This year has for many in the group travel business seen a return to approaching normality - with eyes now focussed on the 12 months ahead, tours & excursions being booked for 2023 and beyond. Tour operators have their brochures out to the market, deals are being made and with the overwhelming majority of those aged 55+ having been vaccinated 4 times business is brisk.
Whilst many group travel organisers are setting their 2023 sights on trips closer to home, for the foreseeable future anyway, others are once again looking overseas, we mentioned a while ago that during a trip to the West Country earlier in the summer (Dartmouth), I had never seen the area so busy. Well, fast forward to early September and it was the same during a long weekend in Bath it was full of tourists and it was great to see so many coaches. Restaurants, full to the brim I thought, pandemic, what pandemic as the crowds soaked up the sunshine and the local fayre on offer.
As I write I have just come back from a trip to Nerja, in southern Spain where it was just about perfect at 23 degrees most days, so let's hope that the cooler weather and shorter days do not dampen our enthusiasm for day trips, short breaks and tours of these magical islands.
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Hindu Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka
This is the oldest and largest hindu temple in Colombo and is dedicated to the Gods Shiva and Ganesh. Ganesha (also known as Ganesa or Ganapati) is one of the most important gods in Hindu mythology and he is also worshipped in Jainism and Buddhism.
A visit is a must to find out more about this fascinating religion it has monumental towers elaborated, with hundreds of colourful ornaments a delight the eyes and memories. Enjoy!