The Mid-Valley Travel Club's 24th season continued on Thursday, January 11, 2018.
Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
Denmark is said to be the happiest country on earth… and the Obery Family knows why. From historic sites to amazing parks, the city of Copenhagen offers everyday fun for the whole family. Gary, Angela and sons lived like Danes for several weeks in both 2010 and 2015. They traveled the city by bike and on foot, exploring Tivoli, the Climbing Forest, the Viking Ship Museum, the King’s Garden and much, much more.
Discover the prosperous, vibrant but paternalistic city-state of Singapore, a dynamic blend of Asian and Western cultures. Experience the historic British Colonial center and the Chinese, Indian and Muslim quarters. See the fabulous holiday lights where the world goes shopping on Orchard Road. Visit the Botanical Gardens with the world's largest collection of orchids, and the new Garden by the Bay, with its award-winning conservatories and futuristic "super-trees," and rise above it all in the "Singapore Flyer."
Nepal: Before Tragedy
Two weeks after we returned from Nepal, the earthquake struck and demolished many of the fantastic cultural sites that we had seen. We’ll share pictures and stories of our travels through Kathmandu, Pokhara, and our trek around the Annapurna range.
Magic Patagonia: Enticing Lands
at the End of the Earth
Join club member Eric Schuman as he takes you on a visit to southern Chile and Argentina. See rheas, guanaco, and colorful vistas at Torres del Paine –South America's most spectacular national park. Visit two breathtaking glaciers, and laugh at Eric as he stumbles at a tango lesson in Buenos Aires – then discovers himself in the middle of a political demonstration in a crowd of 500,000 protesters. (Note: he survived.)
France: Normandy to the Riviera
Join Doug and Nancy Fisher for an extensive tour of the beauties of France. Starting in Normandy, see the "tapestry town" of Bayeux and the nearby historic D-day beaches, the American and German cemeteries and iconic Mont Saint-Michel. Then it's on to the fabled Loire Valley, land of elegant, quintessentially French chateaux and gardens. Tour the less visited Dordogne region, home of cliff dwellings and prehistoric cave paintings. Continue to the fabled Riviera at Villefranche-sur-Mer, experience the French Alps at Annecy, and end your tour with the delights of Paris.
Insider’s Japan started in Tokyo with its 21st century orientation alongside its iconic traditional-historic and spiritual sites. We quickly left the 21st century and headed into the traditional Japan of Hakone—experiencing the older Ryokan Inn, complete with a multi-course Kaiseki dinner. Takayama and Kanasawa, both untouched by WWII bombing, provided a look at medieval neighborhoods and older gardens. Hands-on experiences such as a cooking class, applying gold leaf, and an abbreviated tea ceremony were highlights. Kyoto rounded out the look at Japan with its well-preserved cultural sites, including the famous Golden and Silver Pavilions.
Hong Kong: The Pearl of the Orient
The Pearl's luster doesn't diminish with repeated visits! A three-month stay on one of Hong Kong's outlying islands reveals another side to this booming metropolis.
Argentina: Tombs, Tango and Towering
We start our visit to Argentina at the world-famous Iguassu Falls, which we view from the Argentina side as well as from the Brazil side. We then proceed to Buenos Aires, "the City of Good Air,” where we check out the Pedestrian Mall, the Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, and the colorful La Boca area, before going across Rio Plata for a day-long visit to Uruguay. We end our Argentina visit at a Tango dance club of Buenos Aires.
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