After our exciting trip to South India in January (tiger, leopard, festivals & fun), we enjoyed a lovely trip to North Morocco in March with another jolly group of travellers. Although the weather was hardly warmer than England, we enjoyed many sunny skies and an extra spring as, driving through the beautiful Rif Mountains, we saw fields not just sprinkled with spring flowers but carpeted, yes carpeted with flowers – orange marigolds and blue salvias and slender thistles set against the bright green of the new barley. All this, with the fascinating souks and beautiful architecture of the medieval cities – Tangier, Chefchouan, Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Asilah – gave us a truly rewarding tour, which we offer again, with more spring flowers next year North Morocco 11-23 March .
We won’t see Spring flowers on our next Autumn tour to South Morocco, 31 October – 15 November 2017, but we will see even more varied landscapes in the Atlas Mountains and valleys, the Sahara and the Atlantic coast. Of course Marrakech and Essaouira are always worth revisiting (not least for the Christmas presents you may find) and we will enjoy more warm Moroccan hospitality staying in very charming small Riad or Kasbah hotels in the heart of the medinas, all in the company of our friend and guide, Omar who adds so much to all our Moroccan tours. We still have a few vacancies on this exciting adventure – do join us and delay next winter with some lovely sunshine.
John Osborne’s Iran tour is fully booked this year, but there still a very few vacancies for his next tour ‘A Persian Spring’ 19 April – 3 May 2018. The tour is sure to fill so please book up to ensure your places and enable us to refuse President Trump, who we hear is keen to join us [or is this false news?]
We have two tours planned to South India in early 2018, and while the second, Kerala and Tamil Nadu 31 Jan- 21 Feb is already full, the earlier tour to Karnataka and Kerala 11 Jan – 1 Feb, still has vacancies. This is a wonderful way to avoid the very worst weeks of our winter and on such a delightful varied tour – vibrant cities of palaces and temples (Mysore and Cochin), exciting wild life reserves, the beautiful Nilgiri and Cardamom hills, growing tea, coffee, spices, and the backwaters and lagoons of Kerala - and again staying in small atmospheric hotels, including one just like the ‘Real Marigold’.in Cochin.
It is only a couple of months before the first of our summer events here in our garden so please join us for:
GRAND SUMMER GARDEN PARTY – SUNDAY 25 JUNE 2017
At Halnaker Park Cottage, Halnaker, Near Chichester Sunday 25 June from noon.
THE DAY ENDS WITH An Open Air PERFORMANCE at 7.30 OF
The Rude Mechanical Theatre’s sparkling new Commedia del Arte production
The Commercial Traveller a new play by the director Pete Talbot
Picnics in the garden. Barbecues lit for 5pm (bring your own food to cook & perhaps share) Theatre at 7.30 Everyone is invited. We always promise a warm sunny day, with old roses in bloom, the swimming pool ‘invitingly warm’. We hope that everyone who has been on a trip or may be thinking of joining one will come, and you are certainly welcome to bring family and friends of any age. This year we are charging £15 for a delightful theatrical experience in the garden. A lovely talented group: look at www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk. Please bring contributions to the barbecue (to cook & eat), and items to share at the bar & buffet. Don't forget towels for swimming, garden chairs or rugs (also warm clothes for the theatre), plates and glasses. Bring photos to show old friends and to astonish but not alarm potential travellers! PLEASE mount some photos on a display board to exhibit in the barn. The event of the year - not to be missed. RSVP & book on line at the theatre website.
On Sunday 16 July an afternoon garden concert at 3 pm by She'Koyokh
Touring their fourth album ‘First Dance on Second Avenue’- a journey across Eastern Europe and beyond, She’Koyokh starts out in 1950s New York and finishes up in a Turkish sauna, via Romanian mountains and Serbian villages, featuring klezmer, virtuosic Balkan dances and soulful songs from Albania, Armenia and Bulgaria. www.shekoyokh.co.uk This is the last concert of the Chichester Festival 2017 and not to be missed. Those who came to our previous concerts will recall the dancing in the garden to Paprika, the Balkan Band. Well this year I’m sure there will be even more dancing. Garden open for picnics before and after, Tickets £17 to include a glass of wine, and a collection to support Medécins sans Fontière’s work in Syria and with refugees. Tickets from Chichester Tickets 01243 816525 or at the garden gate!
Don’t forget that we tailor-make tours for individuals, couples, families or groups of friends, or even larger groups from clubs or societies. Several DFAS branches ask us to plan their shorter tours in Europe. We are always interested to know of your ideas, so please don’t hesitate to suggest destinations, hotels, places to visit and places to avoid. If you have moved, or there is any mistake in your name and address, or you would prefer not to receive further information, please tell us. It will be very helpful if you can show our information to all your friends, let us have their contact details - ‘phone, address, email - and invite them, or better still bring them to the Summer Party & Theatre on Sunday 25 June. Please forward this newsletter and attachments to anyone who you think may be interested. We rely almost entirely on ‘word of mouth’ to spread the news about The Travellers’ Club, so please help us wherever or whenever you can.
With best wishes,