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The winter, spring, summer of our discontent? 2010 is a year we'll long remember for the severe winter of "Snow-Maggedon" followed by the spectacular eruptions of Eyjafjallajoekull in Iceland. Mother nature did her worst to our intrepid travelers - but she couldn't keep many of you back for long could she?    

Living the good life in a bad economy.              It's time to look at the forest, not the trees. Instead of the well worn tourist spots we need to refocus. There are marvelous alternatives,  just as beautiful and nowhere near as costly. For Tuscany try the Marche, for Gstaad try Fribourg, for the French Riviera try the Adriatic Coast.  Scores of undiscovered jewels await you which are still affordable and unspolied. It's not the "B" list. Just a smaller"A" list.   We're here to help you not scalp you!           

Brio-  Italian word iused to express joy and enthusiasm for life!  Brio is included with everything we do for you.
The falling euro has made Europe more affordable for North Americans.
 How's that for a bit of Brio?

Le Marche
A region of Excellence

The Marche, relatively undiscovered by most modern tourists, is serendipitous & affordable especially with
the falling Euro.
The region is a  glorious patchwork of hills and valley. Vineyards give way to medieval towns which melt into the sun drenched Adriatic Coast. This region is a mini-Italy if you like - since it has everything to offer on a smaller scale and a visit won't break the bank.
Urbino and Ascoli Piceno are the most impressive cities, rich in art treasures, history and architecture along with the incredible wealth stemming from the Papal States. 
Best time to visit is spring, summer and early autumn.
For more information and reservations please visit us at Le Marche.  
Turning the other cheek
Our scoop on public nudity
Where am I? 
I speak in Italian but also English and many other languages. Risotto is my local dish. I am a family as well as a jet set destination and have a multitude of art galleriesand designer shops. I am surrounded by mountains and offer plenty of outdoor as well as indoor pursuits. I have fabulous gelato.
Where am I?
Whre am I?
For the answer visit  Let's have it! 
Monaco Grand Prix Cruise
Four days of five star luxury $1799.00
Food and wine - Italy  2010 

cook's tour Eataly 2
New Itinerary
Please contact us now  if interested. Details:  Eataly 
Don't make an "ash" of yourself. 

Many of our clients are smiling in spite of the ash falls from Eyafjallajokull which continue to disrupt so many European flights. This is because they purchased travel insurance at the onset of making arrangements, not after the proverbial guano reached the fan. Those who procrastinated unfortunately paid the price because once an event occurs, it is considered pre-existing. There is no discount for last minute insurance, so why not take the full coverage from the beginning? 


Today's most savvy travelers now consider the price of travel insurance as part of their travel budget.  Inclement weather, strikes, accidents, illness or death can happen to anyone, any time. Why take the risk?


Even if you have used frequent traveler miles for your ticket, you still need coverage for all the rotten surprises that life so often presents us with. Avail yourself of coverage on the link or call 1- 800-228-9792 and quote 46-6079 as the location.


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Switzerland - Fribourg to be precise. This area is not so well visited as most of Switzerland and it's a hidden gem. Winter sports, wineries and fabulous cuisine are just some of the attractions. Right now Fribourg is a bargain and highly recommended for it's beauty and the simplicity of it's French speaking heritage.            
Winter provides snow, spring or autumn provide glorious scenery and summer provides excellent wine - take your choice. In summer there is a wealth of outdoor activity. Gruyere  is only one of the famous foods which comes from Fribourg. Oh - did we mention chocolate? There are chocolate outlets and factories in Fribourg - even the Chocolate Train" which operates in the summer months 

How much? Considerably less than most comparable luxury destinations.
How?   Call us and request the good life in a bad economy
Really really good Chocolate Cheese Cake
For the crust - use one 9 oz. package of chocolate flavored (not coated) cookies (or wafers), broken up and 6 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter. Pulse the cookies in the food processor until a fine consistancy, add the butter with the processor on low. Process until just blended -  transfer and press into the bottom of a springform cake pan.
For the filling you will need 1 pounf bitterseet chocolate (chopped), 1/3 cup unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (Droste recommended), 3 eight ounce package of cream chees, 1 cup sugar, 4 large eggs, pinch of salt, 1 1/2 cups sour cream at room temperature and 2 teaspoons of pur vanilla extract.
Melt the chocolate with the butterover a double boiler, gently whicking until smooth - blend in the cocoa powder and remove from the heat. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and let cool.
Beat the cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer starting at low and increasing to medium until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each one. Add the saltand beat in the cooled chocolate mixture until just smooth. Add the sour cream and vanilla then beat until smooth.
Make sure the oven is at 350 degrees when the cake is put in. You'll need to butter the inside of a springform cake pan and tightly wrap the outside with aluminium foil to make it waterproof. You'll also need a kettle of boiling water and a roasting pan.
Pour the filling into the springform cake pan. Put the cake pan into the roasting pan and create a bain marie by adding enough water to reach halfway up the pan. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the center is almost set but still wobbly. The cheese cake will firm up when it cools down - so don't be tempted to over cook it.
Leave the cake in the roasting pan with the water for about 15 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool completely on a wire rack. Remove the foil and refrigerate, covered loosely, until chilled through - overnight.
Before serving let eh ckae atand at room temperature for about 25 minutes. Remove the springform pan and the smooth the edges of the cake with a spatula. Ground hazelnuts or toasted almods can be patted on the sides if you wish. Serve immediately or return to the fridge.
If you eat with your eyes closed there are no calories - right????