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A Holly Jolly Holiday

Christmas in Andalucia with the U3A Vall del Pop

There was excitement in the air as, just after sunrise on a beautiful December morning, forty three members of the U3A Vall del Pop assembled in Jalon to start our special Christmas break in Nerja, Southern Spain.

Guided jointly by the  U3A’s Travel, Culture and Entertainment Team Leader Sandra Welham and her husband, U3A President Bob Welham,  we set off right on time and arrived without incident at the Aparthotel Marinas de Nerja, the venue for our next four nights. Situated on the sea shore but just a short walk from Nerja town, the hotel proved an instant hit, with every guest enjoying suite facilities. Not surprisingly, as the trip was booked on a “fully inclusive” basis, the bar and restaurant soon became popular meeting places.

Sandra and Bob had arranged a series of trips and outings for us using the Gandia Tours bus which was ably and safely conducted by driver Pepe, whose continuous good humour added much to the enjoyment of all.  Outings were organised to Nerja old town  and the impressive Cueva de Nerja on Christmas Eve morning and, in the afternoon, to the pretty white village of Frigiliana where many of the group took advantage of the tourist train to view the more inaccessible parts. Before dinner, we gathered in the dusk to sing a range of Christmas Carols in several languages, an event which was enjoyed as much by the other guests of the hotel as by the singers!

On Christmas Day, we met for cava and gifts from Secret Santa ( AKA Bob and Sandra!)  before settling down to a more formal Christmas lunch in the hotel’s banqueting suite. With four courses to get through each accompanied by unlimited wine and soft drinks, most of us did not complete our feast until very late in the afternoon!

After the celebrations of the day before, Boxing Day got off to a more relaxed start but after lunch, Pepe drove us into the nearby city of Malaga for a bit of retail therapy!

There was also the sea front and Cathedral to visit before 18.30 when we were able to witness the famous Christmas light and music show, a spectacular fifteen minute display in a specially constructed tunnel which ran the full length of Calle Larios. The Town Hall budget for this year for the event was more than 700,000 euros and it has drawn crowds from all over Spain and Europe.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and so the next day, we set off for the journey back to the Costa Blanca. But spirits were high and somewhere near Murcia, Bob produced a quiz for our entertainment, which was won by Tony and Brenda Bailey.

We all agreed that the 2018 Christmas Trip had been a great success and formal thanks were made to Bob and Sandra for their hard work, and to Pepe for driving us safely and smoothly throughout. I hear that next year’s venue might be to Peniscola and, based on the success of this trip, it will undoubtedly be a sell out!  Time to get our names down on the list, I think!

 

Events

17Oct
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Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
17Oct
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Location: Cappucino

Word Addicts weekly meeting to play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle and others.

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17Oct
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Location: Multi Use Building

Line dancing with Nigel Hobman in Alcalalí.  Cost per session €4.

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18Oct
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas

Main Tai Chi session at 9.30am with the beginners lesson at 11am.

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18Oct
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Meeting of the Just Men discussion group.

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17Oct
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Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
17Oct
intro.jpgThu 17 Oct
Location: Cappucino

Word Addicts weekly meeting to play word games such as Scrabble, Boggle and others.

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17Oct
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Location: Multi Use Building

Line dancing with Nigel Hobman in Alcalalí.  Cost per session €4.

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18Oct
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas

Main Tai Chi session at 9.30am with the beginners lesson at 11am.

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18Oct
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Meeting of the Just Men discussion group.

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18Oct
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Location: Multi Use Building
Designed to let people practice ballroom Latin and Paso Doble and is without any sequence dancing.  People do not have to be experts an...
21Oct
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Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
21Oct
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas
Card marking group meeting of people who enjoy crafting and, in particular, creating beautiful greetings cards. Please contact one of the g...
21Oct
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Location: Claudia's bar
This is a lively discussion group, meeting every other Monday in Jalon and tackling many different subjects, both topical and general. More...
21Oct
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Location: Multi Use Building
EXCEPT FIESTA HOLIDAY DATES.  Keep Fit is held in Alcalalí.  We have now started Keep Fit classes with a focus on exercises benefi...
07Nov
Thu 7 Nov
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
05Dec
Thu 5 Dec
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
19Oct
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Location: Pepe's Restaurant
History of Pop Music from The Entertainers. €16 Includes two course meal, wine & water. Come along and join us for a sing-along.Song ...
23Nov
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas
What are you doing on Saturday 23rd November? Come along to the Jalon Pensionista and enjoy an afternoon of chat, music and fun.   B...
09Dec
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Location: Rastro Car Park
Come and join us on the 9th December 2019 to shop for all your Christmas presents or simply use the time for sightseeing around Valencia. Th...
12Dec
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Location: Venta Roja
Cost  - 17:50€ Come along to a fabulous evening starting with a Cava Reception and Nibbles followed by a Three Course Meal ½ bott...
23Dec
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Christmas 2019 23 - 27th December5 days / 4 nights All inclusive420€ per person sharing93€ single supplement Package details: return c...
24Jan
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Location: Benidorm Palace
BENIDORM HERE COMES THE U3A!! Yes its that time again when we plan to go to Benidorm Palace On Friday January 24th / Saturday 25th 2020. T...
08Feb
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Cost 349€ February sees Venice come alive as people line the streets for the world famous carnival and masquerade balls. The masks in ...
21Oct
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Location: La Musical, Parcent Town Hall
2€ on the door.  Doors open at 06:45pm. Film starts at 07:15pm In the early 18th century, England is at war with France, but duck raci...
28Oct
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Location: La Musical, Parcent Town Hall
2€ on the door.  Doors open at 06:45pm. Film starts at 07:15pm Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have legend status as Hollywood's greatest...

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