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The Mid-Valley Travel Club's 24th season continued on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

January, 2018:

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
Angela & Gary Obery

Denmark is said to be the happiest country on earth… and the Obery Family knows why. From historic sites to amazing parks, the city of Copenhagen offers everyday fun for the whole family. Gary, Angela and sons lived like Danes for several weeks in both 2010 and 2015. They traveled the city by bike and on foot, exploring Tivoli, the Climbing Forest, the Viking Ship Museum, the King’s Garden and much, much more.

February, 2018:

Surprising Singapore
Dick and Jane Groff

Discover the prosperous, vibrant but paternalistic city-state of Singapore, a dynamic blend of Asian and Western cultures.  Experience the historic British Colonial center and the Chinese, Indian and Muslim quarters.  See the fabulous holiday lights where the world goes shopping on Orchard Road.  Visit the Botanical Gardens with the world's largest collection of orchids, and the new Garden by the Bay, with its award-winning conservatories and futuristic "super-trees," and rise above it all in the "Singapore Flyer."

March, 2018:

Nepal: Before Tragedy
Steve and Toby Rhine

Two weeks after we returned from Nepal, the earthquake struck and demolished many of the fantastic cultural sites that we had seen. We’ll share pictures and stories of our travels through Kathmandu, Pokhara, and our trek around the Annapurna range.

April, 2018:

Magic Patagonia: Enticing Lands at the End of the Earth
Eric Schuman

Join club member Eric Schuman as he takes you on a visit to southern Chile and Argentina.  See rheas, guanaco, and colorful vistas at Torres del Paine –South America's most spectacular national park.  Visit two breathtaking glaciers, and laugh at Eric as he stumbles at a tango lesson in Buenos Aires – then discovers himself in the middle of a political demonstration in a crowd of 500,000 protesters.  (Note: he survived.)

May, 2018:

France: Normandy to the Riviera
Doug & Nancy Fisher

Join Doug and Nancy Fisher for an extensive tour of the beauties of France.  Starting in Normandy, see the "tapestry town" of Bayeux and the nearby historic D-day beaches, the American and German cemeteries and iconic Mont Saint-Michel.  Then it's on to the fabled Loire Valley, land of elegant, quintessentially French chateaux and gardens.  Tour the less visited Dordogne region, home of cliff dwellings and prehistoric cave paintings.  Continue to the fabled Riviera at Villefranche-sur-Mer, experience the French Alps at Annecy, and end your tour with the delights of Paris.

September, 2018:

Insider's Japan
Don & Judy Jacobsen

Insider’s Japan started in Tokyo with its 21st century orientation alongside its iconic traditional-historic and spiritual sites. We quickly left the 21st century and headed into the traditional Japan of Hakone—experiencing the older Ryokan Inn, complete with a multi-course Kaiseki dinner. Takayama and Kanasawa, both untouched by WWII bombing, provided a look at medieval neighborhoods and older gardens. Hands-on experiences such as a cooking class, applying gold leaf, and an abbreviated tea ceremony were highlights. Kyoto rounded out the look at Japan with its well-preserved cultural sites, including the famous Golden and Silver Pavilions.

October, 2018:

Hong Kong: The Pearl of the Orient
Nonna Cook

The Pearl's luster doesn't diminish with repeated visits! A three-month stay on one of Hong Kong's outlying islands reveals another side to this booming metropolis.

November, 2018:

Argentina: Tombs, Tango and Towering
Iguassu Falls
Pritam Rohila

We start our visit to Argentina at the world-famous Iguassu Falls, which we view from the Argentina side as well as from the Brazil side. We then proceed to Buenos Aires, "the City of Good Air,” where we check out the Pedestrian Mall, the Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery, and the colorful La Boca area, before going across Rio Plata for a day-long visit to Uruguay. We end our Argentina visit at a Tango dance club of Buenos Aires.

December, 2018:

Hiking in Switzerland: Zermatt & Engadine
Virginia Vanderbilt

Finally making good on a promise given 20 years earlier, Virginia and Michael take their thirty-year old nephew hiking in the Swiss Alps. Following a stop in London to catch their breath, the group of three joins three other adventurers and two guides for an eight-day exploration of hiking paths around Zermatt and in the Engadine. We walk in the shadow of the Matterhorn, ride the famed Glacier Express, and dine on fondue, raclette and milk chocolate. We celebrate the conclusion of a successful hiking trip by dipping our toes in the rivers of beer known as Munich’s Oktoberfest.

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