Turkish Holiday Adventure by Marie Jennings.
Marie Jennings earned herself some fame with her account of the club’s Turkish holiday. Here’s an abridged account of Marie’s tale.
Our first week was spent in Cappadocia, an area in central Anatolia, best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, caves dwellings and churches carved into the rock. It a sight to behold, and almost seemed like an otherworldly experience. We stayed for a week in the town of Gerome, in a wonderful Cave hotel perched atop Aydinili hill.
We visited churches with wonderful painted decoration, the Alhara valley with its hot springs and Pigeon Valley, which earned its name from the hundreds of pigeons that have made their home in the rocks. Flying over the valleys in a hot air balloon was a particular delight for six of the walkers.
Our second week was spent in the resort town of Kusadasi on the Aegean coast. We visited Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and former major Roman city. We also visited the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Mary is believed to have waited for her assumption into Heaven. We also enjoyed nightly cuutlra events, including performances by belly dancers and whirling dervishes. This was a very successful holiday, thanks to the extensive research and brilliant organisation of Mary and Tom.
Club Goes on Turkey Trot for Charity
Dungarvan Hillwalking Club will be lending its support to the 5th Annual Paddy Joe Curran Memorial Turkey Trot in aid of Youghal Cancer Support Group on Sunday 8th December. This enjoyable four mile walk in Old Parish will leave the Marine Pub in Pulla, Dungarvan, at 11am on Sunday 8th December. For the more adventurous, there will be a five-mile run starting at 12pm. When the walk is over, there will be refreshments at the Marine Pub. This walk will act as our C walk on 8th December. Entry is €7, or you can give a donation.
Christmas Party Tickets On Sale
Preparations for the club’s Christmas party are now well underway. Causeway Tennis club is the place to be on Saturday 21st December. The fun will start at 7.30pm and there will be delicious food served by the good people at Robbie’s Catering from 8pm. After that, there will be musical entertainments of various kinds. Tickets are €25 and are on sale from members of the committee. You must book a ticket to be admitted to the Christmas party.
Mulled Wine Walk
What better way to clear your head after the Christmas party than with the annual Mulled Wine and Mince Pie walk in Ardmore on Sunday 22nd December. As always, proceeds from the walk will be donated to the Lion’s Club. The walk will start at 2pm in the main carpark and will follow a route along the cliffs. After we’ve walked along the beach by torchlight, we’ll enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and various other spoils from the Great Dungarvan Bakeoff.