|The English-Club in England 8 July – 13 July|
Day 1: The journey (Sunday)
We started at 2:30 am at the main station in Karlsruhe. After about 8 hours we arrived in Dunkerque, where we took the ferry at 2pm. The weather and the wind were fantastic. After having been on the ferry for 2 hours we were in England. Two more hours and then we arrived at the host families where we got dinner and went to bed.
Day 2: Walk on the Seven Sisters and Eastbourne (Monday)
The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters are located between Eastbourne and Seaford. They are named “The Seven Sisters” because they are seven hills, which go up and down and which are 300 metres high. There is a visitor centre where you can see things people found on the beach.
Many people kill themselves as they jump down the cliffs and some people also died because of the erosions. There are flowers, which remind of the people who died. It is also a good place for photographers because there is the sea and you can see the whole of Eastbourne.
And if you aren’t a good photographer you can roll down the hills J.
by Emir, Andrey and Joshua
Day 3: Arundel Castle and HMS Victory in Portsmouth (Tuesday)
Arundel Castle is a restored medieval castle in Arundel (West Sussex). The name “Arundel“ is a composition of the river “Arun“ and the Old English word for river (del). Arundel Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world and also the most incredible castle of England. It was founded by Roger de Montgomery in 1067. Roger became the first to hold the earldom of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally the castle was built as a mound castle on a moth and should protect the estuary against invaders. In the course of the centuries it was extended to a castle and was altered several times. Now it’s the seat of The Dukes of Norfolk. Most parts of the castle can be visited for little money. Only the private rooms aren’t allowed to visit.
MS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. It is the oldest ship and still in use. You can find it in Portsmouth, England with the HMS Warrior and the remains of the Mary Rose, a ship belonging to Henry VIII of England. Her most famous captains are Horatio Nelson, who died on the ship during the Battle of Trafalgar (in 1805), and Samuel Hood. After 1824 she served as a harbour ship. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth and preserved as a museum ship.
It has 6 decks, a length of 70m and a wide of 16m.
Day 4: London (Wednesday)
On Wednesday we visited London. On this day we had to wake up earlier than on other days. So my roommate (Isabel) and I were awake at half past five.
The clothes of the kings and queens were fantastic! You get jealous if you consider that someone wore something beautiful like this in former times.
After we visit the Tower of London, we took a boat to the direction of London Eye and Big Ben where we got out and walked to the Westminster Abbey. It is the traditional place of coronation and burial site. The abbey is a Royal Peculiar and briefly held the status of a cathedral from 1540 to 1550.
The next sight was Trafalgar Square. In the middle of the place is statue with Lord Nelson which is 51 m high.
The Tower of London:
The real name of the Tower of London is Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress and it is a historic castle next to the River Thames in the centre of London. The White Tower, which is the oldest part, was built by William the Conquerer in 1078. The Tower was used as a prison and lots of prisoners were tortured. The Crown Jewels are the most valuable things in the Tower. The oldest artifact is a spoon. Each king or queen got his own crown, so lots of crowns are in the Tower. But there are not only crowns in the Tower, but alo cloaks, spores and other things. The Tower is protected very well. The Beefeaters live next to the Tower.
The English-Club wants to thank the Förderverein very much for paying the costs for the Tower of London!!
The Tower Bridge:
The Tower Bridge was built from 1886 to 1894 and it is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames in London. It is close to the Tower of London and that is the reason why it is called The Tower Bridge. It has become an iconic symbol of London and everybody knows this bridge. Cars can drive on the bridge and if big ships want to pass, the Tower Bridge is opened.
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock in the Palace of Westminster in London. Its weight is 13,5 tons and the clock tower is the third-tallest-free standing clock tower. The tower was completed in 1858 and it has become the most prominent symbol of England.
Day 5: Brighton (Thursday)
In Brighton we saw two famous sights. The first sight was the Royal Pavilion and the second sight was the Brighton Pier. The Royal Pavilion was visited by the whole group and we had a guide through one half of the Pavilion. The Brighton Pier could be visited in our free time and it was visited by most people.
The Royal Pavilion was a “party house” which was built by King George IV and the architect John Nash. From the outside it has the style of an Indian Palace but from the inside it has a Chinese style. With this rare design it is the most exotic palace in Europe. In 1850 Queen Victoria sold the Pavilion to the population of Brighton for 53000 pounds. Since the Second World War Brighton works on a restoration of the building.
The Brighton Pier is an amusement Pier for the whole family. It is the biggest and the best-known pier of England. It has two casinos, many roller coasters and kiosks, where you can eat something like Fish and Chips or doughnuts. At first there were two piers but one burnt down. It wasn't removed because it would cost too much.
We really liked Brighton, we had much fun at the pier's attractions, the Pavilion was interesting.