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Our tips on hot destinations, interesting websites and the best early-bird deals, as well as other stories, recipes and travel tips from our experienced travel advisors.

Isola Comacina

A medieval curse and an exorcism with every meal Isola Comacina is the only island on  stunningly beautiful Lake Como.   For centuries it remained uninhabited.  It was abandoned after the destruction of its fortifications and buildings in 1169.  One of the casualties...

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Travelling around Mexico

One of the biggest surprises about Mexico is the quality of their inter-city bus services. They boast one of the most modern bus fleets in the world. Buses run every 15 to 30 minutes between the major cities and key places of interest. Even in small towns and villages...

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A Day in Andorra

This week's trip from our home in L’Escala was to Andorra. We went there once before – many, many years ago – and had been, how shall I put it, underwhelmed. From the border and into the capital, Andorra La Vella, is just one long traffic jam; it is almost impossible,...

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Duck Recipe

Crispy duck breast with easy orange sauce and roast potatoes Serves 2 1 x large (350/400gr) duck breast with skin on sea salt and freshly ground black pepper a little duck fat (or butter) for frying Sauce ingredients: 1 rounded dessert spoon of duck fat (or ca. 50gr...

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PARIS Hidden Treasures

As Audrey Hepburn so aptly said ‘Paris is always a good idea’. For those of you who have visited Paris before and worked your way through the usual ‘must see’ sights then this list if hidden treasures is compiled just for you. After all, who would visit Paris just...

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An Extravagance of 20th Century Art

From the images of Montmartre nightlife and the iconic artistic posters of Toulouse Lautrec in Albi to the home of Salvador Dali in Catalonia via a small medieval town home to the most important movement of modern painting of the twentieth century. The Palais de la...

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Day out in the Pyrenees

It is currently high summer here in Catalonia. Fortunately it doesn't get nearly as hot here as it does further south in Spain, but sometimes you just feel like going up into the mountains for some fresher air. Last Monday was just one such occasion. It was 35 degrees...

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Finding the Right Travel Insurance

Travel insurance has become an essential packing item for travellers, but finding ‘the right one’ is not always so simple. There are various travel insurance policies you could purchase and each may offer different benefits and apply different exclusions. “Travel...

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Greenwich Village – and the beat goes on …

10 not to be missed highlights of ‘the Village’. On its way to being gentrified Greenwich Village, artists’ haven, Bohemian capital and the birthplace of the 60’s counterculture is still home to some of the best music, food and architecture. Home to some of the city’s...

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7 Reasons to Visit Brooklyn, NYC

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan and you’ll end up in DUMBO – Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  This relatively small and walkable neighbourhood punches above its weight in must do experiences. Here are a few of my favourites. Whether you’re a...

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Paris to Barcelona in just 6 hours

The new France-Spain TGV Duplex is now operating between Paris and Barcelona and you can now travel in daylight hours and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The options include Paris-Barcelona in just over 6 hours, Lyon-Barcelona in 5 hours (if you’re in Lyon don’t miss...

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Traditional Handcrafts from Mexico

A group of women in a small town in the Mexican State of Guerrero is working to preserve their ancient handcrafts.  Using the traditional techniques of hand-spinning, dyeing and weaving they create the most beautifully embroidered and colourful huipiles, (highly...

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Coffee in Como and lunch in Bellagio. Checking out the hotel we'll be booking for the 2019 tour. No waiting in lines for ferries for us. All transfers will be by private launch as we explore some of the villas and villages along the lake. There will only be 10 of us so if you can see yourself in these pictures let me know and I'll reserve a place for your. ... See MoreSee Less

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Can never decide which part of Italy I love best. Due to leave Como on Saturday but I've been seduced yet again by the beauty of the lake so staying on for an extra week up in the hills above Lenno. Planning to include Lake Como in our Northern Italy tour in 2019. It''s a tough job doing site inspections but someone has to do it. Watch this space for tour details. In the meantime there's always Puglia and the Amalfi Coast or Sicily and Malta in 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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Why Mexican Folk Art?
Marianne Carlson
What a day! I’m pooped, and still have so much Feria work to do. Feeling sorry for myself, without even realizing it, I looked over at my barro negro mona (black pottery doll) by Magdalena Pedro and I quit thinking about my problems and remembered the day I bought the mona from her. Wouldn't you like to own a piece of art that is so beautiful it can take your mind off of your troubles?

Anyone who has traveled to México has been exposed to the abundant handcrafts created here. I don’t think I would be inaccurate in assuming that most of Mexico’s visitors do not know very much about folk art — I didn’t either 16 years ago. But there is something so special about Mexican folk art, and it touched my heart when I discovered many art forms are in danger of extinction because artisans cannot make a living. I was spurred into action to try and help in some way and the Feria was born.

For me, it is impossible not to feel emotion by the movement of the weaver’s fingers sliding up and down the threads of the rebozo she is weaving. The love for her work obvious as she proudly carries on a family tradition that has gone on for generations before her. She took my hands, looked into my eyes and told me that there is no higher compliment for an artist than to see in someone’s eyes that they have succeeded in passing on to them the emotion they have tried to weave into their art.

Did you love the work you used to do for a living this much? I know I didn’t. In those outstretched hands, I recognized a language of generosity that went beyond words. The aesthetic experience alone had brought me to tears, but now I was experiencing the realization that this was more than just make a living, it was what gave meaning to her life. It was keeping her traditions alive.
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK FOR OUR TOUR TO THE VILLAGE OF AJIJIC AND TO VISIT THE FERIA AND MEET THE ARTISTS.No single supplement. A truly unique experience.
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