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Newsletter May 2015

Dear friends,

We get many inquiries for trips to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Paris and Provence in France, and the big cities of Spain. While I love all those destinations, some of my fondest travel memories are from exploring other lesser-known destinations. Perhaps a part of this appeal is that there are fewer tourists in these regions, but that's not all. Something about these parts of the world also feel even more authentic than the popular tourist destinations.

Puglia vacationWhile you'll be cooking with locals during any of our trips, it's easier to meet the locals in off-the-beaten path destinations. And you can bet those locals will be happy to talk about their corner of the world, from their food traditions to the history of their area.

For starters, Puglia and Molise come to mind in Italy. Both are highly agricultural regions, and as such, they're a dream come true for gastronomes. Plus, while Puglia is one of the oldest settled parts of Italy -- with archeological sites from the Greeks and Byzantines -- Molise has an old-world charm of its own, even though it's technically the 'newest' region of Italy. (Learn more about Molise here.)

Cooking class in Rhone AlpsOver in France, Provence may be top of mind for some, but other southern parts of the country -- namely the Rhone Alps and Bordeaux -- offer a range of culinary delicacies, as well as an extraordinary number of world-renowned chefs and restaurants. All of that, of course, has the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime cooking vacation!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many off-the-beaten destinations to explore, and they'll help you see countries you think you're familiar with -- like Italy and France -- in a whole new way!

Need help picking the perfect spot for your next vacation? Contact me anytime.

Best,
Karen

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