Good Grief!! It simply CANNOT be time for Christmas 2019 already! Where in the world did this year disappear to? Time seems to go by faster each year. Could that adage about the older we get….Nah! Forget that! At any rate – MERRY CHRISTMAS 2019! This last year was crowded with three wonderful travel adventures shared with many of you. Traveling with Focus friends always makes our adventures such fun and is the best part of every tour for me!
Our 2019 adventures began in the springtime with an unforgettable AMAWaterways Rhine River cruise. We began with a few days in the Black Forest on Lake Titisee before moving on to board our ship in Basel. A few days later after excursions in Strasbourg, France, and Rudesheim, Germany, we experienced a magical afternoon cruising the Rhine Gorge. Castle after castle floated past us! We disembarked in Amsterdam and enjoyed a day at the Keukenhof Gardens. We were SO lucky! The tulips as well as all the other varieties of flowers were in full bloom! Next, late June saw a Focus group flying to Russia where, after a few days in Moscow, we boarded the Trans-Siberian Train for a 10-day journey across Russia, Siberia, and Mongolia! An experience I don’t believe any of the 18 of us who went will ever forget! All my pre-conceptions about Siberia and Mongolia proved inaccurate! Both countries were beautiful and so very interesting! A few of our number rode Mongolian horses across country; we slept in Yurts for a night; and we explored many fascinating towns along the way with great English-speaking guides. We wrapped up our 2019 travels with a tour of Scotland, the English Lake District, and Wales. We rode several iconic, famous trains, cruised several beautiful lakes, stayed in several castle hotels (whoops! No elevators and a looong way to our rooms, generally!), attended a wonderful Medieval banquet, and reveled in gorgeous scenery! I had never been to Wales and found it a delight. We ended our tour with a free day in London before flying home. What a year! Truly tours to remember! But wait until you see what we have in store for 2020! Our March Cruise to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Morea and several other French Polynesian islands on Oceania cruise line’s Regatta, is almost filled! We have room for a few more! In the fall a Focus group will explore New England: Boston, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Then, to round out the year we will visit the spectacularly beautiful islands of Sardinia and Corsica! Everyone I run into who has been there cannot stop raving about both of those islands – only ten miles apart in the Mediterranean. Both New England and Sardinia/Corsica still have space available so come join us!! Our Annual Focus Blowout will take place on Thursday, February 13th. I will send out a formal invitation in early January. I hope everyone who lives close will be able to come. Put it on your calendars now, please! Also, at the Blowout will be Sneak Peeks to the awesome 2021 tours Tumlare is busy getting ready for us! Again, this year as always, I am filled with treasured memories of adventures I have shared with so many of you. I am already looking forward to sharing others with you in 2020 and beyond! To each and every one of you -- my wishes for a blessed and beautiful Christmas season and may 2020 be filled with health, joy, and Focus Travel Club tours!
Loves, Hugs, and Merry Christmas!
Ellie 303-985-1435 or 303-257-5924 firstname.lastname@example.org