The Belles Abroad group is open to all and we will be organising a series of (mainly) overseas trips to places which we’d like to visit but just haven’t got round to doing on our own so far.
These are the details of what we have done and what we have planned. Please speak to Liz or Coleen for more info or to put your name down for this group. For your information we usually book twin rooms, but triples or singles can be arranged although there may be a price difference.
May – Krakow
Join us for a weekend trip to Krakow from Friday 31st May to Monday 3rd June travelling from either Gatwick or Stansted (yet to be confirmed). The estimated cost is around £250 and we need to know definite numbers by Wednesday 23rd January so that we can book by the end of January. If you would like to come with us, please email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
September – Dublin
A weekend trip to Dublin from Friday 21st to Monday 24th travelling from Southend Airport.
We visited the Guinness factory, had a boat trip on the Liffey, sampled the nightlife and restaurants around Temple Bar and met many lovely Irish people. It was a great weekend and we would definitely recommend a visit. We stayed at the Arlington Hotel which was very well situated for the town centre and flew with Flybe from Southend airport. Bus transfers from the airport were easy to find and I would definitely go back.
November – Lille Christmas Market
We travelled to Lille by Eurostar from Ebbsfleet on Friday 23rd November until the Sunday.
We stayed at the Hotel Balladins which was a 10 minute walk from the Eurostar terminal. Very easy and relaxing to travel on Eurostar. No baggage restrictions and the hotel was easy to find. The market was fairly small in terms of a Christmas market, but there were plenty of restaurants outside the hotel and within a ten minute walk. We all bought some unique gifts and 15 of us had a great weekend.
We plan to visit some of these cities in the future. If there are any others you would like to add to the list please speak to Liz or Colleen at a meeting.
November 2017 – Amsterdam
In early November 8 of us went to visit the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Only a 45 minute flight from Southend airport, we stayed close to the city centre and made full use of the great transport facilities with easy local access to restaurants and bars. We took in a lot of museums, went to the flower market, on a canal boat trip and in the evenings compared notes about how many thousands of steps we had walked each day! At the end of the day we relaxed in the hotel garden with hot chocolate.
Here are a few of our holiday snaps. Amsterdam is definitely a city we would recommend you visit.
February 2018 – Prague
13 of us visited Prague and had a lovely few days finding out about the history and beauty of this very cold city!