Long Term Travel Group Coordinator – Contact Russell Allsop
Oh to be able to travel (and do other things) normally! While I do make comments about a 2021 opportunity below, it is recognised that an assessment needs to be made as months go on as to whether conditions are appropriate to consider finally committing. Committee views are also quite relevant.
Croatia and Slovenia (postponed to September 2021)
Our travel connection, Beyond Travel, has presented a proposal for 2021 and it has been shared with those who had been booked on the now postponed 2020 Tour. It follows the original land route but is slightly different in the cruise leg and we are assigned now to a vessel named MS Fenix – a 2020 build – some artist representations can be viewed on this link: Vessel info I know it looks a bit downmarket (no helipad – just joking!).
We have been given a cabin allocation slightly above our current needs so there is currently space to automatically offer a cabin for any additional names. If 2020 had posed a difficulty for you and a clear 2021 might be more possible for you, give me a call please – 9975 4681 or 0419 209 909. I realise lots of “what if’s and but’s” need to be understood.
Interestingly, the impact of COVID-19 has been relatively modest on the two primary destination countries (Slovenia and Croatia) but of course, one would need to understand the story behind those statistics to comment any more and also watch developments over time.
To read a bit more about our potentials:- Lonely Plant info on Istria
Outback Queensland – South West circuit from Longreach
Realistically, no one is currently focused on anything other than keeping safe and well. So no more done to develop this destination.
Recent Tour to Japan – November 2019
This tour has now concludrd. There is a Japan Tour Supplement to our Club’s December Newsletter and is available to members who may be interested in reading about the tour.
A range of photos are available here. Members enjoyed different options throughout the tour but the photos do not touch on all activities – they represent a small sample only.
No doubt some feedback will have trickled back from travellers along the way.
Read Japan thru the eyes of Anne which briefly describes the tour events
on a daily basis from 17th to 30th November. All in all, a great experience.
My favourite Probus holiday photo from our trip to Russia – Susan Allsopp
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow.
Some facts about the cathedral:
- The first Tsar of Russia, Ivan the Terrible, ordered the construction of the cathedral in 1554.
- It was built in honour of his army’s defeat of the independent Tatar Khanates of Kazan and Astrakahn
- Myths abound of Ivan’s raging temper, one of which involves him purposefully blinding the cathedral’s Italian architect so that its design could never be replicated.
- Born in 1468, Basil was the son of commoners and a cobbler. He became famous for his prophetic powers and following his death in 1557 he was buried in the cathedral and the cathedral was named after him, hence the name St. Basil’s Cathedral.
- The cathedral’s original colour was said to be white to match the white stone of the Kremlin, while the domes were gold. Starting in the 17th Century the façade and domes began to be painted in the remarkable colours that are seen today and the pigment is said to be taken from a Biblical description in the Book of Revelation, of the Kingdom of Heaven.
- In 1990 the Kremlin and Red Square were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). It is one of 16 UNESCO cultural sites in Russia.