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The Best of Portugal: From the Age of Discovery to Today

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Make your own discoveries in Portugal in 2025 on this journey to medieval monasteries, fertile vineyards and cities that are equal parts history and modern energy. Deadline to express an interest is March 16, 2025.

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Portugal 2024

Spain at a Slower Pace: The Best of Barcelona and Madrid

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Spend eight nights in Madrid and Barcelona in 2025. Express your interest by March 7, 2025.

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Ceiling image of church in Spain

The Best of the Canadian Maritimes

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Embrace the colorful history of the Canadian Maritime provinces for 11 nights in 2025. Express your interest by February 1, 2025.

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Canada

Independent City Discoveries: Québec City

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Spend four nights in Québec City in 2025. Express your interest by October 2, 2024.

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Quebec City

Discoveries Along the Douro: Portugal’s Best-Kept Secrets

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Spend 9 nights on the Douro River in Portugal in 2025. Express your interest by June 7, 2024.

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Portugal

Mexico City: History, Art, Culture and Politics

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Embrace and explore Mexico City as it showcases all facets of Mexico’s national character in 2025. Deadline to express an interest is Friday, July 20, 2024.

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Mural in Mexico City.

Cabinet of Curiosities: Herbarium Collection

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Cabinets of Curiosities will seek out the University of Minnesota Herbarium on the St Paul Campus.  Tim Whifeld, Collections Manager, will share his knowledge of that amazing collection and explain its critical importance in the twenty-first century. Botanists study these pressed plants, individually and collectively, to estsblish a history of plant life, often over centuries, because they contain compelling evidence of the ever modulating geographical distribution of plants and evidence of how climate, pests, and other factors have changed species over time. 

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Adenocaulon bicolor;  Asclepias syriaca

Signature City St. Augustine

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Bright and bold living history awaits you in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida in 2025. Express your interest by June 30, 2024.

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St. Augustine, Florida

Tropical Costa Rica

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The Retiree Association at Winona State is inviting UMRA members to join them a trip to Costa Rica in 2024. The final date to register is October 2, 2023. You're encouraged to register some time in August as spaces will fill up.

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Costa Rica Travel Tour

Absolute Southwest — A Canyonlands Adventure

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Your UMRA Travel Committee has added a new Road Scholar tour in 2024 for members, "On the Road: Absolute Southwest - A Canyon Lands Adventure." The journey begins on Monday, October 28, 2024 to Friday, November 8, 2024. Register by May 1.

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Colorado Plateau

Splendid Spain

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This trip begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona with stops 3 cities in between. International round trip airfare from NYC is included in the quoted price. See the attached a copy of the e-brochure with highlights and complete itinerary.  Register by May 1.

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Spain

Sept Photo Club

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After a summer break the UMRA Photo Club will next meet September 10, 2024 in the meeting room of the Hennepin County St. Anthony Branch Library. For those interested in lunch, meet at the Great Dragon at 11:30 am. For September the THEME will be Curves

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Cabinets of Curiosity: Andersen Library Tour at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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Autumn is a wonderful season in Minnesota so plan to join UMRA at the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Kristen Mastel, head librarian and curator, will reveal its treasure trove of publications and artifacts relating to plant history, horticulture, and natural history. After the tour, those who are interested may stay to eat lunch together, sitting outside if the weather is nice. Later, you are invited to a one-hour tram tour of the entire Arboretum that includes natural areas of flowering shrubs, bogs, and forests, family garden and landscaping showpieces, and the red barn farm

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Anderson Library at MN Landscape Arboretum

Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Jonathan Padelford

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Enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Jonathan Padelford, leaving from the Harriet Island dock in St. Paul, boarding time at 5:30 p.m. We will have a brief program on board by Patrick Nunnally from the River Life Program of the Institute on the Environment.

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Padelford Riverboats, logo

Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence

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Edith Wharton is best known for her stories about upper-class New York society into which she was born. Age of Innocence is her eighth novel, published in 1920 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

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