This padded cushion fits in the head and also block out light and noise. In addition to the annual travel insurance, we consider this gadget as a godsend.

Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning specialist team in a single global travel and annual travel insurance policy. In addition to offering attractive offers for travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holiday.

Insurance Discount you missed at

Insurance Discount you missed at

Having your vehicle and home insured is mandatory if you want to protect your assets from unexpected events. However, peace of mind is not always cheap. If you are looking for homeowner insurance in North Andover, MA, you may be looking for a good-sized policy that will not break the bank. If saving money is important to you, it’s time to look at all your policies. Did you know that there may be many discounts for your insurance that you have missed? From car insurance to homeowners, here are some discounts you should get.

Military discounts No matter what military branch you’ve served, you deserve recognition for your time in the U.S. Armed Forces. From the Army to the Coast Guard, most insurance agents will honor your service by giving you a discount for your insurance. In many cases, this can be applied to your various policies and not just one.
Good Student Discount. If you or one of your dependents are currently attending school, there may be a discount on your insurance policy based on your value. However, the guides may vary depending on your carrier and your policy. For example, some companies may request that your score be high enough to be earned on the honors or deans list. Some may just ask for a GPA at some point. In some cases, there may be an age limit or class limit for discounts. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly to inquire about the possibility of this discount. Insurance Discount you missed at
Some Discount Cars. Have more than one driver living under your roof? There may be a discount for that! Many insurance companies will offer a discount if you have multiple drivers or cars insured with them.
Discount Bundling. If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, you may also have a car insurance policy. You may even have policies on boats, ATVs, or motorcycles. However, if you have it all insured with a different company, you could lose the discount. Bundling your insurance policy together with one company will usually save you money. Not only will you get a rebate of all your policies with one carrier, it will make it easier to file a claim and pay your bills on time. Instead of dealing with different premiums and due dates, all your payments will be rolled out into one. Insurance Discount you missed at
Organizational Discount. Sometimes, the company will offer a discount if you are a member of a particular organization or company. Often, large companies will negotiate discounts with certain carriers as an incentive to have their employees enter with them. However, this is not always available to all organizations or operators. For more details, talk with your insurance carrier.
Discounted equipment. If you have an alarm system, camera or other special safety features in your home or vehicle, your carrier may offer a discount. This is because additional safety features can prevent accidents or accidents from entering, causing claims to be filed. If your car does not come with a qualifying feature, you can add it after you buy it.

Insurance Discount you missed at

Getting the best deal for your homeowner’s insurance in North Andover, MA, is easier than you think. Simply find an insurance company that offers discounts in the area you need and provide adequate coverage. Now you know all the discounts you can miss, why should you issue an expensive policy? Plus, having homeowners and other policies brought by the same company, you can save time, money, and energy in the long run.

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure

 

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure
This collection of porcelain art in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China is a breath-taking sight of ingenuity – the Sanbao Art Museum!
Sanbao village, a scenic place not far from the Central City of Jingdezhen in China, hosts a nascent, dynamic, porcelain-centric hub with porcelain artists’ studios and porcelain-related industries, causing a highly competitive environment, where it takes great ingenuity and endless efforts to be the best. The relationship between the artists and their creation is sort of romantic, like the feeling of first love: indirect probing, exploring, negotiating and subtle manoeuvring. And the transformation in the pottery kilns is like the process of developing films – full of uncertainties; like the photographers’ having projected their best imaginations onto the films, but results will be unravelled only after the mandatory stint in the dark room!

 

But it is these very risks and uncertainties that mandate detail and delicacy; brain power juxtaposed against a passionate song in the heart… romanticism at its best!

An art museum in this milieu not just builds an interactive space to encourage reciprocal communication between visitors and the space, both emotionally and behaviourally, it inculcates sensitivity and imagination. The museum is a visually linear shape, 150m long, but the visiting flow is nonlinear, with visitors having multiple paths to explore. The purpose is to boost serendipity between people and spaces. Architecture creates the atmosphere with which visitors have personal connections. Walls, the most important part at shaping exhibition space and atmosphere, are made of rammed earth to offer a poetic feeling. The main passage is a long transparent space, 100m; around which rammed-earth walls, 4m high, grow from earth.

Major materials used in building the museum, such as rammed earth, titanium zinc panels and travertine, will be eroded by time. This process of erosion is like the fermentation of wine, time gives its unique flavour. In addition, Sanbao village naturally produces unique soil, slightly red in colour, so the continuous loam walls are built with local clay, delivering a certain familiarity and tension.

Experiences vary, when visitors walk through different areas, attracted by the outstretched eaves after the woods area. The sound from the creeks relaxes, whilst what lies ahead leads visitors further into a cryptic but joyful world. Every tour becomes a story between visitors and architecture – a mix of discovery, expectation, waiting, anxiety, disappointment and joy. DL atelier is the recent winner of the American Architecture Price (cultural architecture category),