A Roman soldier in a Roman village

Yup! We went on a tour in Chester, of what once used to be a Roman village in this city.

DSC_0861 copy DSC_0863 copyThat’s the map of what the village used to be like.

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DSC_0866 copy DSC_0869 copyWe followed our Roman Soldier guide through this arch, into about 2,000 years ago.  DSC_0870 copy

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DSC_0872 copyRight to the “Heart of the Fortress”.  DSC_0875 copy DSC_0877 copyStill remnants and specimens from old time ago, behind these windows.

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DSC_0909 copyLook at these Roman standards.  Flags, banners, symbols of Roman honor and protected carefully.

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DSC_0880 copyRoman coins.  DSC_0882 copy

Right behind where we were standing, the Forum and Market.  As we are studying now, Ancient Rome, it makes it easier to understand what we saw.  I wonder if we would have understood more of our tour if we would have studied Ancient Rome before we went on our trip to England, and to see this city remains.  I bet we would have.  But it is actually because of this tour, the kids decided to study Ancient Rome now.  And it makes it fun to remember back to our guide and what we learned this day, making our studies now, a lot more fun, and much easier to have a picture in our heads, of what we are reading and studying about.  So I guess it goes both ways.   DSC_0885 copy DSC_0887 copy DSC_0895 copy DSC_0898 copy DSC_0899 copy DSC_0901 copy

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Oh my goodness.  So far, in these first 15 minutes I’ve been taken to 2,000 years ago and I can almost see it.  Standing in front of pieces from that culture (replicas and all, are great and the best way to understand, right?) I would peak to see Lucas and Siena’s faces.  They were captivated with all these stories.  I was too.

DSC_0904 copySeriously, you could see it in Siena’s face.  She, the one of us who fell in love with the Greeks when we studied Ancient Greece the most.

It was such a perfect way we did our studies last year.  We even went to the Greek Festival so we could try some of the foods and see a dance.  Then, the kids noticed we had one of the books with Greek Gods.  Yup!  That was the beginning of Percy Jackson, and we’ve fallen in love with the books and Percy Jackson himself.  And Poseidon of course, and Annabeth and Thalia and all the characters.  And there are quizzes of who’s so and so god or goddess and who is the father of who.  I know we studied it last year, but my brain for some reason didn’t retain all of the gods’ genealogy.  But I have two experts in the house.

DSC_0937 copySo when we started our Ancient Roman Village Tour, we knew he (Brian, our guide) would have to work really hard in making a good impression of the Romans to our twelve year old girl.

As we waited for everyone to arrive for the tour we chatted with him.  Our Ancient Roman Solider is from Chicago (I know… coincidence, all the way in Chester, England we meet.)  We laughed.  We told him about our Ancient Greece-loving birthday girl and what could we do to give the Romans a try.  So he told her “Can you give me this hour and half, to try to convince you about how cool the Ancient Romans were?”  Siena answers with a laugh and a big smile but still wondering, “Sure!”

DSC_0900 copyAnd so Brian began.

DSC_0911 copy DSC_0924 copyWith lots, lots of stories.  So much to share.  He know so much

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DSC_0944 copyBrian, our guide was amazing.  So knowledgable and also very easy to relate to what he was saying and be able to capture everyone’s attention.  From the youngest to the older ones we were there.  Even with the bright sudden sun shining  in our eyes, we were captivated by his stories.  So much fun.

More to come tomorrow.  It was that good.

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