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School visit - Fort Vechten
Thursday 22 November 2007

It had been quite bad weather for some time, but we were very lucky - the day we had planned for the school visit it turned out to be exceptionally good weather. Not bad for the end of November.
When I prepared to tower, the roads were still very damp and the morning mist was on the fields, the blue and the green together. This was to be the fourth and last occasion with my daughter's class, but the first outside of the school. Well, they had a nice day out, on their bicycles from the school to the fort, and were clearly enjoying their time away from the classroom.

Fort Vechten, southeast of Utrecht.

Detailed image of the area.

A bright morning, the fog still on the fields, stretches across the Limes. Waiting for the kids.
A bright morning, the fog still on the fields, stretches across the Limes.
Waiting for the kids.

The usual spot. Morning mist and early sunshine. A Late Roman casts a long shadow... The morning mist was on the fields, the blue and the green together The tower is taken! An awkward entrance.. Enjoying the day out.. Lecture about the tower.. .. the surroundings.. ..and the differences between then and now.

Getting 26 kids (between 10 and 11) plus 3 teachers up the tower proved easier than expected. Not the normal big steel stairs from the fort, but a smaller one borrowed from my father-in-law. The kids were up the tower in no time, and after they had ran around enough I could start a talk about the surroundings of the fort. Later, after everyone had managed to descend back to earth, we continued at the entrance of the orchard, next to the real Roman fort, Castellum Fectio. I think the kids had a good time when we finished an hour later, and so did I.


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