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Tourism with Good Taste

If you love cooking as much as you love travelling, why not combine your passions and embark on the ultimate tasting tour? With gastronomic tourism on the rise, travelers from all over the world are able to get a unique perspective on a country’s native cuisine and how it’s prepared while sampling the local culture, sights and attractions. Try a cooking class in Europe and learn culinary secrets from world-renowned chefs in some of Europe’s most spectacular settings. Learn to make paella in Valencia, how they make cheese in the South of France, or about nose-to-tail butchering in the English countryside.

 

Paella is considered by many to be Spain’s national dish and is best cooked over an open fire
Paella is considered by many to be Spain’s national dish and is best cooked over an open fire

 

Start with your first “course” at Two Bordelais in Bordeaux, France. Get an insider’s view by meeting with local artisans, taking in the architecture of famous chateaux, savoring the region’s best wines, and enjoying expertly prepared dishes that highlight local flavors.

 

Hone your cooking craft in the legendary Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany
Hone your cooking craft in the legendary Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany

 

For an elevated culinary experience in Italy, book a stay at the sumptuous Castello di Vicarello in Cinigiano, Tuscany. Learn to make traditional Italian dishes using ingredients right from the Castle’s garden, then retreat to the luxurious spa for a massage or facial.

Advanced chefs might want to try a weeklong course at the storied FERRANDI school in Paris, France. From courses in classic pastries to exploring the rich tradition of French charcuterie, hone your French cooking skills with the best instructors in Paris.

 

The professionals at Daylesford Organic Farm in the United Kingdom teach you all the best tricks for farm-to-table cooking
The professionals at Daylesford Organic Farm in the United Kingdom teach you all the best tricks for farm-to-table cooking

 

Passionate about farm-to-table or field-to-fork cooking? Enroll in a cookery course at Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, England. They host a range of classes that focus on healthy, organic living, and are suitable for beginners up to the most proficient home chefs.

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Touring Europe as a Senior Traveler

Post-retirement is an excellent time to go see the world, as you’re less likely to have pressing engagements and can spend more time at your destination. Europe is a great option for seniors as many of the top destinations are not too far from each other cutting down on travel time, while still providing an exciting and enriching travel experience. It’s also relatively easy to find a tour group that goes to the specific destinations you want to see in Europe, and travel in comfort at the same time.

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Europe through the Eyes of a Kid

Traveling internationally with your children can be difficult for a lot of reasons, but one of the hardest aspects of planning the trip can be accounting for everyone’s tastes and interests. While spending time in museums or going to wine tastings might be your ideal vacation, those activities might not appeal to the kiddos. That doesn’t mean your trip has to revolve around your kids, but you should try to plan at least one kid-centric activity a day.