Please see our Facebook page for the first reel but here are a few shots from our Mystery Trip organised as ever by Rotarian Alan Peaford, a huge THANK YOU to him. 21 of us left Thurrock by minibus and headed to Gatwick with only our passports a few quid and enough clothes for two nights but no idea where we were going! Some clues given by Alan eventually led us to either Malta, Switzerland or well anyway is was the great island of Malta.
Our hotel was excellent if a little noisy as it was in the heart of all the nightlife action which finished around 4am although a few of our merry band were still drinking so didn't notice. Naturally with such a large group and the trouble you can have trying to get restaurants that hadn't been booked to take us all, we split into a few groups and did our own thing. The first night started with a few sherbets in the Irish bar and some pretty decent food and as the night wore on some decided to run the gauntlet of a the night clubs vying for our business and returned to the hotel, while certain others partied on to the wee small hours.
The next day we took an open top bus round the island which orientated us to the island and then we had a few hours before the booked evening meal. 7 of us returned to a wine bar on the harbour front at St Julian's and discovered nearly 100 gins to try, we gave it a good go!
The following day feeling a bit jaded, some of our number walked to Valetta while others went to Mdina which was spectacular, particularly when we found some stocks to put misbehaving members in.
Our return to Blighty was smooth and without incident, a great two days with excellent company, great food and a few sherbets all very reasonably priced which was an added bonus.