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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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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

The Lost Tradition of Sending a Postcard


Once upon a time, maybe only ten years ago, sending a postcard from Italy (for example) was a well thought out undertaking designed to share your experiences and to mischievously remind your friends and family that you were “here” and they were “there”.

It was a time-tested ritual that has unfortunately gone out of fashion due to the advances in technology.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

In the “Old Days” the postcard…


Posted on January 7, 2017 at 3:00pm

Visiting Another Side of Mexico: the Yucatan Peninsula

There is Mexico and there is the Mexican state of Yucatan. The former gets a lot of negative (and often unfair) press and the latter hardly gets mentioned (unlike the resorts of next-door state Quintana Roo, Cancun and the Riviera Maya).  Being inquisitive slow-travelers who prefer the “unusual,” we did a lot of research and discovered the essence of a…


Posted on November 28, 2016 at 8:30pm

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