Armchair Travel

When:      Thursday Sept 13, 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 22 (6 sessions)                    2:00 – 4:00

Where:    Showgrounds                                Presenters:    Mairin Campbell, Mal Kearney,                                                                                                            June Risdon, Robert Ogle,                                                                                                                       Tich Ferencz, Susan Hartley.

Iceland:  (Mairin).  Explore the Viking settlement, its location, its rocks, mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and geothermal waters. Find out why this island is a favoured tourist destination.

South Africa’s Garden Route:  (Mal).  South Africa’s Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. This journey begins in Johannesburg and takes in Kruger National Park and the tribal territories of Swaziland and Lesotho before heading for the coast leg to Cape Town.

Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Railways:  (June).  A journey from Beijing to St Petersburg by train and several places in between. We stayed in a Mongolian ger and a couple of nights by Lake Baikal, a most remarkable lake. The final days of the Tsar and family featured large during our stay in Yekaterinburg. And, of course, there were both Moscow and St Petersburg to see.

Cambodia:  (Robert).  A brief Royal history up to the Pol Pot regime (sans Vietnam war) then the slide towards China and collapse of democracy. Finishing with slides from the free slum clinic and my “family” of adopted young women.

Self-driving Canal Boating in Europe:  (Tich).  Over the past 10 years we have travelled in France, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy by canal boat. For the first six trips we have hired boats and learned to traverse locks, raise bridges, avoid industrial barges and generally enjoyed the delights of slowly moving through the more rural parts of the countryside.

Cuba:  (Susan).  Once a playground of the mafia and the super- rich, now a communist, centrally controlled economy under the leadership of the Castros. How Cuba has endured 70 years next door to hyper capitalism. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, its main source of cheap oil, Cuba has found a way to keep functioning. Music, culture and strong community networks have kept the Cuban people resilient in the face of open hostility from its powerful neighbour, the USA.

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