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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

25Apr
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Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
25Apr
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Location: Cappucino

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

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25Apr
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Location: Multi Use Building

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

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26Apr
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas

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

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26Apr
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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...
25Apr
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Location:
Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
25Apr
intro.jpgThu 25 Apr
Location: Cappucino

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

More Information

25Apr
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Location: Multi Use Building

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

More Information

26Apr
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Location: Biblioteca/Pensionistas

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

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26Apr
intro.jpgFri 26 Apr
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...
28Apr
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The Reading group meets once a month. Each member hosts a meeting in turn. Essentials provided (coffee and biscuits). We normally discuss on...
29Apr
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Mountain Walkers (Monday & Thursday Groups).  Contact group leaders for locations and times. More Information (Monday)More Informa...
29Apr
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Location: Victoria Station Bar
This is a lively discussion group, meeting every other Monday in Parcent and tackling many different subjects, both topical and general. Mo...
29Apr
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Group creating decorative mosaics using glass and ceramics. The group buys materials to share, and we have all the necessary equipment to co...
29Apr
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Location: Padel Centre
Weekly Padel games.  Cost is €4 for 1.5 hours.  Bats and balls provided initially for new players.  Contact Group Leader for ...
02May
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Location: Polivalent
U3A Showcase In place of our normal monthly General Assembly we will be having a Showcase event where our Groups will put on displays and m...
26May
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U3A Treasure Hunt (Organised by the Goodwill Team) Come and join our Fun Treasure Hunt. Funds raised will go to U3A 2019 nominated chariti...
06Jun
Thu 6 Jun
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
05Sep
Thu 5 Sep
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
03Oct
Thu 3 Oct
Location: Polivalent
Doors open at 10am for membership and Travel, Cultural and Entertainment events.Formal General Assembly starts at 11amRefreshments are avail...
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...
31May
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Location: Mas La Pau
Come along and join in the fun with a Hog Roast at Mas la Pau, LliberFriday 31st May.Cost: 18€ includes: Starter, Hog Roast and Dessert....
23Jun
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Location: Rastro Car Park
Enjoy a free day to explore Alicante and capture the atmosphere of the San Juan Fiestas 8€ per person COACH FROM JALON RASTRO CAR PARK 9.30...
22Sep
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Location: Rastro Car Park
SEPTEMBER 22ND Transfer by bus from Jalon to Valencia train station to take the train to Barcelona.Arriving at Barcelona train station tran...
23Dec
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Location:
Christmas 2019 23 - 27th December5 days / 4 nights All inclusive420€ per person sharing93€ single supplement Package details: return c...
06May
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Location: La Musical, Parcent Town Hall
2€ on the door.  Doors open at 06:45pm. Film starts at 07:15pm THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (R...
13May
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Location: La Musical, Parcent Town Hall
2€ on the door.  Doors open at 06:45pm. Film starts at 07:15pm It is 50 years in July since the first Moon Landing and “FIRST MAN” is ...

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