Welcome! I’m Victoria!
La dolce vita for me! And for you! Travel consultant, blogger, writer, tour leader & published author, I love sharing no-nonsense travel tips, advice and insights. Let's plan your next great trip, perhaps to Italy with me?!
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⇑⇓ Stairway to a Misstep…
It doesn’t seem to matter how much advice and warning I give to those planning their trip to Italy, very few are really prepared for the stairs! And they are everywhere. Continue reading
♥ The Gelato Festival Comes to America! ♥
♥ For several years I have tried (unsuccessfully) to attend a Gelato Festival in Florence, Italy…but several weeks ago, Gelato Festival America came to me!
♥ This fall Cathleen, Jan P., Yvette, Deborah, Jan O., Patricia, Sonia and Joe joined me and my Puglia Partners, Yle & Michele and team for 10 fabulous, fun, delicious days…
…and they truly fell “head over heelz” for Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot! ♥
♥ But, don’t take my word for it…here’s what they have to say…
♥ ANNOUNCING!! ♥
♥ Early Bird “Sweetheart Deals” for Italy in 2018 ♥
♦ Puglia ♦ Italian Riviera ♦ Sicily ♦
It’s time to plan your amazing, fabulous, delicious, trip-of-a-lifetime trip to Italy! And I’m here to help! Partnering with local experts, we have created unique, boutique experiences designed to immerse you in the authentic, local lifestyle of each region.
Travel like a local with locals! Together we’ll enjoy traveling in small groups (never more than 12), private transportation, staying in luxury hotels in historical city centers and in picture-perfect accommodations in the countryside, sampling delicious traditional cuisine and wine, visiting picturesque towns, villages and archeological sites, cooking together, visiting and tasting in boutique wineries, meeting local artisans…
…and only the very best each region has to offer!
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Register by February 14th and $ave!!
Here are the details…
Join me as I go hot on the trail of the elusive Inspector Montalbano…
It’s no mystery that I am and have been an avid fan of Andrea Camilleri’s engaging Sicilian inspector, Commissario Montalbano, since 2007. Then, while visiting Siracusa (Sicily) with a small group, my friend and tour guide pointed out his books as we passed a bookstore window. She asked if I had read the bestsellers and, unfamiliar, I took note and so began my journey with Salvo et al.
I was immediately hooked, proceeded to devour every one of the bestselling Montalbano detective novels and haven’t missed one since… Continue reading
♦ Their Story is My Story ♦
“We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.”
♦ October is celebrated as Italian-American Heritage Month in the United States. ♦
Can YOU Picture Yourself Here with US?!?
Enjoying all things authentic here in the seductive Salento sub-region of Puglia with an exceptional team of expert locals, and staying in a charming restored Masseria and a luxury hotel in the historical center of Baroque Lecce?
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Magnifique! Fantastique! Merveilleux! Délicieux!
Visiting biodynamic Chateau Guiraud for an informative tasting, then on to Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve where we are greeted by Queen Margot and Henri IV and treated to an exquisite lunch paired with Sauternes…
On to The port of Paulliac and the land of Medoc where we visit Le Chateau Du Tertre and learn about Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon…
On to Blaye Fortress and in the afternoon a special “rendezvous-vous chez Remy Martin cognac”…
And there’s more! We must visit St. Emilion, oui? Picturesque, charming, and elegant…and, of course, a wine tour/tasting.
We visit Chateau Soutard where it’s all about Merlot…
We sail on to Libourne where we explore their local market- One of my very favorite things to do when I travel-and this one does not disappoint!
And one more chateau this afternoon, Chateau Abzac, where we are greeted by Baron d’Anglade. The chateau husband and his family since 1796.
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Exploring Bordeaux and this exquisite corner of France with Uniworld has been a dream fulfilled!
Fairy tale châteaux, spectacular vistas of vineyards… Meeting and enjoying locals and all while being luxuriously spoiled in every way imaginable – starting with my beautifully appointed stateroom and splendid amenities to the scrumptious and sumptuous culinary delights and a professional staff extraordinaire!!
OOOlala indeed! My adventure started as a solo but after 8 days I made so many lovely acquaintances and new friends! Perfect, oui?
All of this and more…Yes, much more!!!
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It’s time to leave Bordeaux but the memories are indelible. I will definitely be sharing much more about my unforgettable time here when I return home…but first, I’m off to Italy and back to Puglia where another fabulous time awaits…
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Truly, I wish you were here! Maybe 2018 will be the year?
♦ ♦ ♦ All aboard! ♦ ♦ ♦
Oui, I’ve been on board the River Royale with Uniworld as we cruised from Bordeaux, France, along the Garonne, Dordodogne and Gironde for 8 glorious days…
Merci to Alaïs and Bordeaux Tourism for their generous guidance and Bordeaux CityPass…
Thanks to their visionary major, Bordeaux has enhanced her image by creating attractive open spaces and a vibrant pedestrian-only historic center, improving public transportation, and accentuating her noble cultural heritage.
Join me on this visual feast (I promise to update with more detailed descriptions)…A foodie/wine walk, a visit to the spectacular Cite du Vin – Bordeaux’s state of the art wine museum – and sampling local specialties from oysters to caneles …and, of course, local fromage and vin!