Tuesdays: 11 am-12:20 pm • 4 Sessions: Oct. 5-Oct. 26
Speakers: Tess Cieux, Jody Goldman, Jane Mahler, and Claudia Mercedes Lozano
Online via Zoom
Fee: Gold Member: $63; Silver Member: $70
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” ~ Ibn Battuta
Travel Tuesdays is a series of unique lectures by storytellers who will bring their insights and experiences to life in ways “typical” tourists never imagined nor found on a “typical” tour itinerary. No need to pack a suitcase to take these grand adventures! Just a sense of appreciation for the world’s many wonders waiting to be explored.
October 5: “Citadels of Vertigo and Other Old Stones: Excavating France’s Haut Languedoc Region” with Tess Cieux
One of France’s lesser known tourist destinations, the Upper Languedoc is a treasure trove of precariously-perched citadels, medieval cities, stunning rock formations and lush vineyards. Penetrating deep into the French countryside, we will uncover the hidden gems of this historical region, which still harbors the memories of the tragic Cathar saga.
Tess Cieux is a native Chicagoan with French nationality. She lived and worked in France for 24 years in the fields of teaching, tourism, and the environment. Tess travels to France regularly to visit family and to explore the latest trends in cuisine, design, and fashion.
October 12: “America’s Great Loop” with Jody Goldman
The ultimate boating adventure is circling the entire eastern United States (and portions of Canada) via lakes, rivers, canals, and lock systems. You don’t need as much experience or money as you might think. All you need is to be a good, safe boater with a good seaworthy boat and a large enough “cruising kitty” to cover your boat-related costs and have plenty of fun along the way.
Jody Goldman retired after working 47 years as an airline employee. Jody is married and has three sons. She is an enthusiastic traveler, avid boater, and former sailor.
October 19: “Colombia Adventures” with Claudia Mercedes Lozano
Our trip will begin with a tour of the Atlantic coast area that includes Barranquilla, Santa Marta, the Sierra Nevada, and Cartagena de Indias, a colonial city declared a World Heritage Site. Then we will venture into the department of Antioquia and the beautiful city of Medellin that is the scene of the famous “Flower Fair.” We will visit the capital city of Bogotá known as the “South American Athens” and its beautiful surroundings.
Claudia Mercedes Lozano is a Colombian native and U.S. citizen who lives in the Bradenton- Sarasota area. Claudia works as a psychotherapist with a non-profit organization that provides services for families in the community. Claudia is the facilitator of the adult book club in Spanish of CreArte Latino, and is a poetry writer.
October 26: “The Ancient and Classical Antiquity of the Dalmatian Coast: Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina” with Jane Mahler
This session will explore travels in the countries that used to be Yugoslavia. We take a scenic tour of medieval villages, the Dinaric Alps along the Adriatic coastline, learn more about Croatia’s most famous artist, the 145-year-old interfaith cemetery, and the impact of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war on this area of the world.
Jane Mahler has been an enthusiastic traveler for most of her life and lived overseas for seven years. She retired after 24 years with the Sarasota County School District, working in finance and federal grant management. She is co-chair of the Travel Committee for the “Singles on the Go” travel club.