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Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia. Creating Inspired Travel Itineraries for Independent Slow Travel.
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Europe, Mexico, and the USA
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Over twenty years of International Travel Experience.

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Enjoying Cajun Hospitality in New Iberia, Louisiana


New Orleans has the well-known reputation of party town central and an amazing assortment of fine dining establishments all wrapped up in a boisterous and lively bundle... think Mardi Gras festivities as standard fare concluding with…


Posted on May 15, 2017 at 6:00pm

A Mystical Journey on a River in a Cave on the Yucatan Peninsula


During a recent visit to Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, we became fascinated by the Mayan Culture and their spiritual history.  In addition to the dozens of ancient pyramid-temple ruins that are spread throughout the area, there are also numerous revered underworld caves to explore.

The Rio Secreto ( was a highly recommended tour company that specializes in a…


Posted on March 30, 2017 at 7:06am

The “Painted Stone” : Celestún on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula



On a recent visit to Mérida, the capital city of Yucatan State, we opted for a side trip to the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun (Celestun Biosphere Reserve).

This protected, coastal wetland reserve and wildlife refuge encompasses over 147,000 acres and showcases their hugh flocks of vibrant pink Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber). The flamingo nesting area was one thing, but pink was not the only…


Posted on March 11, 2017 at 5:02pm

Los Dos Cooking School in Merida, Mexico; Remembering Chef David Sterling

In pursuit of the holy grail of Yucatecan Mexican cuisine we selected the renowned “Los Dos” cooking school, created by the famous chef David Sterling, which is located in Merida, the capital of Yucatan state. We were not disappointed.

Merida Orientation

In the course of booking the class we developed a rapport with David and he proved to be a remarkable source of information about his beloved…


Posted on January 25, 2017 at 1:56pm

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