‘The Friday Club’ (J.L. Watford retired Partners) decided that in 2012 they would have a 5 day holiday, and that a visit to ‘Floriade’ at Venlo, Holland would be the highlight.
Our departure from Watford on Sunday 13th. May saw 46 retired Partners and guests leave on a coach for the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone. After the crossing we had a pleasant 4 hour journey to our hotel in Valkenburg. After settling in, some went for a short walk while others relaxed or spent time in the hotel swimming pool until it was time for our 3 course buffet dinner.
Monday morning was the time to discover the sights that Valkenburg has to offer. The town boasts that it has the highest castle in Holland (not difficult in such a flat country!), also plenty of caves, one of which is a replica of Lourdes in France, another used for the Christmas market. After lunch we all boarded our coach for the short trip to Monschau, which is a picturesque and compact town, albeit a little hilly, with plenty for all to see and do. On our return and after relaxing we were all ready for dinner
Tuesday we again boarded our coach, this time our destination was Cologne, where the Cathedral dominates the city centre with its twin towers, what a magnificent building. Some of our group went for a tour on the bus, whilst others took the ‘little train’ for their sightseeing. Unfortunately the day was rainy at times, but not enough to spoil our enjoyment. On our return we had another splendid 3 course buffet dinner.
Wednesday after breakfast was our outing to ‘Floriade’. This is a ‘World Horticultural Expo’ held every 10 years in Holland, it has something of interest for everyone whether you are a gardener or not. There is also a cable car running the entire 1.1 km. length of the showground at a height of 30 metres with magnificent views of the show. Once again on our return we relaxed, then had our 3 course buffet dinner, after which our group photo was taken.
Thursday came, which meant that after all the fun we had had, we left on our journey back to Watford.