2012 May Seminar Itinerary
HISTORIC LIFESTYLES 2012 TRAVEL PLANS
Are you fascinated by the communities and lifestyles of individuals and families in the past or present? We will provide an opportunity for analysis of lifestyles and explore the character of life, relationships and communities in England, France and Switzerland. We will especially focus on the impact of lifestyle on health, wellness and disease occurrence in each community we visit. We will start in England with a stop at Hampton Court, the home of Kings and Queens for over 400 years of English history. This venue provides many opportunities to study daily life, the lifestyle of women, health issues and the development of the Protestant religion. We will then travel to Stratford to examine country life in the 16th century including the origin of "taking pot luck" and the discovery of Vitamin C. We will continue the exploration of communities in the life of royalty with a visit to Warwick Castle, the Tower of London, Napoleon's Apartments, Versailles. We will explore the open air food markets in England and France for an opportunity to view the current daily life. We will discover why the French have a lower infant mortality and a longer life than the US. We can examine the health impact of the Mediterranean Diet, the European view of biotechnology and spend time with researchers at a large private nutrition research facility. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the elegance of gourmet food at the Cordon Blue Cooking School There will also be opportunity to visit famous cathedrals for insight into spiritual health by exploring Notre Dame, St Paul's and Sacre-Coeur.
Opportunities in England:
At Hampton Court we will discover the English lifestyle of the late 1400's including the costume and furnishings of the day as we tour the historic kitchens, gardens, tennis courts and chapel of Henry the VIII. The guides at the site wear costumes of the period and speak in the accent of the day. (Open 10-8)
When we visit the Shakespeare Properties we will analyze lifestyles from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and the discovery of fruits and vegetables as a cure for Scurvy. Spend the evening at the Shakespeare Theatre.
During our visit to Warwick Castle we can analyze lifestyles of the royalty. The costumes and furnishings of the 1700s are delightful but watch out for the dungeons! You can get a preview of what to expect by visiting the virtual tour of the castle.
While in London we may have time for a walking tour for those that are interested past Westminster Abbey. You may preview the experience with a virtual tour of Westminster Abbey.
Tour of the world famous Boroughs Market where the British shop for fresh produce (other markets available). Near the Boroughs Market is the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret where they enact Victorian Surgery.
We will explore the life of royalty with a visit to the Tower of London where we can view the crown jewels!
Experience religious lifestyles with church at St. Paul's Cathedral. You can preview our experience with a virtual tour of St. Paul's.
We will travel to the museum section on Exhibition Road where there is an option for everyone. The Science Museum provides a glimpse into the (history of medicine as well as housing the Welcome Medical Museum.)
We will enjoy High Tea at Kensington at the Orangery.
There will be an opportunity to visit the British Museum.
Continue on to the village of Bath to visit the Costume Museum and the Roman Baths Museum. Bath is an 18th century city, perhaps the best preserved in Britain. It has museums, elegant shops and is the remains of England's most fashionable spa. The hot springs have drawn people here since prehistoric times, and the Romans built a temple in honor of their goddess Minerva and a sophisticated series of baths to make full use of the curative waters. Springs gush to the earth at a constant temperature of 115o F.
We will enjoy an evening at the British Theatre.
Opportunities in France:
Visit the Rodin Museum, we may enjoy the opportunity to view “The Thinker” in the garden.
Spend the afternoon at Musee d'Orsay. Also on the left bank near the fashionable street rue de Sevres is Le Bon Marche the world’s first department store opened in 1848. It was designed by Eiffel. There are fashion displays and 5000 different foods in the Grand Epicerie (food hall). It is close to both Musee d’Orsay and the Rodin Museum.
Explore the life of Louis the XIV with a visit to Versailles.
Learn the life of Napoleon through your visit to the Louvre
Spend the evening discovering the mysteries of French cuisine with a demonstration at cordon Bleu cooking school.
Wander the Montemartre area and Sacre Coeur where painters are still visible.
Continue exploration of religious lifestyles and spiritual health with a visit to both Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle. Our last evening in Paris we will enjoy French cuisine with an authentic French dinner.
Opportunities in Switzerland:
Visit the Food Museum in Vevey
Visit international health organizations in Geneva to meet with dietitians on food habits and health practices of the Swiss
Hike in the Swiss mountains.
Return to Moorhead with memories that will last a lifetime.