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I love Paris in the Fall

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Besides doing travel, Anne Suire is also a personal shopper, born and raised in Paris she is still in the know about the city of lights. For $ 1,500 a day, she will take you and your friends to the chic boutiques of Paris and make sure that you get the best treatment from the snooty sales assistants that your hard-earned greenbacks deserve. Just in case  you don’t have an extra few thousand to unload, here are some good advice.

  • Never wear sneakers. Definitely a giveaway that you are a tourist and invite inferior service.
  • It maybe silly but carry a designer’s shopping bag with you, even if you have to borrow one from a friend. It will probably give you shopping credibility. On the off chance that you buy something, have the store send it to your hotel.
  • If you don’t speak French , a ” Bonjour madame”, and a friendly smile should help because they will think that you mean business.
  • If by any chance you run out of steam in the middle of the afternoon, head out to a designer store such as Chanel, Prada or Yves Saint-Laurent, they usually oblige!.
  • Parisian store keepers usually work reasonable hours. They shut their stores at 7PM every weeknight and are closed all day Sunday.
  • Finally, for an only-in-Paris shopping experience , try to snag an appointment at
    Anouschka in Paris.

    Anouschka in Paris.

    Anouschka high end Antique clothing.

    Anouschka high end Antique clothing.

    Anouschka  (

    Anne Suire.

    Anne Suire.

    33-1-48-74-37-00). Located in the 9th district, if you like high-end vintage fans, you have come to the right place. Address is : 6 Avenue du coq, 75009. Paris– Metro Trinite or Saint Lazare.

  • Anne also takes clients to The Paris Flea Markets as well as Provence and all over France.
  • For more information email her at : anne@luxurytravelconsultant2.com

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Eygalieres in Les Alpilles

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The lower slopes of Les Alpilles are covered with vineyards producing Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence-les-Baux, a wine with a very good reputation. In the heart of the Alpilles, the tiny village east of Eygalieres is really too pretty for its own good, now filled with overpriced interior, design shops and restaurants. However its delightful 12th- century chapel St-Sixte, which dominates a luminous hillside speckled with olive and almond trees lifts the spirits. Pagan rites were performed on the hill.Pagan rites involving spring water from les Alpilles were performed on the hills. One still remains: on the day of a couple’s engagement the future husband drinks spring water from his fiance’s hands. If they don’t marry within a year he dies.

Eygalieres is host to the elite, before it was St Tropez, now they have all moved here. This sleepy, tiny village has always been home to artists, but now it has become the Hamptons of Provence.

Le Mas de La Brune

I really liked this place and was delighted by its owner , Marie de LaRouziere  whose property spreads over 5 hectares of newly landscaped gardens surrounded by Lavender, chestnut trees, and roses. The 16th-century Mas ( farmhouse), was built by the mayor of Eygalieres. The decor in the rooms is not the best, but if you make the best of it you can have a wonderful time during your stay. The mas only serves breakfast.( About 2 kilometers north of Eygalieres toward Route St-Remy). Phone number is 4-90-95-90-77

Le Mas dou Pastre

This very simple, 18th-century stone farmhouse B&B has 12 rooms, all decorated in the Provencal style- sunny ochers and apricots, cornflowers blue. When I went there quite a few years ago, no English was spoken there. Albine Roumanille, her husband Maurice and sister Joelle, were extremely gracious. The breakfast was wonderful, coffee, freshly squeeze orange juice, homemade jams and breads , all was wonderful!. The rooms were affordable price wise and I would recommend it to anyone  who does not want to break their bank account. Quartier Saint Sixte ; 4-90-95-92-61

 

Swimming pool at Le Mas dou Pastre

Swimming pool at Le Mas dou Pastre

Le Mas de La Brune

Le Mas de La Brune

Le Bistrot d'Eygalieres Chez Bru

Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres Chez Bru

Exquisite Food at Le Bistrot d'Eygalieres

Exquisite Food at Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres

Le Bistrot d'Eygalieres.

Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres.

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Vegetables in Provence

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Provencal Food

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Le Bistrot d’Eygalieres Chez Bru

Belgian born owner chef Wout Bru‘s dishes, are all densely flavored poached prawns with a compote of tomatoes; seared foie gras in a Balsamic reduction or a tart of sweet, delicate sardines; roast pigeon with shallot confit and Tarragon essence; also a rich and flaky caramelized apple tart was out of this world. The owner has expanded so the place looks very different and the colors are as bland as the restaurant decor. Rue de La Republique ; 4-90-90-60-34

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Hiking, the best way to discover the Vaucluse and the Luberon/ Part 2

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Hike from Apt to Saignon

Apt‘s history goes back to Roman times when it was a prosperous ancient city. Remnants of its days as a Christian bishopric are also visible  in its gorgeous 11th-century Saint-Anne Cathedral. Today  the town is loved for its candied fruits, jams, lavender essence and truffles and a very colorful market that teems with Provencal produce on Saturday mornings. When you arrive in Apt park your car in the cours Lauze-de-Perret car park in the east of town,and then you are ready to set out on your hike. On foot your will have to take D48 and walk along until you see the Auriane track on the left, you will then head left and cross the bridge over the Rimayon river. As the road sweeps left you will have to keep walking straight along the path that climbs the hill, then bear left and and follow a tarmac path for ( 164ft) until you eventually get to the Ginestiere crossroads. Once you get there stay to your right and follow the D174 to get to the village entrance, which leads to the pretty place de la Fontaine.

Saignon is not very well known by tourists. If you go there visit the Prieure and Farm built in the middle ages on a Gallo- Roman site and continued to expand until the 19th-century. The church contains Medieval frescoes , and the excavations of a first-century villa are seen through a grill in the floor. Exhibitions are staged in the farm while the gardens are devoted to historic and scented plants. To get to Saignon, make a turn left on Rue du Bourget and walk about ( 330 ft) until you reach a cobbled path, on your left that leads to kind of a square in the parking lot. At the bottom of the car park, you will find a path winding around the village’s ramparts. After the last house take a deep breath and climb the steps to the main castle ruins and marvel at the vistas from the lookout point. Then go back down the ramparts before going left and joining the D174. From place de la Fontaine backtrack to the Ginistere crossroads, and turn right. After the bend, keeping Tourel (a settlement) on your left, take the short cut at the next bend and continue straight for (650 ft). At the next bend turn left along a dirt track and head straight through an oak forest and then a residential area. Continue straight , and then cross the old N100, using the steps to join the cycle path. You will have to keep going over the Cavalon River and then head up a ramp on the right to follow the D22 back to Apt. Finish your hike with a hearty French meal at Auberge du Luberon http://francemarket.com/auberge-luberon, located in a century- old  building in the city’s historic center.

Luberon, Provence.

Luberon, Provence.

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This upscale apartment in Avignon is the perfect location for friends’ get together or a family reunion….

AvignonThis beautiful artist’s retreat is located in a cul de sac, steps from the center of Avignon and the famous Palais des papes ,delightful vacation apartment is the perfect spot to call home while exploring Avignon and its beautiful environs. The apartment is housed in a 16th century stone building, this former artist studio has been renovated with  modern amenities as well as decorated with Provencal charm. 

This spacious triplex offers comfortable living  and dining spaces where groups can gather together as well as cozy nooks for enjoying quiet time alone, making this vacation  an ideal choice for a group of friends or family traveling together. Four bedrooms equipped with air conditioning and painted in calming sea tones, sleep up to 8 guests with 6 separate beds, all fitted with quality linens.
On the first floor (up one flight of stairs upon entering the property), the inviting living and dining areas provide beautiful and charming settings for lounging and enjoying meals together. One of the more formal spaces features a unique, stone wall and dramatically exposed wood beamed ceiling, together framing a grand fireplace that can be admired from the two comfortable couches or the large dining table that comfortably seats six.

Also on the first floor is a cheerful eat-in-kitchen, complete with its modern appliances, sleek cabinetry, and rustic wooden table, and that is fully equipped with everything needed to prepare full meals or light snacks with fresh finds from the nearby market (just five minutes away). The kitchen flows into a bright and informal sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows and a small balcony with olive trees overlooking the quiet street below. Filled with beautiful plants and interesting books and pieces of art, this delightful space is ideal for enjoying morning coffee, afternoon tea, or a glass of local wine while unwinding in the comfortable armchairs or lounging on the daybed after a long day of sightseeing.

A spiral staircase leads upstairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second and third floors. On the second floor, a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed offers privacy and comfort with its en suite bathroom, equipped with a combination shower and bathtub, toilet, and sink. Also on this floor is the second bedroom – complete with a double bed and its own en suite bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, toilet, and sink – and a third bedroom with a single bed. Across the hall is a bathroom with a walk-in shower and sink, and also a toilet in its own WC.

Following the spiral staircase to the third and top floor leads to the fourth bedroom, a large space with a mansard roof. This room is ideal for children or friends traveling together, with three single mattresses set up directly on the floor, without bed frames or box springs.

If the modern amenities – from the air conditioning in the bedrooms to the Nespresso machine in the kitchen – along with the convenience of private parking and being located in the heart of the ancient city weren’t enough, the beautiful decor and unique architecture make this vacation property a destination unto itself.

We planned two trips in October 2019, renting this property. But you can rent this property on your own with friends. The prices for this property are the highest in July & August  but  prices go down in ( end of August) thru November 1st and then November through April 1st, two different prices for a 3 days stay and a 7 days stay.

We will include a brochure of the trips planned for October 2019. If you want to just rent the property with friends or family we can assist you with train ride from CDG airport in Paris to Avignon, as well as drivers / tour guides and a private chef on the night you just want to stay in and enjoy a meal at home. We also will design an itinerary of what to do in Avignon in case you don’t know where to start first. Also you can go truffle hunting, wine tasting, and goat  cheese farms visits and more if you’d like. If you want to be left alone we understand!.

More to come regarding where to visit in France very soon!

In the mean time check out our trips to Avignon, Provence, France. The link below shows some pictures of this amazing artist retreat in Avignon.

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Avignon Gourmet Tours Fall 2019.

 

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About Luxury Travel Consultant2.

My name is Anne Suire, I am the owner of this small Travel company; I have lived in the US for a long time but started my young life in France.

I have done a lot in my life from assistant buyer for a small clothing store in San Francisco to caterer and private chef. I have decided a few years ago to create a tour company but I have worked on and off  on it because my life is very busy. Last night I had a dream about this small company of mine and this morning when I woke up I decided to work on it again by using WordPress and writing to my followers who want to travel to France and Italy.

I offer my clientele different ways to enjoy themselves while traveling as well as villa  selections , private chefs or cooks, tour guides / drivers as well as personalized itineraries. I also will give you restaurant suggestions.

The villa selections , how many of you will vacation so that we can find you the perfect home,  as well as location,( view or not view). Also pool or no pool, very important to remember when you book with us.

Would you like a driver (local preferably), they know the region !. We usually hire bilingual drivers / tour guides  so that they can communicate with our clients.

A private chef can be hired if you wish and it can be one night, three nights as you wish, once a chef or drivers are hired you need to let us know in advance before your trip , special event or vacation.

Tour ideas such as yoga, golfing, bicycling, culinary adventures and wine tasting, soul searching and more.

We can take care of your special event.

Anniversary, weddings, graduation, family getaway, friends or girlfriends get away. let us know if you have a special request, so that we can accommodate you.

Thank you.

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My name is Anne Suire, I am the owner of the small company Luxury Travel consultant.

I have lived in the US for a long time and started my young life in France. I have done quite a lot in my work life from Assistant buyer in a store in San Francisco to caterer and private chef. I had a dream last night telling me that I should get back to work on my travel company and communicate with my followers again. I have worked on and off with Luxury Travel Consultant2 and I have also known success with some tours that I did but with a busy life and family obligations in France, I have somehow walked away. I want back in the game and provide my future clientele with a stellar performance.

The company offers villas rentals and travel services as well as tour ideas and special events such as weddings, anniversary, graduation, family vacation, group vacation, women’s getaways, couples getaways . Properties                                                                                     

When you book with us you have to inform us when you plan on traveling, so that we can find you the best accommodations.  Some requests include near a village ( walking distance) or pool and no pool.

Private Chef

Private Chef,We can assist you with the request of a private chef, locally handpicked and bilingual which allows everyone to be comfortable.

Usually most tour guides drive and we request that they speak English. their prices will include transfers from and to property as well as touring the region.

Itineraries.

A personalized itinerary will be offered and you can always let us know if you want to make some changes.

Restaurant suggestions.

We will suggest the best and local restaurants at your request.

Tours’ ideas.

Golfing, horseback riding, yoga, bicycling, culinary adventures, wine tasting, hiking and soul searching. Anyone interested we offer flea markets of Paris and Provence!

Thank you!

Anne Suire Avignon Gourmet Tours Fall 2019.

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Welcome to Aix and Marseille, the central coast.

imgresMarseille is France’s second largest city is the place to head to enjoy the colorful sights and smells of a Mediterranean meting pot-cultures have definitely mingled here ever since the Greeks invaded, in about 600 bc. I would recommend that you tour the museums and the cathedrals , visit the Vieux Port, famous haunt of Marcel Pagnol’s Fanny, then head east to Aubagne to walk the Circuit Pagnol.

Aix- en- Provence. for one day you can join all the fashionable folk for whom cafe squatting, people-watching, and boutique- shopping are a way of life. Track the spirits of the town’s famous son, Paul Cezanne, by visiting the Jas de Bouffon, his newly opened family estate, and Mount Sainte Victoire, the main motif of this founder of modern art.

Central CassisCassis is a lovely harbor town that conjures up the Saint -Tropez of 1920s- you can take an excursion boat to the famously beautiful Calanques; Enjoy a picnic and a bottle of Cassis white and go down the steep sides to the hidden beaches and Fjord-like finger bays that probe the coast. To the East are Toulon and Ile d’Hyeres.

The five reasons to go.

Aix’s Cours Mirabeau: The Champs- Elysees of Posh Aix en Provence, this boulevard is lined with coffee shops like les deux Garcons, where Cezanne and Zola used to hang out.

Marseille. Order ahead at chez Fanfan’s and indulge in classic Bouillabaisse – This version will definitely make your tastebuds stand up.

Les Calanques. Near Cassis , these picturesque coves make you feel like you have stumbled onto the set of the Blue Lagoon, truly beautiful.

Iles d’Hyeres, nature paradise. A sense of pure escape can still be enjoyed on these islands covered with pine forests and sandy beaches.

Paul Cezanne. Tour Cezanne country in the area around Mount Sainte Victoire, near the artist’s hometown of Aix-En-Provence.

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Travel planner and owner of Luxurytravelconsultant2.comGourmet Tours of Avignon, Provence 2019. Luxury Travel Consultant2 invites you to Avignon, Provence in October 2019.

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The Provence region.

I have always expressed to my readers and followers that the best time to visit Provence is in the Fall, rentals are usually cheaper , not as many people since Parisians are back at work and kids and students are back to school and universities. You can have better access to your favorite restaurant and lines are much shorter when you want to visit your favorite chateau and tour the country side and the wineries.

Life in Provence is much slower so when you visit it, enjoy and pay attention to every moment. We will provide tour guides, drivers , villas as well as a chef who will cook for you wonderful Provencal meals. We can plan for you an itinerary so you can enjoy a vacation stress free.

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From Luxury Travel Consultant2

Life has been very busy doing mundane things but want to focus again on Travel to France and Italy.

We are still doing Tour Groups but also Travel Planning including villa, Chateau, upscale apartments as well as private chefs and drivers to make your stay very enjoyable. If you want to have this special celebration ( let it be a wedding, special anniversaries, family celebration) and so on… we are here to help.

I mainly want to write about France and Italy. So follow us and ask any question and I will do my best to answer you.

Thank you,

Anne Suire

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Cuisine in the sun.

Why do colors seem more intense in Provence, flavors more vivid? . It could be the hot dry climate which concentrates the essence of fruit and vegetables or maybe the sun beaming down on the market stalls. Whatever the reason , the real story of the food in Provence is the triumph over the elements. Here is how to savor its amazing flavors. As you bite into a Cavaillon melon or a snow- white fennel -perfumed sea bass fillet, you might think that nature has always been kind to Provence. on the wind battered coast of Marseille , fishermen salvaged the boniest rock fish to create the famous Bouillabaisse, that would become legendary worldwide. In the sun blasted mountains north of Nice, impoverished farmers created a repertoire of dishes found nowhere else in France ,using swiss cheese , chickpea four ( crispy Panisses)  served with a rose. Salt cod ( shipped from Sandinavia) to compensate from the scarcity of fresh fish. In Camargue, the cowboys tamed the wild bull to create their own version of Daube , a quite long-simmered stew that transforms tough cuts of meat into a gourmet marvel. Olive oil is always used in Provencal cooking and has become a symbol of the south and has overcome a 1950’s frost that entirely wiped out France‘s olive groves. The production is tiny to that of Spain or Italy but of exceptionally high quality. Even the tomato has a relatively short history here, having  been introduced in the 1820’s and at first only used in cooked dishes.
Provencal cooking is divided by the area’s dramatically changing landscape . In the Vaucluse alone, scorched plains punctuated by orcher cliffs  give way to lush-orchard lined mountains and slopped vineyards. The wild Calanques of Marseille – source of spiky sea urchins and octopuses- ease into tranquil waters of St Tropez, home to bream and sea bass. Everywhere you can smell the fragrant flavors of fruits -dripping with nectar and vegetables so flavor packed-packed with that meat might not be a requirement for a meal. The true joy of visiting the region lies in discovering these differences, which might be subtle as in a ( local version of a bouillabaisse or fish soup) or unmistakable that signal that truffle season is here!.
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Gourmet Tours in Avignon 2019.

About your location.

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, steps from the
center of Avignon and the famous Palais des
Papes, this delightful vacation apartment is
the perfect spot to call home while exploring
Avignon and its beautiful environs. Housed
in a 16th century stone building, this former
artist studio has been fully renovated with
modern amenities and thoughtfully
decorated with Provencal charm. Located in
the same building as our Avignon Studio
apartment, the two properties can be rented
together to accommodate a total of 10
guests.
The airy, spacious triplex apartment offers
comfortable living and dining spaces where
groups can gather together, as well as cozy
nooks for enjoying quiet time alone, making
this vacation rental an ideal choice for
friends and family traveling together. Four
bedrooms, all equipped with air conditioning
and painted in calming sea tones, sleep up to
eight guests with six separate beds, all fitted
with quality linens.

Itinerary.

Itinerary, Fall 2019.
Saturday October 5th , Arrival, Transfers to
property, unpack, Dinner at the property.
Sunday October 6th, Lunch at L’isle Sur La
Sorgue. A visit and a small hike to La
Fontaine De Vaucluse. Dinner at property.
Monday October 7th, Gordes, Le Village des
Bories
and L’Abbaye de Senanque. Dinner at the
property.
Tuesday October 8th Truffle tasting and
Lunch at the truffle farm.
Wednesday October 9th, La Camargue and
Saintes Marie de La Mer, Les Aigues Mortes
and a visit to L’abbaye de Momajour. Dinner
at the property.
Thursday October 10th,Le Roussillon and
dinner served at the property.
Friday October 11th, Avignon and the” Palais
des Papes”. Wine tasting and catered lunch.
Saturday October 12th, 10 AM heading back
to the US.
Transfers from villa to Train Station.
All meals are included. Wine included
for dinners only . Four bottles will be
served.  8 Guests only! ( 4 couples)

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Avignon Gourmet Tours Fall 2019.

Two dates for Gourmet Tours of Avignon, Fall 2019. The dates are October 5, 2019 – October 12,2019. The second tour October 19, 2019 – October 26, 2019.

We love to travel in the fall because we have Provence to ourselves.

This tour will take place in Avignon, the city of Popes.

About Avignon.

From the bank of the broad turbulent River Rhone  rise the magnificent ramparts of Avignon , golden stones redolent with medieval grandeur and power.Within the walls the town seems quintessentially southern; It bursts with energy, yet echoes with history. A crowded central avenue ( Jean- Jaures & Republique) makes its way from city gate to the looming Papal Palace . A few spots to visit such as The ramparts which were built on the orders of the popes at the start of their 14th -century reign, they make a complete circle of the old city, a distance of 4.3 km.

Le Pont St -Benezet.

This famous bridge ( Pont d’Avignon)  from the nursery ryhme  has made this city a household name. It broken arches step just one halfway across one arm of the river. Originally built in 1177 under the inspiration of a shepherd boy called Benezet , money for the project was raised by a religious brotherhood called Les freres Pontifes. In the Espace St-Benezet beside the gatehouse, the museum en images Pont d’Avignon tells the story of the bridge with a video on a giant screen.

A stop at Le Petit Palais the popes acquired this dignified building in 1335 and was later transformed into a sumptuous residence for the sixteen century cardinal Giullio Della Rovere, who went on to become Pope Julius 2 and after s long time afterwards, Le Petit Palais it served as a sort of guest-room for the city’s royalty and nobility. Cardinal Della Rovere took a great interest in the arts, he was the patron Michelangelo and began a collection of paintings and sculptures which today has turned  the building into a remarkable art museum.

Notre- Dame -des-Doms

Standing on the site of an even older church, Avignon’s resilient 12th-century cathedral along side the Papal Palace has been repaired and reconstructed many times  during the town’s history, incorporating hotchpotch of styles. During the revolution Avignon was largely on the royalist side -when the church was pillaged and all but wrecked. Some blame the misguided reconstruction of the church – A gilded Madonna  on the Romanesque bell tower.

Place de l’Horloge.

This used to be the forum ( public square ) of the Roman city, it still is Avignon’s enticing focal point, even in the winter surrounded by hundreds of tables under parasols where it is a delight to linger over breakfast or a late lunch. An old fashion carousel in the square is usually working while on one side stands the city’s theater & the Grand old 19th-century town hall, which incorporates a 14th-century clock tower ( horloge).

This will be your city for one week!

Enjoy!

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Editorials and customer reviews prove fruitful in reaching the Upscale Travel market. The first great challenge is standing out among all the noise and providing travelers exactly with what they want which usually revolves around unforgettable experiences and for the guests to completely unwind. For us at Luxury Travel Consultant2, I will say that the human connection is extremely important and the connections allow for trust to be developed, a reputation to be validated as well as reliability, resulting in referrals that can be received with trust. It’s a no brainer because  it is all based on trusting your abilities to deliver to your clientele with total honesty, this is why upscale travelers are prone to see more value in real and honest  comments and reviews of a product or service. When I started with Luxury Travel Consultant2.com, My main focus was to provide my clients with  an unforgettable experience and to always be honest with my advertising for an upcoming trip.  It is not always easy to create a great team , because you have to make sure that they know what they are doing and check their references . Everybody has to be  local, Bilingual and they also  have to have  a great reputation as a tour guide/driver and private chef. Our homes are amazing and we work carefully with realtors in the region we are visiting. Join us for our 2019 tours , we are working on them right now. “We are an inspiration as well as dream makers for our clientele”

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