Peggy Markel's Culinary Adventures is going into its 19th year!
In that time, at least 300 litres of extra virgin olive oil have been produced from the one tree that a circle of us stood around to commemorate our first trip in 1992. That's a huge harvest from one tree over the years... It gives perspective on what we have experienced in the realm of delicious and spirited culinary adventures in Tuscany, Amalfi, Spain, Sicily, and Morocco since then!
Curiosity is what drives our sailboat to a small bay off the coast of Capri, what draws us down alleyways in the Medina of Marrakech, and into the hills of the Allpujarras. We want to know what goes on off the beaten path. We are not looking for the ordinary. We are searching for essence, that intrinsic quality that moves us; something extraordinary that we want to see, get to know or taste! It can be in a person, a place or a particular flavor.
It's called 'Ordinary magic.'
Our long-standing relationships in the countries we visit give you confidence that you will find what you are looking for. We'll take care of you each step of the way. We also leave room for discovery, paying attention to what presents itself.
We want to make your trip unforgettable, for all the right reasons. On these long winter nights, imagine the discoveries that await you in Morocco, Italy, Spain, and India. Let them dance like the sugarplum fairy in your dreams (or at least, panettone or ginger coffeecake!)
With tender gratitude I reflect on each and every one of you that have joined us over the years and I look forward to the new year, your return and meeting new friends with great anticipation.
We wish all of you the happiest new year and we'll keep our eyes open for you in 2011!
p.s. Image at top is the cieling of the Alhambra Palace in Grenada, which we visited during our Fall program to Spain.