Western Australia & the Northern Territory:
Join us for a three-week adventure in the more remote areas of the Northern Territory and of Western Australia. We start in the northern dry season of Darwin and end in the southern spring of Perth, covering 4800 miles. The show features five areas in particular, including the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park), Marble Bar, Karijini National Park, and The Pinnacles of Nambung National Park. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayres Rock and the Olgas) will be included from a previous Australian excursion. Please come and enjoy the natural history and scenic photography of rural Australia.
The Mayan Civilization:
For about l,500 years, from 500 BC to 1,000 AD, the Mayan civilization flourished in the tropical forests of Central America as one of the greatest civilizations of the world.
Ireland: Around the Emerald Isle Clockwise
Gary and Carol spent 3 weeks in August & September 2003, driving all the way around Ireland through County Cork, the Dingle Peninsula, County Clare with its Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, County Mayo, and up through Northern Ireland, perhaps the most exciting part of their trip in terms of sights and history. They saw and will illustrate high-crosses, round towers, dolmens, castles (including Kilkenny, The Rock of Cashel, Charles Fort and Dunluce), beautiful villages and cities (including Dublin, Waterford, Kinsale, Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Derry, Belfast), drank more than a little Guinness and Irish coffees, and met the wonderful people of this lush green land.
Antarctica: The Ultimate Destination
Having spent many years living as a naturalist in bush Alaska, Julia Pinnix at last was able to make the trip south and see for herself the largest internationally protected wilderness on earth: Antarctica. Explorers like Shackleton claimed the Antarctic was far more beautiful than the Arctic. Come see for yourself in a slide presentation that contrasts the north with the south.
The Loire Valley and April in Paris!
Come with us to lovely Amboise, whose small town charm and relaxed lifestyle appeal to almost everyone (including Mick Jagger). We'll stroll along the river Loire, tour the magnificent Chateau Amboise, and browse for bargains at the huge, Sunday outdoor market. We'll visit Leonardo da Vinci's French home and try out the life-size replicas of his inventions (including a helicopter and tank!) in the shade of the trees at DaVinci Park. Amboise is also home to amazing, modern troglodyte dwellings, complete with satellite dishes.
For dessert, we'll share a slice of "April in Paris."
Venice, "La Serenissima"
"The Most Serene Venetian Republic" has evolved from a major imperial power into what may be the world's most popular living museum. With its labyrinthine system of canals, absence of conventional motor vehicles, and opulent architecture, Venice offers infinite, but pleasurable opportunities to get lost. Helpful street signs seem to point you in opposite directions to the same destination, but these eventually make sense. Whether you are lured by the comprehensive collection of Venetian painting in the Accademia; the modern art in Peggy Guggenheim's mansion; the architectural masterpieces of San Marco's Basilica and the Doge's Palace; or the varied beauty of the canals; there are infinite distractions to any strict schedule. Rather, wander the narrow streets, glide along the placid canals, and get truly lost in your own private version of this cultural wonder.
Iran, Past and Present
Although relations between the Governments of Iran and the USA are less than cordial, Americans can now travel to Iran, usually as part of a group tour, organized through an Iranian travel agency, and can expect a warm welcome. In December 2005, Susan traveled as part of an International Pro-Peace delegation which visited the capital, Tehran; Qom, the center of Shi'i theology; Esfehan, medieval capital of Iran; Shiraz, seat of both classical Islamic culture and Pre-Islamic civilization; and the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the ancient Persian Empire. The group encountered a modern country with a well-developed infrastructure and very warm and open people, as eager to talk with their visitors as vice versa. In addition to official meetings with leaders of Iran's four major religions (Shi'a Islam, Zoroastrianism, Armenian Christianity, and [surprise!] Judaism), as well as with School of Journalism students and with an environmental NGO, the group had plenty of opportunity to meet informally with ordinary Iranians, to shop in the bazaars, and to sample the enticing local cuisine. Susan will illustrate her ground-breaking trip with digital images and, hopefully, inspire us to follow in her footsteps and to see this exciting country for ourselves.
A Greek Odyssey
Marcia and Rob spent 5 weeks in May and early June 2005 traveling by ferry to six Greek islands, including Lesvos and Chios, seldom visited by Americans. In between a week-long stay in Limnes, a traditional Cretan village, and a week on Lesvos, home of the ancient Greek poetess Sappho, they traveled to Santorini, Naxos, Samos & Chios. After spending so much time negotiating travel by ferry, they want to invent a Greek island-hopping board-game!
Bicycles, Beer, and Babushkas:
Join Tom and George as they pedal through rural Czech Republic in May, 2005. They will tell of the groaning board of pork on their first night in the country, as they hit the road to the Pension Goose House in Mikulov, and how they were "lost in translation" in finding the right train to Telc.
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