Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|Sat Apr 18||Sicily Ruins and Cannolis:||John Pitts||A lot has changed in Sicily over the years, such as the quality of roads, the convenience of lodging and restaurants, etc., but one thing remains, the deep history to be found in its cities and mountains. And lets not forget the unforgettable assortment of deliciously-prepared seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, and cannoli, of course.
John PItts who will report on 8 days touring Sicily 's main attractions, has spent 10 years in Italy, both studying and working. The tour focuses on many of the archaeological centers which reflect the importance of the island in the long history of the island. Virtually, all the major empires/cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean have left an imprint on the island reflecting the strategic and economic importance of Sicily. The principal stops include Monreale/Palermo (best archaeological museum), Erice (2000 years of history), Selinute and Segesta (countryside Greek settlements), Agrigento with its Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale (best preserved Roman villa with classic mosaics), Siracusa on the sea (Roman amphitheater, Greek Theater), Taormina (views of Mt. Etna and Mediterranean Sea from yet another Greek theater with Roman modifications), etc. Food will feature in the presentation because travelers have to eat and there is lots to appreciate in the local specialties (did I mention cannoli?).
|Sun Apr 19||Travel Salon 3:00 PM||Travel Bug|
|Sat May 02||Japan||Roger Toll|
|Sat May 16||Three Men in a Hupp - 1913 driving around the world||Walter Hodge|
|Sat May 30||China||Rick Land|| "Immediately after retiring in January of 2019, I went to China for 6 weeks â€“ by myself. The first 4 weeks I spent studying Mandarin at a language school in Shanghai, during which time I lived with a local family. My final two weeks I spent being a solo tourist, first to Harbin in the frigid northern reaches for the annual Ice and Snow Festival, then off to Xi 'an to see the famed Terracotta Warriors.
While there will be photos of some of China 's scenic wonders, my slides and talk will focus primarily on some of the challenges and rewards of solo travel in China, daily life with a Chinese family, and interesting cultural phenomena I encountered along the way. "