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4-6 May 2020 - Gourmet cruise with Brittany Ferries to St Malo

Please do join us on this trip, which is ideal for lovers of travel and good food and speakers of French!
St Malo is a delightful town, perfect for a day trip, rated as *** by Michelin for its fabulous position and architecture.
A walled city with a cathedral, great shops, pretty galleries and boat trips – lots to do and see.
We did this trip in 2014 and 2017 and it was so successful that we’re doing it again!
We’ll disembark together, find the lunch restaurant for café et croissant and then free morning to enjoy the town, walk the walls, go for a swim (!) etc. Then we meet for a very long lunch at 12.30. Afternoon free for more boat trips, swims or maybe a walk out across the fabulous sands – St Malo has one of the greatest tidal reaches in the world and the sea goes out a long, long way. For details please visit Brittany-Ferries website:
• Overnight cruise from Portsmouth to St Malo with an inside 2 berth cabin
• 4 course buffet dinner on outward sailing and continental breakfast on inward
• As well as good eating, there are splendid castles walks to walk off the calories and a lovely old town to explore
• Great lunch at Café de l'Ouest ref: MALOGO, easy walking or short taxi ride from ferry terminal – three courses plus aperitif and café
• Return overnight cruise from St Malo, with an inside 2 berth cabin plus continental breakfast before arriving in Portsmouth
• up-grades for single cabins and larger, pleasanter or outside cabins.
Please let me know if you’d like to join us.

Cathy Mercer
020 8452 5239 or Cathy's email.
Please book with lunch Café de l'Ouest ref: MALOGO online or by phone 0330 159 4500 with Britanny Ferries.

Brent u3a holiday in Morecambe, Lancashire: August 2019
The Midland Hotel Morecambe

In August a small group of us had a lovely holiday in Morecambe, with the option to stay in the iconic Midland Hotel, photo right (© SM). The views were stunning, not just over Morecambe Bay but also taking in the Lakeland Fells and Bowland Forest.
We visited the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre, 'Home of Brief Encounter' and travelled onto Clapham in North Yorkshire, at the base of the Ingleborough mountain: one of Yorkshire's 'three peaks'.
We walked along the Clapham Beck to visit caves and waterfalls.
In Lancaster we toured the Castle, site of courthouses and prisons. At the Lancaster Museum we visited the famous Memorial to Insus, showing a Roman auxiliary cavalry officer who has decapitated a local native warrior.
At Breakfasts and Dinners we enjoyed views onto the Bay. Afternoon Tea at the Midland was a delight.
Now where to next year?

Brent u3a holiday in Devon: August 2018
Kingswear Castle on the River Dart

In August nine of us stayed in Dartmouth, Devon. Our main accommodation was a lovely pub, a stone’s throw from the delightful River Dart.
We travelled by steam train to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s summer house, and enjoyed strolls in the 300 acres of woodland to work off the Devon cream teas.
We also sailed along the River Dart to Totnes, on the Kingswear Castle, a coal-powered paddle-steamer, photo right (© SM). The wildlife was fantastic, with seals basking and egrets fishing.
There was time to enjoy Dartmouth’s promenade, al fresco fish suppers and the opportunity to swim in Castle Cove, under Dartmouth’s medieval castle.
A good time was had by all!

Brent u3a gourmet cruise to St Malo: September 2017

A small group of us made a return visit to the delightful Breton city of St Malo. We took a gourmet cruise with Brittany Ferries cruise ferry Bretagne, which meant a fantastic dinner on the boat over and a magnificent lunch under the old city walls. Not to forget the magnificent cooked breakfast on the journey home. We worked it off by walking the ancient walls and also took a ferry ride across the River Rance to Dinard.

View of Gull with Fort National and high tide On the City walls

As you can see, the sun shone on us!
Photos above (© SM), view of a young Gull with Fort National and high tide; on the City walls.


Brent u3a gourmet cruise to Le Havre in Normandy: September 2016
Breakfast in Le Havre

A small group of us had a fantastic gourmet cruise in France, sailing overnight to Le Havre and then spending the day there.

Le Havre is a handsome port which was popular with the Impressionists. It also has a magnificent beach.

So on the morning we inspected the lovely fresh produce in the market and the magnificent art gallery, photo right (© SM), at breakfast.

After a splendid lunch with wine on the main town square, we strolled along the delightful promenade and joined the locals swimming in La Manche (English Channel) before taking the overnight ferry back to blighty.
On s’est tres bien amuse (a good time was had by all) !


Brent u3a holiday in Cornwall: July 2015
Yellow flowers at the Gardens of Heligan

We had a fabulous trip to Cornwall to visit the Eden Project and Gardens of Heligan and enjoy the sun, sea, sand and cream teas of this part of England. The Eden Project, set in an old clay pit, was spectacular. It poured with rain but that didn’t matter. We had a fantastic weather-proofed mix of bubble-like Biomes and outdoor gardens.
In complete contrast the sun shone on the pretty Gardens of Heligan, restored Victorian gardens with beautiful views on to the sea. Here we had a great mix of woodland walks, jungle planting, green garden sculptures and wild flower meadows, photo right (© SM), as well the pretty original glasshouses.
A pineapple house had only ever produced one pineapple – probably the most expensive pineapple ever produced, when you think about it. We stayed in Par, near the sea, travelling down by train. We were a short bus ride from the charming port of Fowey, once famed for its smugglers and ideal for a ferry ride to Polruan. We had a group supper in the Royal Hotel on the first night and the food was so good that we returned each evening too.


Brent u3a holiday in St Malo: September 2014
Members of the group at a statue outside St malo's harbour

Our gourmet cruise to St Malo was by two overnight sailings on Britanny Ferries cruise ferry Bretagne.

We travelled from Portsmouth to St Malo, with a great on-board buffet on the way out and a fantastic lunch by the castle of St Malo.

We also had a whole day to enjoy St Malo, a delightful city.

The return journey included breakfast before disembarking at Portsmouth for our train back to London.

We liked the holiday so much that we’re planning on going back!
Photo right (© SM)
Members of our group admiring a statue of
Mahe de la Bourdonnais d.1753
(famous for the relief of Pondicherry).


Brent u3a holiday in Scarborough: September 2013

Scarborough is a pretty town on a stunning coastline. It’s also the home of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s own theatre. We saw two of his plays (or three plays, for those who enjoyed lunch at the theatre) and stayed in a charming Georgian terrace nearby.

View of harbour and south beach at Scarborough Enjoying ice-cream sundaes in Alonzi's Harbour Bar

We had time to visit the delights of Scarborough, including, photos above (© SM), fantastic views of the harbour and south beach; and ice cream sundaes at Alonzi's Harbour Bar! A short train journey took us to nearby Filey for a chance to visit the famous 'Brigg'.