Travellers' Tales



We meet at the Kea Community Centre on the 4th Thursday in the month at 10am for a 10.30 start and talks are usually for an hour.  (We may in future have to adjust the start and finish time to fit with the bus schedules from both Truro and Falmouth.)  The group take a break from the monthly talks in August and December.
The dates of talks this year are 28th June, 26th July, 27th September, 25th October and the 22nd November.

In May, Phillip & Wendy Franklin gave part one of their talk about “Islands of the Eastern Atlantic.”  This talk included; Madeira, La Gomera, and The Azores.
Madeira is a lovely island, good for touring and walking.  Small water courses (known as Levadas) carry crop irrigation water from the mountains in the centre and north of Madeira to the arid south side of the island.  These provide excellent walks.  The levadas follow the contours of the mountains so walking on the bank of them is fairly flat and easy.  However they are frequently cut into cliff faces and the bank is usually only about 18” wide.  There are vertiginous drops and though there are post and wire fences these look flimsy so walkers need a head for heights. 
La Gomera is an island in the Canaries.  Walking in La Gomera requires tough boots.  It is basically a mountain with steep cliffs along the coast.  It is rarely possible to walk from one coastal village to another without having to go up the mountain to the centre and then steeply down to the next village on the coast.
The Azores are a large group of volcanic islands three of which were visited by Phillip and Wendy.  Quite a contrast to Madeira and La Gomera with charming hill country with fields and meadows. Also a magnificent coastline with picturesque villages. The photo is of Pico Grande.


Please make a note in your diaries that on Thursday the 28th June Paul & Marea Graham will be talking about their travels in Australia and Tasmania.  If the photo is anything to go by it should be an exciting talk!


 We look forward to Malcolm Clark’s talk on Thursday the 26th July about Japan.  Again please make a diary note.
There will not be a talk in August as we take a break.
Please come and join us, new members to the group are always welcome.  We meet at the Kea Community Centre Playing Place. Talks start at 10.30am but come any time after the doors open at 9.30am and have a tea or coffee.
Jon Skelton  Group Leader  123.skelton@talktalk.net  Phone 01872 865316 





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