Archive for November, 2012

November 6, 2012

Visit Italy next year.

As the year is winding down, clients are beginning to think about next summer’s holiday.  I admit that I am biased, but I can promise, a visit to Italy would not disappoint anyone in the family.  So many opportunities present themselves that the only problem is narrowing down the itinerary.  Rome has enough to take in, that one could never go too frequently. Tuscany, whose heart is Florence is much the same way….just more easily accessible rural options. A favorite being the medieval hill town of Siena where many of the  buildings and art works date from about 1260-1348 when Siena was one of Europe’s wealthiest cities.  Highlights are the  unusual fan-shaped piazza where the palio horse race is run twice in the summer and its magnificent Gothic duomo.  Lucca is my favorite walled city, west of Florence and we have just added a lovely 3 bedroom rental apartment right in the historic center, ask me about it (invitationtotuscany.com).  Then there is Veneto..with Venice as the crown jewel, Piedmonte, the Lake District, on and on.

Have a look at this brief video – you may get inspired !

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November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy ripples effects around the world

Our sympathy goes out to the many many people who experienced tragic consequences from ‘Sandy’

Everyone on earth with a TV saw video of the  “Storm of the Century” and everyone who was in its path made whatever  preparations they could in advance. But who could have possibly imagined how many people NOT in  Sandy’s direct path would ALSO be affected by this monster storm?  I understand there were over 19,000 cancelled North American flights.  With that many flights cancelled can you imagine how many people had missed connections, lost luggage and other travel interruptions due to that one event? Talk about a global ripple effect!  What can you do when an event like this alters your plans?  Try and relax, realizing  that the forces of nature are infinitely more powerful than ourselves, and whenever possible, lighten up and open your mind to ‘new possibilities’  – the best of plans do not always get to play out as intended. Italy is one of those countries where if you let yourself ‘go with the flow’ on occassion, you may encounter amazing and unscripted experiences that often make up life’s most treasured memories. Enjoy Italy as a local …which means ‘slow down’ and let the unexpected surprise you in a wonderful way !

November 1, 2012

Holiday in Italy today…November 1st

All Saints Day is celebrated November 1 and is a national holiday in Italy. On All Souls Day, November 2, Italians bring flowers to cemeteries to honor deceased relatives. During November you’ll find some music and cultural festivals and performing arts seasons are starting.
Truffles are the star of November Festivals in Italy. Many truffle fairs are held in northern (Piedmonte for one) and central Italy. You’ll also find chestnut festivals in many towns and villages during November. Restaurants will often have special meals highlighting truffles, chestnuts, or wild mushrooms especially on Sundays. Fall is a great time for eating in Italy !!!  Bon Gusto!

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