3d in Barnstaple

3d’s trip to England began early on Saturday morning, with everyone managing to get to school at four in the morning in time to hop on the coach to Schwechat. The long journey to Barnstaple was sweetened by a sight-seeing stop at Windsor Castle, a lovely place and highly recommended, even for those not planning on having a big wedding.
After a very long day the group finally arrived in Barnstaple, exhausted but still in high spirits.
These are some images of Sunday’s trip to Tintagel Castle (Cornwall). As you can see, the group will be returning with some knights among the ranks 😉. In Merlin’s cave everybody searched for a lucky white stone – some were successful. Others were “attacked” by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, but luckily the sun helped to dry the wet trousers quickly.
Today there were lessons from 08:45h to 12:30h. After the lunch break there was a guided tour with the local “news crier” (see video 😉) in which we learnt a lot about the history of Barnstaple. This was followed by a quiz – the kids had to answer questions about Barnstaple (walking around in pairs, asking locals for information, searching for buildings, etc.).

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Surf lessons in Woolacombe in the afternoon: wonderful beach, “killer seagulls” (- Jamie fought bravely but lost his sandwich…), cool surfing instructors and talented kids! 😃
Afternoon trip to Lynmouth and Lynton and the scenic Valley of the Rocks. Today’s highlight was the short but unique ride on the world’s steepest water powered cliff railway.
After being busy with afternoon trips exploring parts of North Devon, 3d spent the last two days of their “Great Days Out” in Barnstaple.
Thursday afternoon at the old skittle alley in a local pub was great fun. By the way – after a long and hard battle it was a group of girls that finally won the competition. 😉
On Friday the time had come to say goodbye to the lovely teachers, Julie and Neil. The class had made some small gifts for them in their crafts lessons and the teachers, as well as Angela and Roy, our local organisers, seemed to like them a lot.
The final activity on Friday evening was an “Air Extreme Disco Night”.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye now. We will keep Barnstaple and its lovely people in best memory.
Thanks again to Angela and Roy who made this trip an extraordinary one and last, but not least “thumbs up” to all the kids of 3d who showed their best behaviour at all times.
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