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European Days in Sicily

You should have been there! Or perhaps you were one of the eight members of the British section who enjoyed one of the best AEC visits ever.
It is always a delight to meet up with friends from so many European countries, to find we have so much in common, and to learn more about the differences. I always find the Opening Dinner, with the playing of the European anthem, quite an inspiring event. (The meal’s always good too!)
 

This year we paid interesting and well organised visits to Syracuse, Mount Etna, Catania and Messina.

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 We had a civic reception in Taormina, our nearest town, and a less formal civic reception in Castelmola, the village perched above Taormina, where it was drinks in the village square.

But perhaps the most outstanding memories will be of the magnificent flowers and views from our hotel at Capo de Greci, the weeklong
gourmet food – Sicilian cuisine at its best – and the almost overwhelming welcome and friendship offered by the newly re-formed Italian section. 

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BREST 17th – 22nd June 2019
This year the French Section of AEC joined with AMCG (the French version of FEANDC) to organise an event based in the Hotel Center in Brest.
32 French members of one or other Association, or of both, were joined by 9 Germans, 8 Swiss, 10 Belgians, and just 2 of us from the UK.
Despite being in such a minority, we were made to feel most welcome, and spent several days enjoying the company of friends old and new, as well as enjoying the wonderful Breton scenery and the visits arranged for us. 
In Brest we visited the French naval base (sorry, no photos – not allowed), the Maritime Museum, Oceanopolis (lots of very fishy pictures) and, of course, enjoyed a conducted tour of the town. 
We saw quite a lot of the stunningly beautiful coastline, visited old churches and chapels, saw ancient stone rows and the delightfully preserved village of Meneham.  Although there were no train rides this time, we did have a boat trip, crossing from Brest to the Presqu’Ile de Crozon at the start of a day’s sightseeing on the peninsula.  A pity about Harald’s hat – last seen bobbing on the waves! 
Altogether a memorable week. What a pity more British members weren’t able to join us there. Perhaps next time .... 


In September 2018 a small group from the British section paid a day visit to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. One of our members is a volunteer on this 8 km standard gauge preserved railway and he looked after us well.
The railway originally opened in 1867, serving 3 small towns and 15 mills along its length from Keighley to Oxenhope. Closed in 1962, it was reopened by the Keighley and Worth Valley Preservation Society in 1968, and improvements have been made at various points since then.
The railway has featured in a number of films, among them “The Railway Children”, and we were able to see the engine used in this film and the “old gentleman’s saloon” in the shed at Oxenhope.
As another of our members has recently made a model of this saloon, he was delighted to be able to compare his model with its big brother.
Getting off along the way at Haworth station, only two of us went up the hill to visit the Brontë museum (and an excellent pub on the way). This added an extra worthwhile dimension to the visit and we can certainly recommend anyone visiting the railway to make time for this as well.

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