The Alps from a bus window.---- Doug.

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Trip to Lido Di Jesolo (2010)

On Saturday September 11th a group of 47 departed Ballinasloe at 3.00 a.m. to catch our Aer Lingus flight to Venice at 8.30 a.m. When we arrived in Venice at 11.05 a.m. local time we were excited to see a cloudless blue sky and feel the warmth of the air. Our holiday began on reaching our 4 star Cambridge Hotel. We rested for a couple of hours as we had such an early start to the day. Dinner was at 7.00 p.m. so we dressed up in our finery, came down in the lift and waited eagerly outside the restaurant door. The beautiful stained glass door was opened, a musician played a rousing tune as we marched in and were presented with a red rose and sat down to an 8 course candlelit gala dinner. What a great start to our holiday!

The hotel is situated by a lovely beach with recliners and parasols to accommodate the guests. A lovely pool just outside the hotel is a relaxing place to sit or sun oneself furnished with recliners and parasols too.

On Tuesday a group went to Venice and visited St. Mark’s Square and many other interesting places. We, who remained in Jesolo, cycled on 4 wheeled bicycles steered by some of the men and pedalled around the town on cycle lanes. It was great fun and a lovely leisurely way to explore the town.

On Thursday a group went to Verona and Lake Garda and a small group of 7 or 8 went to the Dolomites and Cortina. The weather remained glorious and sunny until Friday which was cloudy and rainy and there was a downpour on Friday night. Some of us went to Padua on Saturday to visit St. Anthony’s tomb. We touched the black stone at the back of it and petitioned him for our personal intentions.

At night time after dinner we walked off our calories either on the beach walkway or down town. Games of bridge and 25 were played some nights. The weather was good again on Sunday and Monday and people sunned themselves on the beach. Most of the group had massages during the week so we arrived back in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon really relaxed after a fabulous holiday in Lido Di Jesolo.

Ann Killeen

"Who needs Italy"

Galway visit sept. 2010

Ballinasloe Active Retirement travelled to the Galway Bay Hotel for a short stay in Galway City. As happens on occasions, the weather was very kind to us despite a bad weather forecast.
Salthill was a busy place, full of visitors. We had a great time and enjoyed lovely walks on the prom. Then on our last night we attended a concert called Trad on the Prom at the neighbouring Salthill Hotel. It was a wonderful production by the Fahy family and Chris Kelly. Anyone who enjoys traditional music would appreciate the talents of this very musical family. It was the perfect finish to our short holiday.

Bridie Loughman
News Bulletin from your Social Committee – Sept.’10

· Balance on the Ara-Go-On event
in the Salthill Hotel on Oct. 11th will be taken up on Wed. 22nd Sept. in the Shearwater Hotel. (€170 single and €135 sharing)

· Horse racing, corporate style, will be held in Galway this year on Bank holiday Mon.25th October. Cost for a four course meal without wine, on third floor with a view of track will be €55 + cost of bus. If interested, please give your name to-day.

· Your annual Christmas outing outing to Dublin will be on the 8th – 9th Dec.’10

Looking ahead to 2011--------------
· Dinner/Dance in Gullane’s Hotel, Friday, February 4th 2011

· For our Spring break in Ireland we visit the lovely Co. Tipperary, early April

· London is the chosen venue for our city break in May

· There are on-going investigations for an exciting sun holiday in the Autumn

· Watch out for Cruise news in Spring 2012 !!!

Ø Make full use of your diary to help you to remember which trip you have signed on for--- date, cost, deposit paid, balance due, etc.

Chris O’Flynn (Secretary) Phone 090- 9642870 or 087-6492466