John Stares is now the leader of the Travel Group, having taken over from Jill Davis. Jill will be a hard act to follow, but I will do my best to help members to enjoy short or longer trips and holidays in the coming year.
The first trip of 2018 will be a visit by coach to the Dutch tulip showcase at Keukenhof in late April early May. Full details have already been circulated to all members, and if anyone is interested please get in touch with John Stares as soon as possible by clicking on the Bird
You don’t have to be a member of the Travel Group to join us – any holiday we organise is open to any member of our U3A Branch.
Report on our Copenhagen trip
On the 26th of September seven of us from the travel group, six ladies and one very brave man “yes that’s you Paul” went to Copenhagen for four days.
The very nice driver picked us up at 4am and after spending ten minutes parked on Barbara Brown’s drive (she was down for the Dublin trip not Copenhagen - sorry Barbara) off we went to the airport.
Flights were good, the driver taking us to the hotel was very helpful, telling us what we should see while there.
It is very easy to sightsee as you can just get on the tour busses and boats, they take you to all the sights and you can just get on and off where you want. They run every 10-20 minutes. We saw a lot while there including the Little Mermaid who has had her head stolen three times, as Paul said “she is a bit like Trigger’s broom (Only Fools and Horses).
Weather was very good and we spent one afternoon in an ice bar, very nice drinks, and then learning from Sandra and Paul how to play Petanque.
The hotel and food were good and the staff very helpful. We found all the people we spoke to so friendly.
The only disappointment was the Tivoli Gardens were closed due to being decorated for Halloween, but that is just the excuse I need to have to go back again.
I hope everyone else enjoyed it, it was so nice to make new friends. Penny Andrew
Memories of a delightful dip into Dublin - 9th - 12th October 2017.
Nine of us set off on a pleasant morning for our flight to Dublin from Stansted courtesy of Ryanair.
Having survived the security queues, flight, customs, etc. we arrived at Hardings Hotel in the centre
of Dublin with the beautiful Autumn sun shining down on us.
Several of us decided to eat in the hotel on the first night, then the next morning after breakfast we
all headed for the Hop ON Hop Off bus to orientate ourselves with the City geography. We had a
charming Irish Driver giving the commentary and our first stop off was St. Stephens Green and the
Little Museum of Dublin. This was extremely interesting giving a good outline of the City’s history.
After that we split into various groups with several of us heading for Trinity College and the Book
That evening we each had various ideas for eating so went our separate ways. Four of us went to a
very good vegetarian restaurant. We tended to meet around breakfast time to see what our
companions were planning. I think all places were explored from the Castle, the Cathedral, the
Gaol, the Cemetery. I don’t think anyone bothered to visit the Guinness Centre.
The last evening six of us went to a French restaurant that had been recommended to us and that was very good.
The décor was very baroque and the toilets had enormous gilded mirrors. Worth going for that alone.
Thursday arrived all too quickly, time for some more exploring in the morning before the taxi collected us at 2pm to commence the long trek home. Some of us went to Christchurch Cathedral for their morning service before we left. It was fitting as the Cathedral bells and clock had reminded us regularly that we were right next door. By the third night I had managed to tune out most of the hourly chiming.
Thank you to all my fellow travelers for being such pleasant fun companions and to Jill Davis who had organised this
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