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Newsletter July 2016

Dear friends,

While we may be in the thick of Summer, with plenty of high temps, we're looking ahead to the Fall, one of the best times for culinary travel! The temps have cooled down -- particularly in places like India and Southeast Asia, as well as the south of Italy -- and the crowds aren't as big. Plus, when it comes to food, there's a lot of food to be harvested (and turned into a fabulous seasonal feast). And all that is in addition to the olive harvest and grape harvests too.

Douro Valley in PortugalIt's peak season for food and wine particularly over in Italy, and some of our favorite Autumn-time destinations include Tuscany, as well as Piedmont, where you'll find truffles, mushrooms, chocolate, and chestnuts in abundance… in no small part due to the number of Fall festivals!

If you're looking for even fewer crowds, head to a part of Europe not as well known, but just as beautiful. The Douro Valley of Portugal is one area that comes to mind, and it's easily accessible and explorable by foot, such as during our Walking and Cooking in Portugal culinary vacation. The region is particularly famous for its production of Port wine. Make sure to bring your camera too, as you'll see beautiful mountains covered in vineyards, just waiting to be harvested.

Olive grove walk in CroatiaAnother fabulous destination in the Fall: Dubrovnik in Croatia. While one of the most popular vacation spots in Croatia, in the Fall there are not as many crowds, giving you a chance to easily explore the dramatic coastline and the incredible walled city. Don't just take it from us. George Bernard Shaw once said, "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik."

What destination are you dreaming about discovering this Fall? We'd love to help you put together the perfect culinary vacation.

Peg Kern

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