Long Term Travel Group Coordinator – Contact Russell Allsop
Japan – is creeping closer – November 2019 (Graeme & Russell)
Our travellers recently enjoyed a lunch to taste some typical foods – Takoyaki, Edamame and Okonomiyaki as well as their chosen mains. No complaints reported. Much chatter about aspects of the coming tour. Not too long before ‘sleeps’ start to be counted and packing worried about. Rugby World Cup matches and some free to air (Joanna Lumley features) and Foxtel (NHK channel 656) shows have added a bit of interest also in our destinations.
For non-travelling members’ information, we stay at Fukuoka (on Kyushu Island), Hiroshima (on Honshu), Takamatsu (on Shikoku Island), Kyoto, Kanazawa and Tokyo (all on Honshu Island). On our travels, some of what we visit are the Saga pottery towns, a Naoshima art site (Chichu Museum), Iya Valley (some samurai fighting history there), Noto Peninsula lacquerware markets, Kyoto market, autumn gardens and shrine sites and we will be entertained by a Maiko (apprentice Geiko / Geisha) in Kyoto. It all seems pretty tame doesn’t it?
This tour will be developed during 2019 and then more announced in 2019 after the Committee has received and considered a submission. No further action has been taken as other Club plans have narrowed the window to stage an outback tour.
Croatia – Slovenia plus a bit of Venice and Montenegro – September 2020 (Tony and Russell)
Space is still available for more to join. Talk to Tony Lovett or Russell Allsop.
Our tour Group has grown a little to now be 21 for Land and 20 for Cruise legs. It looks like the cruise vessel may be full taking into account bookings from other public passengers.
We are able to offer an alternative to the Cruise leg which achieves a more in-depth look at particularly the Hvar and Korcula Islands. To cater for this possible approach, we will seek to reserve some accommodation to be able to cope with enquiries – the likely hotels on the islands look quite appealing!
Some things about Slovenia:
- There are over 10,000 caves in Slovenia – we visit probably the best known at Postajna, said to be 2 million years old.
- I understand Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, translates to “the Loved One”. We will spend a little time in Ljubljana.
- The first married couple to summit Everest were from Slovenia – achieved in 1990 – they married at Base Camp and then scaled to the summit – a pretty ‘cool’ honeymoon venue.
- Melanija Knavs (wife of the current POTUS) was born in Novo Mesto, and grew up in Sevnica in Slovenia. We will drive quite close to her birthplace.