We have been most fortunate to experience several opportunities to share our opinions in the press. If you know us, you know we love to talk! There are times too we probably talk & share more than one would need to know, but there's nothing wrong with too much information!Below are several pieces from the Baltimore Examiner's Andrea Farnum, the Examiner Correspondent.
- Mar 17, 2008 Baltimore Examiner "Books That Feed Adventurous Spirits" by Andrea Farnum
- Jan 19, 2008 Baltimore Examiner "Port of Baltimore Provides Easy & Cost-effective Cruising" by Andrea Farnum
- Nov 24, 2007 Baltimore Examiner "All-inclusive Vacations Offer Choices for Savvy Travelers" by Andrea Farnum
- Jul 7, 2007 Baltimore Examiner "Smart Flying From Baltimore to BWI" by Andrea Farnum
- Jan 6, 2007 Baltimore Examiner "Ready Your Passports" by Andrea Farnum
The arrangements that Frani made for us were flawless – from hotels, to train transportation, walking tours of each city, plus a fabulous Chianti winery tour. Additionally, Frani and Nikki gave us tips on all the best restaurants and sites to see. It was truly a trip of a lifetime, thoroughly enjoyable, and most importantly, completely stress-free.
The only disappointment was that we were not able to travel WITH Frani and her family, as we hear that Frani, Wayne and Nikki are fun and exciting travel mates. We hope to join their group on the next adventure back to Italy!"
Mark and Karen L., Baltimore, MD
If I could do it all over again (and I intend to) I would definitely take the planning stage a bit more seriously. Fortunately, we were guided and supported by Frani,Wayne,Nikki,Charlie and Colleen throughout the trip. The downside was that we definitely over packed. The upside was that we did not have to handle our own luggage because we were chauffeured around the countryside in a luxurious motor coach. We enjoyed professional tour guides who were knowledgeable and engaging. They acquainted us with the wealth of history in our midst. One little town was more charming than the next and the hotels were warm and welcoming. DID I MENTION THE FOOD? We'd start the day with a breakfast buffet in our hotel. The offerings varied from home-made yogurt and rich pastries to freshly squeezed orange juice and cappuccino. Can you believe that by noon we were ready for the local pasta selection at some little hillside café (ordered in perfect Italian by Charlie Lopresto)? Dinner usually consisted of fresh fish or meat and OH-- DID I TELL YOU ABOUT THE WINE? The house wines were hearty and flavorful and we never made it out the door of a restaurant without a sip of limoncello which was made from gigantic lemons growing in trees on the hillside.
As I relive the trip I realize how fortunate we were to have chosen the Hahns and the LoPrestos to introduce us to Sicily. The experience would never have been as special with any other agency or guide.
Thanks for the memories!"
Tony and Stephanie H., Baltimore, MD
Filomena I., Baltimore, MD
Josette F., Glenville ,PA
The people, the warmth, their knowledge of the region all made for an exciting, funfilled 10 days. Frani knew the offbeat, non-touristy restaurants and found the best guides for each location. Her cohort and our dear friend, Charlie, spoke fluent Italian, made friends with every restauranteur that we came in touch with and saw to it that we had complimentary limoncello at the end of every meal.
Our fellow travelers were wonderful. We laughed a lot as we searched for the working ATM, the best white sapphire earstuds, the 3-hour dinner preparation at a wine bar, Frani's remarkable first time journey up a spiral staircase to see the Greek ruins in Agrigento.
Our perfect place was a rainy Monday morning ducking into a beautiful church in Rome (aren't they all?) to find Mass starting at one of the side altars. All 21 participants were Italian...except us. At the sign of the peace when they turned and knew that we were Americans, they smiled and embraced us. We said "Peace Be With You" in our common languages and knew at that moment what the phrase really meant.
We loved the experience. We loved being with our dear friends, we loved Frani and her family and all of the new friends and aquaintences that we made on our journey together."
Geary and Donna F., Baltimore, MD