SANGREAL TOUR – Part 1 of 2
At the crack of dawn on Monday March 20, 47 members of the U3A Vall del Pop waited in the car park in Jalon for their coach to take them on the five-day Holy Grail exploration.
Pepe soon arrived and the group embarked on their journey, heading north before arriving in Teruel for lunch.
The group disembarked and scattered around the town keen as ever to see the sights, with most gravitating to the central plaza, where the smallest bull in Spain sits atop of one of the biggest columns.
The next stop was Zaragoza, where the group visited the Cathedral and the largest statue in Spain of King Alfonso I of Aragon, one of the Grail Kings, where David Rohl, tour leader and master of the Grail history, shared his detailed story.
The first day’s journey finished in Huesca, at the Hotel Sancho Abarca, where the group were well looked after and spent three very restful nights.
The second day started with an excellent guided tour of Huesca, where the Holy Grail had been sent from Rome in the 3rd Century to a farmhouse for safe keeping.
After lunch, Pepe took the group into the foothills of the Pyrenees to visit Loarre Castle, one of the largest Romanesque fortress of Spain. The original fort, which guarded the Christian Northern part of Spain when the Moors invaded, had been expanded later with a monastery.
On that dry grey day, the wind from the mountains brought the group to realisation as to how harsh conditions would have been for the soldiers and monks during its occupation.
On the third day, the group went into the Pyrenees in search of the hidden Grail Castle of legend, where the Holy Grail was moved for safe keeping from the Moors, who were then occupying almost all of Spain.
April 10 – The Egyptology Group Meeting at Jalon Town Hall has been CANCELLED due to David Rohl´s filming expedition to Jordan
May 4 – General Meeting with speaker Lorraine Bellami on ‘Working with BOAC/BA’
May 11 – Valencia Day Trip to the Museum of the Fallas and Lladro Museum
May 15 – Egyptology Group Meeting ‘The Body in Tomb 55’ at Jalon Town Hall
June 6 – 10th Anniversary Fun Walking Treasure Hunt in Benissa, including buffet lunch
June 17 – Barn Dance at El Cid
23rd – 27th December Christmas 2017 (5days & 4 nights) in Nerja, including trips to Malaga, Almunecar & Frigilana
For further information check out the U3A Vall del Pop website – www.u3avalldelpop.com.
The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning, and this is particularly evident in the U3AVall del Pop group, whose members generally meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Polivalent Centre in Murla.