Céret’s Cherry Festival is one of many festivals hosted by the party-loving Céretans. Céret has the earliest cherries in France due to its delightful micro-climate, nestled as it is on the south-eastern slopes of the Pyrenees. The first cherries from Céret are sent to the President of France. On offer are cherry wine, cherry beer, cherry pie, cherry clafoutis, cherry cheese, cherry – well, you get the idea. And the fun-loving Céretans also put on a cherry pitting contest and a cherry spitting contest.Read More
As we get older, we value experiences more than things. Experiences can never be taken away from you, they can’t get lost, they don’t depreciate in value. Some experiences can be life changing: meeting your mate, finally understanding an artist’s work, seeing how people live in other countries first-hand. Such events change your reality, your perspective, how you interpret the world.Read More
Coming to New York City or staying in New York City for the holidays? If so, you might consider visiting several museums as a holiday treat. Just be aware that museums can get crowded during certain times during the holidays. Be sure to buy a ticket ahead of time and come early in the morning. There are several great exhibits in town and you can combine visits to several museums within walking distance of each other to minimize transportation issues. (Plus it's fun!). Most museums have a coffee shop and/or restaurant, but come early or late to avoid the crowds. Here are suggestions for three of my favorites that I visited recently.Read More
Whether you are planning to join us on our Picasso’s Pyrenees Tour in May in person or just in spirit, here are some books and movies that shed some light on the lives and times of the artists whose Mediterranean retreats we will visit, including Céret (Picasso, Braque, Gris, Soutine, Chagall), Perpignan (many artists), Collioure (Matisse and Derain), Banyuls (Maillol), and Figueres (Dali). These would also make great gifts for the art, book, and film lovers in your life.Read More
This is an exciting time of year when we celebrate the year gone by and look forward to the new one. As the days get darker and darker, we gather with our family and friends, or with our favorite cat on our lap, to take stock of the past year and plan ahead for the new one. It’s not coincidental that multiple cultures have chosen the time around the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, to celebrate and have a feast.Read More
Just a quick note to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving: a day of warmth, peace, and good food. A day to reconnect with your family and friends, to review the past year and make plans for the upcoming year.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday and one that can be celebrated whole-heartedly by all Americans and residents of America no matter their origins, religion, or political affiliation. Even my mother, who was German,
Gertrude Stein once wrote, “Anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful.” Of course she was living in Paris, France, at the time, not Paris, Texas, so I take it with a grain of salt. But after being back in Tarrytown for five months straight now, I realize what an interesting and beautiful and unique place it is.Read More
Please forgive a bit of bragging, but after the huge success of our Sleepy Hollow Halloween Tours, we are proud to now offer our Magical Mystery Holiday Tours. We'll travel back in time to enjoy the magic and mystery of the holidays with one-day getaways to magical Tarrytown and mysterious Sleepy Hollow, New York, that include holiday cheer, sophisticated eats, magical theatrical experiences, gift hunting, and the joy and peace that only a small-town holiday can bring.Read More
Here in Sleepy Hollow, New York, we experienced a veritable cornucopia of Halloween events this past weekend. We at Travellati Tours took a large bite out of this cornucopia (uh, is that a mixed metaphor?) with several Sleepy Hollow Halloween Tours.
Guests came from as far away as Rochester, NY, Pennsylvania, Plattsburgh, NY, and Chicago to enjoy the riches of Sleepy Hollow’s Halloween traditions. I am happy to report, a spookalicious time was had by allRead More
So you thought Cooperstown was all about baseball? Guess again.
Cooperstown was founded by William Cooper on the shores of Otsego Lake in 1786. His son, the novelist James Fenimore Cooper, immortalized the area in his Leatherstocking Tales, featuring his anti-hero Natty Bumppo, known as “Leather-Stocking,” in The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie, The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer. "Read More