I have a few spots left on two of my Italy trips next year that I want to let people know about. The first is a trip to Tuscany (May 26 - June 1) and the second is to the Veneto & Friuli (June 2- June 9). My small group (no more than 14 participants) journeys are designed to show people the real Italy through the wine and food of each region. I want people to experience Italian culture the way that I have been able to over many years of travel and work there. I want to give people a sense of what it is like to live there, to feel Italian to understand where traditions came from and to take them off the beaten path. These trips involve tastings at wineries that are normally not open to the public, meetings with winemakers and winery owners, often meals with them, eating in restaurants that are dedicated to preserving traditional cuisine, tasting artisanal food products, and always having fun. I build in ample time for participants to wander, explore, photograph, visit museums, or relax.
If you would like more information on these trips you can visit these links, or email me at passionatepalate AT gmail DOT com.
Veneto & Friuli: http://www.passionatepalatetours.com/tours.html
Now for the Smiles-
Scarlett and "From the Shores of Introspect and Retrospect" bestowed this "You Make Me Smile Award" on me weeks ago, and I am only getting around to a proper THANK YOU just now. (My apologies dear Scarlett.) I know these things may seem a bit silly to some, but what a beautiful gift to make someone else smile. Lifting others up is the real award. As St. Francis's famous prayer states, "It is in giving that we receive."
Now it is my turn to receive by giving this award to others. (I try not to duplicate tagging someone I tagged recently, otherwise, there would be a lot more bloggers on this list.) If you have already received this award, then count yourself lucky to have made another person smile! Of course I would give it back to Scarlett if I could, because she always makes me smile.
Dana at A Child of the Universe for being exactly that!
Sussanah at Ink on My Fingers for inspiring me to be me.
Chris at Mele Cotte for always having a sense of humor in her posts.
Jenn at The Leftover Queen for the smile on her face and in her words.
Katie at Olio di Oliva Sogni di Vino for her aliveness.
Frida at Portraits of Afghanistan for giving us image of beautiful faces and places.
Thank you all for making me smile, again and again.