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Everyone traveling this week - by car or plane - safe travels! Have a very Happy 4th of July!
[06/29/19] I've been having phone issues lately and this morning the office phone is dead - hopefully I'll have a new phone working by Monday! One person even said it told her 'disconnected'. Another said it rings and then goes dead. Off to the store this weekend. So if you've tried calling - please call again next week. Thanks!
If you enjoy nature, beautiful scenery and vineyards – Oregon is a great place to visit. With over 1,000 vineyards and 700 wineries Oregon is fun for wine connoisseurs like me. Then you drive thru fields of hazelnut trees (99% of hazelnuts for the U.S. come from here) and fields of hops (for beer) Oregon has 363 miles of coastline, 40 miles of sand dunes (larges expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America), 11 lighthouses dot the coast, elk, deer and the best cheese and ice cream at Tillamook Cheese Factory!
This strawberry field is just down the road from me in Albany. Their first year in business, they are almost ready for your business!
update:: we are currently out of prepick for now I will post when we have more available
Just an opening update: We are hoping to be open the beginning of next week. We will keep you posted on the exact day. We have some pre picked berries available right now if your interested, $3.50 a pound. Let me know.
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Nope, not Mexico or Caribbean - this is the beautiful Oregon coast!
I am very glad I was able to travel to Cuba in February. The cruises have stopped calling on Cuba. Guests (not mine) boarding a cruise ship today were told they would be going to another port instead of Havana.
'Cruise lines confirmed on Wednesday (June 5, 2019) that “due to changes in U.S. policy, the cruises will no longer be permitted to sail to Cuba effective immediately.'
Happy National Cheese Day! This photo is from the farmer's market in Bruges. Europe is fantastic for their cheeses.
20 Polish dollars is like $5. So it's been great exchange!
Some free time for roaming. Bright sunny day, Poland is lovely!
My favorite cooking class this trip. The duck and crunchy tubes with white chocolate mouse was divine!
Farmer's market with amazing smells and colors. Everything from housewares, clothing, baked items to flowers, fruits and vegetables.
We moved to Krakow today and toured a couple beautiful churches, along with every school group in town! Still raining, 4 days now.
Poland has been so interesting to see. Unfortunately, it rained all day again, but with our painting on glass class and fantastic lunch, it was another delightful day. Tonight we have dinner, music and dancing. The Polish have outstanding food and entertainment.
Another wild new spa experience! I had a cupping treatment. A suction is formed with rubber ball like thing and oil, they massage with that. Tickled at times and painful at others. Reduce cellulite and for pain relief in back. Interesting underwear to put on!
A rainy day in Zakopane but we still enjoyed some sites.
Have you ever seen 5 skinny boats being tied together to make a raft? That's what they do here for a raft trip in Pieninski Park Narodowy. We rode the raft down the Dunajec Gorge. Slovakia on one side and Poland on the other. Absolutely gorgeous! The river was high and fast. It was rough in a few spots.
We're in Poland now. Last night in Krakow and now we've started our culinary and spa tour. We'll be in Zakopane for 4 nights. Tomorrow we have cooking lesson. The food is amazing and we're in the mountains. No complaints 😁 here.
Last few hours in Brussels and it's raining. We take the bus and enjoy our last Belgium waffle. These waffles are made with yeast and have a little crunch in them from pearl sugar. They are wonderful just plain. We each got a Flemish tapestry pillow case. Back at hotel waiting for airport shuttle and the sun comes out.
Today we did a Hop on Hop off city tour in Brussels. A much larger city than we anticipated! Brussels is home of NATO and European union.
We had an amazing dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. The owner let us come in 1/2 hour before opening and we could watch our food being prepared. Excellent 👍. We might go back tomorrow night. One block away from our hotel.The tiramisu had gingersnap crust. I had lamb, of course.
The BEST chocolate shop in Brugge. 😋
Lunch in Brugge. Pork cheeks for Kathy and lamb, white asparagus for me. Yummy!
Brugge, Belgium, the 'Venice of the North'. Charming with 84 chocolate shoppes. Amazing smells and views. White asparagus and flowers at the market.
What do you know about Poland? I know very little but looking forward to learning! Poland is between Germany, Lithuania & Ukraine. Poland has beautiful nature, especially mountains and forests, and there are numbers of national parks across the country. Poland produces one of the best Vodka in the world, and usually they drink it with shots.
I’ll be joining a small group of travel agents in Krakow for a spa and culinary tour. I look forward to my first visit, complete with several cooking lessons. I can book you on your European adventure, what's your destination?
Finally going through the photos from Morocco. This is in Sahara desert in March We wrapped our heads to keep sand off face and out of hair.
Beaches calling? I have several clients ready to book their winter vacation, and who can blame them after this past winter! There are promotions out there now for travel thru 12/31, but only a couple for beyond that. The charter air is only loaded till Dec. 16th. Delta doesn’t even have all their flights loaded. Early booking discounts and promotions start later summer so please be patient. I have a list of people to get back to as soon as deals start. I look forwrd to some great winter deals and working with you! 😎🛩️
Chocolate anyone? Europe has so many wonderful countries and all have their own specialties. Belgium is a small country in Europe between Germany & France on the North Sea. They are famous for chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. The Brussels Airport sells about 800 tons of chocolate per year, with an estimated two tons sold per day. The airport’s Belgian Chocolate House offers the finest brands of chocolate in Belgium.
Brugge, just over an hour out of Brussels, is also known as the “Venice of the North”. Canals loops across town with picture perfect cobblestone paths, brick archways and stone churches.
I'll be visiting this country for the first time soon, looking forward to that choclate and the canals!
Happy Cinco de Mayo Day!
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed
to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the
Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio
Today, on National Travel Advisor Day, I’d like to personally thank you for trusting me with your travel plans these past 23 years! At this time of year I’m busy with Europe travel, cruise bookings for 2020 and doing several training days on all the new resorts coming up for winter travel. The really good promotions and early booking discounts for winter travel normally start in August. I’ll let you know! Have a great summer and thank you for thinking of me for your travel plans!!
Full day of training yesterday with Hard Rock resorts in morning and afternoon specialist class for Hawaii. Today I have some free time and then my great-nieces play, legally blonde. I'll update you soon on new product information.
One thing I'm always watching is the sargassum issue on the beaches. This film is from Bonaire, at the southern end of Caribbean. The conditions change often and sometimes rapidly depending on winds and Mother Nature. Not all beaches have a problem. When you fly over the Caribbean you can see these masses in the water. This is a constant battle for the resorts. They do their best to clean up every morning and haul away. You'll see tractors along the coasts working on this.
Sargassum explained by George Buckley, Harvard University Extinction School.
Here are the cause of Sargassum bloom and what we need to do.
What we are looking at is the age of Anthropocene; this is the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
Wishing you a very blessed Easter, enjoy time with family and friends. Rejoice!
So sad watching the breaking news from Paris! Notre Dame engulfed, devastating. It's taking a long time to get hoses up that high. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/world/europe/notre-dame-fire.html
I love new experiences and I also love wine! I just found out about Wine Barrel rooms –and there’s a few places that offer them. Just added a night in one of those to my bucket list!
What’s on your list that’s different?
Here's one in United States, I've been to Wall Walla, now I have to go back! https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/you-can-sleep-in-wine-barrel-in-walla-walla-washington
This one is Portugal and there are several more! https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/sleep-in-wine-barrel-quinta-da-pacheca-portugal
travelandleisure.com Oenophiles the world over will be happy to know that they can now book a wine barrel for the night.
I spent 12 nights on the most amazing adventure in Morocco. Our small group of 15 from around the world bonded quickly and even shared all our free time together. Starting from Marrakech we visited Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and ocean town of Essaouira. Every day brought a new adventure and many laughs. I rode a donkey in the Atlas Mountains, rode a camel across the Sahara desert sleeping one night in a tent, and lost all modesty at a traditional Moroccan hammam (steam bath followed by scrubbing, one hour hot oil massage and completed with henna tattoo. Stories to tell about that experience!)
Some interesting things about Morocco:
Argan oil is an incredibly nourishing and hydrating oil derived from the Mediterranean Argan Tree. For culinary and cosmetic use. Cloven-hoofed goats in Morocco only climb one particular type of tree: the Argania spinosa, typically referred to as the argan tree. The tree is endemic to southwest Morocco. Nothing like seeing a bunch of goats climbing a tree!
A riad (Arabic: رياض) is a type of traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard with several sitting areas. One was like a spa resort with peacocks strutting around. No tvs or elevators, except in Marrakech
The Atlas Mountains extend across northwestern Africa, spanning Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, separating the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline from the Sahara Desert.
There are very few places on Earth that compare to the incredible landscape of the Sahara Desert. Located on Morocco’s western border, the Sahara Desert is the world’s largest hot desert covering an area similar to that of the United States. I specifically traveled to Morocco with the intention of venturing off into the desert and spending a night under the stars. A desert adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Sitting on a red-sand dune watching the red sunset and turning around to a full moon brought tears to my eyes.
What destination is on your bucket list? Give me a call and we’ll figure out how to make that happen! Mary Richter Pack N Go Travel 320.845.7123
Thank you! I just celebrated my 23rd year as a travel consultant. Couldn't have done it without you!
Seventeen hour layover in Paris? Hire a driver and see the City of Lights!
[03/26/19] Saying farewell to Morocco after an awesome tour. Tonight we'll have dinner and see the lights of Paris. Had a wonderful time with Pam and Mary Beth.
I think I'll just stay in my room today OMG!!! I think I got upgraded! It's actually the Moroccan Hotel, I goofed on name.
Last minute shopping in Essauira. Then we took public bus to Marrakech for our last 2 nights in Morocco.
Today I had a great traditional hammam experience. A Moroccan hammam brings a body scrub up to a whole new level! They totally scrub you from head to toe with soap and a scrubbing mitt. I thought it was a sugar scrub but it was a layer of skin coming off. I think I lost my tan! Then an hour hot oil message which they message you ALL over! If you're modest, you won't be by the time they're done with you! LOL. I ended with a henna tattoo. All this for 500 Durham - that's only$50! Tomorrow we leave beautiful seaside town of Essauira and go back to Marrakech.
A lovely Riad (once a palace now hotel). I'm on 3rd floor, no elevator.
Love my new silver ring.
Twist and turns this morning on our guided tour. The alleys, doors and vendors are so inviting!! Fish market very pungent. I have a LONG shopping list for this afternoon. Hamam at 5. You'll be shocked on those details.