“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller INTRODUCTION This week's 'CST Friendship Group' was 'Travel Plans', as 'World Tourism Day' was on 27th September. We did a round of introductions, stating what our favourite 'Staycation' would be in the UK, given the current ravel restrictions. We also asked what is members' favourite mode of transport, or the best journey they have ever undertaken.
We asked members to come prepared with a favourite holiday photo, or indeed an old passport photograph, just for fun!
As usual, we completed these phrases together ...
We are all of us in the same - BOAT
Let the train take the - STRAIN
Jump on the band - WAGON
Train of - THOUGHT
Put the brakes - ON
A bicycle built for - TWO
At a cross - ROADS
In the driver's - SEAT
Back seat - DRIVER
That ship has - SAILED
Travelling - LIGHT
Hit the road - JACK
Off the beaten - PATH
Get a move - ON
Whatever floats your - BOAT
All hands on - DECK
Put the cart before the - HORSE
Full - THROTTLE
Full steam - AHEAD
Like ships that pass in the - NIGHT
Middle of the -ROAD
My way or the - HIGHWAY
Fallen off the back of a - LORRY
Road - RAGE
These boots are make for - WALKING
King of the - ROAD
Planes, trains and - AUTOMOBILES
ROSH HASHANAH Then, remembering that our session fell near to the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah (29 September - 1 October), we ate apple slices dipped in honey and tasted pomegranate seeds. The apples and honey suggests a 'Sweet New Year' and the pomegranates symbolise the 613 commandments which must be observed. The festival marks the first day of ten days of repentance and finishes with the holiest day, Yom Kippur (the day of atonement).
PICTURE & MUSIC QUIZ
(Give lots of clues and first names to help members out if stuck!)
(Encourage story telling and reminiscences.)
ROUND 1. SIGNS
What do these symbols signify?
1. You might look for one of these places to stay if backpacking?
2. You might look for one of these places if visiting a new town?
3. Think stately home
4. You might see this sign when visiting a Welsh castle
5. You might look for one of these signs if looking to have lunch
6. A sign you would look for if needing another kind of break
7. If you were sleeping under canvas, you might look for this sign
8. SONG. ‘Camp Granada’, Alan Sherman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yFTOvO0utY
Name the holiday camp in the TV comedy series ‘Hi Di Hi’?
ROUND 2. NATURAL TOURIST DESTINATIONS
9. Whale Watching
What is the proper name for a killer whale?
10. Ice Hotel
Name some winter Olympic sports you might do on ice?
11. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
Who presented a TV show recently, about searching for the lights?
12. Great Barrier Reef
This is largely made of which substance?
13. Ayers Rock or Uluru
This is important to which native culture?
14. Grand Canyon
What is the name of the river which carved it?
15. Niagara Falls
In which Canadian province would you find the falls?
16. SONG. ‘Sailing’, Rod Stewart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTUgcorjTDE
What do you call a two hulled yacht?
ROUND 3. TRAVEL
17. 'Death On The Nile'
Name the author?
Which actors are pictured here, from the 1978 film version?
18. 'Around The World In Eighty Days'
Name the author?
Name the main character?
19. Gullivers Travels (An abandoned Japanese tourist theme park is pictured here!)
Name the author?
What were the little people called?
20. 'The Time Machine' (Rod Taylor starred in the 1960 movie)
Name the author?
Name the futuristic civilisations at war?
Where was it travelling to and from on its maiden and final voyage in April 1912?
22. Hindenburg Disaster 6th May 1937
Which gas resulted in the explosion?
Which Apollo mission resulted in the first man on the moon on 20 July 1969?
What was the name of the landing craft?
24. SONG. 'Fly Me To The Moon', Frank Sinatra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFlMy48ui9s
What was his nickname?
ROUND 4. ANCIENT LANDMARKS
25. Great Wall Of China
Nearest guess at how many miles long?
26. Machu Pichu
In which country would you find it?
In which city would you find it?
Which brave men fought here?
28. Taj Mahal
Who is this photographed in front of it in 1992?
29. Stone Henge
Which people worship there on midsummers day?
30. What is the name of the famous Greek temple built on the Acropolis in Athens?
31. King Tutankhamun
Where was his tomb found in Egypt?
32. SONG. 'Walk Like An Egyptian', The Bangles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nuhja7y4TM
What is the ancient written language seen in ancient Egypt?
ROUND 5. MORE MODERN LANDMARKS
33. Big Ben
What is the name of the tower?
34. Statue Of Liberty
Which metal is it made from?
35. Mount Rushmore
Name the four Presidents?
36. Where would you find this painting by Michelangelo?
37. Eiffel Tower
Which is taller, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Blackpool Tower?
38. Which Spanish architect designed 'La Familia Sagrada?
Which city would you find it in?
39. Where was the 1973 thriller 'Don't Look Now', starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie set?
Who wrote the short story?
40. SONG. 'Road To Nowhere', Talking Heads - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQiOA7euaYA
Who was the lead singer?
ROUND 6. PEOPLE
41. Jane McDonald
What does she do at the end of every one of her shows?
42. Judith Chalmers
Name of the holiday show she presented on ITV 1974-2003?
43. Which two presenters are pictured here, on the BBC 'Holiday' programme?
44. Michael Palin
The name of the travel series he presented in the 1980s?
45. Michael Portillo
The name of the book he carries with him on his travels?
46. Which show did Alan Whicker present in the 1970s?
47. SONG. '500 Miles', The Proclaimers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ4Ib-7fJqY
How many kilometres are there in a mile?
48. SONG. Homeward Bound, Simon & Garfunkel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0oJ8_VTu3c
What are their first names?
49. SONG. 'Take Me Home Country Roads', John Denver - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhCQIH_1kVs
Which US state is mentioned in the lyrics?
Get hold of a decent world map, or better still a globe. Ask members to find their favourite holiday destination, providing assistance as necessary.
To make this more fun, use the 'Google Earth' app to zoom in to specific places visited and share with the group.
Encourage story telling and reminiscences, of course.
1. Youth Hostel Association
2. Tourist Information
3. National Trust
5. Picnic area
7. Camp site
10. Curling, bobsled, and luge. Ice hockey, speed skating and figure skating
11. Joanna Lumley
17. Agatha Christie
David Suchet & Peter Ustinov
18. Jules Verne
19. Jonathan Swift
20. HG Wells
Morlock & Eloi
21. Southampton to New York
23. Apollo 11
24. 'Old Blue Eyes'
25. 13, 171 Miles
28. Princess Diana
31. Valley Of The Kings
33. Elizabeth Tower
35. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt & Abraham Lincoln
36. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
37. Eiffel Tower is twice as tall (1,063 feet versus 518 feet)
38. Antoni Gaudi
Daphne Du Maurier
40. David Byrne
41. Lip sync a song
42. 'Wish You Were Here'
43. Jill Dando & Cliff Michelmoore
44. 'Around The World In 80 Days'
45. 'Bradshaws Guide, 1840'
46. 'Whicker's World'
48. Paul & Art
49. West Virginia