"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire." ― Saint Catherine of Siena
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, maybe you noticed halfway through my Tuscany trip I stopped posting daily photos. It was because after the Buy Tuscany conference, I joined a small group of travel advisors for a post-conference tour the Tuscan tourism board arranged for us through Siena, Pienza, Torrita di Sienna, Montepulciano, Chianciano Terme, and Chiusi - all in a couple of days! It was a nonstop whirlwind of medieval mountaintop towns, prettily pastel architecture, delicious food, and lots of climbs to scenic vistas, like this one above in Siena! As for the patron saint of Siena, Saint Catherine, one of the most graphic relics I've yet seen is in Siena's Basilica of San Domenico, where you find her remarkably well-preserved head. Religious relics are wildly morbid yet fascinating.... To see that creepy photo and more from those last days of my Italian job, I have to fetch them off the cloud now because I got a new cell phone last week. Lots going on over here, but I'll get them uploaded as soon as I can!
Since I lost 20 pounds and grew out my pixie cut to a longer 'do last year, I badly needed new photos for my website and marketing because I'd begun meeting people in person who no longer recognized me from my website or business card photos. Last month in Florence I hired a photographer who took me on a really fun citywide photo shoot, and now I have all new photos at www.ninemusestravel.com - all from places around Florence. We took so many it was hard to narrow down which to choose, so please have a look at the refreshed photos on my website and let me know what you think!
Speaking of photos, I'm having the best time following one of my favorite clients on Instagram as she and her mother are enjoying her birthday week in Hawaii, where we planned a beautiful itinerary on Kauai and the Big Island. So far they've taken a breathtaking helicopter ride over Kauai's canyons and waterfalls (where they filmed Jurassic Park!), had a catamaran snorkel sail along the Napali coast and spotted bottlenose and spinner dolphins, enjoyed an oceanfront birthday dinner at Brown's located in their fabulous hotel - the Fairmont Orchid, stargazed at night atop Mauna Kea, rode in a helicopter over Kilauea (the most active volcano on Earth), and today they join a National Park Certified Guide for a day-long, in-depth experience to learn about historic volcanic events, hike right inside Volcanoes National Park, and taste some pupu on a farm surrounding an off-road, private lava tube. It was such a fun itinerary to work on with them! Hawaii is otherworldly and undoubtedly worth the flight time, always.
I LOVE seeing clients post photos while on vacation! It feels indescribably good to see them living their best lives, knowing I helped make moments like those happen for someone. I love the work I do, the joy it brings to people, and how beneficial travel is for mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. It's an honor to be your travel advisor, and I can't wait to help design your next inspiring journey!
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