Devonshire

Maayan’s trip to Devonshire

Maayan just went with her class to England and it was very nice. They went to visit the area of Devonshire, more precisely Devon, Agatha Christie’s home town. Devon is located in the south-west of England.

On Monday 11th (she was already excited all day long and her family came to school to wave her good-bye !), after a normal day of study, the class travelled  on a double decker car to Calais and then took the Eurotunnel to cross the channel. The car went on the train, but she didn’t see any details, because it was pretty late and she was snoozing.

Tuesday, 12th May 2015:

When they arrived early in Devon they first went into a pub to have breakfast. Incredible! It was a typical English breakfast, her first one! For her, it wasn’t really a breakfast, it was more some sort of a lunch ! There was so much to eat: fried bacon, scrambled eggs, white beans in tomato sauce and crunchy toasts with butter. Delicious! She thinks she ate too much.

Then they went on Agatha Christie’s track in Torquay. Agatha Christie lived here before. Torquay is a very nice town open in front of the sea … and with the sun the sea was shiny and sparkling ! They were very lucky with the weather, apart of one day, they had great weather: not too cold and not to hot, just sunny !! Their guide’s name was Calvin, a very nice and sympathetic young man. He was with them all the time to explain everything and to tell them stories about the city. She remembers his favourite French word: it was « Pomme de terre ». He explained to them why Agatha Christie lived here, who were her different husbands, what was her passion … and so on. At lunch time, they went to another pub to have a gorgeous menu : it was fried fish with crispy potatoes ships. It was just delicious ! After lunch time their teachers gave them a little bit of time to shop. Nothing has impressed her personally. It sounds maybe weird for a young girl, but she doesn’t like shopping at all. Finally in the evening they met their host families. Hers was very sympathetic and kind. They have three children, but two of them don’t live with them anymore, they’re big. And the family had also a very cute dog. His name was Pukka, it’s a white energetic terrier. Romane, her friend was in the same family.

Wednesday, 13thMay 2015 :

In the morning they all met and played a big giant « Cluedo ». The title was « Find the murderer ». It was very interesting and also funny, because they had to move to different places to find clues. Each time they found a clue they had to delete some suspects. At the end her and her team knew who the murderer was, but they deleted the wrong person. What a stupid thing to do !!! But it doesn’t matter, because the price was a girly pencil. And Miss Maayan doesn’t like girly pencils. They played this game in Totness.

After midday, they went to visit a natural historical museum with a lot of stuffed animals.

In the evening Romane and her interviewed their host family with some questions like: where do you live ? what is your job ? what is your hobby ? … and so on.

Thursday, 14thMay 2015

In the morning they had two hours of classes.

It was very different from their French classes because they spoke about life and murderers. It was very cool. Calvin was their teacher. He explained to them that the Royal Family doesn’t go to work. That really shocked Maayan, because she thought it was the contrary!

After midday some of them played Cricket*. Others went to visit the city. To play Cricket, there were two teachers, two grounds and four teams: the Tigers, the Panthers, the Dragons and the Eagles. Her team called the Panthers and they won the second place!! That means in other words if you can play cricket you can play baseball !!! She really enjoyed this game, because she could hit the ball!! She was impressed of herself! After that they got time again to shop and shop and shop. What a boring thing to do!

Friday, 15thMay 2015:

This day was her favourite day in Devonshire, because they have visited the biggest Park she has ever seen before: the Dartmoor National Park. But they were unlucky, because the rain started so they couldn’t stay a long time. What a shame and what a pity, because the Dartmoor National Park is a very, very BIG and there are so many things to see and to discover. There are savage animals like horses, snakes, rabbits and foxes, but they just saw some horses. Calvin has explained to them that every year there was a deadly sport going on here. What he meant by deadly sport is that this sport Maayan wouldn’t be able to do so : oh my gosh : walking and climbing non-stop ! Lucky her, they didn’t have to do this. There are three ways: the Bronze way (easiest), the Argent way (more difficult than the Bronze way) and the Golden way (the most difficult one … you have to survive 90 km non- stop walking and climbing).

After midday, they went to taste a celebrity dish in all England: the famous Cream-Tea**. It was for heating them up after the rain, because they were very cold. This was in Plymouth.

Saturday, 16th May 2015

In the morning they visited one of the most popular ship (next to the Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria of C.C): the HMS Victory with Nelson. This ship is very popular because of his victory in the Trafalgar’s war. You can see that the outside is very big but what astonishes you is that the inside is very small. When they visited this ship, it wasn’t on water. When you go inside the ship, you can imagine the horrible life on board because of the smell.

After this, they visited the most beautiful tower Maayan ever have seen before: the Spinnaker Tower of Portsmouth. When they were on the top of the tower they could see the amazing panorama of the sea and the town. It was very HUUGGE !!!!!! Amazing !!!!!!! And it was so clear and sunny and because of the sun, the sea was shiny ansd sparkling again. Oh My Gosh!!!!

At the end of their journey they took the ferry back to Calais. Nobody slept well even her. But when they woke up and looked through the windows, the sea was very beautiful with the sun.

Sunday, 17thMay 2015

After a whole night of crossing the channel on a ferry and driving on our double decker car through north of France, they arrived absolutely on time back in front of the school, where her beloved parents were waiting for her. Oh, she’s not tired anymore! She has so many things to tell them!

Cricket*:

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. The game is played by 120 million players in many countries, making it the world’s second MOST POPULAR sport. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.

The bowler delivers the ball to the batsman who attempts to hit the ball with his bat away from the fielders so he can run to the other end of the pitch and score a run. Each batsman CONTINUES batting until he is out. The batting team CONTINUES batting until ten batsmen are out, or a specified number of owners of six balls have been bowled, at which point the teams switch roles and the fielding team comes in to bat.

Cream-Tea** :

cream tea (also known as a Devonshire teaDevon cream tea or Cornish cream tea) is a form of afternoon tea light meal, consisting of tea TAKEN with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. Traditionally a speciality of Devon and Cornwall, cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as in other parts of England, and elsewhere in the Commonwealth.

The name « Devonshire tea » comes from the county of Devon in England. The exact origin of « cream tea » is disputed, although there is evidence to suggest that the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam already existed at Tavistock Abbey in Devon in the 11th century. In Cornwall, the cream tea was traditionally served with a « Cornish split », a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, rather than a scone. It is now rare to find this available commercially, except in Cornwall; splits are still used by many Cornish families in their own homes. The warm roll (or scone) is first buttered, then SPREAD with strawberry jam, and finally topped with a spoonful of clotted cream. Scones are rarely buttered in commercially available teas.

Text above is from « Maayan’s Diary » …

Hope you enjoy a little bit the story … not everybody is born a writer 😉 😉 😉 … . Good night and sweet dreams to you, my wonderful family and friends. לילה טוב לכם! And don’t forget to stay in touch with …

your wonderful family 🙂 !

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