When I was in year nine we were taken on a ‘historic’ school trip to Belgium.
I have no idea who thought that taking a huge bunch of 14 year olds overseas to look around world war two cemeteries was a good idea but I do know that our teachers found the experience so horrendous that it was never carried out again.
There was enough drama to fill a two hour movie.
Diaries were read, hearts were broken, chocolate was stolen, LOTS of tears were shed, BB guns were bought, huge bangers were hidden in tampon boxes to try and sneak back into the UK..
I have so many funny memories and because Mr C and I went to school together he was there too so we can still talk about it. One night a group of us walked into the town and bought some alcohol which we took down to the beach and drunk, I honestly have no idea what the teachers thought we were doing or why we were allowed out on our own but by the time we got back to the hotel we were all completely out of control running riot in the hotel.
(That’s me on the left, aged 14, check out the Buffalo’s!)
Obviously looking back now I wish I had made the most of this opportunity.
I find anything to do with world war two fascinating and when the kids are older I’m definitely planning to take them somewhere so that they can learn all about it. Maybe not when they’re 14 though
This infographic by Brittany Ferries has got so much useful information about places to go in Normandy to discover the history of D-Day and as they have a few crossings to Cherbourg it’s so easy to get to.
It’s actually made me really excited to go and do this sometime soon.
Did you go on any historic school trips when you were younger?
And did you make the most of them?!
Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the D-Day guide.
Post in association with Brittany Ferries.