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?
March report - a 4WD journey in Central Australia with Rupe & Gwen, then a walking tour with Jan in the south of England
Armchair travellers met for the first time in 2018 on March 20. After a planning session looking at possibilities for the remaining 4 sessions for 2018, Rupe and Gwen Cheetham showed us video of the first part of their 4WD journey through the centre of Australia but we did not quite make it far past Uluru to the Gunbarrel Highway section in Western Australia. We hope to resume that trip at our next session on May 15. Jan Andrews then completed her group walking tour through some of the lovely country tracks in the south of England, much of it in Dartmouth.
Next May we also plan to revisit Antarctica with Marg Law, and Jan will again take us walking, this time in New Zealand.
We resume our travels at 10.00am on Tuesday March 20 at the U3A room. Jan will complete her group travel in rural UK. We hope also to do some bush-bashing in outback Australia with Rupe and Gwen.
With 8 new members and 12 continuing from last year we hope for a lively year. However we desperately need more volunteers to tell us about their travels.
If you do not have slide shows, DVD, or PowerPoint presentations to support your story don’t be put off. Just contact me on 0418 576 155 and I will help by working out some visual support
Two sessions of Armchair Traveller have been scheduled for March and May in Semester 1. With U3A Benalla's new Travel Club active during 2018, there will be even more opportunities for the sharing of travel tales!
Our next Armchair Traveller is on Tuesday November 21 at 10:00 am.
Judy Perry entertained us with 90 minutes of DVDs of her recent cruise on the Sun Princess to the islands of Papua New Guinea. There was much entertaining by the village people dancing and singing, and many markets where crafts and food was sold. The woodwork products were generally of high quality and Judy had purchased some which she had on show. Many of the men seemed to chew the betel nut which was obvious from their red tongues and mouths. Judy highly recommended the trip as the people are still so friendly and welcoming and seemed to enjoy life.
Yes, the timetable for Semester 2 left September 19 out, but it is on! Reina and I are apologies, but Bill Parris, backed up by Rupe Cheetham, has agreed to act as Convenor.
Armchair Traveller for September 19 will be a colourful presentation on Papua New Guinea of a recent visit by Judy Perry.
The video features a dramatic journey around many of the islands. It covers: the dances, music and festivals of the Trobriand Islands, interviews with local village schools and a commentary on their subsistence lifestyle, WW2 history of the Battle for Milne Bay, The Battle for Rabaul including its tunnels, wrecks and War Memorials and the volcanic destruction of Rabaul after the 1994 eruption as well as a visit to the volcanology centre. Also a brief look at Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital, and the Folkloric Festival.
There is something of interest for everyone in this presentation
We meet again on Tuesday July 18 in our new room at the Senior Citizens’-- please enter thru the side door under the carport. Jan will take us hiking thru the Maples – Fall (Autumn for us aussie speakers) – Ontario, Quebec Vermont, New Hampshire. We will have also have a 4WD trek in the Simpson Desert in outback Australia with Gwen & Rupe.
Note that no meeting has been scheduled for September in the Semester 2 timetable. Our most likely presenters will all, co-incidentally, be visiting Canada/USA, and possibly having a first-hand viewing of the lovely scenes which Jan will show us in July.
If there are any volunteers to take us for a journey on September 19, please contact John (0418576155 or 57621818) and we can re-schedule the session.
We met with a good attendance on May 16. First presentation was a video of a 4WD visit to Cape York Peninsula from Rupe and Gwen. It was a trip not for the faint-hearted, in about 2008, mostly on the old telegraph road. Lots of creek crossings and mud, but fascinating and colourful despite some technological glitches.
Jan followed with a PowerPoint presentation of a group back-packer trip to Italy several years ago.
Thanks Rupe and Jan, much enjoyed.
We don’t meet again until Tuesday July 18, with the program yet to be finalised. Watch this space!
We meet again at 10.00 am on Tuesday May 16. The program is yet to be finalised but it is hoped to include at least one of Jan’s backpacker journeys.
About Armchair Traveller
An opportunity to share your traveller's tales with others and to hear theirs, however inspiring or hair-raising.
First Tuesday 2 to 4 pm
Convenor and contact details
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