01 October

Year 7 visit to European Bread Museum

The last Thursday in September was a very interesting day for the Year 7s as we went on a school trip to the European bread museum in Varnava. During this trip we were shown lots of impressive things. First of all, we had the chance to see how a traditional Greek house looked like. It mainly consisted of two parts, the ground floor, called ανώι and the basement, called κατώι. In the κατώι were kept all the supplies as well as the animals of each family. The ανώι had usually one main room, where the members of the family stayed when they were at home. In this room all the members of the family would sleep, the parents in a double bed and the children on the floor. Only a new born child would have its own separate little bed. This room also served as kitchen in the very poor houses.

We were also shown the different stages people had to go through to make their own flour in the past which was very different from today! They had to grow wheat in the field and when it was fully grown they cut it and ground it until it became flour. In the bread museum, they had lots of different types of bread that people from all over the world have donated. The oldest one is from 1910! Surprisingly, all these types of bread are still in perfect condition since they have been kneaded with lots of salt in them. These breads can be used for decoration and they won't smell or get mouldy. We were also given the chance to make our own bread creations and take them home to bake and keep them for the years to come. These breads are not edible though because of the amount of salt they contain but are perfect to decorate our rooms/houses.

Overall, we had a great time! The people at the museum were very kind to us because, while we were visiting, they were busy not only taking us around the museum and the gardens but also baking fresh bread and cheese bread for us to enjoy.
Last but not least we were told that the European Bread Museum is hosting something extra this year for anyone who would like to participate. Everyone is welcome to make bread representing their country (make sure to add a lot of salt so it can stay intact). You need also to add decorations, bake it and bring it to school. For more details, you may ask Mrs Rigopoulou.

We would like to thank the Greek Department as well as all the people from the Bread Museum for such a memorable day!

Christina Konstantakopoulou 

Vassia Papanikolaou 

Christina Zisi

Year 7

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