The Codswhallop Club invite you to join them
On a trip to Bolonia near Tarifa
Details posted by Simon Baldwin-Purry
You will recall that at a recent luncheon meeting we were
pleased to thank Jim Bray for his hard work in recent years in the capacity of Social Secretary, but understood that neither he nor anyone else really wanted to undertake the work of such in the coming year.
As a result it was mooted that individual members might be willing to promote “one off” social events, notwithstanding that they might be less all embracing , in the sense that they might be only of interest to a smaller number of members (Perhaps having less to do with only filling ourselves up with food & drink).
A few fellow members of the club, who are also members of a specialist luncheon club, The Codswallop Club, have been kind enough to propose that I invite members, on our joint behalf, to what, we believe, will prove an interesting adventure which few Probus members will have previously experienced.
I refer to a self drive visit to Bolonia, off the main road a few kilometres past Tarifa (The most southerly town in Europe, as no doubt all of you know). There, right next to the sea, we shall find a very interesting and well laid out Museum &Baelo Claudia which is one of Andalucía’s most significant and well-preserved Roman archaeological sites.It was settled some 2000 years ago
At the time of Emperor Claudius the town is thought to havebeen very prosperous, as it was a major port for Tangier in Mauretania Tingitana (now Morocco) and also supplied salted tuna fish, garum and other products to various other Roman cities along the coast.
In fact, the city was so successful that it was granted the title of "municipium" by Emperor Claudius.
However, over the years the town declined, mainly as a result of several earthquakes, damage from which is evident in the ruins today. There were also problems with hordes of pirates, both Celtic and Barbary and the town was eventually abandoned in the 6th century.
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One could make the trip an overnighter for those who haven’t been away for sometime! Our proposed day is Tuesday 21st May and the next day. The date has been changed as many Hotels are fully booked for the previous week due to the Tuna catching festival on at nearby Zahara de los Atunes and Barbate.
Please let me know if this appeals to you and your other half by the end of this month: and please ask me later if you have any special questions to ask.