Procacci Florence

Our first day in Florence we did a custom Context Travel tour, Florence for Foodies. During that tour, one of the stops was Procacci, a historic deli founded in 1885, which specializes in products with truffle. Walking into Procacci you are instantly enveloped into the deep musky smell that screams "truffles!" And I don't know about you, but my mind goes, "Yes, please!" During our … [Read more...]

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Florence for Foodies

During my trip to Florence in 2007, the food did not leave much of an impression on me. I remember having great breakfasts in the morning, ones that consisted of good espresso and something like a croissant. And I recall a sumptuous bowl of Tuscan stew, but beyond that nothing that stuck out. That was 100% my fault. So sorry, Florence. I was wrong. Like we did in Kyoto, Mr. Misadventures … [Read more...]

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Kyoto – Learning about Japanese Gardening and Landscaping with Context Travel

After a rainy first day where we spent the morning at the Nishiki Market and the afternoon learning a bit about Zen spirituality at Kennin-ji Temple, we woke to clear skies ready to head out for a final Context Travel tour.  We woke up early as Mr. Misadventures wanted to take sunrise photos of the city from the rooftop terrace of our hotel, the Westin Miyako. All that hard work watching … [Read more...]

Kyoto – Context Travel Temple Tour

After spending an introductory morning at Nishiki Market with Daniel (a few hours well spent as we went back to the market nearly every day during our visit in Kyoto) Mr. Misadventures and I met up with Context Travel docent Gavin for an afternoon of temples and philosophy.  There are hundreds of temples in Kyoto and like any public building we could have (and did) visit any one of them, but there … [Read more...]

Guided Tour or Private Tour?

I had the chance to interview Stew this past Tuesday for my Traveler Tuesday series, I hope you enjoyed getting to know him a little better.  Stew is back with a guest post on a topic that he is passionate about (and so am I!).  I have done many guided tours, particularly with Context Travel and am a big fan.  Stew shares his opinion and experiences on … [Read more...]

Jakuchu Museum And Wine Shop at Nishiki Market

While walking through the centuries old market area in Kyoto's Nishiki Market when stumbled upon a time warp.  Crammed in among fish mongers, tamago chefs and vegetable hawkers is a tiny wine bar and museum colorfully claiming its presence. [In all honesty I do not know if this is the accurate name for the shop, it was on FourSquare geo-located to the spot I was standing with no other winebars … [Read more...]

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Kyoto’s Nishiki Market

Food moves me. It is a driving force in my life and an essential part of how I travel.  I am not alone in this journey.  My partner in life is my partner in crime and many travel-related decisions are made around food. As the world gets smaller and a large variety of food is available all year long, we lose our respect for the seasons and for the unique local characteristics of food that makes … [Read more...]

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Giverny for the Day – Context Travel Tour

While visiting the Orsay on our first night in Paris we paid special attention to all things Monet, as we knew we were heading to Giverny a few days later on another Context Travel tour.  Giverny is a little town 45 minutes by train from Paris and the former home of the painter Claude Monet. We met our docent, Marie at the train station (Gare St-Lazare) along with another couple visiting from … [Read more...]

Musee d’Orsay and Paris in the 19th Century – Context Travel Paris Tour

Usually, the day when Mr. Misadventures and I arrive in Paris we arrive at our hotel, shower, go out for a meal and end up in bed at around 5/6 pm.  We are beat from our flight, but in reality, we are wasting precious hours.  For our trip this past June, we had a traveling companion, a friend of Mr. Misadventures, so we wanted to make sure that he got to enjoy every single hour of Paris while we … [Read more...]

Context Travel – 10 Years of Exceptional Curated Tours Around the World

I am a big fan of Context Travel. I have done tours with them in Paris and London, all of them exceptional.  And I've already schedule a few more for my upcoming trip to Paris in June which I am very much looking forward to.  My biggest problem was choosing which tours to do - there were so many that I fell in love with, as my trip is only five days. Tours cover numerous area of interest and … [Read more...]