Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|Sat May 05||Iran||Steve Hecht, Dori Smith||THE BEAUTY OF IRAN
Steven Hecht, D.C. and Dori Smith, M.Ed.
Join us on our Oct 2017 journey through classical Iran -- from Shiraz to Isfahan to Tehran -- the birthplace of mystical poets Hafiz, Saadi and Rumi as well as the great warrior kings who created the vast Persian empire. You will better appreciate Iranâ€™s hospitable people, intriguing foods, and exquisite garden paradises. We view Islamic mosques and shrines of unearthly beauty. We trek through ancient caravan stops along the Silk Road, enjoying the vast bazaars filled with carpets, copper and gold treasures. You will marvel at the dramatic volcanic scenery surrounding 18,400 ft. Mt. Damavand.
In ancient desert cities we learn about technology for managing water, preserving ice, and even air conditioning. Our tour takes us to the palace of Persepolis, created by King Darius I in the 6th century B.C.E. We find the great 3500-year-old monotheistic Zoroastrian religion in remote sacred sites and see how Zoroastrian and Islamic cultures have converged to produce a remarkable flowering of beauty and culture. Together, we discover why Iranians reflect a deep pride in their rich and diverse history and culture. We proudly embrace our role as citizen diplomats and invite you to join us in our quest for improved intercultural understanding
|Sat May 19||The Promised Land on Bicycle||Judy Costlow||Bicycling the Promised Land-Israel and Jordan
In Nov. 2017, I embarked on a bicycling journey I never expected to do. Israel and Jordan were not on my â€œBucket List,â€ but perhaps they should have been. We rode our
bikes from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea to the Red Sea, crossed the border into Jordan and rode to Petra and back to the Dead Sea and finally returned to Jerusalem. We followed the footsteps of Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who were all an intregal part of this Promised Land. We stayed in two Kibbitz, climbed Masada, stayed in a Beduoin Camp in the Land of Lawrence of Arabia, saw Petra, and rode to the top ofthe mountain where Moses viewed the Promised Land.
|Sat Jun 02||Motorcycling in the Himalayas||Eric Moffat|
|Sat Jun 16||Vietnam - From Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City||Ken Collins||
Join Ken Collins for a look at Vietnam today, almost 50 years after the end of what is called, by the Vietnamese, "The American War. " Today Vietnam is still a country governed by a single party, the Communist Party, but stripped of ideology and committed to rapid development through foreign and domestic capitalism. This north-south journey of over 1,000 miles begins in the north, in Ha Noi, a large, somewhat higgedly-piggedly city whose center still preserves a historic core. From there we go into the interior, to the mountainous Mai Chau region, populated by ethnic "White Thais. " Next, we explore the ancient imperial capital in the Ninh Binh region, proceeding on to the scenic coastal Ha Long Bay, dotted with hundreds of dramatic limestone karst formations. Next stop is HuÃ©, the last imperial capital of Vietnam. Hoi An is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city south of Da Nang, where we were lucky enough to be there during a New Moon when the night lighting of the town is particularly dramatic. Finally, the trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) plus a trip upriver into a bit of the Mekong Delta. Saigon is a gigantic, hot, humid city, as chaotic as other major Asian cities. However, Vietnam remains a country of wonderful food, a variety of religions (Buddhism, animism, Catholicism and much more), 54 ethnic groups, dazzling markets, and spectacular countryside. It 's people seem unrestrainedly friendly despite the horrors they have lived through in the 20th century (occupation by the French, Japanese, and finally the Americans).
|Sat Jun 23||Hidden Andalusia||Morgan Smith||Small Town Life in Southern Spain. I first visited Spain in 1966, lived there from 1999 to 2004 and have made dozens of other trips. This presentation would focus on Andalusia, the southernmost and largest region of Spain. I would focus on smaller and less well known towns and sites like El Santuario de la Virgen de la Cabeza, BaÃ±os de la Encina, Ã‰cija, Montejaque, Guadix, Marchal, Salar, Rute, Cabra and Zuheros.|