Fall Travel Note

Machu Picchu 25 October 2017

Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers,

We are delighted to share the New View Tours trips for 2018!

Please consider joining us! and pass along the information to a friend.

In April, we will explore new views of Peru with a glimpse of Bolivia. Note there is an add-on tour to the citadel of Machu Picchu! Consider both segments or join us for the section that fits your schedule between the 7th and the 23rd.

Then in September we return to the Dordogne valley of the Perigord in Southwest France for visits to Lascaux, Rouffinac and cave art of the region. We include medieval towns, castles and bastides. As we explore the extraordinary landscape we will be enjoying French cuisine and fine wines from these special terroirs. The dates are the 20 – 30.

For October 2018, the next New View Tour is to the Gardens of Spain. The itinerary is in development with assistance from our friend Marina Duque Mulvihill who lives here in Stockbridge and Madrid! The dates will be timed as a continuation of the French experience.

We find that a group of 8 – 10 is ideal. If you are at all interested, kindly be in touch as soon as possible.

Detailed itineraries are ready and available upon request.

Enjoy pictures from our last trip here.

Very Best Wishes and Happy Trails!

Ramelle and Michael

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Our Last Day

Pont Valentere

Pont Valentere in Cahors on our last day – rainy!

Dinner in Toulouse

Challenging light for the photo but perfect for dining on our last night dining outside on the great plaza in Toulouse in front of the “city hall” that is also a performing arts center.

Toulouse, France

Toulouse, France center city plaza at night

Castles and Caves Tour Group

Delightful trip this year: here we are – Castles and Caves – on ur last night in Toulouse at the Grand Hotel de Opera: Michael pulitzer Dick Moore, Janie Wilson Barbara Moore, JD Wilson, Charlotte Hanes Charles Taft, Ramelle Pulitzer

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Lascaux

A new group explores the View of the prehistoric art at Lascaux IV! It’s a complete reproduction in a contemporary museum!

Lascaux

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Herses et Assommoir

Carcassonne is a defensive castle with two ramparts and then a few tricky entrances with slits above the double doors to trap the invaders in there and pour on the boiling oil. It’s called a. Reticle defense. Let’s see-maybe I’ll skip it….

herses et assommoir

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Carcassonne!

12th century fortifications on Roman village – 2500 years of history here!

Carcassonne, France

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Visiting the 12th Century

12th Century brick church with Gothic additions – Albi, France. The interior altar painting-freize was done by a Dutch master painter from 1500 who adopted the naturalist style. It is showing heaven and hell and all the details of disgusting torture if you sin – what a way to go!

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Albi, France

The gardens of the archbishop over looking the Garonne river in Albi. The 13th century brick cathedral here is the largest in France!

Albi, France

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Peche Merle Caves

Time line of the earth with man emerging near the end….we have been busy lately! This is  – beautiful!

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Museum of Prehistoric Art – Les Eyzies France

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Homo sapiens came after this guy – homo erectus but he was the first to travel from Africa to Europe on his two legs!

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

During the ice age these marvelous horned creatures roamed the southern steppe here

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Charlotte and Charles negotiate

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Neanderthal dad with his baby boy!

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Look at these horns

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

A carved deer looking back at two kissing birds on its tail

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Bones and more bones from 12,000 to 30,000 old

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

View of the city from the cliff at the terrace of the museum

Museum of Prehistoric Art - Les Eyzies France

Les Eyzies at night – looking up at the museum built into the cliff. See the cromagnon man sculpture?

In the avezare river, Les Eyzies is a beautiful part of The Valley.

Tomorrow we head out to find the castles on the Dordogne River to the south east from here.

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Sarlat, France

Saturday is market day in Sarlat! Layers of architectural history including restoration over 30 years starting in the 1960’s….

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Two Lovers

Barbara and Dick

Barbara and Dick

Charles and Charlotte

Charles and Charlotte

Janie and JD

Janie and JD

Two Lovers, Ramelle and Michael

Ramelle and Michael

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Vineyards of St Emillion

Vineyards of St Emillion

These grapes are ready to pick! This is the week!

Our wine tour is fascinating!

View of the gentle tertre – hill – that faces east to make the best grapes to make the very best wine – not a casual process! Oh my!

These wood kegs can be used 3-5 years and then are sold to hold whiskey!

Types of soul under this particular winery – roots can grow 8 meters deep.

A very big bottle of wine!

Modern tanks keep the temp and the circulation and the added liquids in balance.

Ahh these barrels get burned on the inside to produce a certain flavor in the wine – that sits here just a certain amount of time.

After an hour absorbing the complex process, it’s time to take another hour to taste the product- 20 euro bottle and a 50 euro bottle.

Various sizes – it’s all good!

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View of Bordeaux

From our hotel, the city is always in motion but since cars are not allowed in this section of the World Heritage site designation, we can usually have a quiet time. The architecture is fabulous – everywhere I look!

Pick your century and there it is!

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Meeting Friends

Michael and I meet up with Les Andrews, a friend from the same class at Colorado Rocky Mountain school. Les and Mariko live in Basel Switzerland and flew in to visit and say hi! Great timing!

Les and Mariko

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2 Days in Bordeaux

Beef Steak for Two

Beef Steak for Two

Monk fish rolls

Monk fish rolls

Janie orders duck

Janie orders duck

Barbara and JD

Barbara and JD

Bordeaux at night

Bordeaux at night

Street scene in Bordeaux, France

The clock tower is its own structure so the bellos won't shake the cathedral

The clock tower is its own structure so the bellos won’t shake the cathedral

Interiors are exceptional

Interiors are exceptional

Sisters from the 12th century - muse d'aquitaine

Sisters from the 12th century – muse d’aquitaine

Slaves from Antilles

Slaves from Antilles

History of shipping - a river harbor fraught with sand dune hazards from 6 meter tides!

History of shipping – a river harbor fraught with sand dune hazards from 6 meter tides!

Shops are so stylish

Shops are so stylish

French baby store - granny attack!

French baby store – granny attack!

The colors here are terrific!

The colors here are terrific!

Cathedral of Bordeaux

Cathedral of Bordeaux

Under the Gothic arch is the last supper

Under the Gothic arch is the last supper

Famous clock still ticking under the bell tower

Famous clock still ticking under the bell tower

Janie, JD, Charles, Charlotte, Barbara, Dick, Michael and Ramelle

Janie, JD, Charles, Charlotte, Barbara, Dick, Michael and Ramelle

This is the scalp emblem in brass that the pilgrims still follow on their pilgrimage to Spain

This is the scalp emblem in brass that the pilgrims still follow on their pilgrimage to Spain

Bordeaux

Kids and all ages enjoy a movie in the broad daylight on a warm afternoon on the river bank by the reflecting pool with sprinklers that shoot from the tiled floor.

Kids and all ages enjoy a movie in the broad daylight on a warm afternoon on the river bank by the reflecting pool with sprinklers that shoot from the tiled floor.

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Bordeaux and the Arcachon – Day 2

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Bordeaux – Day 0

We arrive on the overnight flight with a connection they Paris to a beautiful cool day in Bordeaux. A walk to the river, a nap, a dinner at Scipitone Bistro outside our hotel in the car less centre city, and then a walk to the splendid  cathedral encountering monuments and sculpture of all eras along our way.

Dick and Barbara Moore arrive with Michael and I at 11:00 am; JD and Janie are only delayed a half hour checking in at 3:00. Tomorrow Charles Taft and Charlotte Hanes arrive by TGV at 11:09 if all goes well.

Then at 1:30 after a self guided tour to amuse Aquitaine, we start the tour!

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Patagonia

PatagoniaThis trip is one not to miss: Design your trip details at your convenience between November and March during the summer season in the austral. Fly to Punta Arenas from Santiago. Enjoy this southern port on the Magellan straits where penguins and pelicans dive and dart on the piers. Transfer across the barren landscape to the dramatic Torres del Paine. Stay in simple covered geodesic domes at Ecocamp or beautiful uts on the southern lake outside the national park. Consider hiking the infamous “Big W” trek for 7 days. Or take the day tours to fascinating waterfalls, along unique trails in this remote part of the world.  If you have more time, make your way north to Patagonia Park established by Kris and Doug Tomkins and now run by the park system of Chile on land locked Lake Cochrane.

Travel across the expansive landscape of guanacos and rheas to find glacial moraines across the Argentine border. Wear cramp ons to trek – with a guide – across the ice fields. Or choose to admire the ice field landscapes from the stairways built for viewing. Keep in touch if this tour might be for you!

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A Tour to the Dordogne Valley

Castles & Caves – SouthWest France

September 20 – 30, 2018  limited to 12 travelers

Village of Cirq de PopiVisit a variety of pre-historic caves to behold magnificent paintings, etchings and relief sculptures created 19 to 28,000 years ago. Visit the museum of Lascaux lV, and the actual caves of Font-de-Gaume; Rouffignac Les Combrelles and Peche Merle. We explore castles including Beynac and Castlenaud, where English and French kings battled across the banks of the river. Tour begins in Bordeaux and the Museum of Aquitaine; in Les Eyzies we see the amazing National PreHistoric Museum of France. Albi is home to the Toulouse Lautrec Museum. It all comes together in medieval bastides – fortified “new towns” built by nobles. We stop in the Saturday Sarlat market for foi gras and apricots and prunes..

From Toulouse, we take a day tour to visit Carcassonne!

Ask for an itinerary – Drafts available upon request.

Tickets to the caves in demand – so please sign up as soon as possible.
Activity – moderate. Price $5450 double occupancy

– the 4th place ranking after Venice!

Learn why D0rgd0gne was named among the best places in Europe!

Dordogne

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Peru and Bolivia – Tour April 7-18, 2018!

Peru and Bolivia

Announcing a new New View Tour! Below are some of the highlights! Full details of the itinerary are available upon request!

Fly to Lima, then on to Arequippa, the second largest city in Peru to explore classic colonial architecture in unique buildings built from sillar, a pearly volcanic rock that makes the city look white!. Visit  the remarkable Santa Catalina Monastery and the the Museo de Santuarios Andinos aka the Inca Mummy Museum. With 300 days of sunshine per year in the the desert, expect a beautiful climate at 7,000 feet. Then it is on by van on paved road to the Colca Canyon, twice the size of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. We stop in Aguadas Blancas Reserve to observe troops of vicuña; visit Coporaque the oldest colonial settlement in the valley and then on to Uyo Uyo, the Inca administrative center.  We find condors gliding on the thermals,

We take gentle hikes here in the Andes viewing geoglyphs and cliff side tombs and traditional villages. Our last days are in Bolivia as we cross the border to discover the Island of the Sun, then on to La Paz to end this leg of the tour in the capital city. We see the Gold Museum, the Killikilli viewpoint, the native market district and the affluent neighborhood of Calacoto. From here, choose to fly back to Peru to Cuzco to the citadel of Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley. If time is of the essence, now is the time to fly back to Lima for connections home.

Pre-Arranged Lodging:

Casa Andina Private Collection – Arequipa

Colca Lodge

Hotel Jose Antonio overlooking Lake Titicaca in Puno

Hotel Rosario del Lago in Cocacabana

Ecolodge La Esrancia

Hotel Europa in La Paz

The tour moves right along staying only two nights at most hotels. Activity level is moderate: we will take walks in the Andes, be traveling at higher altitudes, and of course be able to rest up along the way in lovely hotels. Yoga class will be offered as the schedule permits.

Arequipa, to the Colca Canyon to Puno & Lake Titicaca with a view of La Paz, Bolivia.
Cost $ 2650

April 18 – 23, 2018
Add—on tour to Machu Picchu: Cost $ 1600
Detailed itinerary available upon request.
Group will be between 6 -8 passengers

Optional Add-on tour to Sacred Valley of Machu Picchu, Peru for 5 nights – $1700.

Peruvian side!

Isle de Sol, Lake Titikaka, Bolivia

Lake Titikaka, Bolivia

Land locked with two Andean mountain ranges north/south!

The Citadel

 

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