I had the good fortune to grow up next to the Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Although the region no longer hosts endless miles of orchards — it’s now Silicon Valley — between the beginning of the 20th century and the early 1970s, Santa Clara Valley was the most beautiful and productive place on earth for cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. Summers were warm and dry but ocean breezes kept the evenings cool and fresh, and the winters had enough chill for the trees to produce abundant, flavorful fruit from May into mid-September. Every holiday season flat, round baskets laden with dried fruits and nuts, were shipped all over the United States, most especially to families living in the snowy Midwest and Eastern United States. Luscious, sweet, dried fruits to enjoy in the dead of winter.
Come join us in what promises to be akin to a story lifted from the Arabian Nights. While a modern van replaces the storied flying-carpet and four-star hotels provide the comforts of the 21st century as we enjoy Morocco’s cities, we will experience the magic of the food, the history, the culture, the music and dance and the myriad other delights that await us in a country storied for it’s exotic qualities.
The following is a partial listing of our visit with some additional information at the end. I hope that when you read the itinerary, it will entice you to join Moroccan native Abdel Fattah Abbou and me on this remarkable journey.
Although the weather outside never broke 50 degrees and I never left town, today I spent several moving hours in the tropics, specifically Oaxaca, participating in the annual celebration of the Virgin of Juquila, the patron saint of Oaxacans and the protector of those faced with great difficulties.
Last Thursday I went to Staples to copy some fliers for my booth at a holiday fair. I met a Oaxacan family there, and after chatting with them in Spanish for about fifteen minutes, they graciously invited me to join them on the west side of Santa Cruz where, for two days, there would be masses in honor of the Virgin of Juquila, as well as a procession, music, food and traditional dances. I immediately accepted.
Courtesy of Sonia R. Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re planning a trip to Hawaii’s Big Island and want to experience more than just the beaches, sun and surf. How about a visit to a working vanilla plantation where you can learn firsthand all that goes into growing this beloved fruit of the orchid family? Further, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with vanilla as the key ingredient in each of the dishes made fresh in the Vanilla Mill Café at the Hawaiian Vanilla Company.