This year, for the first time, the RMA linked up with the Travel Department to make available to members a break abroad. This 7 night half board break was in Istria in Northern Croatia, on the AdriaticCoast, and took place in mid-September. There were 10 in the RMA group, out of a total of 47 in the full Travel Department group. Members from the following counties were there: Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Tipperary, and it was a very enjoyable break. We were based in Porec, a very historic town and attractive resort, with excellent walking routes. We stayed in the Valamar Hotel Crystal, which was a very good choice, with helpful staff, comfortable rooms and good food.
Our first organised outing was a guided walking tour of Porec. Later on, there was a very interesting day trip to Pula, the capital of Istria, which has many Roman architectural remains, including an amphitheatre which is the sixth largest surviving Roman arena in the world. On the way back, we visited Motovun, an ancient hilltop village. Another day trip involved a boat tour to Rovinj, a beautiful hilly town, with sightings of dolphins on the way back.
It is hoped to organise another continental break for members next year in conjunction with the Travel Department.