Sunday, October 6, 2019

Planning for my Textile Trips

Since my return from Italy, I have been concentrating on planning the next 2 textile trips to Italy for 2020.

I love that part! Designing the post cards and getting them ready to print, dropping them off at yarn and quilt stores in the city of Toronto, mailing a bunch out to shops in Southern Ontario, putting some info on Ravelry (TKG forum and GTA fibre-faces forum) and in guild newsletters and talking to people about the trips. People who've travelled with me before are so supportive as well. They've all had amazing experiences and help spread the word.

Did you know 25% of people who sign up are repeat travellers?

Roman bridge, Ponte Pietra

Right now I am getting wonderful emails from people interested, either for these trips or for future ones.

Recently I got a message from a lady in Borneo and she and her 3 Australian friends are planning to come of the Verona Textile Trip in 2021! I haven't even started advertising for that one yet.

Verona's Adige river and Ponte Pietra

In the past, I have had people from Alberta, Quebec and many cities in Ontario as well as people from France, the UK and Germany.

Travellers can arrive from anywhere actually. The only prerequisite is that they have a knowledge of English.

Update: So the Knitting Retreat interest in picking up. It's 60% full. There are many retreats being offered out there. What makes mine different? I guess it would be the fact that I live in the place I am hosting the group. I go to eat at the same restaurants where I bring my group so I know them well. I have a bunch of friends that are always ready to welcome my group. My groups are very small. I can integrate the knitters in the everyday life of the city.  I am of Italian heritage and speak Italian- that's a plus.

The Umbria trip is almost full! One spot left!!

All very exciting!!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Knitting Retreat

I am really excited about my new project!! I'm organizing a knitting retreat in Verona, Italy!

Arena, Verona's Amphitheatre

Can I call it a retreat?? If you've travelled with me before you know the itinerary I plan is full of exciting new experiences... not much hanging around or retreating.

It's going to be great! 10 days in Italy! We'll be mainly in Verona but side trips have been planned to the Lessinia region, the Valpolicella region and Lake Garda.

Please click here for trip info.

I often have people communicate with me AFTER the trip is already full and they are so disappointed. So don't delay. If you are considering it please send me a message so I can hold a spot for you.

I am only taking 10 knitters for this trip. All knitting levels are welcome.


Monday, May 6, 2019

Returning Home

Friday May 3rd our travellers headed back home.

The 10 days zoomed by. I know everyone will remember their experiences with good stories and smiles.

They were filled with new experiences, great food, inspiration and laughter. There were many "firsts" as well.

First time in Italy, first time traveling without a partner, first time sewing, first time eating horse! And many more.

New friendships were made. That's always nice.

(Kathleen I am missing you in the pictures! Are you still in Verona?)

Our Last Full Day

We spent last Thursday morning learning about some history. We had a tour of the Bastione Di San Giorgio, built by the Austrians.

Pizza Lunch.

We ended this 10 day trip with a celebratory dinner at a fancy place, Dodici Apostoli. Great food! Great ambiance. Very special!

Outside 12 Apostles for our last supper (LOL)
We had a tour of some
 Roman roads and Medieval structures downstairs!
A special surprise!

Slow Sewing and Slow Food

Hand sewing in Italy in a room in the Basilica San Zeno!! Could it get any more special??

LOL! There's Kip's elbow again!

We also visited arguably the most spectacular church in Verona, San Zeno Basilica. Saint Zeno is the patron saint of Verona and this piazza is often the setting for celebration.

Amazing Lunch at Calmiere.

Can't go to Italy without having at least one gelato!

We had an aperitivo later on.

Another good day I'd say.

Wine Country

Our wine tour was on Tuesday April 30.

Thank you to the 4 ladies from Ad Maiora for taking the time to accompany us in your cars and spend the entire day with us!! Much appreciated!

We drove up to the Valpolicella where Suzi had organized a fabulous day for us.

Visit to 2 villas. Gorgeous gardens at Villa Giona.

Wine 11 am? Well ok!

Lunch at a small place in Fumane.

and then Suzi's house for dessert.

A surprise for the group! What a treat to go into such a special home. People loved her studio!!

She has been organizing this segment for me since 2011 and she is amazing!! I couldn't do it without her.

Entrance to Suzi's home.

We visited Masi. The president, Dott, Sandro Boscaini greeted us.

Notice the flags behind the ladies? What a welcome!
Our group was made up of 8 Canadians,
2 British and one American (living in Germany)

Look at the size of the barrel!!

The Serego-Alighieri homes.

Masimilla Serego-Alighieri (right)
direct descendant of Dante, 21st generation of Alighieri
gave us our tour. 
We ended the tour with another wine tasting.

We drove up to San Giovanni for a great view of the Valpolicella valleys and a visit to a roman church.

Thank you, Suzi!! It was a memorable day.

(Note: This post is a late addition because I had problems with my internet provider and wasn't able to post.)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday in Verona

Slow start this morning. We all needed that. It was raining so we cancelled our visit to Giardini Giusti and moved that to Thursday afternoon.

Lunch was in fabulous location in the hills around Verona, the Torricelle, with the most amazing view of the city!

Today's highlight was the cooking class at E Cucina.

A typical Veronese menu: Asparagus appetizer (of course because it is in season), hand- made pasta turned into ricotta-filled tortelli, rabbit alla mediterranean and for dessert, tiramisu!

Everyone participated. Everyone helped each other. There were a few firsts- first time using a pasta machine, first time eating rabbit, first time making pasta.

Chef Luca Fasoli was amazing as always!!! A true pleasure being in his class. He puts his students at ease. The recipes and ingredients were well explained. We all loved his little accent when speaking english.

Martina, the owner, was assisting.

 I am certain many of the group will be trying them out on their friends and family when they get home.

Buon appetito!