We are off!!! And so we begin our 11th
It’s hard to believe that I did my first tour 14 years ago with two clients.
This year we have 17 travelers from several different locations from the
country. I have a number of repeat travelers and some travelers who have never
been to Europe. Every tour is so
different – obviously due to the people. This year I have all ages and all
walks of life. That’s the other aspect I enjoy of this trip, watching the group
come together and the friendships that are created.
This whole trip started with
a client who wanted to have us design a “Tuscan” home. I convinced him and his
wife to go to Italy and really research what a true “Tuscan” home was all
about. At the same time I was working on a remodel for a travel agent. I told
her of my other client’s desire to go to Italy and so she put the whole trip
together for us and asked to join us. That is how it all started!
During and after the trip, my
clients encouraged me to make this part of our business plan. So the next year
I promoted the tour and was surprised to get 8 travelers…. The Candelaria
Design Tour Italy was born! I’ve had every size group ever since from four
travelers to up to 22 travelers. Ages from 8 to 75!
This year we will fly from
Phoenix to Washington DC for a short layover and a chance to stretch out,
charge the phones and computers, make some calls and then we fly across the
pond to Brussels, Belgium. Another quick layover and a plane switch and then we
move on to our final destination – Florence, Italy!
Each trip has its own
challenges, joys, apprehensions, laughter, surprises, and most of all great
memories. Despite all the great planning by my staff – primarily Evelyn – things happen!!! It’s just like life. You deal with it, keep things positive, and
turn what might be perceived as a hiccup into an amazing experience and
So here we go! We are off on
another adventure! Follow along here on our blog and on our Candelaria Design
Tour Italy Facebook Page. I will do my best to keep up with the trip and we
will be adding much more video clips this year.
Next year we will go to the Amalfi Coast and Positano and Capri. So make
sure you get your reservation in as the trip fills up fast during and right
after this trip.
Here is this year’s
Departure for Florence
September 25th Our arrival in Florence and dinner on
Our day in Florence and dinner at
Drive to Umbria and our arrival dinner
Brunch at Villa Piazzano and dinner in
Perugia and Assisi
Wine tour in Tuscany
Farmer’s Market in Umbertide,
Antique shopping, cooking class farm houses
San Gimignano and Siena
Free day at the Farm Houses
Drive to Lake Como and arrival
at Villa d’Este
Lake Como & Milan
Fly home to Phoenix
Finally, Thanks for all who
attended Isabel and my American Wedding
reception last week! We had a such a great time and it was wonderful to see so
many of you!! We also appreciate and thank all of you for the gifts to the
American Heart Association on our behalf.
Here are a few pics from that wonderful day and evening!