Lido-de-Jesolo, Italy, Sept 2017

Trip to Lido-de-Jesolo, Italy, Sept 2017

18 members of Ballinasloe Active Retirement group set off from Ballinasloe at the unearthly hour of 2 am on the first leg of our journey to Lido de Jesolo, Italy . This was a return trip for some to this lovely resort.

The familiar Cambridge Hotel, where we had previously stayed, was perfectly located on the sea front with approx. 7 Km of golden sandy beach.

Even though the weather was a bit mixed, it didn’t deter us from enjoying the various facilities available, particularly the gorgeous heated swimming pool with its many jets, the long walks on the prom, the mouth- watering restaurants and the huge variety of shops publicising their tempting “end of season” sales. No wonder our luggage weighed a bit heavier on the way home.!

Some went on an exciting day trip exploring the amazing city of Venice, the pearl of the Adriatic, and took a scenic cruise across the lagoon of Venice. Walking through 6 ins. of water in St Mark’s our bare feet only added to the fun and excitement of our day out. We then boarded our boat to island hop on to Burano and Marano – a triple treat of the day.

Some more members of the group visited Verona, the enchanting city of Shakespeare and enjoyed their trip to Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy,

Those who took the trip to Cortina and the Dolomites thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular scenery within one of the most elegant ski and summer resorts in Italy. Cortina itself was the scene of the winter Olympics of 1956 and now is a millionaire’s playground. However I don’t think any of our group are included in that particular category !!

Our only regret was we were unable to watch the All Ireland Football Final between Mayo and Dublin. However we had one very staunch Mayo woman amongst us. Dressed in her county colours, she proudly waved her green and red flag around the pool in Italy. We all helped to cheer on her home county but ,sadly, our support wasn’t heard in Croke Park. We were disappointed to hear Dublin won by a point.

Sun tanned and rested we arrived safely home having enjoyed yet another great Sunshine holiday abroad . We keep with us some nice memories during the long winter nights ahead.

Thanks to Deirdre Hogan and members of the Social Committee for all the organising.

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O ) Sept .2017

St. Marks Square, Venice.