A year ago at this time I was in the midst of some big plans for 2014. Starting in January I was going to be consistent with my blog posts, work on my new website and go hard in promoting my Spring and October culinary trips to Italy. As we know, life throws us a curve ball from time to time and in this case, it was a sheet of ice, a nasty fall, a broken wrist and surgery…and this was the ﬁrst week of January. This was not how to start the year! Plans changed, Spring trips were cancelled and months of healing and physio were on the agenda.
Thankfully all went very well and I was back on track for our October trips! I had the pleasure of escorting 4 wonderful groups of people as we enjoyed culinary weeks on the Amalﬁ Coast, Puglia, and Tuscany. Tuscany was extra special as I connected with Food Sylist Catrine Kelty and Photographer Kristin Teig over a year ago and our FoodStyling/Photography and Culinary Trip in Tuscany was a great success.
After 4 weeks in Italy, I was off to Spain. A very gracious invitation by the owners of El Carligto Villa in the Andalucian mountains. I have one word…Heaven. Then I have a few more…Exciting, Stunning, Amazing, Wow. The food, the people, the views, the property and the area, is a must visit. After the ﬁrst day there, I knew this would be a new addition to our list of destinations. This place is another jewel to offer my clients.
I will make this post short and sweet and leave you with a replay of some of favourite moments in 2014. More on all our experiences and new itineraries in 2015 coming soon!
Perfect way to start any trip… under lemon trees at La Vall dei Amalfi
Wine Tasting always taste better in the middle of the vineyards in Caiazzo.
An experience of a lifetime – A day with Franco Pepe, world’s greatest “pizzaiolo” and hands down the “best” pizza in the world! An interesting write up in Food & Wine Magazine.
Wine Tasting at Le Vigne di Raito overlooking Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast.
The “white city” of Ostuni in Puglia.
Cooking day with Michelin Star chef Antonella di Ricci and her husband Vinod Sookar at the celebrated Michelin Star Restaurant Al Fornello da Ricci in Puglia.
Great group for our Food Styling & Photography & Culinary week in Tuscany.
Always beautiful – Florence, Italy.
Heaven in the Andalucian Mountains – The Villas at El Carligto… luxury at its finest.
Our wonderful hosts and private chef in Malaga with my favourite travel buddy.
A toast to you all for a wonderful year ahead
Wishing you all a very healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. Felice Anno Nuovo!
Carol Ketelson is the owner and operator of Delectable Destinations LLC. Dedicated to planning, co-ordinating and curating customized group tours to hand-picked destinations. As an experienced travel planner, Carol’s customized itineraries, specialized tours and off-the-beaten-path experiences create memorable journeys for her small groups of singles, couples, divorced, widowed and solo travelers seeking exceptional trips into the culture and cuisine of destinations around the world. Spring and Fall bookings invite travelers to taste delectable local cuisine, culturally rich traditions and mesmerizing sights. For over 10 years, Carol’s tours have captured the true essence of Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, Spain, Ireland and India.
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