On the 18th May, forty-seven members were ready and raring to go at the appointed hour and in what seemed like no time at all, piling off the coach to explore Sagunto and its castle.
39 members of the U3A Vall del Pop left Xalo promptly at 10am, for Cordoba on Tuesday, May 9th. Salvador, from Viajes MCO, Pego, accompanied us all the way, and of course, our DeniBus coach driver, Antonio, was in charge so the rest of us chatted, relaxed and took in the changes of scenery as our journey progressed. We arrived in Cordoba to the Hotel Cordoba Center, for the early evening and we were soon comfortably in our allocated rooms. The next decision was where to eat, thankfully, there were bars and restaurants close by.
T’was just before Christmas and the day dawned bright with 45 brave souls, Vall de Pop U3A members, gathered at 10:00am in the car park in Xalo ready for their Christmas trip to Peniscola.
Our first stop was the beautiful city of Valencia, what a wonderful city full of great architecture in the modern style. After a brief lunch it was back on the coach and off to the hotel in Peniscola.
We arrived at the hotel and booked in, then down to the bar for a quick drink before dinner. A buffet meal with copious amounts of wine I seem to recall, and the modus operendi for the holiday had been set!!!
Then back to the bar to join in the entertainment with the rest of the crowd.
On Wednesday 30th November an excited coachload of Vall del Pop U3A members left Jalon at 8.45 am on a fresh morning on route to La Zenia boulevard, with everyone wearing their obligatory masks whilst on board. We arrived at La Zenia to clear skies and some lovely sunshine. Everyone was eager to begin shopping, with some of us enjoying a welcome coffee and pastry beforehand.
On Sunday 6th November a coachload from the Vall del Pop U3A ‘swinging sixties’ era descended on Benidorm Palace for an evening of remembrance of our youth for a one-off performance entitled ‘Twist & Shout’ and what an evening it was. For two hours the group, six singers and their four piece backing group, sang and danced us through the sounds we had all grown up with and without a break for breath they took us effortlessly through all of the expected hits and many more.