"As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life, and travel, leave marks on you. Most of the time those marks, on your body or your heart, are beautiful. Often though, they hurt"
Anthony Bourdain, the late great travelling chef, writer, TV presenter & humanitarian
Those words above express, far better than I ever could, my own experience. Scars there may be, yet there is also a wealth of vivid memories that sustain me, whether of people or places. Those threads weave an intense story.
A recurring theme in my travel-writing, books and tours is my love of mixing the high-end with the low, beauty with quirkiness, sophistication with the everyday. I seek the unusual and above all the authentic – light years from tours where 'travellers' have little contact with the country or its people and follow well-trodden paths strewn with clichés.
So, instead, why not share my spirit of adventure to dive deep beneath the surface? Come with me to discover the real Andalucía on a journey through its rich, complex culture and majestic landscapes studded with unforgettable monuments. Once you know the region, you will be hooked, I guarantee it.
My next Andalucian experience, Sierra Food and Wine in the Heart of Andalucia - A Ronda Cooking Adventure, led together with two professional cooks, is scheduled for October 3 - 9th 2019,. It will take place in a beautiful, relaxing finca just outside Ronda, with excursions to olive mills, bodegas, Roman ruins, pueblos blancos and other wonders of this area, as well as a memorable lunch at a Michelin-star restaurant and cooking workshops at the finca. Please contact me for details and to reserve your place (maximum 10 guests)!
In November 2018, I led my Secret Andalucía tour to the eastern side of Andalucía, taking in Malaga, Almeria, Guadix, Antequera and the queen of the south, Granada. Between the cities, we enjoyed fabulous restaurants featured in my book, visited inhabited cave-dwellings, an olive-mill, an organic caviar farm and a crafts village to meet a top ceramicist. It left clients with indelible memories: "We would never have been able to experience a time like this without your help". S & F, Carlisle, PA.
Read more about the tour in this interview with me in SUR
I also consult on private bespoke tours and can design an itinerary according to your tastes, interests, energy and budget.