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Up at crack of dawn well before actually, to see Eldest off to Italy with lycee. As I staggered around in the wee small hours making breakfast , I remembered , although it seems like years ago, blogging about her trip Spain on CL, and realsied that since then she has been to Germany, Poland ,and Spain with Lycee. She is off again to Czechoslavia in June so it hardly seems worth unpacking when she gets back. ( I know, I know, you don't have to tell me its not czechoslovacia anymore but even our czec friends havent got to grips with its name change so call it they just call itczecki !!)

When I was a kid school trips used to be to The Roman Villa at Fishbourne, London zoo or the Wliton carpert factory! I recall we had to have a plastic rain hat and a packed lunch and a very minimul amount of spending money. My how times have changed!

So tell me, where did you lot go on school trips then before the modern age of sophisticated educational student travel Ann Repath and is called.The Indian Rug (or Red Slippers), painted in about 1942. According to theNational Gallery of Scotalsn who own it "The vivid colours and flat patterning of this painting owe much to Matisse, while the 'tipped-up' perspective reflects Redpath's admiration for early Italian painting." ...well it may be a rather tentative conneciton with Italy but it was either that or a tacky photo of a gondilla!!

Posted at 19th Apr 2008 - 10:18AM   Posted by Unpeuloufoque   School trips.. Comments: 23

Westerwitch's Avatar The History Museum in London . . .and I was next to the girl who threw up on the coach . . . bleah.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:22AM

Faith's Avatar Hmm let me see - The Commonwealth Institute - I know we went there, can't remember why! And that's the only one I can remember.

I do remember going on a coach when I was about five and the school had done the packed lunch and it was ham sandwiches with thick mustard, for five year olds!

Posted by: Faith on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:23AM

Toady's Avatar I went to Hatfield House, St Albans and Cadbury's chocolate factory before it was Cadbury World. You got a goody bag to come home with containing a couple of bars and a pencil tin, and you were invited to sample on the way round. Needless to say all the beastly boys were throwing up all the way home.

Posted by: Toady on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:24AM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar the roman city at Wroxeter and Angela Ebrey ...teachers pet ...threw up in the middle of the talk .....since when I cannot pass 'Rock City' as my youngest refers to it without wondering what ever became of Angela Ebrey.........

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:38AM

Westerwitch's Avatar See Chicken thingy on the other side got it wrong - what are we all remembering about our school trips . . . throwing up - part of childhood and then we have kids . . . and what do they do . . . I rest my case.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:42AM

Muddyboots's Avatar well, are you sitting comfortablely? well, we used to go to the Ideal Home exhibition, l can remember 1 year l spent the whole afternoon playing back gammon. then there were school trips abroad. One year we went skiing to Austria, traveling to Kandersteg over land on the train, can you imagine the nuns racing around trying to make sure we were all fast asleep in our couchettes? l think l nearly got sent home on that trip? other trips, RSC at Stratford was a regular, where else? The usual, London Museum and art galleries...........

Posted by: Muddyboots on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:53AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Damn should really have called this site CHidlren chocolate and wine then..sigh..Ok ok I'm going....

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:53AM

Muddyboots's Avatar you are, talking about cadburys and chocolate, did anyone whilst at Junior School do an annual Cadburys comepetion concerning chocolate and cocoa beans? you got a certificate and a cadburys tins of goodies?

Posted by: Muddyboots on 19th Apr 2008 at 10:57AM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar I remember the Roman Villa at Fishbourne. At least I remember the journey back and eating sandwiches out of a tupperware box and spilling my crisps all over the back of the coach and getting told off and moved, although I can't remember anything at all about the villa.

Also, recently went to a parents' evening and browsing through one of the boy's books, came across his report of a recent school trip which ended, "All in all it was a horrible day and I was glad to get home". Wondering why on earth we're still doing them?

Hmmph - on that note, I find yet another request for a 'voluntary contribution' for yet another school trip in Boy's bag... Rolling Eyes

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 19th Apr 2008 at 12:24PM

Elizabethd's Avatar Went to Stratford during A levels to see Hamlet, but that's about the furthest. Other than that it was Truro Museum!

Posted by: Elizabethd on 19th Apr 2008 at 12:35PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Muddy on cadburys note did anyone else haev that odd magazine where it listed companiues and you could do your project then send off for info and they sent you an entire pack on youor chosen subject!! It was fantastic! I remember cadburys doing one and sending you a ral cooa bean....but no choclate I expect nuns thought disgusting englsih stuff was bad for us unliek french and belgium chocolate..Her muddy I htink you and I wnt to same order of nuns as I had mathcing uniform have a photo of me just liek your avator...exept my tie is skewiff and my socks are half mast!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 19th Apr 2008 at 01:02PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar No nuns to remember but I do well remember that Cadburys writing competition ....never even had a sniff of a chocolate button though.....Sad

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 19th Apr 2008 at 01:05PM

Being brought up in Hull it was either York or Hornsea Pottery's! Seemed to be the same every year.
I still find York Magical and take the boys there whenever I can.

In secondary school I went on a trip with Art Group to London which was fantastic (all art gallery's) but Nan couldn't afford the trips abroad eg ski-ing etc.

Hope eldest has a great time. It is good for them.

My eldest went to Arthog (outwards bounds type place) and LOVED it despite being Idle Jack. Discovered that he is a natural leader...

Youngest is going to Weston Park (beautiful Stately home in Stafford) next week-day with a difference. They all going on a trip imagining that they are evacuees being sent to the country-all have to dress up in appropriate clothes/lunches packed up in a tin box etc.
Great for them


Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 19th Apr 2008 at 01:24PM

Pondside's Avatar Lillypad went to Paris, LA, Toronto, Seattle.
In my day we went to the trout hatchery. In a yellow school bus. No spending money to bring as there was nothing to buy.

Posted by: Pondside on 19th Apr 2008 at 02:53PM

Hadrian's Wall - well, we do nearly live on the damned thing - Winscale (yes, really); an outward bound centre, so outward I'm surprised we ever got out at all; Norway skiing, in the days of mile long wooden skis and no waterproofs, and a memorable bus trip through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. It was gruelling but seeing Florence made it all seem worthwhile.

I had a rug like that, but I gave it to one of our first labradogs - I think she ate it.Embarassed
Please don't tell me it's valuableShocked
Never got any chocolate, but I do remember a handkerchief from The Tufty Club.

Posted by: @themill on 19th Apr 2008 at 02:58PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Fishbourne? Yup, flipping mosaic floors.
And we went to the Tutankhamen exhibition - along with the rest of the world......merest glimpse of gold through several layers of coats in front of me.
Eeek, other than that, can't remember a thing.
Chessington Zoo maybe - before it became a theme park.

However did go on a school cruise - SS Uganda around the Baltic.....we all griped that we missed out on the Med cruise (much warmer). We had wildly rough seas and 90% were sick as dogs.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 19th Apr 2008 at 03:14PM

Elizabethd's Avatar grandson is going to China!!!!! For 3 weeks, and has to learn Mandarin. Where doies that fit into the curriculum?

Posted by: Elizabethd on 19th Apr 2008 at 03:42PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar EJ was that before or after the SS Uganda sunk? I htink chinese ED is going to be the new second language on the national curriculum instead of French..I suppose at least then the great british public will be able to order their takeaways in the right language or even, we live in hope , yell Free tIbet in authentic dialect!!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 19th Apr 2008 at 04:48PM

Withy Brook's Avatar There was a war going on. No one went anywhere they did not have to. Not sure how they got be to my boarding school! As we were evacuated to Studley Royal and played hare an hounds all over Fountains Abbey, perhaps we did not need outings! We did have one a year, certainly later on, on Ascension Day. Usually to Brimham Rocks, with our picnic. Trouble was you needed a mate and that used to be difficult, me being a bit unsociable! Don't remember anyone being sick on the bus. The other things we did were picking rose hips for that awful rosehip syrup, which I hated - the syrup not the picking and also picking potatoes which I loved. I usually managed to get on the cart with the horse's reigns or led him. Had to double up and pick nasty wet muddy potatoes too though!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 19th Apr 2008 at 05:40PM

Patsy's Avatar We got a day trip "doon the watter" (River Clyde) on the paddle steamer Waverley then cycling around Rothesay. Brilliant ice-creams though!
Elder son is off to French chateau in Normandy on Monday. Total French language immersion. He's so looking forward to it as he's really confident with his French, bless him.

Posted by: Patsy on 19th Apr 2008 at 06:35PM

Patsy, watch out - he may end up like the fluent french speaking Baggy Bottom, God forbid!

Posted by: @themill on 19th Apr 2008 at 07:09PM

Cait's Avatar London Zoo, Fishbourne, (were we at the same school UPL?) Commonwealth Institute,
That's all I can remember.

Posted by: Cait on 19th Apr 2008 at 09:10PM

Frances's Avatar From my part of Virginia, we got on a bus and went to Washington, DC. We may have toured the Capitol and the White House, but honestly, I cannot remember ... it was too long ago.

Posted by: Frances on 20th Apr 2008 at 12:20AM

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