After a COVID break we will get back into action at our usual venue on Tuesday 5th October at 2 pm. The presenter will be Brian Greed. Keep well.
Our September gathering will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 7th September (COVID providing) when Brian Greed's DVDs of his trips to Europe and Britain will be shown.
Our August get-together was very well attended. Neville Gibb gave an outstanding viewing and account of a trip to India. Rather than showing landscapes and buildings Neville concentrated on the lifestyles and culture of Indian citizens from among the lower classes. A real eye-opener Neville! Much appreciated by all.
Members of the group convened on Tuesday 6th July and Bill Paris gave a detailed talk of his travels to Taiwan and South Korea in 2014. An abundance of rain and an abundance of culinary delights. Thanks Bill, your talk was much appreciated.
'Travels in Taiwan'
"The large Buddhist complex run by Buddhist monks takes up many acres and has libraries, theatres, kitchens, etc, It was amazing".
A map of Taiwan is included below, along with Jane's notes on the Taiwan trip, which can be downloaded as a pdf file here.
'Travels in South Korea'
A map of Korea is included below, along with Jane's notes on the Korea trip, which can be downloaded as a pdf file.
The next gathering will be on Tuesday 3rd August when Neville Gibb will give an account of a trip to India. I am still looking for volunteers for future talks. If you can help, please contact me on 57 62 1559.
Thank you to Kieran Smith for his absorbing presentation on his 1970s trip from London to Kathmandu. Very well received Kieran!
Due to the Covid 19 issue, there will be no meeting or presentation this month. Next months presentation has not yet been finalised. I have a couple in reserve but am always looking for more. Can you help?
Keep well in lockdown.
April, Wendy's rail travel in America, Europe and Australia... coming up in May, Kieran Smith 'From London to Katmandu'
In our April session Wendy Sturgess gave us a very interesting summation of her rail travel in America, Europe and Australia. Wendy has travelled extensively and we thank her for allowing us to share in her experiences.
At our next session on Tuesday 4th May at 2 p.m. we welcome Kieren Smith who will provide us with stories and slides on his 1970’s one hundred day trip from London to Katmandu.
Armchair Traveller was held on Tuesday 6 April when 'Ted' gave a presentation on some train trips he had done in the USA and Australia ( plus Italy!).
Wendy Sturgess...and Ted!
Welcome back! Coming up in early April - train travel in Europe, America & historic train trips in Australia with Wendy Sturgess
The first session was held on Tuesday 2nd March at 2pm in the U3A Meeting Room in the Seniors Building. Brian Greed showed videos on some of his past overseas travels. A big welcome was extended to all, especially the new members.
Looking ahead to early April, in a session titled 'Travels with Ted', Wendy Sturgess will be presenting on her train trips around America and Europe and on some of the historic train trips she has taken in Australia. Wendy will also be bringing along photo books she has developed recording her trips using the 'Find Penguins' travel blog program.
An opportunity to share your traveller tales with others and to hear theirs, however inspiring or hair-raising. The first session of Armchair Traveller for 2021 will be held on Tuesday 2 March from 2 to 4 pm in the U3A meeting room.
If you would like to present a session on a particularly memorable trip for which you have photos and other resources to share (perhaps even using a video or power point presentation), please contact Ray on 5762 1559.
The continuance of this group is dependent on contributions by members. I realise that due to Covid there will have been no recent travelling but just the same we are looking for contributions which are always of interest, and the travel may have been taken some years ago.
I, personally, have no recent travels of interest and would appreciate the co-operation of attendees.
Furthermore, I have no talent with technology and it is an absolute must that I receive assistance with the presentation of Videos etc.
I trust that next year will be a more fulfilling year and wish you all the very best.
David Palmer entertained us in March with details of a walk on the Camino Way in Spain accompanied by his son Ollie. They commenced their trek at San Sebastian, walking 250 kilometres to Santander. There were many chapels on the way in which to reflect on the walks of the Apostles. A great father/son bonding experience.
'Walking the Camino - backpacks and blisters do matter', written by David for Writing Workshop's theme 'Travellers' Tales' a year or so ago, may also be of interest!
Last month Neville Gibb gave an interesting talk on his father’s experience as a prisoner of war in Changhi during World War 2.
On March 3rd David Palmer will be our guest to speak on Walking the Camino Trek in Spain and on April 7th we will hear from Wendy Sturgess of her train travels in Europe.
A big thank you to these contributors.
I am always on the look-out for other presenters and will certainly appreciate volunteers.
I’m pleased to note that there are 18 registrants for the coming 2020 year.
The February session will be held on Tuesday 4th at 2 pm. Our host will be Neville Gibb who will speak on one of his many overseas tours.
The March session is reserved for David Palmer whose topic is Walking the Camino trail in Spain. Following that I will be looking for contributors from our group and would appreciate anybody who can help out. Best wishes for a satisfying year.
A selection of the beautiful photographs which accompanied Margaret's presentation on Norway in early December.
Due to our session date falling on Melbourne Cup Day there is nothing to report for November. Tuesday December 3rd will be our last meeting for the year and will be hosted by Margaret Jenkins who will give a presentation on a trip to Norway.
I take this opportunity to thank all members for their continued attendance and their presentations in 2019 and advise that I will be seeking further contributions for 2020. Please give the idea some consideration.
Best wishes to all for the festive season.
Photographs: Bill Parris
Thanks to Bill Paris for his excellent talk on his recent trip to Rumania, Bucharest, etc at our October meeting.
We are having a break in November for Cup Day but will be back with Margaret Jenkins in December. Margaret will be showing slides of her trip to Norway.
Our guest speaker for September was Brian Greed who showed a video of his travels in Europe and Britain. Thanks to Brian for coming in at short notice.
On October 1st we will be entertained by Bill Parris. November is a “no go” because our date falls on Melbourne Cup day, and December 3rd we will welcome Margaret Jenkins, with a viewing on Norway.
Our August session was conducted by John Ellis who graciously shared with us his good fortune of having won a holiday to North America.
This comprised of scenes of San Francisco, New York, Statue of Liberty, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and Los Angeles. All very interesting!
August - John Ellis's Photo Gallery/Slide shows Wouldn't we love to win a holiday as John did! Thank you, John for providing the images for members to enjoy at their leisure.
1 - Disney Land Slide Show
2 - Los Angeles Slide Show
3 - San Francisco Slide Show
4- Las Vegas Slide Show
5 - New York Slide Show
6 - The Grand Canyon Slide Show
In September we will hear of and see Neville Gibbs travels of Singapore and Vietnam. In October we will hear again from Bill Parris.
In July we welcomed a new member from Wangaratta, Ian Maver, who has indicated that he is prepared to provide details of his travels at future sessions. Thanks Ian and welcome to our group.
Also at that meeting Brian Greed presented a DVD of his Kimberley seaside visitation and a trip to China. Enthralling.
August 6th will see John Ellis give a presentation of his recent trip to North America.
Neville Gibb gave a very fine and informative presentation on his travels to Berlin and Venice at the May gathering.
While the first semester this year included only 2 meetings it was resolved and approved by the general committee, that we hold monthly meetings during the 2nd semester. The first meeting will be on 2nd July with Bill Paris as guest speaker.
I am still looking for volunteers to address the later meetings.
Photographs: Andrea Stevenson
16 members attended the March group meeting to hear Andrea Stevenson and Brian Vial give an interesting and informative account of their visits to Papua New Guinea. Thank you Andrea and Brian!
The next meeting on 7th May will hear Neville Gibb give a talk on Germany and/or Venice.
I have Bill Paris on standby for a talk in the second semester but volunteers are always welcome. Please contact me if you are interested.
Armchair Travelling will have two sessions this Semester; Tuesday 5th March and Tuesday 7th May.
The March session will be addressed by Brian Vial and Andrea Stevenson on the topic of the Papua New Guinea travels. This will be the first occasion we have touched on the subject of New Guinea and should be of immense interest.
I am looking for a topic for the May session and will be grateful if anybody can assist.
Armchair Traveller in November provided an extraordinarily interesting presentation by Wendy Sturgess on her recent trip to South America, Argentina, the Falkland Islands and Antartica, with the penguins and seals being the main attraction.
Ray O'Shannessy followed up with a DVD of mountains and fjords of Norway.
Although numbers were few a keen interest was shown in continuing the course next year.
Tentatively we look forward to sessions in the afternoon of the first Tuesday on the months of March and May in the first semester.
Wende has had a busy year travelling but is returning to Benalla just in time to present to us at 10 am on Tuesday 20 November. All welcome!
With members beginning to return from their travels we are looking forward to hearing their tales at the Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 20 November of Armchair Traveller. If you would like to present, please contact Ray O’Shannessy on 5762 1559. All welcome.
We met as planned on May 15, and saw video of the finish of one of Gwen and Rup’s inland 4WD safari across the “Gunbarrel Highway” and part of the Canning Stock route in West Australia. We also marvelled at what occurs when it rains in the usual desert landscape.
We then had a glimpse of the opposite landscape when Marg showed us some of grandeur of Antarctica from the air from aboard a Qantas Jet.
We next meet as scheduled on Tuesday July 17.
With a number away on winter holidays, the program has yet to be finalised – any volunteers?
About Armchair Traveller
An opportunity to share your traveller's tales with others and to hear theirs, however inspiring or hair-raising.
U3A Meeting Room.
First Tuesday 2 to 4 pm
Convenor and contact details
Images in banner slide show - Three eras of trains (Wendy Sturgess); U3A Merton, UK website.