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The Holiday for 2020 is to Northumbria. Please see the link on this page.
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Our holiday in September 2019 was to "Beautiful Lake Garda".
On September 27th thirty-nine members of our U3A went on the annual holiday. The journey went without delays and the arrival at our destination was just in time for dinner. The first day was spent touring round the lake and exploring some of the towns on the Lakeside.
Throughout the seven days many towns were explored. The first town was Vicenza which has Europe’s oldest surviving indoor theatre, the Teatro Olimpico, which was designed by Andrea Palladio. The backcloth was amazing and gave the impression of a large street in a town whereas in reality the stage acting area was about 12 feet deep.
The following day was one where the guests could choose where they wished to go around the lake. Many chose to take the cable car to the mountain top that gave splendid views and ample time to sit and chill over the excellent Italian coffee.
Day 5 took the travellers to Mantova, the journey there took us through many fields of vines which were producing the excellent wine enjoyed with our meals. The first view of the town came as we travelled across the road built across the lakes surrounding it. This medieval town had many hidden treasures. On this particular day Ian and I enjoyed a meal of pump-kin paste with a hint of amaretto. It was truly delicious and something that we have never even heard of before, washed down with a glass of the local white wine it was definitely our favourite meal. The visit to the Palazzo Te revealed some amazing frescos. The palace was built for the Gonzaga fam-ily in the 16th century.
Another free day saw people go off on their own adventures including bike riding along the lake side. We chose to revisit Limone and it was the first day we had any rain but this didn’t stop us taking the boat across the lake. On arrival in Limone the rain ceased. We had to have the compulsory cof-fee stop followed by a little light retail therapy and then lunch.
On the final day after booking out from our hotel we visited Verona. Some took the opportunity to visit the well-preserved arena and Juliet’s balcony.
Our journey home again went without a hitch and another super holiday had been enjoyed by all. For me, the best thing about the holiday was travelling with such a delightful group of people.
So onward and upwards, I’m getting the plans in place for a holiday in the UK next year, so look out for news of it in the new year.
Thank you to all my fellow travellers for making Lake Garda memorable.