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Toronto meetings, Friday, March 15th, 2019

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • Alex Rice and Francyne Charland present “Visiting in Greece”

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Chester Meetings, Saturday July 20th 2019

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

1st. David Redford – A Baltic Odyssey

A journey to Riga, Vilnius, Minsk, Kaliningrad and Gdansk gave an opportunity to compare the post-Soviet states which have turned westwards towards Europe with those which have stuck with Russia, and also to study the relics of the Teutonic Knights, the Hanseatic League, the Polish-Lithuanian empire and the long struggle between Germany and Russia.

2nd. Pat Jones – a journey through Sudan

Pat Jones loves travelling and tries to have 3 or 4 holidays a year. This is An interesting journey through Sudan , with some very basic accommodation yet a variety of different accommodation types and Pat was able to meet up with lots of locals in Sudan (old north Sudan and South Sudan are now separate countries)

Chester Meeting Poster July 2019
Chester Meeting Poster July 2019

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday May 18th 2019

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

1st. Paul Gillingham –  freewheeling in Chile and Argentina.

Paul visits Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile, rents city bikes to sample the Argentine grape in Mendoza and explore tango, Evita and Maradona in Buenos Aires. He joins his two sons on a cycle-camping expedition around the lakes and volcanoes of northern Patagonia.

Now retired, Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a journalist and broadcaster, producing travel features from around the world.

2nd. Chris Prior  –   from Tangier to the Sahara by motorcycle

Together with 17 other motorcyclists I rode my Triumph Tiger through Spain to Morocco. From Tangiers we travelled over the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara at Merzouga.

The return route included dirt roads around the Todra Gorge. After a stop at Ben Haddou we travelled to Marrakech and then headed north back to the port of Tangiers. Six days were spent in transit through Spain and eleven in Morocco.

Chester Meeting Poster May 2019
Chester Meeting Poster May 2019

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Globetrotters Ticket Offer – The Adventure Travel Show

The London Branch will again be running a travel advice clinic at the show, why not come along and see us as well as catching some of the over 70 FREE Talks and Workshops. You can use the code below to get 15% of tickets before 15 January 2019.

Quote GLOBE to save 15% on show tickets

Levison Wood

The Adventure Travel Show

The UK’s only event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track returns to Olympia London from 19-20 January.

With 130 specialist adventure travel companies from across the world, over 70 free inspirational talks, one-to-one seminars and a series of beautiful adventure travel films, the show is sure to whet even the most adventurous appetite.

Levison Wood talks “Through the Badlands and Beyond”

Join Levison Wood as he combines current affairs with rip-roaring adventure and behind-the-scenes moments from his 5000 mile circumnavigation of the Arabian Peninsula. Journeying by foot, camel, mule, truck, car, and tank(!), Lev’s talk is a must-attend for anyone with a spirit for adventure. Seats are limited.

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George Bullard
George Bullard

Over 70 FREE Talks

Rebecca Stephens MBE, George Bullard, Dave Cornthwaite, Richard Matheson Harpham, Chris Scott and other intrepid adventurers and travel writers will share their incredible stories, leaving you inspired, informed and raring to go on your next trip.

FREE Trekking & Cycle Touring Workshops

Cicerone Guide’s experienced expedition planners will offer advice on multi-day trekking across Europe, the Himalayas and beyond as well as giving tips on touring on two wheels.

Book your tickets today and save £s*

Quote ‘ GLOBE ‘  and pay only

£7.75 for the day or £13.60 for a weekend ticket

www.adventureshow.com

Adventure Planning Seminars

Expedition planner Duncan Milligan and TV producer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent (Joanna Lumley’s ‘Silk Road Adventure’) provide all you need to know about self-organised trips.

Motorcycle Adventure Seminars

AustinVince

Austin Vince and Lois Pryce give the low- down on taking your motorcycle adventures beyond home soil into Europe and beyond.

Multi-Media Seminars

Multi-Media Seminars

Top tips and advice on recording and making money from your adventures hosted by Wanderlust magazine

The Adventure Travel Film Festival

Saturday night is film night. Enjoy amazing independent adventure travel films culminating with Olie Hunter-Smart’s absorbing film, ‘Road to Independence’ documenting his walk from north to south India.

Let the adventure begin!

Adventure travel show

Get your show tickets and seminar seats today

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*Offer ends on 15 January 2019.

Chester Meetings, Saturday March 16th 2019

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

1st. Anna Manning & Howard Jennings – Mallorca to Venice by tandem, boat and train

We were offered 18 days of dog-sitting and wondered how best to use it. We love Mallorca and wanted to see where we could get to that was reasonably nearby. Our trip has five stops joined by tandem, boat, and train and takes us through three countries: Spain, France, and Italy. We’ll describe how we put the trip together, our adventures along the way, the food we ate, the views we saw, and the people we met.

2nd. Marion Round – A journey through Welsh Patagonia

In 1865 153 Welsh people embarked on a journey to Patagonia, they were promised a fertile land with fresh water; this is not what they found. The 2 main areas where the Welsh have settled are now thriving, with the Welsh language and culture is increasing. We travelled through the Welsh areas, and across the huge Desert separating them, looking at fascinating places where few people ever get to.

Marion comes from a Welsh family, and ais re-learning the language. 

Marion enjoys travelling to interesting places with small group tour companies. 

Chester Meeting Poster, March 2019
Chester Meeting Poster, March 2019

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

London Meeting, Saturday, April 6th 2019

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Paul Gillingham – Exploring Orkney on Two Wheels

Paul uses his bike to explore all corners of Orkney, assessing the history and culture of its islands – both life-affirming and tragic – its wildlife, passion for music and glorious wildlife. We meet some interesting characters along the way and asses its stone monuments which pe-date Stonehenge.

Now retired, Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a Television presenter and radio journalist and broadcaster, producing travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’.

2nd. Jessica Brooks – 21st Century Mongolia

Mongolia is predominantly sold as a stereotype – nomads, pristine wilderness and a land that hasn’t changed sincethe time of Chinggis Khan.

However, Mongolia is firmly embracing the 21st Century. This interactive talk is for those interested in learning a little more about the reality of Mongolia in the 21st Century.

Jess is from the UK but has been based in Mongolia since 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society – awarded for her work in Mongolia as well as having authored a published digital guidebook to Mongolia.

Jess is also the founder of Eternal Landscapes Mongolia, a registered Mongolian business and social travel enterprise that focuses on providing travellers with a real 21st Century insight into Mongolia that supports the local communities. 

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meeting, Saturday, March 2nd 2019

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Madison Plantier – My Chinese Double Life: How I Went From a School Trip in Beijing to Traversing the Silk Road

At the age of 16, Madison set off on a 10-day school trip that covered the major landmarks in Beijing and Xi’an. Little did she know that this simple trip would ignite a spark in her that was too irresistible to deny. In short, it was love at first sight. By the age of 19, she had already lived in China for three months, met a member of the Chinese Communist Party, and been unwittingly part of a publicity stunt that involved her entering an enclosure with four fully-grown pandas.

Over the years, Madison has dedicated herself to deepening her understanding of this fascinating country through study and travel. Her presentation will focus on the places she’s visited so far, her recommendations for off-the-beaten-track travel in China, and her most recent trip along the Silk Road, with a few funny anecdotes thrown in along the way!

Madison lived and worked in China for two years before starting her present position as an article writer and tour guide at TanSuo Cultural Travel, which specialises in off-the-beaten-track bespoke and group tour services in China. She is also currently studying for her Master’s degree in Chinese Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.

In 2017, her dedication to the study of all things Chinese landed her a coveted position as one of only fifteen postgraduates that were accepted onto the first mentorship program launched by the London branch of Young China Watchers (YCW), where she was mentored by Edward Holroyd Pearce, founder of CRCC Asia. For the past two years, she has been invited to give presentations on traveling in China at the Adventure Travel Show. She is also a passionate martial artist, having spent one month studying Kung-Fu full-time in a Shaolin Academy and achieving her black belt in Tae Kwon-Do in 2017.

The previously advertised talk by Carol Kennedy on the “Lost Tribes of Colombia” has had to be postponed.

2nd. Alan Palmer – Across India and northern Burma:
in the footsteps of Private Ernest Green, a very special, very ordinary Chindit.

A talk to mark the 75thanniversary of Operation Thursday

One afternoon back in 2003, Alan was unexpectedly asked by his mother, having no memory of her own father and knowing almost nothing of the circumstances leading to his death in Burma in 1944, if he could find out something of his story.

Her simple request set Alan off on a 15-year journey of discovery, a race against time, which started with tracking down and holding discussions with remaining survivors and ended with making five visits to India and northern Burma over the past five years. Following in his footsteps from Lichfield to Bombay, from Calcutta to eastern Assam, and from Henu Hill to Rangoon, Alan was able to patiently uncover evidence on the ground for the story of the Chindits, breath some precious lifeback into the grandfather he had never met and thereby restore some small part of him to his mother.

Alan is Founder and Director of YakTravel, a company which organises bespoke treks and tours through rarely explored regions of Morocco and North-East India.

He is author of Moroccan Atlas the Trekking Guide (Trailblazer Publications) and has also contributed to three other guide books, Pakistan and The Silk Road (both published by Insight Guides), and the Rough Guide to Morocco. Additionally, he regularly writes articles for travel magazines and delivers talks and presentations on North-East India and Morocco at travel clubs and shows, both in England and in India.

He is:

  • a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
  • a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA)
  • a life member of the British Moroccan Society (BMS)
  • Secretary of The 153 Club (Sahara)
  • a member of The Globetrotters Club
  • TripAdvisor Destination Expert (DE) for Morocco

Find out more at:

Alan Palmer - Across India and northern Burma

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

London Meeting, Saturday, February 9th 2019

Speaking this month we have:

1st. Charlie Walker – Following The Line

In 2017, Charlie Walker began an 8-month, 8,000km triathlon along the perceived border between Europe and Asia. The journey began on the Arctic coast of Central Russia on skis hauling a sled through deep mid-winter and ended on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

The expedition involved danger from wildlife, remoteness and extremes of both hot and cold temperatures. However, Following the Line was not just an endurance feat, it was also an exploration into what it means to be Asian or European and the relevance (if any) of this supposed border in the modern world. 

In this talk, Charlie will discuss what divides or unites the peoples either side of the line, and comment on the diversity of landscape, environment, religion and culture along the border that has traditionally demarcated ‘East’ and ‘West’.

Find out more about Charlie on:

2nd. Sam McManus – Iran

Sam McManus, founder of YellowWood Adventures, has been to Iran three times in the past two years travelling extensively across this most fascinating of countries. He has gained a privileged insight into its culture by staying with local family friends each time in Tehran and Mazandaran on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

He has skied in the Alborz Mountains; hiked into the remote foothills where the notorious Assassins built their fortresses;marvelled at the Mosque of Whirling Colours in Shiraz; the palaces of Tehran (with the Shah’s Rolls Royce collection still intact) and the Garden of Heaven in Isfahan; even followed in the footsteps of Alexander the Great through the ruins of Persepolis – the ancient and unparalleled seat of the Persian Empire – which under the great Kings ruled 45% of the world’s population.

His talk will take us on a journey through the very best that Iran has to offer; incorporating its exquisite architectural achievements, peaceful mosques, glistening mosaics, blooming gardens, lavish palaces, Zoroastrian fire temples, the ruins of the greatest empire the world has ever seen, windswept desert plains dotted with windcatchers and caravanserais, fresh yoghurts with sizzling meats, glorious tapestries, meandering labyrinthine bazaars, and the legendary hospitality of its people.

This talk is not to be missed! 

Find out more about Sam at:

This meeting is on the second Saturday in February, The Church of Scotland asked us to consider changing our date in Feb to allow the church community to celebrate Burns night closer to the actual date.

Admission costs, we charge a small cash fee of £3 for Globetrotters members and £6 for non-members on the door to cover our expenses, tea/coffee and biscuits are included free in the interval between the talks.

You do not need to be a member to attend, and we do not sell advanced tickets, please just come on the day, the doors open at 2:15pm and the program starts around 2:30pm with each talk lasting between 45 – 60 minutes.

London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.

There is no London meeting in August, but we start afresh each September. If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Globetrotters London meetings and to be sent email reminders prior to the meeting, please sign up here

Toronto meetings, Friday, January 17, 2020

Everyone Welcome “TRAVEL” with TORONTO GT’S

Speaking this month:

  • “Israel & Jordan Aug. 2018” by Dejan Ristic
Toronto GTs poster - Jan 2019

              by Dejan Ristic

For information on Ontario meetings, please contact Svatka : hermaneks@yahoo.ca or Bruce : bruceaweber@hotmail.com / tel. 416-203-0911. Meetings and travel presentations are held on the 3rd Friday in January, March, May (4th Friday), September and November at 8.00 p.m at Old York Tower, 85 The Esplanade ( corner of the Esplanade & Church St.) – two blocks east of the Union station. Public parking garage is at the foot of Church Street right next to the Old York Tower.

Chester Meetings, Saturday January 19th 2019

Globetrotters in Chester

Presents

  • Jim Holmes – the Mekong River, Water Wars and Wats

Jim Holmes is a documentary photographer that has lived and worked through Asia for over 30 years. He has worked on humanitarian and international development projects for agencies such as Oxfam and the UN.  He specialised in the Mekong region countries for 20 years. 
The Lower Mekong flows through  Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and into Vietnam, where through the mouths of the nine dragons, it empties its silt laden water into the sea.  War ravaged these nations and maintained the poverty that was so evident until recent years. The river brought survival with its bounty of fish but now the flow is threatened by hydropower which could bring riches and poverty.

http.//www.jimholmes.co.uk

  • Brian Anderson – Yellowstone

” Paint cannot touch it and words are wasted ” wrote Frederic Remington in 1895 whilst pony trekking through Yellowstone.
At over 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone was the USA’s and the world’s first National Park when established in 1872.
This awesome place contains some of the world’s biggest geysers and hot springs, magnificent landscapes, and mighty beasts, including bears, bison, elk and wolves.
Share Brian’s stunning landscape and wildlife images from his 2013 trip to this simply staggering wilderness region. ‘Yellowstone’ is a must for all armchair nature lovers.

http://www.andersonimages.co.uk/

Chester Meeting January 2019 Poster
Chester Meeting January 2019 Poster

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to