Valentine's Day Under The Sun! Why do Roses Have Thorns? Who Invented Chocolate? Why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa Leaning?


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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Today is a day people send cards, roses and chocolate to the ones they love.

So our first two questions are about those two lovely things!

Find out why roses have thorns to protect themselves, as well as what primrose means and what flowers to look out for right now in Europe - if that’s where you live - as signs of Spring!

Discover who invented chocolate long ago in Mexico! We talk about the cocoa beans chocolate is made of and how chocolate and hot chocolate got so famous!

Our third question is about the most romantic country in the world, Italy!

Nick Ross, founder of Art History Abroad - a wonderful company made up of brilliant, clever people who take families on trips to see art and eat delicious lunches in Italy and all over the world - is here to tell us all about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and why it is leaning.

Find out all about the soggy field the tower is built in, why it took 344 years to build it and why the Pisans kept building it even when it was wonky.

Thanks for listening!

I’ll be back next week answering more questions from children around the world in another episode of Everything Under The Sun.

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Thank you, have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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