Happy mid-year! I have just returned from zooming around in France and Italy. First was a tour in the Vaucluse, Nothern Provence, in France, before going to the Bordelais to finalise details for our September Gironde tour.
Gironde Tour – don’t miss out!
This particular tour does not happen every year and it is going to be good. We still have a couple of places available, so give me a call for more details. gail "at" theactivegourmet.com or 09 372 2779
Brittany to Normandy – fresh seafood and Muscadet
Next, I took a quick journey to a Brittany and Normandy to check some accommodation, and chanced upon the regular celebrations of D-Day at the Normandy beaches. The oysters at Cancale were a planned target - they did not disappoint. As you will note, nothing left of either the oysters or the Muscadet.
We travelled on the auto routes for much of the 3,500km covered in France. It’s a real privilege to travel on these magnificent roads, and the tolls are not huge considering the time and frustration saved on the various journeys. The standard of driving is very high and the scenery is spectacular, too.
Lazio and Umbria/Tuscany - heaven on a stick
No doubt you will recognise this scene from calendars and books on Italy. At the end of the first week of June, we went to visit our friendly accommodation owners in Lazio (near Rome) and in Umbria/Tuscany. We stuck to the back roads, some of them tiny, and even traversed the famed white road in the countryside outside of Siena without breaking an axle.
A little warning: if you are planning a trip for next year (or even later this year), don't delay getting your arrangements under way. The airlines have cut back on capacity and several do not fly ex-NZ every day!
The first thing to do is to fill out our travel planner on theactivegourmet website, and then we can help you put together a workable structure so you don't waste time and money by being in the right place on the wrong day.
Why choose us to sort out your accommodation?
Okay, there are literally thousands of places available on the internet, but how do you judge the standard? How do you know the exact surroundings of your selected property? To get the best ones, you need to look at reserving up to eight months out, even longer in some cases. Let us handpick you a great selection of places, and put together a hassle-free holiday.
Talk to you soon,
PS: If you want a taste of what our clients get up to, take a look at our travel blog which is full of the recent adventures of Jeff Bailey and his travelling companions. You'll love it!
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