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Seniors virtual tours and group chats

Take a ‘tour’ to some of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating places, and then join in a group discussion by phone or online. We will provide a website link to the tour, or print and post guide books, and you can then book into a phone or on-line meeting to chat about each tour. For more information, email us at seniors@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

Week 5 - The Chateaux of the Loire and Churchill's War Rooms in London

Explore some of the most beautiful chateaux dotted along the Loire valley. We will look at the Chateaux de Chenonceau, whose grand ballroom spans the river, and Villandry with it's wonderful formal gardens, among others. There are many websites describing these chateaux. Take a look at the Five Most Magnificent and another travel blog of favourites.

We will also visit Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms in London - used by Churchill and his government as a secure place to carry out intelligence, communication and control during WWII. The War Rooms have been arranged just as they were during those  years, and are now a museum. The Imperial War Museum has interesting webpages on Nine secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms, the History of the War Rooms and the War Rooms' Well-preserved Past. Wikipedia also has a good page on the Churchill War Rooms.

Join in the group chat via Zoom to discuss all you have discovered by booking online. Zoom meeting login details will be emailed to all on the booking list before the meeting date.

Zoom meeting dates will be Monday 6 July at 10.30am and Tuesday 7 July at 1pm. Zoom meetings can be joined from your landline, mobile device, laptop or PC.

Week 4 - The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Yellow Mountains in China

For our next chat, we will explore Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum. This magnificent building was the heart and legitimising seat of power of two empires spanning almost two millennia. Built as the main cathedral of Constantinople in the Byzantine Empire, it later became the central mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Good webpages are the Hagia Sophia website, the Ancient History Encyclopedia, the History website or Rearguard.

We will also visit the Yellow Mountains in eastern China, an area of outstanding natural beauty and great historical and cultural value. These mountains have often been the subject of traditional Chinese paintings. Best websites are the Huangshan Travel Guide and the Wikipedia page on Huangshan.

Join in the group chat via Zoom to discuss all you have discovered by booking online. Zoom meeting login details will be emailed to all on the booking list before the meeting date.

Zoom meeting dates will be Monday 22 June at 10.30am and Tuesday 23 June at 1pm. Zoom meetings can be joined from your landline, mobile device, laptop or PC.

Week 3 - The city of Kyoto in Japan, and Monet’s Garden at Giverny in France

This week we will explore the historical city of Kyoto, with its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. Good websites are the Lonely Planet guide, the Japan Guide page or the Wikipedia page on Historic Monuments of Kyoto.

We will also visit Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny – the inspiration for his wonderful impressionist paintings of waterlilies, the Japanese bridge and his many interpretations of these lovely flower gardens. Best websites are Giverny Monet’s Garden and a real virtual tour on YouTube.

Join in the group chat via Zoom to discuss all you have discovered by booking online. Zoom meeting login details will be emailed to all on the booking list before the meeting date.

Due to the Public Holiday on Monday 8 June, Zoom meeting dates will be Tuesday 9 June at 1pm and Wednesday 10 June at 10.30am. Zoom meetings can be joined from your landline, mobile device, laptop or PC.

Week 2 - The Taj Mahal at Agra, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House in Windsor Castle

This week we will 'explore' two very different places. The magnificent Taj Mahal is one of the most visited and admired buildings in the world, while Queen Mary's Dolls' House might be one of the most intriguing and least-known treasures of the UK's "stately homes". The intricate workmanship in both is remarkable.

Join in the group chat via Zoom to discuss all you have discovered by booking online. Zoom meeting login details will be emailed to all on the booking list before the meeting date.

Zoom meeting dates will be Monday 1 June at 10.30am and Tuesday 2 June at 1pm. Zoom meetings can be joined from your landline, mobile device, laptop or PC.

Week 1 - The Palace of Versailles

The first of our weekly 'tours' will be to the gorgeous Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Explore the Palace through the official Versailles website - click on the Hall of Mirrors link and scroll to the bottom for links to other parts of the palace. Interesting facts are available on the This is Versailles blogsite and more tours are available through Google Arts and Culture.

The highlight of the Palace is the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, but every room is full of intricately detailed decor and furniture created by the best architects and master craftsmen of the 17th and 18th centuries. The gardens close to the palace form a wonderfully symmetrical pattern of beautiful parterres, groves, fountains and ponds.  

Join in the group chat via Zoom to discuss all you have discovered by booking online. Zoom meeting login details will be emailed to all on the booking list before the meeting date.

Zoom meeting dates will be Monday 25 May at 10.30am and Tuesday 26 May at 1pm. Phone meeting dates to be advised.

Resilience workshops

Staying Afloat During COVID-19 

Wednesday 3 June

10.30 - 11.30am

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Re-Framing COVID-19

Wednesday 17 June

10.30 - 11.30am 

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COVID-19 response

We have reluctantly cancelled our seniors “Love the Life” program until further notice. We will begin to plan seniors programs for later in the year, but will monitor government guidelines over the next few months.

We are also concerned that increasingly restricted access to community activities may result in loneliness and poorer physical and mental health. Aged Services staff will take time to phone the people on our contact list to chat and make sure they have everything they need.

Services available, staying connected, help for carers and more

On our Useful information for Seniors page, you will find details for:

  • Services that can help you while staying at home.
  • A link to the Home Library service.
  • Ways to stay connected.
  • Help for carers.
  • Relaxation resources.
  • Resilience workshops.
  • Exercises that you can do at home.

Love the Life excursions and seminars

Some of the fun and interesting activities that we have run in the past included excursions to Government House and lunch at the Cruising Yatch Club at Rushcutters Bay, and a seminar on home support services and the Charter of Aged Care Rights. We are looking forward to planning lots of great activities for our Love the Life program later this year.

How to book

For all our events, you can pay by booking online, mailing a cheque, or in person at Council by credit card, cash or cheque.

For all credit card payments via mail, please fill out the Seniors - Credit Card Payment Form (pdf. 611KB).

If you would like to receive information on our events, provide us with your contact details by calling 9424 0836.

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