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January, 2015:

Cambodia: The Back Roads by Scooter
Scott English

The Mid-Valley Travel Club's 21st season continues on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

An idea, little money, few friends, backpacks, flip flops, scooters and a passport. Friends put 540 miles on scooters. Taking back roads, no hotel reservations, no real destination in mind. A story of adventure.

Febuary, 2015:

MId-South Americana Tour

Cherie & Chuck Bennett

A 10-day Great American Road Trip pegged on 2 family history sites took Chuck and Cherie Bennett through the American Mid-South in July 2012. They traveled from southern Ohio through Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas. The miles between turned out to be an Americana tour. Highlights included the Civil War from the Confederate perspective; Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House museum; rural living history from the early 1800s; Memphis, Elvis and the blues; the Casey Jones Museum; the civil rights struggle; Indian history; Wal-Mart history; and the fabulous new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

March, 2015:

Morocco: An Enchanting Country
Claire Reed

Morocco, an enchanting country of vibrant colors, beautiful scenery and hospitable people.

April, 2015:

Languedoc/Roussillon:  The Other South of France

Virginia Vanderbilt

When you hear "the south of France," do you think "not another field of lavender!" or "Nice is nice but it's so passé," or "how in the heck do you pronounce Aix?"  If so, recalibrate your internal GPS about 250 kilometers to the west and begin thinking about the region of Languedoc/Roussillon, instead.  Although not entirely devoid of lavender, the Languedoc/Roussillon is still a bit off the main tourist routes and offers a plethora of delights.  Join Virginia in exploring Cathar castles, strolling along the Canal du Midi, finding treasures at village markets, picnicking by Roman ruins, watching the changing colors of the Mediterranean Sea, and dining in charming, and relatively inexpensive, country restaurants, all the while imbibing delicious and downright cheap local wines.  Come explore the other south of France with us.

May, 2015:

Croatia and Venice
Don Jacobsen

Come and explore historic Zagreb and see modern-day Zagrebians dressed in period costumes, keeping the old traditions alive. Travel with us to the pristine Dalmatian Coast--from the Unesco Heritage site of Dubrovnik (encircled by Medieval walls), to Hvar (island paradise), Split (home of the Roman Diocletian's Palace), and the resort-city of Opatia. We ended our trip in magical Venice and the islands of Murano (glass art) and Burano (lace making).


September, 2015:

Our Month in Bali
Kathy & Ron Kelemen


As a change from the usual "If it's Tuesday this must be Belgium" schedule, we rented a small villa in Bali from Thanksgiving to Christmas, 2014. We had absolutely no plans. We ended up wandering through the rice paddies, enjoying yoga and pilates, daily naps, cooking classes, and occasional tours around the island. Our trip also coincided with Bali's most important holiday, Galungan, and a cremation ceremony for Bali's most important citizen, an amazing spectacle the entire island - and country - took to heart.

October, 2015:

Cuba, the Forbidden Fruit
Susan Watkins, Marcia Hoak, Pam Wojcik & Eric Schuman

Join our presenters on their recent trips to the formerly “Forbidden Isle” of Cuba. They’ll be taking us to the world heritage UNESCO town Trinidad, the Bay of Pigs Museum, the National Ballet School and an amateur boxing club. They will share photographs of the people in the streets of Havana and Cienfuegos. Meet women who roll cigars in the countryside and an 80-year-old tobacco entrepreneur. Visit a home for pregnant teens and meet a man who brings art to the children of Vinales, a picturesque agricultural community in the western mountains. If you’ve considered a trip to Cuba, this is a program you won’t want to miss!

November, 2015:

The North Riding, a Week in North Yorkshire
Cherie and Chuck Bennett

Chuck and Cherie Bennett explore part of Yorkshire, England's largest county. The North Riding is home to one of the United Kingdom's favorite national parks, the North York Moors, and a long stretch of North Sea coastline. The moors are known for fog, sheep and expanses of purple heather dotted with standing stones. Picturesque seaside villages Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes will be featured, as well as Whitby, the home of Capt. Cook, and Whitby Abbey, inspiration for Dracula. The ancient city of York is home to York Minster, the second largest Gothic cathedral of Northern Europe. Among the many attractions are Castle Howard, one of the 10 Treasure Houses of England; country houses and gardens; and steam trains running between scenic locations.

December, 2015:

Peru: From the Mountains to the Jungle
David Krier

Peru offers an enormous variety of places to see and experience. David Krier will introduce you to the highlands (Arequipa and Cusco), the jungle and the Amazon (Iquitos), the midlands (Cajamarca), the seacoast (Islas Ballestas and Paracas), the desert (Ica) and Lima, the capital city. Into this tapestry David will also weave the fascinating history, the food, medical issues and insightful stories of the people of Peru.

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