Bike Adventure in Oslo

Have some time to spare is Oslo? Try seeing this fabulous city by bike! Hop on a bicycle and explore the wonders and beauty of Oslo from two wheels. Take a one a kind guided bike tour to see the gorgeous gardens or the unique features of the city from someone who knows it best.

Or simply hop on and bike around at your own pace, stopping whenever you like. Visit a fun museum or take a walk along the river, and see all the beauty Oslo has to offer!

Sleep in the Trees of the Adirondacks

It’s not every day you get to sleep in a treehouse. In this case, you don’t even need to leave the United States, as there is a beautiful, one of a kind treehouse nestled right in with the Adirondacks. Complete with kitchen, bathroom, spiral staircase and amazing wood accents, this palace in the sky is like no other!

This treehouse was actually built by an artisanal furniture designer and is completely pet-friendly. Take in the sweeping forest views from skylight windows and the wide open air porches. Or cook a delicious meal in the spacious outdoor kitchen, complete with a paved walkway around the property.

Glamping in New York

Ever wanted to just get away for a weekend? Away from the noise, the city, work and just be able to breathe in the great outdoors? Glamping is the best vacation for you! Spend a weekend in the wilderness in style! With a tricked out super sturdy tent, complete with commode, furnace, comfy bed and more.

Spend your nights under the bright lights of the stars and roast some food under a campfire. This is camping in style. You can even bring your pets with you to enjoy the great outdoors!

 

Tropical Hideout Bar on Khai Island

What’s better than being in the tropics? Find a lovely bar in the tropics! Swim right up to this hidden away bar on Khai  Island, for a one of a kind experience.

Have a nice drink and relax just inches from crystal blue waters! Swim right up to the step, grab onto the handrail and greet the helpful bartenders with a smile!

Balloon Adventures in Turkey!

Want to explore the wonderful country of Turkey in a whole new way? Then take to the skies and see the beautiful cityscape from a hot air balloon! Experience the adventure of watching these majestic balloons go up and then slowly rise into the sky for a once in a lifetime view of the city!

Also, get an inside look of a real family vacation to this exotic destination and see the great times and places you yourself and your family can visit as well!

Next in Our Imagine Series: Italy

 

Imagine….

You pull the leather strap of a two-centuries-old truffle bag across your chest and step into the mist-filled Umbrian forest.   

Emma, a truffle-foraging canine, is running energetically ahead.   The farmer’s throaty Italian commands to her are muffled by the birdsong overhead and the rustle of leaves underfoot as Emma scratches furiously beneath a tree.  She has smelled the day’s first truffle. She claws at the pungent earth, until her master bribes her off with a small cookie so that he can use his spade to unearth the precious tuber, which often fetches as much as $300/ounce on the culinary market.

The prize is retrieved.  It is a gnarly black golf-ball size nugget whose musky scent is obscured–at least to you–by the forest earth.  Still, you carefully place it in your truffle bag and hurry to catch up with Emma as she roots about. Trained alongside cadaver and drug dogs, Emma has learned to differentiate the subtle scents that make each species of truffle unique.  Dogs have advantages over traditional foraging pigs – they don’t destroy the truffle and are compact enough to fit in the backseat of a Fiat.

The morning slips by. At one point, you hear a holler and turn to see a wizened, smiling, rotund farmer standing at a fence, gesturing to you.  He has his vino nuovo, or new wine of the season, in a glass fishball in his lean-to up the hill, and he wants to share it.  That is how you find yourself sipping red wine out of plastic Dixie cups within a circle of complete strangers at 9:15 in the morning in the Umbrian woods.

By noon, your bag is full so you head back to the farmhouse. The weight of this morning’s booty will fetch more than $1000.   While you won’t take it back to the US, you will cook with some of it!

On the wood-fired white enamel stove, under the tutelage of Gabriella, the farmer’s wife, you slice, sauté, stuff, and sample the truffles for hours.  You are armed with only a rolling pin and rudimentary pasta-making skills (and glasses of Prosecco), but Gabriella’s panache creates a banquet that you will savor at the farmhouse table.

Over a delicious, albeit late, lunch, farmer Bianconi regales you with stories of his truffle business.  You hear of his favorite dogs and his museum full of trophies, and even about the heists – local crimes that are inevitably spawned by such a precious commodity.   By the time you rise, the Umbrian sun is setting. Sated by complex flavors and comforted by new friends, you pat Emma goodbye and slowly drive west to Siena for the night.      

That was a trip of a lifetime”, you say.  “Let’s do it again next year.”

 

Sharing the love of travel,  Melanie

 

The Famous Azulejos of Portugal

One of the wonderful adventures of Europe is being immersed in the history and architecture that surrounds you. One of the great ways to learn about this history is by exploring the famous azulejos (tiles) in the city of Porto in Portugal.

This city is famous for its tile work, including across the facades of buildings and train stations. These colorful tiles are also manufactured here and exploring those factories is an experience like no other! Learn all about the wonderful textile history of the area and see some amazing colors!

Exploring the Eats of East London

Heading to London for a few days? Check out some of the best places to eat around the city! From pub food like fish and chips to marvelous soups and fresh bakeries, there is something for every foodie can find a fantastic meal.

There are also wonderful street markets with wide varieties of foods, including homemade curries, cereals, sandwiches, finger food, and much more! Visit the Spitalfield’s Market for a once in a lifetime walk through a global food paradise, filled with any type of ingredient or cuisine you can imagine.