Colin and Elizabeth
Colin and Elizabeth's big trip of the year was to Israel at Easter with a party of Christian friends including many from Teddington Baptist Church (TBC). The highlights were Easter Sunday morning at dawn in the garden around the Garden Tomb, as well as walking where Jesus walked in Galilee and Jerusalem. They will never read the Bible stories again without visualising the places in which the stories are set. At the end of the trip the group went across into Jordan to visit Petra an ancient city which is absolutely amazing.
It was a privilege that this trip was led by Rev Roger Martin (TBC's Minister back in the 1970s). Roger died suddenly and unexpectedly soon after returning from Israel. Although he had been unwell in Israel, it was thought was this was an adjustment to recently diagnised diabetes but it turned out to be pancreatic cancer. He died within a week of being given the diagnosis. This was only a fortnight after his election as Vice-President of the Baptist Union at the annual Assembly which Colin and Elizabeth attended.
Colin and Elizabeth took Jasper and Miriam to Disneyland Paris at the beginning of August on the way to the French holiday home. They all had a wonderful three full days there especially enjoying the Disney Studios and the wide range of rides. Then they all went on down to a holiday house in Burgundy where they were joined by Joanna, James, JJ, Caleb, Heather, Robert and Gwyneth. Richard and Rachel were working on their house in the Charente.
Colin is still President of Eurisy having been elected for a second three year term in June this year. So he continues to have solo trips to Paris and Brussels plus other European capitals like Prague. Colin and Elizabeth went on Eurisy trips to Budapest, Paris and The Hague.
Budapest was a special event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Eurisy and there was a grand dinner in one of the halls of the old royal palace in Budapest. Colin and Elizabeth stayed in the Budapest Hilton which is built inside the walls of an old monastery on the castle hill. They had a tour of the magnificent Hungarian Parliament building and gazed in awe at the massive war memorial left by the Russians.
In both Budapest and The Hague, Elizabeth followed an Art Nouveau trail finding astonishing buildings while Colin was chairing various Eurisy meetings. The Hague was really lively with a pink veteran car parade and an open air rock festival the same weekend the rock stage outside the Escher museum made its floors and windows shake, rattle and roll.)