Cinque Terre on Italian Coast to Start Limiting Tourist Numbers

February 17, 2016 In a move that we have long wished for, the authorities who govern the ultra-popular Cinque Terre national park on the gorgeous, formerly unspoiled Ligurian Coast have announced limits of 1.5 million visitors per year starting in 2016. Cruise ships and bus tours disgorge thousands and thousands of people per day onto […]

Just ‘Ri-Married’ in Tuscany

April 14 Our current guests Steve and Debbie had a dream to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a special trip to Italy. Not just any trip, but a renewal of vows in Tuscany trip. With help from the staff of a beautiful and romantic country inn just outside of Montepulciano we made it happen, and […]

Lunch with a view in Beilstein, Germany

July 11 It’s always a highlight (even if you have been there, as we have, more than 100 times) to bring guests to the lovely Klostercafe above the miniature hamlet of Beilstein on the peaceful Mosel River. We love to share the not-so-secret hideaway at the top of the restaurant, the little room surrounded on […]

Paris, Southwestern France and Barcelona Micro-Group Tour

PARIS, SOUTHWESTERN FRANCE & BARCELONA Dates TBD on interest and group This trip starts off with three nights in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, with a guide who knows how to make the most of your time here. We then move away from the city to explore the environs o southwestern France. Carcassonne […]

Paris, Provence and Southern France Coast Micro-Group Tour

PARIS, PROVENCE & CÔTE D’AZUR Micro Group Tour for early July or early October (Max 5 adults) This trip starts off with two nights in one of the world’s most enchanting cities, with a guide who knows how to make the most of your time here. We then move away from the cities and to […]

Taking a Nap at 6,017 feet

A tourist naps on a bench above the Eagle’s Nest, known locally as the Kehlstein Haus. The site is popular with those wishing to have a splendid view over the Berchtesgaden Alps. One can see far into Austria from this vantage point. Or, one can examine the insides of one’s eyelids, as in this man’s […]

Postcard from Burgundy

Tending a vineyard the old-fashioned way with real horsepower

Sleeping in a medieval castle above the Rhein River in Germany

July 30 There’s no experience quite like spending the night in a castle high on a bluff above one of Europe’s prettiest river valleys. Recent guests of ours had this experience and for some, it was a repeat experience. Susan brought son Nick back for a second European Focus Private Tour and this time, four […]