Athletic and Après Ski Adventures in La Tania

Athletic and Après Ski Adventures in La Tania

If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re after, then La Tania is the perfect place for you. Nestled in the prestigious Three Valleys ski area and only two lift rides away from the swanky resorts of Mèribel and Courchevel, you’re sure to have plenty of fun both on and off the piste!
With a variety of pistes to choose from, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice here. For a double dose of excitement and adventure, you could try the piste which runs through the gorgeous woodland. Just make sure that you don’t forget to pack your winter sports travel insurance, and you’ll really be ready for anything.

 

After a long day of skiing, you’re going to need some fun downtime. We’ve put together a list of the most stylish places to see – and to be seen in – for the wildest après ski events.

The Drop Inn Bar

This is the newest and funkiest place in Courchevel. With a friendly, chilled-out vibe and a pool table, this is a great place to relax. Check out Wine Wednesdays, on which each glass will only set you back three Euros… oh, and you’re sure to be pleased with the fantastic selection of wines from all over the world.

La Taïga Lounge

If it’s excellent food you’re after, La Taïga doesn’t disappoint. This alpine-style restaurant and cocktail bar is located in La Tania, and boasts the most tantalising Savoyard cuisine. This place attracts a more sophisticated crowd, and is bound to get packed when live bands play at the weekends.

Pub Le Ski Lodge

If you’re looking for down-to-earth food, you’ll love this pub with an alpine twist. Pub Le Ski offers a range of favourites, such as speciality burgers, ribs, chilli, pasta, salads and sandwiches in a relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to its daily happy hours and après ski events on its heated terrace, this venue is very popular among young adults who are looking to let loose on their holiday. What’s more, there are themed nights, 4 big-screen TVs and regular live music performances.

Bouc Blanc

This huge restaurant has an open air sun deck, which can accommodate up to 400 people. On cold days, there is indoor seating on two levels. The service here is surprisingly quick – you can even get a cooked-to-perfection steak in only three minutes! This is a great place to chill out for lunch, and a favourite among tourists and locals alike.

Don’t Forget…

If you’re a real thrill seeker who loves nothing more than death-defying snowboarding, adrenaline-raising cross country skiing or gravity-busting tobogganing, make sure you stay safe with winter sports travel insurance. If you take the necessary precautions before jetting off on your athletic getaway, you can be sure that your winter sports travel insurance won’t let you down – and you’ll enjoy your adventures all the more!

Family Ski Rentals Done Right

Family Ski Rentals Done Right

Skiing can be expensive, especially for families. The option to rent skiing equipment is often much cheaper and more flexible then buying it outright for the whole family, and is even more useful for the young ones who grow out of things so fast. It is often tempting for holidaymakers to look for the cheapest ski rental available – while this is necessary for many families, if you do not know what you are buying it can lead to problems on the slopes. Here are some tips of things for you and your family can look out for in order to get the best kit for your money.
Age and Quality

 

Just because you are renting and not buying does not mean that you should put up with old skis that are not fit for purpose. When you are renting skis always ask how long they have been in service for, and if it is longer than 10 years then ask for a different pair. Don’t worry about the surface scratches and scrapes, all skis pick these up very quickly. What matters more is how they feel in your hands – are they firm but flexible or are they sluggish and hard? All skis should have a bit of give and bounce back into shape easily.

Boot fittings

Making sure your boots fit properly is the most important part of ski rental. Get this bit right and you will be zipping along in happy comfort. It sounds obvious, but make sure that your ski boots are not too big or too small. The best way to ensure that they fit is to try them on properly first as shoe size does not always ensure well-fitting footwear. If they don’t fit, don’t sign.

Choosing Skis

These days, couples and families are bombarded with a hundred different options for skis, all with their own buzzword like ‘performance’ or ‘elite’. These range in price and scared tourists usually take a stab at skis in the middle range, whether they are suitable for them or not. To avoid this, have a good chat with your ski rental or tour operator to find out exactly which ones fit the slopes and experience you have in mind for that holiday. Then you can be sure that you’re renting the right skis for you – and maybe even save some money too.

Terms and Conditions

On a ski holiday, circumstances can change quickly and you may wish to return or change your equipment. In these instances – they happen to all skiers, beginners and pros – the small print of your rental contract is very important. Does it allow you to swap out equipment straight away? Are there exorbitant prices for breaking or losing things? All should be discovered before signing for anything, and if you are not sure don’t be scared to ask. Remember, the customer is king!

Get Your Family Covered

As well as taking care to get the right ski rental, it is also worth making sure your family has comprehensive winter sports insurance. At InsureMore we understand that holidays are expensive and having great protection for your family against accidents shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. After all, you will need them for the skiing! We offer great low-cost family winter sports insurance that will keep everyone protected and give you piece of mind while the kids are shooting down the mountainsides.

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Giant tortoises are one of the best known animals in the Galapagos Islands. And, for nature lovers who choose wildlife holidays in the Galapagos, this is one of the most sought-after encounters. Like many other animals, however, despite its iconic status as the world’s largest tortoise, it faces the challenge of survival, and is now extinct or nearly extinct on several islands in the archipelago.
Of the 14 native populations, only eleven are left – with many of them considered to be highly threatened. The GTRI (The Giant Tortoise Recovery Initiative) is a conservation project  aimed at changing the flow and restoring its population across the island. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

GTRI work

Established in 2014, GTRI has worked closely with the Directorate of National Parks to achieve a number of objectives. The long-term goals of the initiative include:

• Restoring population to historical summits throughout the archipelago. This includes breeding programs to recover the islands where endemic subspecies have become extinct. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

• Rejuvenate and restore the required habitat.

• Survey of current population to inform future conservation research and efforts.

• Use genetic advances to improve future conservation programs.

Why Do They Need Help?

In an environment where it has no natural predators for millions of years, the Giant Turtles become the animals most affected by human arrivals on the islands. For years, they were used as a food source by settlers and maritime tourists, who managed to find out that they were able to survive for long at sea. They transport them aboard in holding the ship, and then kill them as needed.

In addition to being a source of food, the population is devastated by the introduction of animals such as dogs, goats, cows and pigs. Dogs and pigs loot eggs and hatchlings, while cattle and goats compete with the turtle’s own food source.

Although it is illegal to catch them today, and introduce animals gradually controlled or removed, in some cases too late. But generating an extinct subspecies, such as endemic disease on the island of Floreana, becomes a reality in itself by GTRI’s deductive work.

Progress Created

Species from Floreana Island have been deemed extinct since 1850. But thanks to advances in DNA testing, scientists were able to determine their genetic traces in 2008. They then tested the hybrid population on Wolf Isabela volcano island that has different DNA, and found that it fits well the extinct Floreana species. How this cross-crossing takes place is a mystery, although the most likely explanation is through human intervention, perhaps by dismantling them among the different islands.

A group of 30 have been transferred to a research center in Santa Cruz, where scientists can analyze their DNA even further. It was found that two were classified F1, meaning that they were descended from two elderly races. Through a breeding program, GTRI now intends to refill Floreana Island with the offspring of these animals – effectively bringing the species back from the dead.

Visit the Past and Future on Holidays in the Galapagos

Thanks to GTRI, past species are now closely related to their future, and it is highly likely that populations can be restored to their natural habitat. Visitors to wildlife vacations in the Galapagos can visit the Tortoise Center in Santa Cruz to see the resurrection of Tortoise Giant Floreana in (albeit very slowly). Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

The Evolution of Cormoran Without Flight

The Evolution of Cormoran Without Flight

The animals of the Galapagos Islands are famous for some of the most unique in the world. With a high number of endemic species, wildlife vacations in the Galapagos offer nature lovers a glimpse of true evolutionary microcosms. Many species have adapted to this unique and remote environment by developing characteristics that enable them to survive in harsh and diverse conditions. Of all the species, though, few adapt to unusual ways like non-flying birds. The Evolution of Cormoran Without Flight
Flight cormoran

On his exploration of the archipelago, the naturalist Charles Darwin was fascinated by the discovery of a cormorant with wings so that it was not proportional to its size so it could not fly. At that time, Darwin was formulating his amazing theory of evolution and natural selection, and he believed that environmental change could result in the loss of birds’ ability to fly. In modern studies of bird DNA, scientists have discovered that, more than two million years ago, it also underwent genetic changes, resulting in a small wing that made it impossible to fly. The Evolution of Cormoran Without Flight

Story Two Halves

While Darwin observes that many evolutionary changes occur in the archipelago that can contribute to the process of natural selection of the species, scientists have gone a long way to deciphering changes in birds at the molecular level. The Evolution of Cormoran Without Flight

Characterized by its short, thin wings, this is the largest of all world cormorants, and the only one of 40 species that can not fly. However, this is a very strong swimmer, and capable of diving for fish. From his observation of this characteristic, Darwin hypothesized that, with the loss of flight, the bird had developed another skill that enabled it to survive – a process now known as positive selection.

Another possibility is that birds lose their ability to fly just because they have no predators to escape, and they do not need to migrate to breed. It is also possible that the change occurred as a result of a combination of these two reasons.

Through a project in which relationships are found between genetic changes in bird DNA and changes in the structure of certain proteins in the body, scientists identify the existence of a gene called CUX1. The gene structure in the cormoran from the archipelago is different from other species capable of flying, so scientists can conclude that its existence alters the function of certain proteins, which affect the size of the wings. They also found that bird DNA showed high mutations affecting the cilia, which play an important role in the development of skeletal and bone growth. The Evolution of Cormoran Without Flight

Research into whether genetic mutations of the non-operable cormorants shared by other non-flying birds is under way, but the same type of genetic change has been found to cause problems in the development of the human skeleton. Findings from the work of researchers with birds have the potential to lead to new treatments for serious bone disorders in humans.

Discover the unique Cormorent Flightless Cormorant on Holidays in the Galapagos

For those visiting the wildlife resort of Galapagos, more than 1,000 pairs of birds can be seen on the islands of Isabela and Fernandina. They can be observed diving for food around the ocean, using their muscular feet to push them down into the water. A growing (and increasing) population is a reminder that, as always, the Universe is full of surprises.

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

Usually, the word “dry season” conjures up arid vision, inadequate. But for the outlying islands of the Galapagos Islands, the dry season is nothing boring.
Unlike some other destinations around the world, the dry moon is actually an ideal time for nature lovers to start a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. It does not experience a typical tropical climate, and between July and December is actually a time of great activity, migration and breeding. Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

What Happens During The Dry Moon?

The archipelago has two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The season here is directly influenced by the cold Humboldt Current, which mixes with warm water from the equatorial currents and causes the rich nutrients (from Humboldt) to rise to the surface. During the dry period of six months, currents are driven toward the island by prevailing trade winds, which have a profound effect on local ecology.

Animal Sea Abundance

With an abundant supply of food, marine life is growing rapidly at this time. Along with the number of fish that can be seen in shallow waters, the population of sharks, octopi, rays and crustaceans swells to a greater proportion. For sea turtles, this is the time of breeding in the prime and December marking the start of their nesting season. Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

High Height

The height of various volcanic islands means, even in the dry months, there is significant rainfall in some areas. On the plateau, the drizzle and mist of moist known as Garúa is a constant presence and, while under the conditions at the bottom is quite arid, fertile and tropical highlands. Therefore, large numbers of animals – like the Giant Turtles – migrate to higher ground for food. While this seasonal movement occurs on a smaller scale than Africa’s “big migration”, it is the same principle. To find very active wildlife, most trips to wildlife voyages in the Galapagos at this time of the year will include trips to several island plateaues.

Breeding time

Surprisingly, temperatures are lower during the dry months, and during this cold weather many species choose to breed. It is very common among bird species and, when their young are hatched, large numbers of small fish in the surrounding waters serve as a reliable source of food. Boobies, Frigate and Flightless Cormorants begin their marriage early in the dry season, and their numbers increase as the gliders begin to appear in the following months.

Other species that have a higher profile during this breeding period are the unique Lava lizards, migrant sharks, flamingoes, sea lions, penguins, whales and dolphins.

Dry Moon End

At the end of December, as the Humboldt Current slows and rises in temperature, there is a shift in wildlife activity that is clear as the second season of the archipelago – a wet approach. For those planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, no time in a year is a bad time, but the dry season can be a fun and enjoyable time to visit.

Live in the Dry Season in the Galapagos

 

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands wildlife is the most unique species in the world. At that time in the archipelago, off the coast of South America, the naturalist Charles Darwin based his research which later became his “Theory of Evolution”.
Currently the archipelago is a popular place for ecotourism, with wildlife cruises in the Galapagos often sitting at the top of the list of nature lovers desires. However, apart from – and, in some cases, because – the remote geographic position of the island, many species face a serious threat to their survival, and some are extinct. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

The ground birds in the archipelago are a declining group, the most prominent being the Finches Darwin (which are actually 15 separate species) – so named as their “light bulbs” in Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Saving the Land Bird

The Charles Darwin Research Institute (CDRI) in Santa Cruz, is a site that is in the travel plans of every wildlife voyage in the Galapagos. Their precious works are essential to the preservation of wildlife archipelago, and one of their many projects is focused on controlling the parasitic flies endangering Finches Darwin.

Philornis Downsi is an introduced species, whose larvae live and eat children from finch chicks, causing many to die in their nests. Ectoparasites are also believed to be responsible for the decline of other poultry species.

Philornis Project

Research conducted by CDRI begins with attempts to enlarge the Philornis larvae downsi in the laboratory, without the help of a poultry host. This difficult task is achieved for the first time by a dedicated undergraduate thesis student, although increasing the number of flies in large quantities required for research purposes continues to cause problems.

Researchers from the CDRI went to Panama to observe the work of the Missile Defensive Maintenance Program, where millions of “sterile” flies were produced regularly to help the project to eradicate invasive caterpillars. The researchers can transfer what they get from this very successful project and apply it to very positive results.

Although CDRI flies are bred in greater numbers because of the team’s achievements to improve some of Panama’s project techniques, making flies into regular marriage still proves a challenge. However, there is a large and dedicated team working on this project, and they are confident they will reach a solution.

Learning more about fly biology is essential for the next step in the program to develop successful methods for controlling the numbers. Once a regular breeding program is conducted, research on flies management effectively will provide a major step forward in the conservation of the domestic birds.

Small Project Makes a Big Difference

For anyone planning a wildlife voyage in the Galapagos, understanding CDR’s vital work will offer greater insight into this incredible world and the challenges it faces. The ongoing Philornis project is just one example of how seemingly small conservation projects have the potential to make a big difference to the archipelagic ecology.

Keeps the pennywort from the Galapagos Islands

Supporting Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

Supporting Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

As one of the most unique places on the planet, the Galapagos Islands attract thousands of nature lovers each year, who come to explore the diverse landscape and experience wildlife encounters. Anyone who embarked on the Galapagos wildlife voyage, or indeed seen in any capacity, has a responsibility to help maintain its gentler ecological system.
Traveling with Responsible Operators Supporting Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

Supporting sustainable tourism in the archipelago begins by choosing a reputable carrier for travel. It is important to check the background and operator’s “green credentials” to ensure that their Galapagos wildlife travel voyage promotes responsible practice.

Follow the National Park Rules

The archipelago is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, and the National Park Directorate has set 14 rules that everyone who visits the Galapagos wildlife shipping area is asked to respect.

The rules include provisions such as traveling only with authorized operators and guides, and reminding visitors that the law actually protects the local wildlife. However, outside of legality, it is up to individual individuals to follow up and understand that their choices and actions while in the archipelago have far-reaching effects. Supporting Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

Food, herbs and animals: This is very important for the balance of eco systems where no foreign food, plants or animals are brought into the area. Visitors must commit to fully cooperate with quarantine officers during any inspection or inquiry of any information.

Souvenirs: Unfortunately, some unscrupulous sellers can try to sell souvenirs made of forbidden substances. These include items made of lava stone, animal parts, clamshells, black coral or real wood. Under no circumstances should this be purchased, as the practice is illegal. Visitors are obligated to report any incident if they are approached to purchase such items.

Leave No trace: This is one of the most basic sustainable travel rules, and this is even more important in this pure and isolated environment. This requires aspects such as throwing or recycling garbage and smoking or fire prohibition.

Wildlife: Garden governance encompasses not only the environment, but also the wildlife of the inhabitants. The rule states that humans should keep at least six feet of animals at any time, even if they approach it. Giving wildlife is strictly prohibited and flash photography is not allowed. (Photography and professional videography must be approved by the garden directorate.) While animals can be very brave and curious, it is important to keep in mind that the wildlife, and must remain wild.

Keeping the environment clean: Any marine tourism practices are not allowed (although diving and snorkeling are permitted in designated areas). Air activity is also prohibited in this region. Supporting Sustainable Tourism in the Galapagos Islands

Vision for the Future

Over the past decade, the conservation of the islands has been supported by various strategies to extend the protection of terrestrial and marine landscapes, including the ban on commercial fishing and the creation of Marine Reserves. In addition, the authorities have amended the law to prevent nonresident residents from spotlighting: it is now required that a person stay on the island for five years before being allowed to apply for residence and start a tour business. Another warning to set up a touring business is that “half of all the money gained by the local tourism industry must be reinvested into conservation initiatives.”

Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility

For anyone lucky enough to enjoy the journey of a lifetime in a wildlife cruise in the Galapagos, it’s important to understand and appreciate this amazing place: the most unique place on the planet and a virtual life lab that must be preserved at all costs

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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 brings unforgettable sightings of various species in one of the most spectacular areas on Earth.

School Trip Ideas for Fine Planning

School Trip Ideas for Fine Planning

Even for teachers with years of experience, the need to discover original and inspiring school travel ideas can spend a lot of time in an already busy schedule. The pressure to make travel plans that are educational and engaging is not easy and, when added to the task of putting all the details of the organization in place, can seem like a tremendous prospect.
For anyone accused of coming up with the idea of ​​a school trip and related challenges, here are some expert advice from The School Travel Company, one of the most respected providers of educational travel in the UK. Setting the Foundation The first step to finding a successful school trip idea is to set the desired age, group size, budget and learning outcomes (is it for fun or is it true for learning?). The premise of the visit first needs to be approved by the Principal, and it is also helpful to consult with colleagues in order to gain a different perspective on a vision. Be prepared to plan and plan to prepare School Trip Ideas for Fine Planning

Each learning institution has strict guidelines to ensure that each visit is useful, secure and in accordance with administrative and curriculum guidelines. All necessary forms and approvals must exist, and it is a wise idea to examine all aspects of the procedure with a trusted partner.

Written consent must be obtained from the parents or guardians of each student, and experts also advise to outline the goals and outcomes of the tour education at the same time. A good way to make sure all the steps are done in a methodical way is to create a folder for each student, with parental permission, dietary requirements, medical information and even behavioral aspects that may be useful to remember.

Creating packaged lists and travel plans that can be shared with colleagues, participants and parents or guardians will save time, rather than being trapped in individual correspondence slushes. Although initially takes a long time, it saves time and confusion in the long run. School Trip Ideas for Fine Planning

Preparing Young Minds for Experience

As well as taking care of logistical details, students should be well prepared and given every opportunity to get the most out of the experience. This involves their introduction to an upcoming educational event within the classroom limits first. Establishing relationships with subjects and goals not only serves to annoy their interests, but also creates a sense of community and joy. School Trip Ideas for Fine Planning

Engaging young hearts and minds can be achieved in a variety of ways, including watching movies and documentaries, downloading fund plans or lessons from the Internet, inviting past participants to talk, discussing travel plans with a focus on the ‘fun’ part if the way out has the most academic focus , and may establish competition in place regarding certain places or landmarks. List of experts

Finally, a tried and proven way to reduce the pressure of organizing a school-based trek is to request the services of a dedicated school tour operator. A reputable company can provide a variety of school trip ideas and work to create a bespoke travel schedule to suit different learning goals. They will also take care of better details to ensure the tour is a logistical success.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in English study tours for school and youth groups, as well as travel to destinations in 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. School Trip Ideas for Fine Planning

3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

For teachers looking for school trip destinations that offer broad educational prospects but are also easily accessible, there is no need to look beyond our own threshold. England studying a tour to one of the fascinating and historically important sites throughout the UK provides many opportunities. Young minds are able to explore the history of layers and find the people, places and communities that have shaped our culture for thousands of years.
Study tours in the UK may include places of education suitable for students of all ages and can be tailored to particular curriculum learning. Primary school students can in particular benefit from visiting three historic destinations which, in some cases, may be only short train trips from the class. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

The Tudor Heritage of Stratford

England studying a tour to Stratford-upon-Avon enables students at any level of insightful curriculum about the lives and lives of playwrights whose influence still permeates the structure of our society. Exploring the history of Tudor about the birth of William Shakespeare not only brings his work into a sharper context, but also allows young learners to make a deeper connection with the man himself. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

The Royal Shakespeare Theater behind-the-scenes tour gives students a foundation in Bard’s contemporary and historical production of the artwork. Workshops are available for school groups of all ages and can be tailored to the specific learning objectives of the Main Stages 1 and 2, beginning with a first look at Shakespeare’s life.

Bristol Industrial Heritage

The city of Bristol played an important role in the British Industrial Revolution as a test site for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the most influential engineers of the time. A visit to SS Great Britain makes a valuable inclusion in a UK study tour for elementary school students. School groups can visit docks and dry boats, located at the Great Western Dockyard, take part in workshops that reveal Brunel’s engineering achievements, and learn the history of UK trade and travel. The workshops can be tailored to the 1st or 2nd Stage, which includes an interactive boat building experience for the younger ones, and explores the story of former passengers and life in Victorian sea voyages for older children. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

Viking History in York

Although founded by the Romans, these were the Vikings who brought York to its peak as a vital trade center for Northern Europe. The Jorvik Viking Center is one of the most comprehensive learning facilities in the country, bringing Viking back into the future in a very interesting way.

The center stands in a very original location of the original Viking town, known as Jorvik. Archaeological remains of a tenth-century settlement provide an authentic atmosphere, as students attend workshops that investigate the culture of the Vikings. The workshops cover aspects of traditional combat and medicinal tactics, to poetry, mythology and costumes, which provide a comprehensive picture of Jorvik’s past.

The beauty of Britain’s storied heritage is so many pages of great written history in the landscape; cities and towns that are still part of contemporary life. Visiting the site where such an important event takes place will bring a life study textbook with context and clarity.

John Gardiner is Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specializing in English study tours for school and youth groups, as well as travel to destinations in 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. 3 Historic Destinations for English Learning Tour Close to Home

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