Posts Tagged With: retired educator tours

Fascinating France- exploring the past and present

This year and next, the focus is France in our tours! DSCF8524-001The artists of prehistory, medievalDSCF8718-001 castles, and sampling cuisine and wine are the themes of upcoming tours to be held in the Dordogne region. The September tour is full, and promises to be a wonderful immersion into the culture of France. We will visit prehistoric caves, where images dance across the ceilings and walls. We’ll have personal guides bring medieval history alive in beautiful castles perched high above the plains and rivers, and we will enjoy the culinary delights of the Perigord region.DSCF8578-001

If you are interested please contact us to be on the list for information on future tours as soon as it it released. 2017 trips are now being planned and space is limited.  Follow us on Facebook at Authentic Travel and Tours and we hope you can join us for a trip of a lifetime in the near future! See our brochure for the September tour to get a flavor of upcoming adventures.
DSCF8753-001
pic 44DSCF8616.pic 32

Advertisements
Categories: France, Prehistoric art | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Christmas special on tours!

Hello to all of the wonderful people who have taken our tours or plan to in the future! 101_0106-001If you are considering either the Santa Fe or Ireland tours in 2016, for December we are offering a “special” Christmas gift to you . Until December 31st, apply a $100 discount to the cost of the tour. We guarantee a trip of a lifetime to both places!

Santa Fe will amaze you with its wealth of art and artists frSanta fe 2013 146om the past and present, and we will delve deeply into both as we create our own art inspired by the place and landscape.

 

Our Ireland tour promises to inspire as well, with stunning landscapes just begging to be translated into art! We will meet and work with Irish artists, see ancient archaeological sites, absorb the history and culture, and enjoy the camaradR1- 7erie only a small group tour can bring! Don’t miss out on this offer, contact us right away to take advantage of your Christmas gift!

100_0087

715-277-4224 or joanslack33@gmail.com

Categories: Fiber art tours, Ireland, Santa Fe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Straw Boys, and Why Take a Small Group Tour?

R1- 9AHaving led small group tours for nearly 18 years, I think it is important to point out the value of traveling this way. When I first began traveling in Mexico, then Europe, what was so powerful was meeting local people, engaging in conversation (though my Spanish left a lot to be desired!), and feeling as if I had a glimpse into that person’s life, art JOM 1st scan 013and family. As my research and travel increased in Ireland, I sought out local guides who showed me places I never would have known about, and heard stories, folklore and mythology that brought those places so alive.

On a trip to Oaxaca in Mexico, we were staying in a small village and heard music, big brass instruments, coming down the road. Soon we realized this was a funeral procession, and we were invited to join it and proceed to the cemetery. Under a full moon rising from behind the mountains, a magical evening unfolded as we listened to the band, heard the priest incant blessings, and took sips of the local drink, “mescal”, that was passed to all. We were treated as honored guests and it made an indelible impression upon every one of us.

Another example, on one of our cultural tours to Ireland, my friend and one of our guides, Joe McGowan,  organized an evening with the “Straw Boys”. Dating back for decades, the tradition of the Straw boys is rich. Basically a group would create costumes disguising themselves, just of straw, and go from door to door asking for “refreshment”, or 101_0103-001raising mischief one way or another. This evolved into a group today, near Sligo, who still reenact the tradition which now includes women. We were so fortunate to be invited to a costume creating session, learning how to weave the straw into skirts and headpieces. After a light supper, I thought the evening would end, but no! The room was swept up, chairs and tables pushed back, a fiddle or two came out, and soon there was singing, dancing and great fun!

101_0106-001

 

 

Often with our tours, these special events and encounters happen because we are a small group, we are approachable and a common bond of humanity is there. Having shared so many special times in cultural travel , it is my hope to share such things with our clients.

101_0108 (2) Real people, real adventures, and real experiences make our tours unique! Please join us if this is the kind of travel experience you are looking for!

Categories: Fiber art tours, Ireland, Santa Fe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Blog at WordPress.com.