Or, in Italian, "Salute!" or "Cin Cin!"
I'd like to formally dedicate this post .... and really, the entire philosophy that guides me in this venture of creating and leading intimate group trips to Italy to my dear friend, Angela.
Angela loved an adventure.
She embraced each moment with gusto and appreciation.
Good food and drink were essential. As was the act of preparing the meal, especially if prepared with friends, wine and laughter.
She loved to find hidden treasures.
And connected intimately with folks she came into contact with.
Last summer Angela and her son joined my daughters and I for two weeks in Italy. Angela and I have been friends for over 20 years. We have dreamed of going to Italy together for many, many years. The time never seemed right, so it got put off. To someday. Initially last summers's trip to Italy was intended to be a mother-daughter adventure, but after Angela was diagnosed with stage 4 Melanoma, I realized that "someday" was no longer a given and invited them to come along.
Planning that trip became the prototype and the inspiration to create Karin Mallory Presents: Intimate trips to Italy. Research is definitely my bag. Especially when my intention is to find unique and authentic experiences, destinations, restaurants, people and places in Italy. Travel with me and you'll discover people and places you will not find on your own. We will cook in the kitchens of Italians rather in sterile cooking schools. Sharing both a meal and stories around the table. We will dine in trattorias with locals rather than tourists. We will descend down staircases to see the workshops of craftspeople in Florence's Oltrarno neighborhood. We will seek out beautiful places. You will also have time built into the day for personal exploration or rest.
You have three options with Karin Mallory Presents:
1) Join one of my scheduled trips. They are small. The Spring, 2019 trip to Sicily and Naples is limited to 4 guests and the Fall, 2019 trip to Florence, Siena and rural Tuscany is limited to 6 guests. The experience will feel much more like exploring with a group of friends than being one of many in an organized tour. Check out the trip descriptions in my website and sign up SOON (BY JULY 1 for the SPRING, 2019 TRIP and by AUGUST 1 for the FALL, 2019 TRIP) to save $500 per person.
2) Hire me to create a personalized group trip for you and your friends or family. Choose the dates that work for you. And the areas of Italy you would like to visit. Give me some ideas of the type of trip you would like to have, things you want to do, budget, type of accommodations you want and preferences for mode of transportation once in Italy then I'll get to work creating the best of the best, most unique, off the beaten path, authentic itinerary. Just for you. I will join you in Italy and take care of all of the details (reservations, transportation, knowing where we need to be and getting us there) freeing you to just enjoy your vacation.
3) Hire me to research and plan your Italian vacation. Save some money and go on your own!
"Someday" is not a given.
You won't regret it.
Karin Mallory Presents: Intimate Trips to Italy is truly a labor of love. Love of a country. Its history and its people. Its landscapes, villages, cities, buildings and art. Its food. Its culture and tradition. Travel with me in very small groups of adventurous, fun and curious travelers. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite spots. And discovering others together!