MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, MISSION INN
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Led by: Beverly B. and Elaine B.

Our first stop will be at the Farmers Market in Temecula, where we’ll will have time to see the local fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, crafts and much more. Then we’ll head for downtown Riverside to Tio Tacos’s, a hole in the wall taco shop. A great place for lunch (on your own). From Tio Tacos, we’ll walk to our final destination, Mission Inn, a national historical landmark. Cost of the trip is $70. Mail your check for either trilp to: Walkabout International. Please include your email address and cell phone number. Refunds only if there is a waiting list.

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BRUNCH AND GIFT EXCHANGE
Tuesday, December 25 Ÿ 9:00 a.m.

Broken Yolk Cafe, 1851 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Walkabout’s Annual Christmas Brunch attracts around 40 people and is an excellent way to celebrate the holiday with your Walkabout friends. You can make this the center of your day, or simply start Christmas Day off with us and move onto other events. You are warmly welcome.

Brunch: 9:00am  (serve yourself – buffet style)

Gift Exchange: 10:00am  (bring a gift to receive a gift – gift not mandatory)

Walk:  Will depend on who leads the walk, could be before or afterwards.

Gift Exchange: bring a gift valued around $10.00 marked (Male), (Female) or (Generic).

Enjoy a bountiful brunch of scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, pancakes, muffins, orange juice, coffee, and tea.  Cost is $18.50 per person (includes tax and tip). Send your check t:

Walkabout International
2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92106.

Be sure to note “Christmas Brunch” on the check. Questions call 619-231-7463. Deadline to receive your check is Friday, 12/22/18 by 2pm when the office closes

 

 SPECIAL EVENT

North Coast Repertory Theatre
Presents “Always Patsy Cline”

Saturday, December 29 2:00 p.m.

Walkabout wants you to join them on a musical journey with the North Coast Repertory Theatre Presentation of “Always Patsy Cline” A dramatic musical theatrical experience. “Always Patsy Cline” has enjoyed great success all over the US. The show is based on a true story of Patsy’s friendship with a fan, Louise Seger, who continued a correspondence with Patsy to the end of her life. The musical play includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy”, “I Fall To Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight” Gather together your theater buddies and join us for a matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday, 12/29/18. Send you check marked Patsy Cline for $ 40.00 to Walkabout International, 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106. Deadline to receive your check is Friday 12/21/18 by 2pm when the office closes.

It would make a great holiday gift to yourself or someone you love. You will pick up your ticket at will call. We recommend you arrive at the theater by 1:40pm at the latest to give yourself time to pick-up your ticket at will call, use the restroom, and be in your seat before the show starts at 2pm.

Theater is located at 987 Loma Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA

Take the 5 freeway to Loma Santa Fe Drive (exit 37) go east to the 2nd  driveway into the shopping center.Turn left at the first stop and go towards the back of the shopping center. The Theater is in the left corner. Plenty of free parking. Carpooling is recommended. Maybe a group dinner afterwards.

UPCOMING WALKS, EVENTS & TRIPS

Please call our office (619) 231-7463 for details about any of the following.

Riverside County – Mission Inn December 15
Christmas Brunch, Gift Exchange December 25

 

HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Part 2

Submitted by Bruce Herms

Two of my favorite walk leaders, adventurer and world-class walkers are Diane and Hans Altona.  Their trips encompassed Europe, the Orient and the Americas.  Diane was a school teacher, writer and traveler.  She is well known to Walkabouters for her trips to Mexico.  I have great memories of a Mexican trip with them to Copper Canyon.

Hans was born in Indonesia, formerly known as the Dutch East Indies. During World War II, when the Japanese took over, Papa Altona was placed in a prisoner-of-war camp for men.  Mama Altona was placed in another for women and girls. Hans was placed in a prison camp for boys.  After the war, the family moved to the Netherlands.

In 1954, Hans migrated from the Netherlands to Cleveland, Ohio where met and married Diane in 1958. They immediately moved to San Diego and eventually joined Walkabout.  They led many memorable trips including one to Indonesia including Bali and Java with its famed temple complex of Borobudur!

Hans and Diane also led tours of the Rhine River and the Canals of Holland.  I was fortunate to join them on one of these voyages.  We boarded our motorized canal boat in Amsterdam.  It accommodated about twenty Walkabouters in ten cabins, furnished with double bunks.  Stan Follis and I shared a cozy cabin for two, next to the galley where we took our meals.  The boat was skippered by a handsome young Dutchman assisted by two attractive female crew members, who made you feel like you were on a James Bond adventure.  They were pretty good cooks, too.

Our first night’s destination was the village of Haarlem on the main north/south canal.  You may recall, from your American history class, Haarlem was the interim home of the Pilgrims before they landed on Plymouth Rock.  Haarlem was also the home of the Dutch Master, Frans Hals.  One of the things about this town that caught my attention was the number of cats sunning themselves by the front window as you strolled along the narrow streets.

This was early spring, so another common sight were the ubiquitous fields of tulips.  Endless, so it seemed.  The next afternoon, we continued our journey to the famous ceramic factory town of Delft (think “Delft-Blue”).  In Delft we caught the train for a side trip to The Hague, site of the World Court where some war crimes trials were conducted (think “Sarajevo”).  The Hague also boasts some fine art galleries where many outstanding paintings are displayed.  One of my favorite is Girl with a Pearl Earring (eat your heart-out, “Mona Lisa”).

The next day we continued our trip to Rotterdam and then upstream against the mighty Rhine River.  At this point our skipper allowed Stan Follis to take the helm as he piloted our stalwart barge up the Rhine.  What a grand sight that was!

Here we encountered the first windmills that the resourceful Dutch used to pump ocean from the Polderlands back into the North Sea.  On one of our stops we met the crown prince of the Netherlands, who was helping the local citizens celebrate the refurbishment of yet another windmill. At one of these stops, Stan and other members of our group rented bicycles to visit the mansion and final place of exile of Kaiser Wilhelm, who many felt was responsible for starting World War I. 

The following day we arrived in Arnhem, which was featured in the Lawrence Olivier film “A Bridge Too Far”.  We docked near the famous Bridge next to one of those monster river luxury liners like you see on KPBS.  That evening Hans took us on a walk along the Rhine River to a monument dedicated to the children who were held by the Japanese as prisoners of war in the Dutch East Indies during WWII (in other words, people like Hans Altona).  Arnhem has several other interesting war museums plus a wonderful modern art museum in the nearby forest, with a great collection of Van Gogh paintings.

We continued our journey on the northeast branch of the Rhine River, visiting several towns along the way.  In some we were greeted by the Burgomeister.  In all, we enjoyed the open markets, architectural treasures of churches, secular buildings and gothic castles.

We completed our circumnavigation of Holland by returning to and docking next to the Amsterdam railway station, where Hans and Diane continued their downtown tour of Amsterdam and the humongous Rijksmuseum with its fine collection of Rembrandts and other Dutch masters.  That evening one of our tour members, Naida, volunteered to lead us on a tour of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light district.  Prostitution, along with other vices is legalized, licensed and regulated in Holland.  On the street, the “business women” may wear tailored business suits or modest frocks-nothing to call attention to themselves.  At work (on display) they may be dressed in lingerie and may be seen standing and preening or sitting and reading a book, magazine or newspaper, or combing their hair and grooming themselves in their windows.  The business establishments were about 7 feet to 10 feet wide, with a front door at one side next to a “show window” about 5 feet by 8 feet wide.  The room on display could be depicted as a “Reception room” or a boudoir.  The actual bedroom/bathroom was behind the showroom and not on display.  If a customer entered the premise than a curtain or blinds could be drawn across the front window for privacy, while owner and customer discussed terms or other arrangements.  Everything was quite discreet.  In fact, we were told that Dutch parents would sometimes bring their children to see “the pretty ladies on display”.  It was, you might say, like a human zoo.

The following day, Sunday, was our final day in Amsterdam.  I got up early in hopes of seeing one of my priority places, the home and hiding place of Anne Frank and her family where they sought shelter from the Nazis, as World War II wound down.  As we all know, their luck ran out and all members of the Frank family except Papa Frank perished in the Nazi death camps.  Papa Frank was able to find his daughter’s diary which became one of the best-read memorials of man’s inhumanity, but in its own way, a symbol of hope.  While I waited on the front steps for the doors of “the annex” to open, I was joined by a young man from Canada who had come to pay his homage to this young German girl.  A few moments later a still younger Japanese student arrived, on his own spiritual quest.  It puzzled me.  I think I could understand my own motives.  Anne and I were about the same age, we were both children of World War II-she could have been my own sister.  But what was it about this young girl’s mystique that can reach out to one, two and I am sure more generations to touch the lives of so many people?

When I returned to the barge it was time to pack up and exchange goodbyes.  Some of our groups were heading home after two wonderful weeks in Holland.  Hans and Diane were leading the rest on yet another week of adventure into the high lands of Holland and Belgium.

Next time I will tell you about the trip to Copper Canyon with Diane and Hans.

PLEASE WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Volunteers Needed!

We need office volunteers and board members.  We are also recruiting new walk leaders. If Interested, please contact Norm Vigeant at 858-278-1253 or ngfrenchy@hotmail.com and he will guide you through the process. We always looking for new ideas for walks so If you are interested in any of our volunteer opportunities, please call the office (619) 231-7463.