Seville 9-15 April and Marrakech 15-19 April – Both tours can be booked separately
Andalusia is a joyful region of extremes, rich in history, culture and gastronomic treasures. In towns and villages the narrow streets pulse with life and after dark sounds of music and laughter drift into the air. The shades of Bizet’s Carmen and Rossini’s Figaro lurk round the corner and many of the local young men seem to be inspired by the legendry Don Juan. http://bit.ly/1CDjewY
Marrakech is magical city. The pink and turquoise walls and buildings shimmer like a mirage and the shady tiled courtyards and gently-splashing fountains soothe the senses. In the Medina the smell of the heaped, exotic spices and grilling meat is all-pervasive and the vibrant colours and perpetual hubbub are almost a physical assault. The city has many moods and we will explore them all, on foot, from a horse-drawn caleche or lolling on the cushions of our rooftop garden. Prepare to be enchanted, and leave lots of space in your suitcase ! http://bit.ly/1OoF8Kd
Palermo and Western Sicily 1-9 October
“From the eleventh century onward, the history of Palermo is largely the history of Sicily. Despite brief periods of competition from Messina and then Catania, it was the seat of the island’s government. By the eighteenth century, Palermo had become the place of residence of most of western Sicily’s nobility. Its splendid Baroque palazzi are their legacy. If Milan seems to ignore the rest of Italy, if Rome presumes to be the national capital, Palermo exists in a realm neither could ever hope to occupy.
The Arabs brought the lemon and the orange, cane sugar, and the cultivation of mulberry trees, dates, cotton and hard wheat. They introduced innovative irrigation systems and a novel system of aqueducts. Palermo became one of the Muslim world’s most splendid cities, surpassed only by Baghdad.” The Best of Sicily
Special Offers and availability for 2015
I am closing the Rome school early next year but some dates will be available.
Greece 12-19 September There are still some spaces for this relaxing break on the sea in the Peloponnese, with three cooking lessons, good food and wine and great company. No single supplement. http://bit.ly/1gQlDQ8
Budapest 4-9 October I could take two more people if I know by the end of August. Full details on my website.