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Join LIZA PRIOR LUCY & KATJA MAREK

on their GLORIOUS HEXAGONS
Southern Caribbean Workshop Cruise
January 19-27, 2018

Don't miss the boat ...this cruise is half way sold out!

Enjoy 3 days of inspiring classes & workshops
in ENGLISH Paper Piecing!

Embark Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas
in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Escape the cold January weather and enjoy the tropical ports of call!

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Willemstad, Curacao
Oranjestad, Aruba

Dedicated classrooms for all workshops with plenty of time to paper piece!


Be sure to visit Glorious Hexagons &
Katjas-Quilt-Shoppe on Facebook!



Hello Hexagon Fans,

We are thrilled to offer this first ever English Paper Piecing cruise. We invite you to join us as we travel from Puerto Rico to the Southern Caribbean, bringing with us two extremely talented and creative designers, Liza Prior Lucy, best known as Kaffe Fassett's partner in patchwork, and Katja Marek, author of The New Hexagon book. Both are English Paper Piecing enthusiasts and expert teachers of the technique. There is no better way to relax than to take in the magnificent tropical scenery with needles, thread, gorgeous fabrics and sewing glorious hexagons.

Join us for this 9-day adventure that includes inspiring workshops and presentations, where you will have the chance to learn new techniques, exchange information, and create beautiful hexagons!

This cruise is limited to 35 class participants
Book today to reserve your cabin!

LIZA PRIOR LUCY

Liza made her first "quilt" in 1972 when she sewed 25 bandanas together, layered the top with a fat batt and a corduroy backing and tied it all together with wool knitting yarn. It was for her college boyfriend's waterbed.  She made her second quilt in 1990, this time in a more conventional manner, piecing a sampler block quilt. Quilting became a passion and in 1993 she proposed doing a book with her close friend, Kaffe Fassett.

Since then they have been working together writing patchwork books. Their first hardcover book was Glorious Patchwork and they just published their 6th hardcover book. They specialize in re-interpreting traditional quilt patterns using contemporary fabrics and unexpected color combinations. 

From the time she began making quilts, her favorite projects have been those that are hand sewn.  English paper piecing is her passion. She and Kim McLean, using Katja Marek's book, The New Hexagon, designed the popular Glorious Hexagon sampler. Last count over 5000 people worldwide are following her lead and making their own glorious version!
Liza lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Drew and together they have an online fabric store, GloriousColor Be sure to visit Glorious Hexagons on Facebook.

KATJA MAREK

Katja Marek was born in Moers, Germany in 1959. Just before she turned eight her father moved the family to Canada.

In 1999 she opened her own quilt shop. The shop was featured in the fall 2008 Quilt Sampler magazine as a Top Ten Canada/US quilt shop. She launched a Block-a-Week Hex-a-thon and this turned into the book, The New Hexagon – 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece released in October 2014. It was the number 1 selling title with Martingale Publishers for all of 2015. And over two years later the book continues to be in their Top 5 quilting titles.

In 2016 The New Hexagon Perpetual Calendar was released and immediately became a bestseller.

In 2016, Liza Prior Lucy of Glorious Color and Kim McLean of Glorious Appliqué, hosted a quilt-along called Glorious Hexagons which used the blocks from Katja’s book. It has over 5000 followers worldwide.

Since the release of The New Hexagon Katja has amassed a faithful following of like-minded English Paper Piecing, Fussy-Cutting Hexaholics, who together are discovering the ‘Hex’-abilities!

Directions for all of Katja’s Quilt-Alongs can be found on the Quilt-Alongs tab at KatjasQuiltShoppe
Learn more about Katja and how you can follow her on Social Media.


Katja's Millefiore

GLORIOUS HEXAGONS WORKSHOP

Katja has produced a special project just for this cruise. It is an English Paper Pieced medallion that is similar to those in Katja's Millefiore. The medallion can be the beginning of a much larger project or it can be finished into a cushion or wall hanging. Each student will receive this unique pattern. You will have the option of working on this project or starting a Glorious Hexagon sampler.

SUPPLY INFORMATION
Liza and Katja will notify students of the basic sewing supplies to bring and get with each student to work out any items you may need to purchase ahead, along with your color preferences.

U.S. students will work with Liza by emailing her at GloriousColor@aol.com or by calling her at 215-862-3104 and purchasing materials from PaperPieces

Canadian students will work with Katja by emailing her at katjasquiltshoppe@telus.net or by calling her at 250-851-0324 and purchasing materials from PaperPieces

For all others, Liza and Katja will work with you to get the best exchange rate.

Sailing aboard the Adventure of the Seas®, a ship packed with all the action of Royal Caribbean’s signature innovations—and plenty of time for relaxation, fine dining and splendid ocean views. Enjoy a rock climbing wall that overlooks the sea, or challenge yourself on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. Achieve perfect zen poolside or at the relaxing VitalitySM Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing and duty-free shopping deals. You’ll enjoy the ship's spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room. Visit Royal Caribbean for general information and click on “Already booked” for tips, guidelines & FAQs

Your 9-DAY ROUNDTRIP San Juan itinerary:

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Activity

19 Jan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

 

Arrive today
ESJ Azul Hotel

20 Jan

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Adventure of the Seas

 

09:00am
08:30pm

Workshop at hotel
Set sail for the Caribbean

21 Jan

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

08:00am
05:00pm

05:00pm
06:00pm

In port
Group meeting

22 Jan

Basseterre, St Kitts

08:00am
05:00pm

05:00pm
06:00pm

In port
Private Cocktail Party

23 Jan

At Sea

 

 

All day workshops

24 Jan

Willemstad, Curacao

08:00am

08:00pm

In port
Optional lab--time TBA

25 Jan

Oranjestad, Aruba

08:00am

11:00pm

In port
Optional lab--time TBA

26 Jan

At Sea

 

 

All day workshops

27 Jan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

06:00am

 

Schedule your flight to depart
NO EARLIER than 11:00am

Please note: All workshops and lectures are conducted when the ship is cruising.
Informal gatherings will be held throughout the cruise for working on the project.

ITINERARY and *PORTS OF CALL:

SAN JUAN, PUERTO Behind stone walls, Old San Juan charms with 500 years of history, colorful colonial buildings and streets lined with shops, galleries, and cafes. Experience Puerto Rico's enchanting natural side in the nearby rainforest.

January 19, Friday

You will need to arrange your flight to arrive today at San Juan International Airport, Puerto Rico (SJU). The ESJ Azul Hotel is located on beautiful Isla Verde Beach and just a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport. The remainder of the day and evening is free to explore on your own or just rest up for tomorrow’s workshop.

To avoid any flight delays due to bad weather at this time of year that could have you missing the first day’s workshop,
Traveling Together
has early night rooms available at the ESJ Azul.
This would also give you more time to explore Old San Juan, just a 20 minute taxi ride from the hotel.
Price for a single room is $220 and $125 per person for a double room, including breakfast and taxes.

Jan 20, Sat
Let the classes begin! Following breakfast, Liza and Katja will conduct the first workshop, giving you a good start on your project before we even board the ship. There will be a break for a quick lunch before the afternoon session and then everyone will be transferred to the Pan American Pier to board the Adventure of the Seas. Although the cruise doesn’t sail until 8:30pm, the ship offers dinner this evening at the regular times.

Jan 21, Sun ~ CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THOMAS
Beyond the glitz of its famous shopping district, St. Thomas enchants with a fascinating history and natural scenery. Explore the island's diverse heritage in Charlotte Amalie, or splash your way around at vibrant reefs or a gorgeous beach.

Jan 22, Mon ~ BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS
St. Kitts was a tropical prize over which the European powers fought for more than a century. Discover French and British heritage in Basseterre and the complex colonial legacy amongst the ruins of fortresses and once-grand estates.

Jan 23, Tue ~ WORKSHOP DAY WHILE CRUISING

Jan 24, Wed ~ WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO
If there were no canals, the Dutch would have invented them. Behold Willemstad, with its deep water harbor, interlacing waterways, and narrow shop fronts that seem always to be stretching to their full height. The capital City of Curacao is a Caribbean cruise delight. Willemstad graces the Shottegat harbor with neighborhoods that mix Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese urban styles and then dresses them in effulgent pastels. It's a combination seen nowhere else in former Dutch colonies. Wander the shops and markets of the Punda and Otrobanda districts and soak up some color.

Jan 25, Thu ~ ORANJESTAD, ARUBA
Oranjestad is a delight of historic sights, bustling promenades, and colorful Dutch-colonial architecture. Aruba is just 20 miles long, so island splendors and adventures like amazing snorkeling from the beach are within easy reach. Arikok National Park covers nearly one-fifth of the island and is home to species you'll find nowhere else, caves for exploring, and ragged, wind-torn bits of coastline.

Jan 26, Fri ~ WORKSHOP DAY WHILE CRUISING

Jan 27, Sat ~ Schedule your flight to depart San Juan NO EARLIER than 11:00am

*Any optional port excursions are at an additional cost and will need to be arranged directly with Royal Caribbean.
You will be notified when you can pre-book these tours, or they can be purchased once you have boarded the ship.

Included in the price of your cruise:
Your Jan 19th room at the San Juan ESJ Azul Hotel (breakfast included)
Workshop at the hotel on January 20                                        
Transfer from the hotel to the ship                                             CABIN & CATEGORY AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED!
Your stateroom on Adventure of the Seas                                                        BOOK YOUR SPACE TODAY!
All meals and evening entertainment on board
All ports of call                                                                                        
All workshops and presentations with Liza Prior Lucy & Katja Marek                                      
Private cocktail party
Escorted by a professional tour leader

**This cruise must be booked with Traveling Together in order to participate in any of the group activities and classes.
Sorry, but there will be no exceptions.


CATEGORY

DESCRIPTION
All staterooms come complete with private bathroom, vanity area, hair-dryer, closed-circuit TV, radio and phone. Note: A Royal King measures 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long.


DOUBLE OCC.
Cost per
person


SINGLE OCC.
Availability
is limited

Q

Interior Stateroom (150 sq. ft.) Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King size bed, sitting area, vanity area, and a private bathroom.


$1324


$2018

PR
Now available! Promenade Stateroom (160 sq. ft.) Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King size bed, sitting area, vanity area, and a private bathroom, plus a bowed window overlooking the Royal Promenade.


$1394


$2159

I

Ocean View Stateroom (160 sq. ft.) Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King size bed, sitting area, vanity area, and a private bathroom.


SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT

E3

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom (188 sq. ft.)
with private balcony (46 sq. ft. Balcony size may vary)
Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King size, sitting area with sofa, and a private bathroom.

 

SOLD OUT

 

SOLD OUT

D2

Superior Ocean View Stateroom (179 sq. ft.)
with private balcony (52 sq. ft.) Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King size bed, private balcony, sitting area with sofa, and a private bathroom.

 

$1815

 

$2895

 

All cabin categories are based on availability
at the time of booking

 

 

Balcony cabins sell out quickly!

Please note: The sooner you book, the better the stateroom in your chosen category,
based on ship location!

NOT included in the price of your cruise:

  • Fares do not include $64.76 per person in Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses. Royal Caribbean reserves the right to collect any increases in effect at the time of sailing even if the fare has already been paid in full.
  • Roundtrip air San Juan International Airport, Puerto Rico (SJU)
  • Transportation from SJU to hotel and ship to airport on the last day of the cruise  
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Port excursions 
  • Any and all items of a personal nature

 
CRUISE DINING OPTIONS
Royal Caribbean requires that your dining preference be made at the time your cruise booking is processed. 
You may select reserved early seating, reserved late seating or My Time Dining

Reserved seating:
Seating in the main dining room at either early (6:00pm) or late seating (8:30pm), gives you the opportunity to eat with others in our group at a table that is reserved for you each evening. You can still opt on certain nights to take advantage of the other onboard dining options.

My Time Dining:
This flexible option allows you to select your own dining time and table companions on a daily basis. You can choose a different time each day, so you can fit dinner around the rest of your onshore and onboard plans. The traditional dining experience allows you the choice of either early or late seating times for each day of your cruise. Just remember that you will not have reserved seating with our group on any given evening.

Once you have booked your trip, you will be notified when it is time to make your air arrangements

If at that time you would like assistance with your air travel, please call
NORTHWOOD TRAVEL at 800-780-0571 or email them info@NorthwoodTravel.com
Please note: This email address and phone number is for making air arrangements only.

A valid passport is required for this cruise
Royal Caribbean and Traveling Together require that all travelers departing the U.S. be in possession of a
current passport that does not expire until at least 6 months from the date of your scheduled return to the U.S.

Non-US citizens are responsible for determining their Passport and visa requirements.

TO REGISTER:

Please be sure to print and read the 2018 Cruise Terms & Conditions

Print and mail in the completed 2018 Cruise Registration Form along with your deposit.

**If Traveling Together is bookmarked in your favorites, please refresh the links for any updates.

Traveling Together, inc.
2166 Drew Street, Suite B ~ Clearwater FL 33765
PH. 727-239-0483 Fax 727-239-0485
Email: info@travelingtogether.net          Website: www.TravelingTogether.net

 

 


2017 Tour to SPAIN

Barcelona ~ Costa Brava ~ Cardona
May 03 - 13, 2017

Sold out!

Visit the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres
Tour Barcelona & see the works of Antoni Gaudi
Experience a Flamenco Show
Visit the monastery at Monserrat
Spend the night in a castle
Meet with local quilters
Optional workshop with Rosario Casanovas
Shopping & so much more!




Dear Traveler,

Join us for this 11-day adventure as we travel to Spain, known for paella, Flamenco, Salvador Dali, Tapas, architect Gaudi and its wines. You will have the opportunity to experience all of these, in addition to enjoying beautiful scenery along the Costa Brava with views of the Pyrenees in the background.

There will be time for you to explore on your own and throughout the tour we will be looking for fabric, yarns, buttons, and everything related to needlework. I hope you can join us on this very special tour!

Barbara Spohn
Traveling Together

PLEASE NOTE: If you have been on a trip with Traveling Together in the past three years,
you will have first consideration in signing up for this tour.
We will need to receive your registration form and deposit no later than July 13, 2016

All other registration forms will then be accepted in the order in which we receive them.

Your tour itinerary:

Wed, May 03, 2017
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today, in order to arrive in
BARCELONA, SPAIN on May 04. If you would like to arrive Barcelona prior to May 04, contact Traveling Together
regarding accommodations at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas:
$159 per person, double occupancy and $290 for a single, including taxes & breakfast.

Thu, May 04
Once you arrive at BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BCN), you will make your way to the HOTEL CATALONIA RAMBLAS. You will find instructions for transferring from the airport to the hotel in the Additional Information section at the end of this itinerary.

The hotel is located in the city center and within an easy walking distance to world class shopping, along with some of the best restaurants & museums that Barcelona has to offer. Most flights arrive early in the day so you will have some time to explore or relax, prior to meeting your travel companions at this evening’s WELCOME DINNER.

Fri, May 05
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is Spain's second largest city with a population of 1.5 million people, and the capital of Catalonia. This morning we will take a PANORAMIC TOUR OF BARCELONA that will acquaint you with the major sites of this city, including some of the famous works of the prominent architect and figurehead of Catalan modernism, Antoni Gaudí. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and his masterpiece, the still-uncompleted Sagrada Família, is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. You will have the afternoon to explore the city, prior to dinner.
This evening we will stroll Las Ramblas to the FLAMENCO SHOW AT TABLAO CORDOBES. Known for having talented young artists, this specially formed foundation ensures that the artistic levels of their performances are among the best that Spain's flamenco scene has to offer. In addition to the show, we'll enjoy a 3-course DINNER buffet that offers over 60 homemade items to choose from.


To help schedule your free time and learn about the places you are most interested in, we recommend
that you purchase a travel guide. The most popular are Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.
You may want to select one that includes a menu translation section for when you are dining apart from the group.

Be sure to check your travel guide or websites for opening days and times
for any particular activity or museum that you are interested in.

Sat, May 06
You will have the entire day and evening on your own to EXPLORE BARCELONA. Las Ramblas is one of Europe's most famous people-watching pedestrian streets. Located just minutes from our hotel, it runs through the heart of the Old City from the Plaza Catalunya down to the harbor. You won’t want to miss a visit to La Boqueria Market, considered to be one of the best markets in the world. It is the ideal place to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known, due to its ingredients. Featuring fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and seafood, and some of the best tapas bars in Barcelona. We will provide you with a list of the textile shops in the city center. The majority of museums are open until at least 7pm on Saturdays and shops stay open late.
Sun, May 07
We depart Barcelona this morning and drive north to LA COSTA BEACH & GOLF RESORT. The resort is located in natural surroundings and is just a short distance from Pals beach, in the heart of the Costa Brava. All rooms have a terrace with views of the tropical swimming pool, the Golf Platja de Pals golf course or the Mediterranean Sea. You will have the afternoon to explore the resort and relax, prior to our DINNER this evening.

Mon, May 08
ROSARIO CASANOVAS
In addition to being a quilt teacher, quilt artist, pattern designer and dyer, Rosario is owner of R.C.Quilts & Patchwork and Co-Founder of the Spanish Patchwork Association and former president. A teacher for 20+ years, she now organizes quilting events and textile related trips.

Rosario is offering an OPTIONAL ½ DAY WORKSHOP.
All supplies will be provided. Details and a photo of the project will be posted as soon as they are available.

PALS is a medieval town in Catalonia, with the historic center perched atop a hill surrounded by plains with a medieval Romanesque tower built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The Gothic Quarter of the town has been substantially restored and there are cobbled streets interrupted by semicircular arches, façades with pointed arched windows and stone balconies.

The town wall contains four square towers which date from the 4th century. The Josep Pla viewpoint, the Plaça Major, the tombs in the Carrer Major and the Romanesque church of Sant Pere are other features of the town. In the village are a couple of shops selling the brightly colored and cheaply-priced Catalan pottery which is made in the area, along with a few little cafes where you can idle away some time watching the world go by.

At some point during our stay in Pals, plans are being made to meet with
LOCAL QUILTERS FOR A SHOW AND TELL
and time to socialize with some of the ladies from Spain.

Tue, May 09
We will travel approximately one hour north to the town of FIGUERES. In addition to strolling through the open-air pedestrian shopping streets of Old Town, we will visit the SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM. Figueres is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí and home to the Teatre-Museum Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself. It houses the single largest and most diverse collection of works by Dalí, and includes a small selection of works by other artists that Dalí himself collected, ranging from El Greco to Marcel Duchamp.

Wed, May 10
We depart Pals this morning and stop at a local village along the COSTA BRAVA for some shopping and time for lunch at one of the many cafes along the beachfront, before continuing on to CARDONA. If you have never stayed in a castle, this is your chance!

Paradores are Spanish hotels located in medieval castles, Moorish fortresses and ancient monasteries. With a magical setting inside a 9th-century castle and boasting a 2nd-century tower, this Parador is straight out of a fairytale, with panoramic views over the Catalonian countryside. PARADOR DUQUES DE CARDONA is a luxury hotel with the added features of moats, towers and walls that were built to defend the castle. You will have time to explore and take photos of the castle and scenic views, prior to our DINNER in the medieval restaurant where Catalan cooking is the specialty!

Thu, May 11
Following a leisurely breakfast in the castle, we depart Cardona for a drive through eerie rock formations and dramatic scenery to arrive at MONTSERRAT.

Sitting atop a 3,936-ft. mountain, the monastery is one of the most important pilgrimage spots in Spain. Thousands travel here every year to see and touch the medieval statue of La Moreneta (the Black Virgin), the patron saint of Catalonia. One of the monastery's noted attractions is the 50-member Escolanía, one of the oldest and most renowned boys' choirs in Europe, dating from the 13th century. At 1pm daily they can be heard singing "Salve Regina" and the "Virolai" (hymn of Montserrat) in the basilica. The winds blow cold at this elevation even in summer, so you will need to bring along a warm sweater, jacket, or coat.

This afternoon we return to the HOTEL CATALONIA RAMBLAS for our last 2 nights of the tour.

Fri, May 12

BARCELONA has so much to offer and today is your last chance to see or do what you may have missed, along with any last minute shopping.

Our FAREWELL DINNER is this evening at our hotel, giving you the opportunity to say goodbye to your fellow travelers, many of whom have become friends that you’ll want to stay in contact with and make plans for the next time we TRAVEL TOGETHER!

Sat, May 13
Options to return to BARCELONA AIRPORT (BCN) are listed below, so you can arrange for your flight home to depart at any time today. Your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
• If you would like assistance in arranging your air travel please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com
• Aerobús between Barcelona Airport and Plaza Catalunya is a one-way cost of €6 and runs from approximately 6am until midnight each day. The bus stops along the Plaça de Catalunya, right in the city center and is approximately a 10 minute walk to the hotel.
• Speedy Shuttle Barcelona shared rides run about €20
• Taxi fare is approximately €35.
• Hotel Catalonia Ramblas has a check-in time from 2:00pm and check-out is by noon.
• Some of the most intriguing sightseeing can entail accessing locations that restrict motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven surfaces, all should be expected. The Parador Cardona does require the climbing of some stairs, including access to some of the rooms.
• For any race car fans: Should you want to extend your stay, the 2017 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona takes place on 14 May 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have been on a trip with Traveling Together in the past three years,
you will have first consideration in signing up for this tour.
We will need to receive your registration form and deposit no later than July 13, 2016

All other registration forms will then be accepted in the order in which we receive them.

Included in your 11-day tour:
• Hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• 5 Dinners as noted in the itinerary
• Luggage handling at hotels when arriving or departing as a group, where available
• Land travel by private motorcoach
• Group tours & activities
• Escorted by a professional tour leader

Tour Price:
$ 2999 per person, double occupancy
$ 845 single supplement
(NOT included in the cost of the tour: Airfare and the optional workshop)
Sold out!

We require that all travelers departing the U.S. be in possession of a CURRENT PASSPORT
that does not expire until at least 6 months from the date of your scheduled return to the U.S.

Please note: Our tours are best experienced by walking. Please be sure to read over our Terms and Conditions and then if you have any questions about your ability to join the tour, please give our office a call and we will be happy to discuss this with you, in more detail.

Once you have booked your trip, you will be notified when it is time to make your air arrangements.
If at that time you would like assistance with your air travel, please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com Please note: This email address and phone number is for making air arrangements, only.

TO REGISTER:

**If Traveling Together is bookmarked in your favorites, please refresh the links for any updates.

Please be sure to print and read the current Tour Terms & Conditions

Print and mail in the completed current Registration Form along with your deposit.

Traveling Together, inc.
2166 Drew Street, Suite B ~ Clearwater FL 33765
PH. 727-239-0483 Fax 727-239-0485
Email: info@travelingtogether.net Website: www.TravelingTogether.net


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2016 Tour to 
FESTIVAL OF QUILTS & WALES 

Birmingham, UK & Lake Vyrnwy, Wales

August 10-18, 2016
OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO LONDON
August 17-20, 2016


Festival of Quilts,
Europe’s Leading Patchwork and Quilting Show
Includes 2-day pass, Fashion Show & Designer Supper
Beautiful Lake Vyrnwy Resort & Spa
Show & Tell with Welsh Quilters
Welsh Quilt Centre
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Shopping & so much more!


Dear Traveler,

Join us as we travel to the United Kingdom. We have attended the Festival of Quilts several times over the years and the show just keeps getting better and better! Although all the featured designers and special events have not been publicized yet, we are sure they will be worth the trip. Then it’s on to Lake Vyrnwy, Wales to experience this amazing resort, along with meeting local Welsh quilters and a visit to the Welsh Quilt Centre. We’ll enjoy the beauty of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and then you’ll have the option to explore London for a few days. There will be plenty of shopping for fabrics, yarns, buttons, and everything needlework. I hope you will join us on this very special tour!

Barbara Spohn
Traveling Together

YOUR TOUR ITINERARY:

Wed, August 10
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today,
in order to arrive in BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND on Thursday, August 11th. If you would like to arrive a day early,
Traveling Together will be able to help you with making those hotel arrangements.

Thu, Aug 11
Our hotel in Birmingham is the HILTON BIRMINGHAM METROPOLE HOTEL, the official hotel for the Festival of Quilts. The hotel is located across from the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), only ten minutes from Birmingham International Airport via the hotels complimentary shuttle. Most flights arrive early in the day so that you will have some time to rest up before meeting everyone on the tour at the WELCOME DINNER.

Fri & Sat, Aug 12th and 13th

ENJOY 2 DAYS AT THE 14TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF QUILTS! Organized with the support of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles,
the festival offers a host of gallery exhibitions from leading international artists and groups from all over the world that include approximately
1,000 quilts entered into competition.
You’ll find a large range of patchwork & quilting supplies under one roof and there will be over 300 exhibiters selling unique, hard-to-find patchwork and quilting supplies—it’s the ultimate quilting experience and you are sure to be inspired by the incredible talent on display!
The Quilt Academy offers a series of masterclasses, workshops and lectures. Expert tutors teach everything from printing and dyeing techniques to textile manipulation, thread sketching, English Paper Piecing and free motion quilting.

In addition to your 2-DAY SHOW PASS, your tour includes TWO EVENING SPECIAL EVENTS, the DESIGNER SUPPER and the FESTIVAL FASHION SHOW. More information will be provided once the full schedule of events has been announced by the organizers. We will also provide you with the online registration link to sign up in advance for any optional classes and additional events being offered during our stay, as soon as that information becomes available. A shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes from the Hilton to the NEC between 9am and 6pm daily.

Sun, Aug 14
This morning we cross the border into WALES and drive to Llanidloes.
The Welsh Heritage Quilters have invited us to be their guests at the Minerva Art Centre in the town of Llanidloes.
Doreen Gough is the Exhibition Organizer and she has graciously offered to open the art center, just for our visit!
Upon our arrival we will be treated to tea and Welsh cakes and have the opportunity to view the art center’s exhibition.
There will be time to explore this charming little town and have lunch, prior to returning to the center for a show and tell
and a chance to chat with members from the Welsh Heritage, Abermule, and Maldwyn quilt groups.
Doreen will also get out some of their antique Heritage quilts, many of which are from the local area.

Late this afternoon we'll drive to the LAKE VYRNWY HOTEL & SPA, our home for 3 nights. The hotel is located 900 feet above sea level and has a magnificent view of a mountain-ringed lake…complete with a fairy tale tower! The surrounding Vyrnwy estate offers miles of walking trails and outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, the perfect place to get inspiration for textile designs!
GROUP DINNER this evening at our hotel.

Mon, Aug 15
TAKE TIME TODAY TO RELAX and enjoy this Victorian Country House and its surroundings. Lake Vyrnwy and the 24,000 stunning acres that surround it is a National Nature Reserve. There are 10 walking areas if you would like to explore the wooded hillsides, rare wildlife and plant life, such as black grouse and orchids. You may want to make a reservation for one of the many treatments available at the hotel’s spa or simply sit and enjoy the hotel’s panoramic lake views and excellent food offerings.

Tue, Aug 16

This morning we travel to Lampeter for a visit to the JEN JONES WELSH QUILT CENTRE and GALLERY SHOP. At the time of our visit there will be three special exhibitions in the main gallery, with one featuring the Fabulous Welsh Flannels. You will have time for lunch in the Town Hall Café before going next door to CALICO KATE, where you can wander through twelve rooms of fabric, haberdashery and yarn. This shop has gained a reputation as an 'Aladdin's Cave' for patchworkers, dressmakers, knitters and many related crafts. It has won several awards and has been nominated for the Sew Magazine British Sewing Awards 2015, in two categories: Best Customer Service and Best Independent Haberdashery Shop: Wales. Just down the street is RED APPLE YARN, specializing in high quality British wools and yarn from some of the UK’s smaller manufacturers, in addition to buttons and bows.

Late this afternoon we return to the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for our FAREWELL DINNER.

Wed, Aug 17
We depart Wales this morning and our first stop will be a visit to the BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS. The four spectacular glasshouses span from tropical rainforest to arid desert climates. A lively birdhouse, wildlife trails and a seasonal butterfly house are located among flourishing gardens and foliage. The gardens are rich with natural heritage as the gates were first opened almost 200 years ago and the landscapes were designed by J. C. Loudon, one of the most successful garden planners of his time.

**If you will be departing for home tomorrow morning, you will be transferred to the RADISSON BLUE EDWARDIAN HOTEL, HEATHROW AIRPORT. Upon your late afternoon arrival, the hotel can help you make arrangements for your **August 18th transfer to the proper departure terminal at Heathrow Airport.

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OPTIONAL LONDON EXTENSION

Since you have already come this close to London, you may like to spend the next two days exploring the city. Our hotel will be the MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, a Georgian townhouse located in the heart of the Bloomsbury area and adjacent to the British Museum. The hotel has won numerous accolades and awards and combines up-to-the-minute sophistication with old-world charm.

In order to plan your free time in London wisely and make any necessary reservations for specific
places that interest you, we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides:
Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.

Thu and Fri, Aug 18 & 19

Thursday morning we will walk to LIBERTY OF LONDON. No other shop in London, if the world, has such a strong iconic association with design. Mention a 'Liberty print' and a clear image of the shapes, colors and textures involved immediately springs to mind. Housed in a striking, timber-framed, Tudor revival building, the powerful Liberty brand extends to the distinctive style of its surroundings. With small, intimate staircases, intricately designed elevators, wooden balconies and glass atriums this has to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing and unique department stores in the city. Since it opened in 1875, Liberty has captured the hearts of shoppers around the world, finding fame and popularity in the 60s with designers like Mary Quant and Jean Muir producing the shops own line in fabrics. Liberty's dedication to innovative design and Eastern influences reflects its founder's fascination with Japan following the International Exhibition of 1862. Not content with merely following trends, Liberty regularly showcases and sponsors new designers, offering cutting-edge style; from cosmetics and jewelry through to home and fashion - there are names like Martin Margiela and Comme des Garcons nestling alongside Betty Jackson. Covet the designer womenswear, ogle the arts and crafts antiques or simply watch would-be fashion designers drooling over the textiles in the fabric department.

With the help of your tour escort and city map in hand, THE REMAINDER OF TODAY AND TOMORROW IS YOURS TO EXPLORE LONDON. If you haven’t been to London, the Hop-on Hop-off buses are an ideal way to see the city and visit the major attractions that interest you. Whether you decide to shop at Harrods or the famous Burlington Arcade, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, explore the textile collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, walk to nearby Covent Gardens, or just walk across the street to spend time in the British Museum, you are sure to enjoy London!

Friday evening we will have a GROUP DINNER at the Montague with a chance to say goodbye to your fellow travelers, many of whom have become friends that you’ll want to stay in contact with and make plans for the next time we Travel Together!

Sat, Aug 20
You will be provided with available options for getting to the London airports for your flight home. Your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

Included in your 9-day tour:
• Hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• 4 Dinners as noted in the itinerary
• Luggage handling at hotels when arriving or departing as a group, where available
• Land travel by private motorcoach
•2-day admittance to Festival of Quilts & Evening Events
• Group activities
• Escorted by a professional tour leader

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2016 Tour to
HOLLAND & BELGIUM

Amsterdam Delft Bruges

April 05 - 17, 2016

Lecture & fabric shopping at
Den Haan & Wagenmakers
Keukenhof Gardens
Dutch Village of Zaanse Schans
Utrecht Fabric Market
Alkmaar Cheese Market
Royal Delftware Factory Tour
Bruges, the City of Canals
Fabric shopping & so much more!



Dear Traveler,

Join us for this 13-day adventure as we travel to Holland, known for its bulb fields, windmills and cheese markets …and Belgium, for its chocolate, waffles, fries and beer! From Amsterdam to Delft and Bruges, this trip will be full of exciting side trips, beautiful scenery and plenty of shopping opportunities.

In each of the major cities there will be time for you to explore on your own and throughout the tour we will be looking for fabric, yarns, buttons, and everything related to needlework. I hope you can join us on this very special tour!

Barbara Spohn
Traveling Together

Your tour itinerary:

Apr 5, Tuesday For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today
in order to arrive tomorrow, April 6th at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS).

Apr 6, Wed
Once you arrive at AMSTERDAM'S SCHIPHOL AIRPORT (AMS), there will be a shuttle to transfer you to the DORINT AIRPORT HOTEL. You will have the day to relax before our WELCOME DINNER at the hotel.

Although we will not be in central Amsterdam, Traveling Together has early night accommodations at the Dorint Airport Hotel:
$74 per person, double occupancy and $139 for a single, incuding tax & breakfast.

Apr 7, Thu
We depart this morning for the city of DELFT, considered to be one of the prettiest towns in all of Holland. The facades of the Renaissance and Gothic houses reflect age-old beauty, and linden trees bend over its gracious canals. It's easy to understand why Old Master Jan Vermeer chose to spend most of his life surrounded by Delft's gentle beauty.
Of course, to many visitors, Delft means just one thing – the distinctive blue-and-white earthenware. We will have a tour of “De Porceleyne Fles". Established in 1653 it is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century and the world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted according to centuries-old tradition.

Our GROUP DINNER this evening will be at the HAMPSHIRE HOTEL DELFT CENTRE.

Apr 8, Fri
The Hampshire Hotel is within a short walking distance to the old city center and everything that Delft has to offer. You’ll have the day to EXPLORE THIS HISTORIC CITY , well-known for its ties with the Dutch Royal family and the famous painter Vermeer. In addition to the many historic buildings and memorials, Delft is known for its shopping, outdoor cafes and canal boat rides with knowledgeable guides, making it a great way to discover the history and sights of the city.

 In order to plan your free time wisely and make any necessary reservations for specific places along the tour
that interest you, we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides:
Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.

Apr 9, Sat
A PATCHWORK EXHIBIT is being held today in the nearby city of RIJSWIJK.
Almost all of the Dutch shops will be at the show selling fabric, along with a few other European vendors. Optional workshop is being offered (see below).

With a centuries-long reputation as the Netherlands' political powerhouse,
THE HAGUE
is a city of broad boulevards lined with sumptuous palaces, mansions and monuments. After a PANORAMIC TOUR OF THE CITY this afternoon, we will be visiting a local QUILT SHOP.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP
This one-hour workshop will include a small quilt project, made with Dutch antique fabrics and a handmade
wooden spool.

A minimum number of 10 people is required for the workshop and the price is $18, materials included. Please note on your registration form or email us, if you would like to participate.

Apr 10, Sun

This morning we depart Delft for the city of BRUGES, the capital of the province of West Flanders, Belgium and a Unesco World Heritage site. Much of the enchanting city center is truly reminiscent of a fairy tale, with stone footbridges spanning picturesque canals and cobblestone lanes dotted with lace shops and quiet cafes. This afternoon would be the perfect time for you to take one of the narrated canal boat tours, enabling you to see Bruges from a different perspective and orient yourself for exploring this Gothic city.


A GROUP DINNER this evening will be at HOTEL DUKES' PALACE, former residence of the Burgundian aristocracy. Located in the heart of the city, all rooms are unique and combine contemporary comfort with authentic elegance of the 15th century.

Apr 11, Mon

Today is yours to EXPLORE BRUGES. Grote Markt (Market Square) is the main square and a good place to start your day. Dominated by a 13th-century belfry, quaint gabled buildings ring the square with shops and cafes, including the world’s most famous frietkoten (fry shack), serving Belgian fries. If you like to start your day with exercise, you can climb to the top of the belfry! It’s only 366 steps and it gives you a beautiful view of the city. If you are a chocoholic, you may want to visit Choco-Story (the Chocolate Museum), to learn about the history of cocoa and chocolate. Chocolates are made by hand and can be sampled on the premises.

The intricate lace patterns in Belgium are unmatched in any other country and hundreds of craftswomen still work in Bruges and Brussels centers of bobbin lace, creating intricate work by hand, often using over 100 threads per bobbin. Belgian lace is bought today mainly as a souvenir, but despite the rise in machine-made lace from other countries, the quality here still remains as fine as it was in the renaissance. Kantcentrum of Brugge was founded by the Apostolin sisters. You can see demonstrations and receive a blitz course on making lace in 1.5 hours! For more information regarding a visit and demonstration times, visit Kantcentrum

After a day of exploring the pedestrian-friendly streets and alleyways
of Gothic Bruges, you may want to return to the Hotel Dukes’ Palace
to enjoy the large garden and terrace or relax in
The Spa with sauna, hammam and gym.
Be sure to check your travel guide or websites for opening days and times
for any particular activity or museum that you are interested in.
As in most European countries,
places often close on either Sunday or Monday.

Apr 12, Tue

SCHEVENINGEN is without a doubt the most popular seaside resort in the Netherlands. Along the beach, Scheveningen offers a wide walking promenade with stores and cafes, the perfect stop for lunch and some shopping before continuing on to Amsterdam.

The PARK HOTEL will be our home in Amsterdam for the next 5 nights. Location, location, location! We will be right in the middle of the Fashion and Museum districts and within a few minutes you can walk to Leidse Square, Museum Square (home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), the prestigious shopping district of P.C. Hooftstraat and Vondelpark.

DINNER TONIGHT will be outside the hotel.

Apr 13, Wed
Today we will be making a special visit to DEN HAAN AND WAGENMAKERS. The shop will be closed just for our group, while we enjoy an informative LECTURE ON ANTIQUE DUTCH QUILTS, of which they have a large collection.

LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN! The shop specializes in reproduced chintzes which are based on Dutch motives from the 17th, 18th and 19th century. The fabrics are beautiful prints, with the atmosphere of antique Dutch quilts – of which the oldest are dated around 1750. They also carry a collection two-tone fabrics that combine perfectly with these chintzes, and a large collection of American reproduction fabrics from the 19th century. All fabrics are 44 inch wide, easy to work with and of excellent quality.

You will have the remainder of the day to EXPLORE AMSTERDAM ON YOUR OWN.

Visit the Anne Frank House or wander over to the only floating flower market in the world where flower stalls stand on the houseboats, offering all sorts of tulips, narcissus and other bulbs and flowers. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too. Amsterdam is a city of museums, with more than 400 museums and art galleries. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum (museum of contemporary art and design) are the most popular choices, but there are many interesting smaller museums, including the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje (museum of bags and purses) and the Diamond Museum, all of which are located within an easy walking distance of our hotel.

Rijsttafel is a Dutch word that translates to “rice table”, an elaborate meal consisting of many side dishes in small portions, with rice prepared in several different ways. Although the dishes served are undoubtedly Indonesian, the Dutch introduced the rice table so they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single setting. If you feel adventurous…and hungry, there are several good rijsttafel restaurants in Amsterdam, with one of the best being just around the corner from our hotel.

Apr 14, Th

If you didn’t find time to stroll through the flower market yesterday, not to worry…this morning we depart for a day at the world famous KEUKENHOF GARDENS. This 70-acre wooded green in the heart of the bulb-producing region is planted each fall by the major Dutch growers and each spring the bulbs burst forth and produce not hundreds of flowers, or even thousands, but millions (almost eight million at last count) of tulips and narcissi, daffodils and hyacinths, bluebells, crocuses, lilies, and many others that blossom perfectly in place and exactly on time. A blaze of color envelops the park, its greenhouses, brooks and shady ponds. Special exhibits are held each year at the many pavilions around the site.

Apr 15, Fr

In addition to Holland being famous for their flowers, they are also known for their delicious cheeses. This morning we will be attending the ALKMAAR CHEESE MARKET. Every Friday morning thousands of visitors from all over the world visit Alkmaar to see the filled with cheese and hauling cheese carriers. In 1365 Alkmaar was granted weighing rights and a weighing scale, and in 1612. In addition to the formal welcome and bell ringing to officially open the market, our group will experience the market up close, on a guided visit of the enclosed market area and weighing station.
The remainder of the day will be spent at ZAANSE SCHANS, a living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It features wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums. It is built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style, which has been relocated piece by piece since 1961. After time for lunch in their famous pancake restaurant, we will have a guided tour of the community giving you the opportunity to watch traditional crafts such as clog- and cheese-making, along with visiting the windmills and traditional buildings. Then time to shop before we board our motor coach to return to Amsterdam.

Apr 16, Sat
First thing this morning we will make a visit to Utrecht for the LARGEST AND OLDEST FABRICS AND TEXTILE MARKET IN THE NETHERLANDS. Each Saturday for more than 400 years, over a hundred fabric vendors descend upon Breedstraat offering their wares. If you haven’t found that certain piece of fabric yet, this may be your lucky day!

Upon our return to Amsterdam you will have the afternoon to visit any of the places you would still like to see before our FAREWELL DINNER this evening at our hotel.

Apr 17, Sun
It’s time to say goodbye to the friends you have made on the tour, but be sure to stay in contact with them for making plans to Travel Together on our next adventure! You will be provided information for arranging your transfer to AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT (AMS). Your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

(Please note that we have extra night rooms available at the Park Hotel Amsterdam Hotel if you would like to stay on and see more of Amsterdam. Rates are $159 per person for a double room and $239 for a single, including breakfast and taxes.)

Included in your 13-day tour:
• Hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• Dinners as noted in the itinerary
• Luggage handling at hotels when arriving or departing as a group, where available
• Land travel by private motorcoach
• Group activities
• Escorted by a professional tour leader

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A great time was had by all!

2015 Tour to ITALY

Milan Cinque Terre Tuscany
September 24-October 03, 2015

Optional extension to Venice
October 03-06, 2015

Tour of Milan's Historical Center
  Explore the villages of Cinque Terre
Florence
Prato Textile Museum
Siena ♦ San Gimignano

Shopping & so much more!

 

 

Dear Traveler,

Join us as we travel to Italia -- the home of fine food, fine wine and fine fashion. From Milan, to Cinque Terre, Tuscany and then Venice, this trip will be full of exciting excursions, breathtaking scenery and more shopping than you can handle. In addition to tours of Milan, Florence and Venice, we’ll visit the famous Prato Textile Museum, the leaning Tower of Pisa and Michelangelo’s David, just to name a few. In each of the major cities there will be time for you to explore on your own and throughout the tour we will be looking for fabric, yarns, buttons, and everything related to needlework. I hope you can join us on this very special tour!

Ciao!

Barbara Spohn
Traveling Together

Tour Itinerary:

September 24, Thursday
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today in order to arrive tomorrow, September 25th in MILAN, ITALY

Sep 25, Fri
Our home for the first two nights of the tour is the CROWN PLAZA HOTEL MALPENSA AIRPORT. Shuttle information for
getting yourself from the Milan Malpensa Airport will be provided. **A Welcome Dinner will be at our hotel this evening, giving
you the opportunity to meet everyone on the tour.

     In order to plan your free time wisely and make any necessary reservations for specific places along the tour
that interest you, we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides:
Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness. You may want to be sure it has
a food translation section for ordering when dining out on your own.

Sep 26, Sat
Milan is the second-most populous city in Italy, after Rome. In addition to being the main industrial, commercial, and financial center of Italy, it is a major world fashion and design capital.

This morning we begin with A TOUR OF MILAN'S HISTORICAL CENTER.
The world’s most prestigious opera house is Teatrale alla Scala. In addition to visiting the La Scala Museum, we may be able to have a look at the theater from the balconies if there are no performances or practices in session. The tour will also include the Duomo, Milan’s centerpiece and the fourth largest church in Europe and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a four-storied, glass-domed arcade.
There will time for lunch and shopping at the Galleria and central Milan before boarding our bus late this afternoon for our return to the Crowne Plaza.

Sep 27, Sun
As we leave Milan this morning we'll head south toward Genoa for a drive along the Ligurian coast, also known as the Italian Riviera. We will make a stop for lunch in RAPALLO, the largest Italian Riviera seaside resort town. There's a picturesque castle in the sea, a small harbor and seaside promenade, and good seafood restaurants. There will be time to stroll through the pedestrian streets in the historical center or take the funicular ride up the hill to Montallegro for spectacular views of the Riviera and surrounding hills.

Our final destination today is the FIRENZE E CONTINENTALE HOTEL IN LA SPEZIA, the perfect location for boarding the train in the morning to explore the famous Cinque Terre. There will be time this afternoon to take a stroll along the Via del Prione to the gardens along the harbor, prior to **dinner this evening at Ristorante Osteria della Corte.

Sep 28, Mon The CINQUE TERRE (pronounced CHEEN|kweh TEHR|reh) consists of five small villages which cling to the Ligurian cliffs along Italy’s western coast. Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces to cultivate grapes and olives on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Although the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are so close to one another that you can walk from the first to the fifth in a matter of hours, we will be traveling on the local trains. There will be time to explore each of the villages and enjoy lunch at one of the many seaside cafes. It will be a day of breathtaking views of the harbors far below the wild but hospitable coastline along with the medieval fortresses, plentiful vines and vibrant colors…great inspiration for any textile project!

Sep 29, Tue
We depart La Spezia this morning for PISA and yes, it's true: the Leaning Tower leans. You will have time to explore and take photos at “Campo dei Miracoli” or Field of Miracles, which is the location of Pisa’s three important sites—the Duomo, Baptistery, and the leaning bell tower.

This afternoon we will have a TOUR OF THE PRATO TEXTILE MUSEUM, Italy’s largest center for the study, conservation and exhibition of historic and contemporary textiles. Managed by Prato Textile Museum Foundation, the museum initially opened in 1975 at Tullio Buzzi Technical Institute. Since May 2003, it is housed in the converted Campolmi textile mill in the center of Prato and provides a collection of items testifying to the history of local textile production between the Middle Ages and the end of the 20th century.

We continue on to the city of FLORENCE and the MGALLERY CERRETANI FIRENZE HOTEL, our home for the next 4 nights. The hotel is located in the heart of the historic center and is easy walking distance to most everything Florence has to offer.

Sep 30, Wed

Florence (Firenze in Italian) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. Often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence has been the birthplace or chosen home of many notable historical figures such as Dante, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo Galilei, Catherine de' Medici, Guccio Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Florence Nightingale, and Emilio Pucci.

OUR MORNING WALKING TOUR OF FLORENCE starts with a visit to one of the city’s eternal masterpieces: Michelangelo’s David in the Academy of Fine Arts
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From there, we move on to the city’s religious center, where some of Florence’s most impressive works of art are to be found: the Baptistry, Giotto’s bell tower, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) with its famous dome by Brunelleschi. Next is the picturesque Signoria Square, to see statues by Cellini, Giambologna and Ammannati before we proceed to the famous Ponte Vecchio. We’ll visit Santa Croce Basilica, containing the tombs of illustrious Florentine citizens such as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Machiavelli, as well as works by Giotto and Donatello.

Wine tasting is on the agenda this afternoon. Located in a centuries-old monastery on the highest hills of the Chianti region, we’ll visit the 16th century frescoed refectory of the old abbey and TOUR THE CELLARS OF BADIA A COLTIBUONO. In addition to tasting some of the estate’s wines, we’ll enjoy the scenic ride in this area of central Tuscany. Upon our return to Florence we’ll drive up to PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO for a panoramic view of the city.

Oct 01, Thu
This morning we travel south through the Tuscan olive groves and vineyards to the city of SIENA, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns. Sitting atop three hills, the city is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps that meet at the center of activity, the Piazza del Campo.

Ringed with cafes, restaurants and gelaterias, this red-brick town square is considered to be the best plaza in Italy. Once we arrive, you will be free to wander the surrounding pedestrian streets that are filled with one of a kind boutiques and shops.
Located just above the Piazza del Campo is the Duomo di Siena. The exterior and interiors of this gothic building are quite unique. Decorated in white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, it is filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio.
We’ll make an afternoon stop midway between Siena and Florence in the hill town of SAN GIMIGNANO. The town's claim to fame is its series of striking towers. In medieval times, rich people fortified their homes by building towers, which provided a handy refuge when ruffians and rival city-states would sack the town. Of the original 76 towers only 14 have survived. Today the town is famous for its medieval atmosphere, Tuscan ceramics and their Vernaccia white wine.  
Oct 02, Fri
ART STUDIO FUJI, School of Textile Design, Silkscreening, Fashion, and Jewelry Making, was founded in 1985 by Tamio Fujimura, MFA., Rosary College, Illinois, and Kathleen Knippel, MA., California State University, Los Angeles. For more than 26 years, they have been working as university professors collaborating with foreign students and American university programs in Florence. Kathleen has graciously invited us to visit her studio this morning to see the process of silk screen printing.

With map and travel guide in hand, you will have the rest of the day to EXPLORE FLORENCE. Florence is known for their leather and jewelry, with tiny shops and street vendors throughout the city. If you are interested in visiting the Uffizi Gallery or the Costume Gallery at Pitti Palace this afternoon, you will want to make advance reservations. Be sure to refer to your travel guide regarding any other specific museums or attractions that you won’t want to miss.

Our **Farewell Dinner this evening will be at the nearby Terrazza Brunelleschi panoramic restaurant. Located on the 5th floor well above the red roofs of the city, you will have stunning views of Florence. The perfect ending to your time in Tuscany!

Oct 03, Sat
If you will not be joining us on the Venice extension, it’s time to return home. Saying goodbye to the friends you have made on the tour may not be easy, so be sure to stay in contact with them for making plans to Travel Together on our next adventure! You will be provided information for arranging your transfer to FLORENCE AIRPORT (FLR). Your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

For those of you that would like to EXPERIENCE VENICE, please read on:
Venice is one of Italy's top destinations and although it is one of the more expensive destinations we travel to,
it is a once in a lifetime experience you won’t want to miss!
Oct 03, Sat
The city of VENICE ITALY is stunning and completely unique. Founded more than 1,500 years ago on 117 different islands, Venice is linked by a series of over 150 canals, 400 bridges and many ancient pavements. All buildings in Venice are supported on slender oak and pine posts which are driven deep into the ground to create a solid foundation.
As the soil is waterlogged, with no free oxygen, the piles remain strong and do not decay.The island's small, traffic-free streets along the winding canals make for great walking. The Grand Canal is like Main Street, cutting through the center of the city. You'll find many magnificent churches and palaces, lively squares, and interesting shops.

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
Midway between the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal and the famous St. Mark’s Square is the HOTEL BONVECCHIATI. Known for its refined elegance, the hotel has been welcoming guests to the heart of Venice since 1790. After our drive from Florence this morning, we will board our private water taxi to arrive in style, in time to enjoy the afternoon exploring Europe’s best preserved big city.

Oct 04, Sun
After a leisurely Sunday morning, we will have an afternoon WALKING TOUR OF VENICE that will introduce you to the history of this amazing city, which was for centuries-long one of the main sea powers in the Mediterranean. We are going to visit St Mark’s Square and TOUR ST MARK'S BASILICA. St. Mark’s Basilica is probably best known for its mosaics. The floor, walls, and ceiling are covered with them (there are more than 40,000 square feet of mosaics inside), and they’re spectacular. Great inspiration for any textile project! Then we will leave the crowd behind us to discover the intricate layout of alleyways, bridges, canals and tucked away little squares.

Oct 05, Mon
You will have all day to ENJOY EVERYTHING THAT THIS EXCITING CITY HAS TO OFFER! Our hotel is a 5 minute walk in one direction to the famous Rialto Bridge and the same distance to St. Mark’s Square in the opposite direction. Enjoy a gondola ride or sit in one of the famous outdoor cafés in Piazza San Marco to do some people watching and listen to music. The many shops feature lace, jewelry, looking glasses, Venetian masks and Murano glassware. There are tours that take you to the islands of Murano with its glass factories and Burano, famous for its lace making.

DINNER will be at our hotel this evening, a time to enjoy each other’s company one last time before returning home.

Oct 06, Tue
There will be small GROUP TRANSFERS this morning by private water taxis to the Marco Polo Airport. You will be grouped with others with similar departure times and we will do our best to make your transfer as convenient as possible.

Included in your tour
• Hotels
• Breakfast each morning
• Dinners as noted in the itinerary
• Luggage handling at hotels, where available
• Land travel by private motorcoach
• Cinque Terre train tickets
• Group activities
• Walking tours of Milan and Florence
• Escorted by a professional tour leader

Included in your Venice extension:
• Hotel Bonvecchiati
• Breakfast each morning
• Dinner as noted in the itinerary
• Walking tour of Venice
• Group transportation from Florence
• Private water taxi service to our Venice hotel
• Group Transfers to the Marco Polo Airport
• Luggage handling
• Escorted by a professional tour leader

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Quilting Arts, McCall's Quilting and Quilters Newsletter!

 

In 2014....

Fellow Quilters 

TRAVELED TOGETHER
to

ALSACE, FRANCE & GERMANY

 

Attend the 20th European Patchwork Meeting
in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines
Strasbourg ♦ Nuremberg
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rhine Cruise ♦ Koblenz
Rudesheim am Rhein

Fabric shopping & more!

This tour was sold-out!

TOUR ITINERARY:
Tuesday, September 09
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today, in order to arrive at STRASBOURG (ENTZHEIM) AIRPORT (SXB) on Thursday, September 10th.  Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and the official seat of the European Parliament.

Should you want to arrive in Strasbourg prior to September 10, please see Additional Information at the end of this itinerary.

Wed, Sep 10
You will be provided with easy directions to get from the airport to the SOFITEL STRASBOURG GRANDE ILE HOTEL. The Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city center. Our luxury hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Cathedral, the Petite France area, and the city's finest museums and boutiques. This afternoon we’ll board a RIVER BOAT for a guided tour of this historical city, prior to our WELCOME DINNER at the Sofitel.

Thu, Sep 11
There will be more time to enjoy Strasbourg when we return next week, but this morning we will be driving into Germany and our first stop will be at SCHOPPEL WOLLE IN WALLHAUSEN. Over the years, we have found that many of our traveling quilters also do some knitting, with the majority of them creating colorful socks. Schoppel Wolle is home to the famous ZAUBERBALL, a wonderfully colored sock yarn with long color repeats that fade into each other. Gerhard Schoppel is the creator of this popular yarn and will be our host as we tour the production facilities.

Our final destination today is NUREMBERG, Bavaria's second largest city. It is famous for its inventions (the pocket watch and the German railway), its gingerbread, bratwurst, toys and wooden artifacts. A GROUP DINNER this evening will be at our hotel, LE MERIDIEN GRAND HOTEL NUREMBERG.

In order to plan your free time wisely and learn more about specific places along the tour that interest you, 
we recommend you purchase one of the following travel guides: 
Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.

Fri Sep 12
After a morning WALKING TOUR OF OLD TOWN NUREMBERG, you will have the remainder of the day to explore Nuremberg and all it has to offer.

Museums include the Germanisches National Museum with its display of art and culture from the German-speaking world, Natural History Museum and the house of Albrecht Dürer, Nuremberg’s famous painter and graphic artist. The Toy Museum is housed in a medieval building with four floors exhibiting toys reaching back to the Middle Ages.

Across the street from our hotel is the Craftmen's Courtyard ("Handwerkerhof"). Surrounded by the towers and walls of the medieval city fortification, it offers traditional crafts and Franconian hospitality. Explore the little workshops, shops and lanes: craftsmen such as pewterers, bag-makers, glass engravers, potters, wax artists, gold and silversmiths, glass painters, gingerbread bakers and doll makers have set up their workshops and show their skills in pretty half-timbered houses. The Craftmen's Courtyard also features the famous Nuremberg roast sausages and other Franconian specialties that are best washed down with a tankard of fresh Nuremberg beer or a glass of Franconian wine.

As always, we will be including patchwork and fabric shops wherever and whenever we can,
in addition to providing you a list of the local shops to visit during your free time in the different cities.

Sat Sep 13
We will spend the day in "ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER" ("Red fortress above the Tauber River"), Germany's best-preserved walled village. Our first stop will be at a local PATCHWORK SHOP and then the rest of the day is yours to explore Europe’s most exciting medieval town. For the best view of the town and surrounding countryside, you may want to climb the Town Hall tower (circa 1250-1400) or take the 1.5-mile walk on the wall that surrounds the old town.

Rick Steeves’ describes Rothenburg as one of Germany's best shopping towns. So, if shopping is more your style the shops on Market Square offer a wide range of products made in Germany, from Franken wine to original antique etchings and bakeries that offer the famous Rothenburg Schneeballen (the local powdered-doughnut-like "snowball"). Many shops carry traditional German Christmas decorations, including 2 Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Villages.

Sun Sep 14
This morning we depart Nuremberg and travel to KOBLENZ, a town with over 2000 years of history and situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle rivers and surrounded by four low mountain ranges. The shops will not be open on Sunday, but there will be time to stroll through the town’s historic center with its narrow lanes, picturesque squares and historic monuments or walk along the river to watch the barges and boats go by. MERCURE HOTEL KOBLENZ is located on the banks of the Rhine and we will have DINNER this evening in the hotel restaurant.

Mon Sep 15 Koblenz is the gateway to the Middle Rhine, a UNESCO Word Heritage site. This morning we board a paddle steamer for a leisurely CRUISE ON THE 65KM-STRETCH OF THE MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY. The landscape is punctuated by some 40 hilltop castles and fortresses erected over a period of around 1,000 years, historic towns and numerous vineyards, graphically illustrating the long history of human involvement with a dramatic and varied natural landscape. It is intimately associated with history and legend and for centuries has exercised a powerful influence on writers, artists and composers.

The most dangerous bend in the river swings around a rocky bluff called the Lorelei. Because of reefs just upstream, many ships never made it safely past the Lorelei — and the rocky cliff remains steeped in myth. Sailors blamed their misfortune on a Fräulein whose long blonde hair almost covered her body. This legendary siren flirted and sang her distracting song from this rock.

Mid-afternoon we arrive in the charming town of RUDESHEIM AM RHEIN. The PARKHOTEL RUDESHEIM is right across from the ferry pier and dinner this evening will be at the hotel. Your luggage will have been transported from Koblenz and delivered directly to your room. DINNER this evening will be at our hotel.

Tue Sep 16
You will have the entire day and evening to enjoy RUDESHEIM, considered to be one of Germany’s biggest tourist attractions. Aristocratic residences, a Gothic tower, churches and museums, and a cable car ride up to the Niederwald Monument, are just some of the options to consider!
Little shops are everywhere and you will even find another Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas shop. This is a winemaking town and the nearby Drosselgasse is a small historic alleyway full of tourist attractions and numerous wine bars and garden taverns. You are sure to find the perfect place to have your evening meal while listening to the local music and enjoying the unique atmosphere.

Wed Sep 17
Today we will have come full-circle upon our return to Strasbourg, France and the SOFITEL STRASBOURG GRANDE ILE HOTEL, our home for the remainder of the tour. You will have the evening free to enjoy some of the traditional Alsatian specialties such as sauerkraut, baeckeoffe, flambé tart, spaetzle and foie gras. These are best enjoyed in the "winstubs”, local Alsatian taverns known for their friendly atmosphere. Strasbourg is renowned for its hundreds of restaurants and brasseries offering the latest culinary trends and dishes from all around the world.

Thu & Fri, Sep 18 & 19
You will have 2 days to enjoy the 20th EUROPEAN PATCHWORK MEETING**!

Sainte Marie aux Mines, France, will again host one of Europe’s largest quilt shows at the Val d’Argent. The show will feature 1,000 textile works from 5 continents, 150 European and American exhibitors, a designer’s area with 20 craftsmen, classes, lectures, and a commercial corner featuring the biggest patchwork boutique with vendors from all over Europe offering accessories, fabrics, and publications. Each year there is a wonderful exhibit of Amish quilts, as the Amish movement was founded in Sainte Marie aux Mines in 1693. The show is spread out over 22 sites in four communes (with free shuttle service between sites), making this one of the most original and famous quilt shows in Europe.

**Entrance fees for these two days will be included in the price of your tour. Any additional costs for workshops or lectures will need to be paid for and arranged by you. Once the 2014 show program and details are available, we will provide you with the website address.

Sat Sep 20
Strasbourg has so much to offer and you will have the entire day to explore. If you haven’t already done so, you will want to be sure to make a visit to the Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame, known as one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. In addition to the museums and parks, Saturday is when this town puts their antiques and produce on display and the markets open. Shops are plentiful and we will be sure to provide you with a list of the ones that carry fabric and textiles.

The most interesting historical center on the island is the quarter known as 'Petite France', an impressive region with many beautiful renaissance style houses, flowers tumbling from windows and balconies, and pretty bridges across the River Ill. Fishermen, millers and tanners once lived and worked in this part of town where the streets have been built level with the waterways. The magnificent half-timbered houses date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Their sloping roofs open out onto lofts where hides were once dried.

Our FAREWELL DINNER this evening is in a famous restaurant that was formerly a tannery.
LA MAISON DES TANNEURS, also known as "Gerwerstub", was built in 1572.  It became a restaurant in 1949 and was restored in 1972 for its 4th century anniversary.

Sun Sep 21
After having received so much inspiration for new quilting projects, it’s time to return home. Saying goodbye to the friends you have made on the tour will be difficult, so be sure to stay in contact with them for making plans to Travel Together on the next quilting adventure!

Please see Additional Information for transferring to Strasbourg (Entzheim) Airport (SXB).

Your tour includes:
•ALL hotels
•ALL breakfasts & 5 dinners 
•ALL group tours & activities 
•ALL group ground transportation 
•2-day admission to the 20th European Patchwork Meeting
•Luggage handling at hotels, when available and traveling as a group
•Escorted by a professional tour leader
•Fabric shopping
•Plenty of free time to explore and shop in each of the cities we visit!

Please note: These cities and towns are best experienced by walking. In order to fully enjoy this trip you will need to be able to walk distances of up to 5 city blocks at any one time, and at a moderate pace. In addition to uphill climbs on some of the streets (many being cobblestones) you may also need to climb several flights of stairs. If you need wheelchair assistance for any reason, our tours are not for you. Please be sure to read over our Terms and Conditions and then if you have any questions about your ability to join the tour, please give our office a call and we will be happy to discuss this with you, in more detail. 

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Fellow Quilters traveled to....

Japan in 2013

Your invitation from Traveling Together…After many trips to Japan, we are anxious to return and invite you to come along! Not only will we shop for fabric, attend Quilt Yokohama 2013 and meet with local quilters, but you will have a chance to experience four very different cities. We will be at the latitude similar to Los Angeles and the days should be crisp and cool. This is when the leaves are changing, making a colorful background at each of the places we visit. We will have a professional interpreter with us for the entire tour and as an added bonus, she is a quilter! What more could you ask for? Take a look at this exciting itinerary and sign up soon, as this is a small group and space is limited!

Let the journey begin!
Barbara Spohn
Traveling Together

Your Interpreter, MARIKO AKIZUKI
Mariko Akizuki is a Japanese quilter and lived in the United States for 11 years. During her stay in the US, she first encountered quilting and at present, teaches her own quilt group "Quilters' Workshop." Her works have been published in Quilts Japan, Patchwork Tsushin and others. One of Mariko's quilts was chosen by the Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association as one of the 100 quilts by Japanese and foreign quilters and travels to various locations. She is also an interpreter and translator and has interpreted for many American and Japanese quilt artists as well as other well known persons including Ivan Lendl, the famous tennis player! She has also translated many quilt related articles and books. She is a lovely and knowledgeable woman! You will have time to get to know her, as she accompanies us on all of our Japan tours.

Your Tour Itinerary:
November 7, Thursday
If coming from North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today in order to arrive KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KIX) on Friday, November 8. If you would like assistance with your air travel, please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com

November 8, Friday
Mariko will be at Kansai Airport to greet you and transfer you to the KYOTO ROYAL HOTEL, a hotel we use for all of our Japan tours. We will be right in the center of the city for our four-night stay in Kyoto. This is the only night that dinner will not be included, as most flights will arrive late in the day and you will have been served meals on your flight.

November 9, Saturday
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel we will EXPLORE DOWNTOWN KYOTO. Mariko will take us on a walk through the main shopping arcades, with stops at the local FABRIC SHOPS! The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy or just relax before tomorrow's full-day tour.

November 10, Sunday We begin today's TOUR OF KYOTO with a visit to Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa era shoguns that was built in 1603 and noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and beautiful interiors. Next stop is the most authentic and exquisite Japanese-style garden in the world and the celebrated Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion). This gold-leaf covered structure houses sacred relics of Buddha and is probably the most photographed Japanese structure. We'll stroll through the Kyoto Imperial Palace, before stopping for lunch to enjoy a traditional Japanese meal.

This afternoon we TOUR NARA, where in 710 AD the Japanese built their first true city, where artists, scholars, and statesmen began to develop a civilization that survives in its essentials to the present day. The first stop is Todaiji, the world's largest wooden structure and home of the Great Buddha. We'll wander among more than 1,000 tame deer that roam freely in the 1,250 acres of peaceful parkland of Nara Deer Park and visit the famous Kasuga Taisha Shrine. You'll marvel at the 3,000 antique stone and bronze lanterns that make this the most famous Shinto Shrine in all of Japan.
November 11, Monday
This morning we will visit a home that is typical to Kyoto and to this area of Japan. Although the home itself is typical, it is very unique in that it has antique Yuzen kimonos made into screens. The home is the residence of the owner of KODAI YUZEN EN (Yuzen dyeing), which is the process of hand-painting silk fabrics, used for kimono. You will have the opportunity to hand dye your own handkerchief.

KEIKO TAKAHASHI ~ Keiko is one of the few contemporary quiltmakers in Japan. She established her Kyoto quilt school in 1979, followed by other schools in Toyko, Osaka, and Kobe. Her quilts have been awarded at the International Quilt Exhibition (‘92) and the Quilt Expo IV (‘94). In addition to being chosen as one of the 100 leading quilters in the world by the Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association, Keiko has juried and judged at major Japanese quilting shows.

KEIKO TAKAHASHI and her students will be meeting us this afternoon for SHOW & TELL, with traditional tea and cakes. Show and Tell is an activity all quilters love, including the Japanese. They will be looking forward to seeing some of our quilting, so be sure to bring a small sample of your work to show and pictures of any of your quilts that would be too large to bring along. Meeting with local people is always a highlight of any tour and the opportunity to meet Keiko and see her magnificent work is always an added bonus on our quilting tours! A small gift exchange will take place with Keiko's students.

November 12, Tuesday
Pack your small carry-on for our overnight adventure up to the JAPAN ALPS! You will need a small overnight bag that you can handle while walking and getting on and off the trains. Your one main suitcase will be shipped from the Kyoto Royal directly to the Marriott Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel. The train ride takes us to the heart of the Hida Mountains to the tranquil town of TAKAYAMA, which has held on to its old-fashioned charm and is no doubt the reason so many artists have made their homes there. The delight of Takayama is that the entire town is something of a museum piece. It's the perfect place to indulge in those fantasies of old Japan that industrial over-development elsewhere in the country doesn't accommodate….and some wonderful fabrics have been located on previous tours! In the late afternoon we will check in to our Ryokan... an authentic Japanese-style hotel where we'll have a traditional style Japanese dinner and stay the night.

RYOKAN... A Ryokan is an authentic Japanese-style hotel where tradition is still observed. At the entrance, you will be welcomed in the Japanese way and ushered in. You must take off your shoes and wear slippers that are provided, when entering a Ryokan and then remove even the slippers before stepping on the Tatami floor of your room. A Ryokan also provides guests with Yukata, a kimono-like outer garment similar to our dressing gown. Staying at a Ryokan is an unforgettable experience and gives you the opportunity to taste the true flavor of traditional Japanese life.

Without question, a stimulating magnetism of the Ryokan is its piping hot soaking baths guaranteed to drain every ounce of stress and fatigue from your mind and body. Besides the hot springs, dinners at the Ryokan are the singular most compelling attraction: they are prepared and presented as a combination of the finest of Japanese cuisine, intermixed with savory local delights. A typical menu, brought to you dish upon dish, offers a variety from Sukiyaki and Tempura to raw and grilled fish. A simple breakfast is served. Your guest room is a large undivided room with traditional rice-straw Tatami matting, with only a single low table as furniture. Doors are Shoji screens, and decoration will usually be one or two simple ink brush drawings or scrolls. Guests sleep on Futon bedding laid out in the evening by maids. Each room will be shared with a total of four quilters and will have a private bath to be shared by your roommates. These arrangements have always worked well on past quilting tours. This will be a truly Japanese experience and as the saying goes... when in Japan, do as the Japanese do!

November 13, Wednesday
We'll have the morning to do a little exploring on our own before departing Takayama and boarding the train to Nagoya. Then we transfer to the famous BULLET TRAIN for the ride to TOKYO. We arrive in time to check into the MARRIOTT COURTYARD TOKYO GINZA HOTEL and have dinner at a local American-style restaurant! Although Japanese food is delicious, it is always nice to be able to have a taste of home. Our hotel is located in the Ginza area of Tokyo and will be our home for the remainder of our stay in Japan. Your suitcase from Kyoto will have been delivered directly to your room.

November 14, Thursday
YUZAWAYA KAMATA STORE is a fantastic shopping area with Japanese fabrics and indigo-dyed Japanese panels in abundance and at reasonable prices. Great fat quarters at low prices! You'll find Yukata (robes) in cotton fabrics, Sashiko thread and patterns, and buttons, buttons, and more buttons! This is not the only store, but one that is located in a complex with many others that carry notions, handicraft items, tons of yarn and much more. We'll explore the markets and arcades, where it is as much fun to look, as it is to buy!

November 15, Friday
Today is the day we have all been waiting for! We will spend the day in Yokohama for INTERNATIONAL QUILT WEEK YOKOHAMA. This wonderful show is sponsored by the Japanese magazine Patchwork Quilt Tsusin. The show has been held since 1992 and has become one of the largest patchwork and quilting events in Japan and is now considered to be Japan's premier quilt exhibition. Approximately 200 contest quilts will be on exhibit, in addition to many quilts being displayed from other countries and special categories…and over 200 vendors will be selling their wares! See more by visiting Quilt Week Yokohama


As of the writing of this brochure the information is not yet available from the show organizers regarding what QUILTING CLASS we will taking, but with Mariko as our interpreter its sure to be informative and fun! Once the information is available, it will be sent to everyone who is booked on the tour.
November 16, Saturday
Our hotel is located in the Ginza and today you will have time to explore the area with Mariko and your Traveling Together escort, getting you oriented so that you can spend time at the stores that interest you most. The GINZA is the most exclusive and expensive shopping area in Japan and known for having the most expensive real estate on earth.
The streets are lined with neon signs, department stores, boutiques, and restaurants. You will want to browse some of the famous department stores, including Itoya (a seven-story stationary store), Mikimoto's to look at their world-renowned pearls, and you may even find some more fabric! Browsing and spending time may be the only thing you want to do in the Ginza, due to the cost of things at many of the trendier stores. Not to worry, there are plenty of smaller retail shops and department stores, including shops to buy souvenirs for everyone back home. The hotel can also help you book optional tours of Tokyo if you would rather spend your time exploring the city.

Our FAREWELL DINNER tonight will give everyone a chance to reminisce about the wonderful time shared with fellow quilters and a last chance to spend time with Mariko. By now, you may even have found someone on the tour that you would like to room with for the next time we Travel Together!

November 17, Sunday
Flights for the U.S. depart TOKYO’S NARITA AIRPORT in the afternoon, and no matter what time your flight is scheduled to leave, your transfer to Narita is included. A lot of shops in the Ginza are open on Sunday in case you feel the need to run out and buy that one last item for someone back home! The scenery, traveling with other quilters and the chance to get to know some of the Japanese people, make this trip the quilting adventure of a lifetime!

Included in your tour:
All hotels
All breakfasts, dinners (beginning Nov 09), and 1 lunch
All group tours and activities
All group land & train transportation in Japan
All airport transfers and luggage handling when arriving Kansai Airport Nov. 7th
and departing Tokyo on Nov. 17th
Entrance to Quilt Week Yokohama
Quilting class at Quilt Week Yokohama
Show & Tell with Keiko Takahashi and local quilt school students
Escorted by a Traveling Together professional & Mariko Akizuki, interpreter
Lots of fabric shopping, sightseeing and more!


While Traveling in Japan…
Please note that this particular tour requires a good amount of walking each day. Temples require the climbing of stairs and some train stations have no lifts and require the use of stairs. For the overnight journey to Takayama, you will need to pack a small overnight bag that you will be able to handle when getting on and off the trains and walking between the train station and the hotel. Please note that not all restaurants "westernize" meals for American groups. Mariko will do her best to have some of the items cooked that normally are served raw, but this may not always be the case. Japan is a country of different smells and different foods, but it will be a wonderful experience! We always request non-smoking areas when they are available. Smoke and its odors are sometimes unavoidable, as many places in Japan allow smoking. Just remember that the reason we all like to travel to other countries is to experience the cultural differences!

See photos of past Japan tours!

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Quilt Tour to
England & Scotland


August 07-18, 2013

A great time was had by all!!

See the photo album from this recent tour!

We Traveled Together with Fellow Quilters to...
Birmingham • York • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The Scottish Borders • Dunbar • Edinburgh

We attended the 2013 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham
Met with the Castle Quilters of Dunbar
and experienced the Edinburgh International Festivals!

OUR TOUR ITINERARY:

Wed, August 07
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today, in order to arrive in BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND on Thursday, August 08th.

Thu, Aug 08
Our hotel in Birmingham is the HILTON BIRMINGHAM METROPOLE HOTEL, the official hotel for the Festival of Quilts. The hotel is located next to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), only ten minutes from Birmingham International Airport via the hotels complimentary shuttle. Most flights arrive early in the day so that you will have some time to rest up before meeting everyone on the tour at the WELCOME DINNER.

If you would like assistance in arranging your air travel please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com

Fri & Sat, Aug 9th and 10th
You will have 2 DAYS TO ENJOY THE 11TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF QUILTS! Organized with the support of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles, the festival offers a host of gallery exhibitions from leading international artists and groups that include approximately 1,000 quilts entered into competition. You’ll find the largest range of patchwork & quilting supplies under one roof and there will be over 250 companies selling unique, hard-to-find patchwork and quilting supplies. The Quilt Academy offers nearly 100 master classes, workshops and lectures, and the Quick & Easy workshops provide another 154 sessions aimed at beginners.

In addition to your 2-DAY SHOW PASS, your tour includes ONE EVENING SPECIAL EVENT that will be posted once the full schedule of events has been announced by the organizers, Twisted Thread. We will also provide you with the online registration link to sign up in advance for any optional classes and additional events being offered during these two days, as soon as that information becomes available.

Sun, 11
We depart Birmingham late this morning and travel to YORK. Our home for 2 nights will be the
CEDAR COURT GRAND HOTEL AND SPA,
York's only 5-Star Hotel. Its location alongside the historic city walls affords stunning views of York Minster and is just minutes from the city’s medieval streets and boutique shops. This afternoon we’ll gather for a SHOW AND TELL with our purchases from the Festival of Quilts, prior to our DINNER this evening.

In order to plan your free time wisely and learn more about specific places along the tour that interest you,
we recommend you purchase one of the following travel guides:
Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.

Mon. 12
You will have all day to explore the CITY OF YORK. In addition to having a list of the local quilt stores, a visit to Newgate market is a must. The market opens at 9am everyday and has over 100 stalls with potters, artists, designers, artisan breads and a vast array of other crafts. You may even find some fabric, along with hats/gloves, scarves, fish, meats, fruit and vegetables.

Be sure to stroll through the Shambles, one of the oldest streets in York with its overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. Visits to the York Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Jorvik Viking Center are just some of the many other options of places to visit, but you will want to be sure to find time to visit the famous Bettys. This tea room was founded in 1936 and is still one of the most popular eateries in all of York.
York Minster's collection of medieval stained glass windows is among the finest and rarest in the world. There are 128 stained glass windows, containing about 2 million individual pieces of Medieval glass….great inspiration for quilt designs!

Tue, 13
The YORK QUILT MUSEUM AND GALLERY holds a unique collection of quilts and related artifacts from around the British Isles. The Museum is independently managed by The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles and hosts heritage exhibitions and shows by contemporary makers. The Museum has been successful in obtaining grants from a number of organizations since opening in 2008 and receives support in the way of equipment from Brother, Bernina, Pfaff/ Husquarna Viking and Coats. Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters' Guild has built up a collection of over 700 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork, the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet, to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers. As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items, templates, tools and quilting equipment.

At the time of our visit there will be two SPECIAL EXHIBITS. In the Great Hall will be ‘Town & County’ featuring work from the Heritage Quilt Collection & ‘Fibre Art Wales’ in the smaller Bailey Gallery – an exhibition by a contemporary group based in Wales.
Photo: Town & Country Collection
Averil Colby Samples (mounted)

After a morning visit to the Quilt Museum, we drive north to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Set on 12 acres of parkland, the NEWCASTLE MARRIOTT HOTEL GOSFORTH PARK will be the perfect place to have our group DINNER and enjoy a relaxing evening before we journey into Scotland tomorrow morning.

Wed, 14 This morning we enter the SCOTTISH BORDERS, a region that is hilly and largely rural. Our first stop is Selkirk for a visit to LOCHCARRON OF SCOTLAND, a Scottish Tourist Board 5-star attraction and the world’s leading tartan manufacturer. One of their expert guides will put you through the mill on all aspects of production from spinning the yarn to the finished article. Lochcarron weaves and stocks the largest range of authentic Scottish tartan with an impressive list of clients including Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor, Sean Connery and even Shrek!

There will be some time to shop before we board our motorcoach and cross the River Tweed for the drive to Dunbar, where we will meet with DEBBIE RENTON and the CASTLE QUILTERS FOR *SHOW AND TELL. Debbie is the coordinator for the whole of Scotland and its outlying Islands, making it the largest geographical region in The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. A big thank you goes out to Debbie for all of her help with the quilt-related portion of our time in Scotland. (*You’ll want to be sure to have a quilted item to show and a small gift of a quilt pin or something representative of your home state, to show our appreciation to the Castle Quilter’s for their hospitality.)

EDINBURGH is the capital of Scotland, the seat of the Scottish parliament and government, the largest city by area and the second largest by population in the country. The city hosts the annual Edinburgh Festival, a group of official and independent festivals held annually during the month of August. The number of visitors attracted to Edinburgh for the Festival is roughly equal to the settled population of the city…and our hotel is in the perfect location to enjoy it all! Set in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS-ROYAL MILE (just one street over from the actual Royal Mile) is our home during our stay in Edinburgh. Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle are both just 10-minutes’ walk from the hotel and the shops and festival events also take place within walking distance. DINNER this evening will be at a nearby restaurant.

Thu, 15
We begin our day with a visit to the PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE. Founded as a monastery in 1128 this is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the lower end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made this the premier royal residence in Scotland. (Please note that Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed when the Queen is in residence or for official functions.)

After our tour of Holyroodhouse we’ll board the EDINBURGH CITY HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOUR bus and you will have the entire day to explore the city. With onboard commentary and 24 stops around the city, you’ll have easy access to everything that Edinburgh has to offer and be able to do it at your own pace.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of Military performances by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Set against the magnificent backcloth of the Castle, the 2013 Tattoo will feature awe-inspiring variety from the four corners of the globe, with the Massed Pipes and Drums, Massed Military Bands, Display Teams, Dancers and the haunting lament of the Lone Piper.

For anyone interested in seeing the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, there are performances every evening during our stay. Thursday and Friday evenings the show starts at 9pm and Saturday offers performances at 7:30 & 10:30pm, with the 10:30 show having extended fireworks. Once you receive notification that you may begin to make your air arrangements, performance tickets can be purchased at http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/ No group activities have been planned that would interfere with whichever performance you would like to attend.

Fri, 16
After a leisurely morning, we head to the west end of Edinburgh to spend the afternoon at THE STUDIO OF PAT ARCHIBALD, TEXTILE ARTIST AND INSTRUCTOR. In addition to Pat giving a talk about how she approaches her work as a quilt designer, her students will have a QUILT EXHIBIT of their work at a venue close to the studio as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe events. All of the pieces will be inspired by a poem by George Mackay Brown, one of Scotland’s best known contemporary writers. Pat’s work is widely exhibited in the UK, Europe and in the USA and has earned her some wonderful awards. Learn more about Pat and see some of her amazing works and patterns at http://www.patarchibald.com/

One of Pat’s quilts that was commissioned for the chapel in the Aberdeen Royal Children’s’ Hospital. Aig Astar (Journeying) represents the many pathways and choices that are open to us throughout life. We may become more aware of connections between these paths and a certain synchronicity as we move through life. Our viewpoints change with events and sometimes the path is steep and treacherous and at other times it is smooth and level. It may be unapparent at first but whichever path we choose, it will eventually lead us to where we want to be.

With the possibility that some of the quilters in our group may have Tattoo performance tickets for the early show on Saturday, we will have our FAREWELL DINNER this evening in plenty of time to make tonight’s 9pm performance.

Sat, 17
The festivals will be in full swing today! You may want to wander over to Princes Street, one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh and the city’s main shopping street, or attend one of the many scheduled (and unscheduled) events taking place throughout the city. By invitation from the Festival Director, the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL brings top class performers of music (especially classical music), theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform. The festival also hosts a series of visual art exhibitions, talks and workshops. http://www.eif.co.uk/

THE FRINGE is the world's largest arts festival, and the 2012 events spanned 25 days totaling over 2,695 shows from 47 countries in 279 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, The Fringe is a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy (which has seen substantial growth in recent years), although dance and music are also represented. Theatrical productions range from the classics of ancient Greece to William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett and contemporary works. In addition to ticketed, programmed events, the Festival includes a street fair, located primarily on the Royal Mile. http://www.edfringe.com/

The INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL, takes place in Charlotte Square. It is the largest festival of its kind in the world and hosts a concentrated flurry of cultural and political talks and debates, bringing over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with the audience. http://www.edbookfest.co.uk/

Sun, 18

After having received so much inspiration for new quilting projects, it’s time to return home. Saying goodbye to the friends you have made on the tour will be difficult, so be sure to stay in contact with them for making plans to Travel Together on the next quilting adventure! You will be provided information for arranging your transfer to EDINBURGH AIRPORT. Shared rides can be arranged if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

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AUSTRIA & BAVARIA. GERMANY
Sep 22 - Oct 04, 2012

Extended stay in Vienna
Oct 04 - 06, 2012


Our September of 2012 tour...


Fellow Quilters Traveled To:

Innsbruck • Oberammergau • Neuschwanstein

Garmisch-Partenkirchen • Salzburg

Austia's Lake District • Burgenland • Vienna

we attended the 2012 Austrian Quilt Exhibition
and saw how the Austrian Blue Prints are made!


See photos!
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Your Tour Itinerary:
September 22, 2012-Saturday
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today, in order to arrive in Innsbruck, Austria on Sunday, September 23.

In order to plan your free time wisely and learn more about specific places along the tour that interest you, we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides: Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness. You may want to be sure it has a food translation section for ordering when dining out on your own.

Sep 23-Sun
Our hotel in INNSBRUCK is the 5-STAR GRAND HOTEL EUROPA. The hotel is located across the street from the main train station. The public bus “F" departs Innsbruck International Airport every 15 minutes in front of the arrivals hall and takes about 10 minutes, for a cost of approx. € 2.

Dating from 1869, this hotel has hosted Queen Elizabeth II, the shah of Iran, General Patton, and the crew of Apollo 14. The ornate yellow-and-white baroque hall is used by Tyrolean government for its most important functions and the ballroom was constructed by King Ludwig's Bavarian architects and builders.

Contact Traveling Together if you would like to arrive in Innsbruck a day early and stay at the Hotel Europa. If you would like assistance in arranging your air travel please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com

Innsbruck, capital of the Alps, is one of Austria’s oldest cities. Alpine views are around every corner and the medieval Old Town is home to imperial palaces, world-class galleries and Zaha Hadid's avant-garde designs. This afternoon you may want to take a stroll around Old Town or relax at the hotel, prior to our WELCOME DINNER.

Sep 24-Mon
This morning we will be crossing the border into Germany to visit OBERAMMERGAU and GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN. Oberammergau is located in a wide valley surrounded by forests, green meadows, and mountains and is best known for its famous Passion Play, which began in 1634 when the town's citizens took a vow to give dramatic thanks after they were spared from the devastating plague of 1633.

Although we won’t be attending the play, we will be admiring the many buildings in the historic center that are decorated with "Lüftlmalerei" or frescoes featuring Bavarian folktales or religious themes. The town is also known for its woodcarvers, a craft that has been practiced here since medieval times. There are plenty of shops offering good quality woodcarvings, in addition to two of Kathe Wohlfahrt’s famous Christmas shops!

The villages of Garmisch and Partenkirchen make up Germany's top Alpine resort. The two towns were merged for the 1936 Olympic Winter Games and they have maintained the charm of ancient villages. Even today, you occasionally see country folk in traditional dress, and you may be held up in traffic while the cattle are led from their mountain-grazing grounds down through the streets of town. Birgit Kaller is the International Representative of the German Patchwork Guild and will be supplying us with the names of any quilt shops in these villages. She is also working on the possibility of our meeting with some of the local quilters in Garmisch.

Sep 25-Tue
Today you will be on your own to EXPLORE INNSBRUCK. Visit Innsbruck Information to see what Innsbruck has to offer and whether the purchase of an Innsbruck Card would be beneficial to you, depending on your individual interests. Swarovski Chrystal World, The Goldenes Dachl, Hofburg Imperial Palace and Alpin Zoo are just a few of the major attractions. If it’s a clear day, you may want to ride one of the cable cars, funicular railways or lifts to enjoy the spectacular Alpine views. There is no shortage of shopping in the center of town. Tiroler Heimatwerk is one of Innsbruck's best stores for handcrafted Tyrolean items such as sculpture, pewter, textiles, woolen goods, hand-knit sweaters, lace, and regionally inspired fabrics and dress patterns. Be sure to take the time to treat yourself to a piece of rich chocolate cake at the famous chandelier-lit Café Sacher!

Sep 26-Wed

We’re off to Germany again! Near the Bavarian town of Fussen is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. NEUSCHWANSTEIN, also known as “the castle of the fairy-tale king", is what inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life. Today you will have the opportunity to view what was once his private refuge. King Ludwig was a great admirer and supporter of Richard Wagner, the world - renowned composer, and many rooms in the castle's interior were inspired by Wagner's characters. Though only 14 rooms were finished before Ludiwg II's sudden death in 1886, these rooms were majestically decorated. The two story throne room was designed in Byzantine style, with wall paintings depicting angels. Ironically, there is no throne in the Throne Room, as Ludwig died before it was completely finished. We’ll enjoy a GROUP DINNER this evening when we return to Innsbruck.

Sep 27-Thu
We depart Innsbruck this morning for SALZBURG, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the gateway to some of Austria’s most splendid landscapes. For fans of the movie The Sound of Music, the city was the home to the von Trapp family and you can find movie locations scattered around the city. After time for lunch, we’ll have A WALKING TOUR OF THE OLD TOWN, before checking in to the 5-STAR ALSTADT SAS RADISSON HOTEL. The historic facade and stone arches from the medieval structure still remain, adding to the charm of this 1377 converted Alstadt inn. A GROUP DINNER will be at the hotel this evening.

Sep 28-Fri

After yesterday’s walking tour, you will have gained the knowledge you need to make the most of your FREE DAY IN SALZBURG. Whether you want to follow in Mozart’s footsteps, study the superb baroque architecture, or shop on the famous medieval street known as the Getreidgasse, you will be sure to enjoy your day in Salzburg!

Sep 29-Sat
We depart Salzburg this morning for SEEWALCHEN ON LAKE ATTERSEE, in an area known as Upper Austria. For 60 years, TOSTMANN TRACHTEN has manufactured Dirndls, a type of traditional dress worn in Bavaria, Liechtenstein, Austria, and South Tyrol, based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants…and they sell traditional 100% cotton Austrian fabrics! Our next stop will be BAD ISCHL, a charming small town in the resort area of Austria’s lake district. There’s more fabric at the local Heimatwerk, along with wonderful shops and time for lunch. Be sure to allow time for a stop at the famous Zauner’s Konditorei (confectionery) for an afternoon treat! Late this afternoon we depart for LEOBEN and the FALKENSTEINER HOTEL AND ASIA SPA. Our GROUP DINNER this evening will be at the hotel.

Sep 30-Sun

Today we drive to KRIEGLACH, Austria for the 2012 AUSTRIAN GUILD EXHIBITION! This is the largest quilt show in Austria, with a couple of hundred quilts on display and we will have most of the day to enjoy them and meet the Austrian quilters.
HELEN HEANEY
is Austria’s European Quilt Association (EQA) representative and has been instrumental in helping us create this tour. In addition to providing us with the information for the Austrian fabric shopping, she is responsible for arranging our visit tomorrow to Blaudruck Koo which is sure to be a highlight of the tour!

Our GROUP DINNER this evening will be at a restaurant on our way to LUTZMANNSBURG’S ALL IN RED HOTEL in the Austrian state of Burgenland, just minutes from the Hungarian border.

Oct 01-Mon

Just a short distance from our hotel is
BLAUDRUCK KOO
, one of the last
blue print fabric dyers in Europe.
Originally, the indigo dyed blue-print fabrics were used for everyday clothing and work clothes. Today, they are perfect for quilting and are much in demand! You will have the opportunity to see how the dying process is achieved, including a look at the workroom, vats and stamps used to make these wonderful prints! They specialize in reversible printed fabrics that are still made with an old roller printing machine that is hand-operated. Most of the dying is done over the summer months, so the stock room will be full in October!
Our GROUP DINNER this evening will be at our hotel.

Oct 02-Tue
Our last city on the tour is VIENNA. Vienna is Austria's largest city, as well as its cultural, economic, and political center. It is the 10th-largest city by population in the European Union and is host to many major international organizations, such as the United Nations and OPEC. After a few morning visits in the city and time for lunch, we will have a WALKING TOUR OF CENTRAL VIENNA THAT WILL INCLUDE ENTRANCE TO ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL, THE IMPERIAL APARTMENTS AND THE SISI MUSEUM. Location, location, location! HOTEL ROYAL is on one of the more prestigious streets of the old city and is less than a block from St. Stephen's Cathedral. The hotel is within walking distance of all the major shopping and sights of the city.

Oct 03-Wed
With map and travel guide in hand, you will have the whole day to EXPLORE VIENNA. Whether you decide to shop at the most prestigious shopping zone in downtown Vienna (also called the “Golden U”), visit one of the local markets, or spend time in one of the many museums, you’re sure to enjoy this exciting city! Visit Vienna Information to see whether the purchase of a ViennaCard would be beneficial to you, depending on your individual interests. This is the last day of the tour and we will have a FAREWELL DINNER tonight at our hotel.

Oct 04-Thu
If you will not be joining us on the Vienna extension, you will be transferred this morning to the VIENNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for your flights home. There will be one group transfer that will have everyone at the airport in time for flights that depart 9:30am or later.

For those of you that would like to experience more of Vienna, please read on:

Oct 04-Thu
This morning we will be boarding our bus for a visit to SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the palace is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. The tour will include forty rooms and forty fascinating stories spanning three centuries. Also included are the magnificent Hall of Ceremonies, the imposing Gobelin Salon with its exquisite Brussels tapestries as well as the room known in Maria Theresia's time as the Feketin Room, later renamed the Millions Room because of its precious panelling of rare rosewood.

Oct 05-Fri
Today we will have a guided tour of Vienna’s famous SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL, including the stables. Each year the best LIPIZZAN STALLIONS are selected for training at the Spanish Riding School. At the height of their career, they enchant visitors from all over the world with their truly unique performances in the world's most famous riding hall, the "Winter Riding School", located in Vienna's Imperial Hofburg Palace. Tickets cannot be purchased until today for the morning exercise that is set to music, but your tour escort will make every effort to secure admission for the group.

Oct 06-Sat
You will be transferred this morning to the VIENNA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT for your flights home. There will be one group transfer that will have everyone at the airport in time for flights that depart 9:30am or later.

Included in your tour:
ALL hotels
ALL breakfasts & 7 dinners
ALL group tours & activities
ALL land travel by private motor coach
Luggage handling at hotels, when available
Escorted by a professional tour leader
Group transfer to Vienna International Airport,
as specified on Oct. 04
Shop for fabric with plenty of free time
to explore and shop in each of the cities we visit!

Included in the Vienna extension:
2 nights at Hotel Royal
Breakfast each morning
All transportation and entrance
for visits to Schönbrunn Palace and The Spanish Riding School
Luggage handling at Hotel Royal
Escorted by a professional tour leader
Group transfer to Vienna International Airport,
as specified on Oct. 06

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HAWAII QUILT TOUR

HAWAII, The Big Island

MAUI, The Valley Isle

OAHU, The Gathering Place

Your tour includes:
4 nights at the Royal Kona Resort
3 nights at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
2 nights at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach on Waikiki
Hotels
Breakfast each morning
***4 dinners/luau, as noted in the itinerary
ALL group tours and activities
ALL airport transfers in Hawaii
ALL luggage handling at hotels
ALL land travel by private motorcoach on the islands
Group flights within Hawaii (Kona to Maui & Maui to Honolulu)
Classes in Kona and Maui with all supplies provided
Trunk show with Sylvia Pippen
Honolulu City Tour
Escorted by a professional tour leader
Lots of fabric shopping…and more!

We escaped the cold weather and a good time
was had by all in Feb of 2012!

See the tour photos!

Aloha!
Do you get the February doldrums?
We’ve got a cure!
Join us on our tour of paradise, where the air is balmy,
flowers are in full bloom and the atmosphere is truly tropical!

Your Tour Itinerary:
Feb 24, Fri
To avoid confusion with the name of the entire state, this island of Hawaii is called the BIG ISLAND, and what an appropriate name it is. Bigger than all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, its sheer size can be intimidating. You’ll find 11 of the world's 13 climactic zones within this island’s shores.

The ROYAL KONA RESORT is set on twelve oceanfront acres overlooking Kailua Bay in the heart of historic Kona town. During your four-night stay at the resort, there will time to relax on the decks of the oceanfront, split-level swimming pool or enjoy the private beach and saltwater swimming lagoon.

You may arrange your flight to arrive at KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT at any time today. Traveling Together will provide you with information on how to make your individual transfer reservation that will get you from the Kona International Airport to the Royal Kona Resort. Should you want to arrive in Kona prior to February 24th, we have rooms available at the cost of $97 per person for a double room and $176 for a single, including breakfast and taxes. If you would like assistance with your air travel, please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at Northwood Travel

Feb 25, Sat
After waking up to a glorious Hawaiian sunrise, you’ll enjoy breakfast in the hotel’s open-air restaurant, located at the waters edge. Then it’s time to meet everyone on the tour before beginning A DAY FILLED WITH QUILTING ACTIVITIES!

A big thank you goes to Dawn Castelli of the Aloha Quilters for her guidance in arranging many of the activities during our stay in Kona!

LISA LOUISE ADAMS is a quilter, painter, potter, printmaker, bookmaker, papermaker, jeweler and poet. She lives in the lush rainforest village of Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her work has been displayed in numerous invitational and juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally for almost twenty years. Lisa has taught at International Quilt Festival in Houston and her work has been featured in several quilt publications. Learn more about Lisa at http://www.lisalouiseadams.com/quilts.htm

Lisa will teach a workshop using traditional English paper-piecing with Hawaiian fabric. All supplies will be provided for this unique project and will make a great souvenir of your time spent on the Big Island. Lisa has offered to bring some of her collection to show, along with a selection of her work that will be available for purchase.
SYLVIA PIPPEN lives on the Big Island of Hawaii surrounded by the azure Pacific Ocean and a garden full of exuberant tropical fruit and flowers. Having been a gardener most of her life, she considers quilting an extension of her passion for plants and designs quilts. http://www.sylvia-pippen.com/

Sylvia will be presenting a trunk show that reflects the beauty and diversity of the islands. In keeping with the polyglot culture of Hawaii, Sylvia likes to mix-up quilt traditions…contemporary sashiko, a Tahitian curved border, traditional Japanese Kamon designs, the symmetry of Hawaiian quilts. After working as a gardener at the National Tropical botanical Garden on Kauai, she turned to teaching and designing patterns and fabric kits full time. Sylvia will have some of her patterns and kits available for sale.

LORETTA (LORI) PASCO is Raintree Hawaii’s designer and owner of Quilt Hawaiian.com. After having done handwork all her life, Lori learned Hawaiian quilting. It soon became a passion…and Raintree of Hawaii was born.

“Hawaiian quilting is a gift from the women of the islands that is appreciated greatly by those who are continuing on in the art. Because it is a living art form, there will always be changes and innovations. We have so many products and fabrics available to us today, and those involved in design work are combining them creatively with the legacy of the traditional quilt. My internet store, Quilt Hawaiian.com is my way of sharing wonderful contemporary Hawaiian quilt designs with the rest of the world.” Lori has graciously offered to bring quilt patterns, kits, and some of her artwork to our afternoon event! http://www.quilthawaiian.com

***Dinner tonight will be at the Royal Kona Resort

Feb 26, Sun
You will have the entire day to enjoy the many activities offered on THE BIG ISLAND. Some of the most popular tours include Volcano National Park, helicopter rides over the island, and snorkeling. Peak whale-watching season continues through March, with boat trips that combine sailing and a chance to view the Humpback whales in their natural habitat. If relaxing is more your style, the options are endless!

Feb 27, Mon
We begin our day with a spectacular scenic drive up to the cloud forest on Mount Hualalai, home to the MOUNTAIN THUNDER COFFEE PLANTATION. Our tour guide will introduce you to what it takes to make a cup of Premium 100% Kona Coffee, including the showing of Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe as he tours the farm and its facilities from composting to cup. The cloud forest has an elevation of 3000 feet and can be quite cold, so be sure to bring along a sweater or jacket for this morning’s outing.

Our next stop is KIMURA’S. The following is from Frommer’s online review: “This old-fashioned general store is one of those places you'll be glad you found -- a store with spirit and character, plus everything you need and don't need. You'll see Hawaii's finest selection of yardage, enough cookware for a multi-course dinner, aspirin, Shiseido cosmetics, and an eye-popping assortment of buttons, zippers, and quilting materials. Irene Kimura, the family matriarch, who presided over the store for more than 60 years until she passed away, said she quit counting the fabric bolts at 8,000 but estimated there were more than 10,000. Kimura's is the spot for pareu and Hawaiian fabrics, brocades, silks, and offbeat gift items, such as Japanese china and tabi, the comfortable cloth footwear.”

After time for lunch we’ll drive back to Kona for a visit to QUILT PASSIONS, a shop specializing in quality batik fabrics and patterns from local designers. Quilt Sampler magazine has chosen Quilt Passions as one of the 10 top quilt shops in the country and the shop will be featured in the May issue of the magazine.

Spectacular oceanfront views, a vibrant Hawaiian sunset and the sound of waves lapping against the lava rocks provide a stunning backdrop for a Royal Kona Resort luau. A luau is a gathering of family and friends for a traditional ***Hawaiian feast.
LAVA, LEGENDS AND LEGACIES POLYNESIAN LUAU includes a traditional Imu (underground oven) presentation, with music and dance, as the performers pay tribute to the fascinating legends and journeys of the South Pacific and Hawaii.

Feb 28, Tue
We depart Kona this morning for a flight to MAUI, THE VALLEY ISLE. You’ll see why it got that designation as you come in for a landing at Kahalui Airport.

Fabric shopping is first on the schedule! We'll begin at the large, well stocked FABRIC MART OF MAUI and then we continue on to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center for a visit to SEW SPECIAL. The shop has a large selection of fat quarters, in addition to their other Hawaiian fabrics.

No trip to Maui would be complete without visiting historic LAHAINA TOWN. Front Street still retains much of the charm of the old whaling days. You’ll find every kind of souvenir, Hawaiian print clothing, art galleries galore, and many shops with kits and items with Hawaiian appliqué. You’ll have time to browse in this quaint little village before driving to the Ka’anapali resort area.

The KA’ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL has been recognized as the “Most Hawaiian Hotel” by the Waiaha Foundation based on over 100 criteria. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has presented the “He Kuleana Ke Aloha” award to the hotel for demonstrating an ongoing responsibility, commitment and dedication to honoring and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture for generations to come. They are the only hotel to receive either of these honors.

Each of the ocean view rooms have traditional island décor with a private balcony or lanai. A variety of Hawaiian activities are scheduled daily and every night at sunset the blowing of conch shells signals the beginning of the nightly hula show in the Tiki Courtyard. From 6:00pm you'll enjoy a complimentary performance of Hawaiian music and a hula show. The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel will be our home for the next 3 nights

Feb 29, Wed
Hawaiian appliqué opens a whole new design world for your quilts and today you will have an introductory class in the art of Hawaiian appliqué with an instructor from The Maui Quilt Shop. You will be able to select from one of three TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN APPLIQUÉ patterns and everything you need for a finished 18” x 18” pillow or wall hanging, will be furnished.

#1 "ULU"
(Breadfruit)

#2 "HALA KAHIKI"
(Pineapple)
#3 "KALO"
(Taro)

The class will not take all day, so you may want to participate in one of the hotel’s daily scheduled activities, enjoy the whale-shaped pool, or take a stroll along the beach walkway to the nearby beach cafés and shops at Whaler’s Village.

Our group ***dinner this evening will be at the hotel in the Tiki Terrace Restaurant.

Mar 01, Thu
Today is yours to ENJOY MAUI at your own pace! Our hotel has a wonderful activities desk where you can reserve any one of the many tours offered on the island. You might like to take the famous Road to Hana, a trip up to Haleakala to watch the sunrise and even arrange to have a bicycle ready for you to ride back down the mountain. You can combine whale watching with a snorkel trip to Molokini, a reef that is actually the tip of an ancient volcano, or you can do a shorter whale-watching boat trip. For a minimal charge you can take a local shuttle to the Ka’anapali Station of the “Sugar Cane Train”, a vintage steam locomotive reminiscent of the engines used to haul sugar cane from island fields to the mill at the turn of the century. The train will take you into Lahaina Town if you didn’t have enough time on Tuesday to browse through the shops and galleries. Then again, you may want to relax on the beautiful grounds of the hotel and work on one of the quilt projects that you started in class.

Mar 02, Fri
Our morning flight takes us from Maui to OAHU, “THE GATHERING PLACE” and home of the famous Waikiki Beach. Although Oahu is the third largest island, it is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population with a fusion of East and West cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the native Hawaiian people. This is the island of activity.

The first stop in the bustling city will be FABRIC MART OF HONOLULU. If you haven’t found the perfect Hawaiian fabric yet, you will be sure to find it here!

Our coach driver will take us on a PANORAMIC TOUR OF HONOLULU, before checking into the Outrigger Reef on the Beach.
OUTRIGGER REEF ON THE BEACH recently underwent a 100-million dollar renovation and is located right on Waikiki Beach, in the heart of the city and just steps away from the exciting, new Waikiki Beach Walk™ promenade, offering visitors the opportunity to revel in the unique heritage of Hawaii and features an array of world-famous shops and distinguished restaurants. The Outrigger Reef features a spa, swimming pool, whirlpool spa, restaurants, along with offering water activities that include snorkeling, high-speed sailing excursions along the Oahu coast, and outrigger catamarans.
Mar 03, Sat
Today is the time to see what interests you most, in HONOLULU. You may want to visit Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial, the Honolulu Zoo, the famous Ala Moana Shopping Mall, or purchase a day pass on the Waikiki Trolley that offers hop-on, hop-off service to over 30 places around the city. Stroll along Kalakaua Avenue with its upscale boutiques and distinctive stores, making a stop at the famous International Market Place.
Our farewell ***dinner this evening
will be at the OUTRIGGER’S
OCEAN HOUSE RESTAURANT
.
Located oceanfront, this open-air
restaurant will be a wonderful way
to spend our last evening in Paradise!

Mar 04, Sun
It’s time to pack up and return to the mainland. You will be provided information for arranging your transfer to HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT that allows you to arrange your departure to the mainland at any time today.

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Here's what some of our satisfied travelers have to say....

I am a Canadian quilter and have participated in eight quilt tours with Traveling Together!!
The tours are interest-based and well thought out with great organization and accommodations appropriately located to the specific activities. While the tour has organized quilting activities, more than adequate time is allowed for someone, like myself, who enjoys exploring on their own. Traveling Together is more than helpful with suggestions, maps, tips, etc. to ensure your trip is unique.

In 2008 we were the 1st quilters from North America to visit several of the Hungarian towns!
I've checked the 2010 Hungarian tour itinerary, and if you like quilting, excellent handicrafts, unique fabric and meeting some of the most generous and hospitable people, definitely this is the tour for you. Also, the history of the area and the unbelievable progress the Hungarian people have made since gaining their independence is a total eye-opener for people from our countries. Happy Quilting!

I've traveled many times with Traveling Together and always have a wonderful time!!
The itineraries always include wonderful special interest and well-known tourist attractions, as well as free time to explore on your own. The travel details are always carefully handled.

The 2008 trip to HUNGARY was wonderful! Watching the hand resist-stamping process at the Hungarian Blue-Dye workshop was amazing, as well as the visits to the private doll and embroidery museums. The Hungarian quilters were very enthusiastic and welcomed us warmly! Budapest and all the areas we visited have lots of history and wonderful scenery. I'm going again on the 2010 trip!!


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We had a great time in
FRANCE...

going from NANTES to PROVENCE!


April 27 ~ May 08, 2011

Attended Europe's
Premier Quilt Show


(For the Love of Thread!)

See photos from the tour!

Wed, Apr 27
Today you will board your flight for the overnight journey to NANTES, FRANCE. If you would like to arrive a
day early, Traveling Together can help you arrange for an early hotel night. If you would like assistance with your air travel, please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com

Thu, Apr 28
You may arrange your flight to arrive in Nantes at any time today and you will receive information on getting from the airport to our hotel. Just be sure to arrive in time for our WELCOME DINNER, giving you the opportunity to meet everyone on the tour. Our home for the next three nights is the NOVOTEL NANTES CENTRE CITÉ DES CONGRÉS. Being located close to the historic centre and next to the convention center, makes it the ideal place to be for attending Pour l’Amour du Fil.

Your tour includes admission to the quilt show on Saturday. If you plan to arrive early and would like to
attend the show prior to Saturday, we can make those arrangements for you.

In order to plan your free time wisely and learn more about specific places along the tour that interest you,
we recommend that you purchase one of the following travel guides: Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or
DK Eyewitness. You may want to be sure it has a food translation section for ordering when dining out on
your own.

Fri, Apr 29
This morning we will visit LES MACHINES DE L'ILE, an extraordinary artistic project like you've never seen before. Born from the imaginations of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, it is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes.

After a PANORAMIC TOUR OF NANTES, we’ll visit the CASTLE OF THE DUKES OF BRITTANY. Newly renovated and located in the heart of the city, this 15th century ducal residence is now home to the Nantes history museum. You will have all the time you want to explore the castle, as the remainder of the day is
free to do as you please. There are lovely shops and cafes in the area and Carol Veillon will be giving us a
list of her recommendations to make the most of your free time in Nantes.

CAROL VEILLON is the owner and editor-in-chief of the most prestigious
quilt magazine in Europe, QUILTMANIA and the principal organizer of
POUR L'AMOUR DU FIL. Carol published the magazine in the French language in 1997 and it was immediately a success in France and in Europe (also translated in Dutch); then in 2001 she began publishing an English version for America and the rest of the world and now there are thousands of "Quiltmaniacs!!

Sat, April 30, 2011
POUR L'AMOUR DU FIL translated, means For the love of the thread. In addition to approximately 90 vendors (which Carol promises are only “the Crème de la crème!”), there are six ‘Little Houses’. Like a patchwork quilt of cultures and techniques, each house is of a very different style and will be filled with quilts, embroideries, knitting, clothes and other textile curiosities. For example, the first show in 2009 featured the Kaffe Fassett House, modeled after his studio with Kaffe and his partner Brandon Mably in attendance. There is a Traditional House, Japan House, etc. Quote from Carol: “Our goal is to give envy to the public to rush upstairs to the vendors booths to buy fabric, needles and threads to do something and not like in some other exhibits to show work that nobody else will be able or want to reproduce too far from the reality; it's not our purpose, we want people to have fun, to enjoy and say to themselves: "well, I saw a demo, it seems easy, I want to make it!"... They will also enjoy beautiful pieces exhibited and you will be able to photograph everything!!!”

Sun, May 01
We depart Nantes this morning and drive to the city of BORDEAUX. Most shops are closed on Sunday so we will have the afternoon to relax at the PULLMAN BORDEAUX AQUITANIA HOTEL. Located lakeside on the outskirts of the city, this will be the perfect spot to have a show and tell of everyone’s purchases from our time in Nantes! Dinner tonight will be at the hotel’s Aquitania restaurant.

Mon, May 02
Our destination today is LA CITÉ DE CARCASSONE. This medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and, with it's 52 towers, 3km of battlements and two rings of town wall, stands magnificently overlooking the left bank of the river Aude. LE DONJON HOTEL is located within the fortress and will be our home for two nights.

Time for lunch will give you the opportunity to visit a nearby café and try the local fare, classic peasant stew cassoullet. There will be plenty of time to stroll along the narrow cobbled streets and browse the many shops, some of which will be selling medieval wares. Then, to get an idea of just how magnificent this fortress is, we’ll board "LE PETIT TRAIN" for a local tour, prior to our dinner at the hotel.

Tue, May 03
In addition to visiting several FABRIC SHOPS in the VILLE BASSE (the modern lower city of Carcassone), we’ll drive to MIREPOIX, a late thirteenth-century bastion built around one of the loveliest surviving arcaded market squares in the country. The square is bordered by houses dating from between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries and you will want to be sure to take a look at the medieval Maison des Consuls (council house), whose arcaded rafters are carved with hundreds of unique portrayals of animals, monsters, and caricatures of medieval social groups and professions, as well as ethnic groups from across the world. The gothic style cathedral is the second largest single-naved church in Europe and is classified as an historic monument.

After having suffered during the Hundred Years War, Mirepoix became an important textile centre in the 15th century. Surely there will still be a shop or two that carries fabric!

Wed, May 04
This morning we begin our journey to PROVENCE, a region of southeastern France located on the Mediterranean and adjacent to Italy. Our home for the next two nights will be the ARLES HOTEL JULES
CÉSAR
, a 4-star hotel and member of the Small Luxury Hotels chain. Previously a 17th century Carmelite convent, the hotel is located in the heart of Arles and its Provençal décor is accented with the fabrics that are so famous for their color and design.

The 15 months that Vincent Van Gogh spent in Arles was the most productive period of his life, where he created more than 200 paintings and drawings. Even though there are no original paintings by Van Gogh in the city, you can still visit the places that inspired him.

Arles has a large number of UNESCO world heritage monuments that bear witness to 2000 years of history, the most famous being the Roman Amphitheatre dating from 80 A.D. LE PETIT TRAIN D'ARLES will take us on a guided tour through the winding cobbled streets, providing an overview of the many museums and points of interest.

Thu, May 05
Today is all about Provence fabric! We start the day with a visit to the SOULEÏADO MUSÉE DU TISSUS PROVENÇAL in Tarascon. This former townhouse housed the famous cotton print factory beginning in 1806. The museum, devoted to these colorful fabrics, has nearly 40,000 wood print blocks with brass tips. The blocks were applied manually and then hammered by workers who printed up to 30m of cotton fabric per day. Several workshops from the period have been reconstructed, such as the color kitchen where dyes were made. You will have time to visit their shop and have lunch before we depart Tarascon.

Our next stop will be will St. Etienne du Grès for a factory tour of the textile manufacturer LES OLIVADES, featuring the only remaining traditional Provencal fabric still printed in Provence. There is also a charming Olivades factory outlet shop!

There will be time late this afternoon to explore more of Arles, before this evening’s dinner at the Jules César.

Fri, May 06
This morning we depart Arles for the village of LES BAUX DE PROVENCE. Perched on a rocky spur, the citadel overlooks the beautiful countryside so be sure to have your camera ready for the panoramic views of Provence. Just inside the entrance to the village are narrow cobblestone streets, terrace cafés, and quaint shops.

Not far from Les Baux are the CAVES DE SARRAGAN, a vast underground cavern with a 60m thick solid rock ceiling that make the perfect natural wine cellar. We will make a short stop for those that would like to try some of the local wine. It’s also the perfect stopping point to get a scenic view of the village of Les Baux and the neighboring valley

L'ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE is a compact medieval town built on the islands of five branches of the Sorgue river, also known as the Venice of Provence. If you have any interest in antiques and antique quilts, this is the place to look! In addition to the many waterside cafes and charming shops, there are nearly 300 permanent antique dealers and second hand shops. There won’t be time to visit them all, but you’ll have several hours to enjoy lunch in the old town and soak in the atmosphere of Provence.

We continue on to AIX EN PROVENCE and HOTEL LE GALICE, our home for the last two nights of the tour.

Sat, May 07
Aix is the capital of Provence and dates back to 122 B.C. The center of Aix (sounds like ex, as in "X marks the spot") is the old town, ringed by a circle of boulevards and squares. The most famous of the boulevards is the Cours Mirabeau, lined with large plane trees, wonderful terrace cafés, bookshops and fountains. Once you venture off the main boulevards, small streets with shops of every kind await you….and we will be sure to look for the ones that carry ‘tissu’, the word to look for when shopping for fabric in France. You may also choose to visit The Musée des Tapisseries that houses a collection of tapestries from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The markets in Provence are some of the best in all of France. This is one of the largest and we’ll have the entire day to explore the city. Our hotel is within walking distance of the several boulevards and streets that comprise the farmers’ market products, in addition to books, linens, pottery, and the many Provence knickknacks.

MARKET DAY

IN AIX!

We’ll be looking for
Provence fabrics,
if there's any room left
in our suitcases!

Our FAREWELL DINNER tonight will be poolside at our hotel, weather permitting.

Sun, May 08
There will be one group transfer to MARSEILLES AIRPORT this morning for flights that are scheduled to depart no earlier than 10:00am.

Your tour includes:
ALL hotels
ALL group tours & activities
ALL land travel by private motor coach
ALL breakfasts and 5 dinners
Luggage handling at hotels
Admission to " Pour l’Amour du Fil"
“Le Petit Train" tours in Carcassone and Arles
Visits to Souleïado Museum and Les Olivades
Shop for Provence fabric, with plenty of free time
to explore and shop in each of the cities we visit!
Escorted by a professional tour leader
Transfer to Marseilles Airport on May 08

Please note: In order to fully enjoy this trip you will need to be able to walk up to 5 city blocks at one time, and at a moderate pace. In addition to uphill climbs on some of the city streets (some being cobblestone) you may need to climb a flight or two of stairs. A few of the hotel rooms may be located in an area of the hotel that cannot be accessed by an elevator.

Look for our Quilting Travel ads in the upcoming issues of
Quilting Arts, McCall's Quilting, Quilts and Quilters Newsletter!

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We Traveled with Fellow Quilters to...

Hungary in 2010

Hosted by Magdi Csendes,
International Representative for Hungary's European Quilt Association

Meet with local quilt groups, see how the famous Hungarian Blueprints are made
Visit Hungary's wine region, fabric shopping and much more!


Budapest

Quilt made with Hungarian Blue Prints
Szekszárd Quilt Exhibition


INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR:
ALL hotels
ALL breakfasts, 5 dinners & 2 lunches
ALL group tours and activities
ALL luggage handling at hotels
ALL land travel by private motorcoach
Transfer to Budapest Airport on October 01
Sightseeing cruise on the Danube ~ Tour of Budapest
Museums ~ Hungarian Folk Park ~ Abbey at Lake Balaton
Meet four local quilt groups for Show and Tell & exclusive quilt exhibits!
Shop for Hungarian Blue-Dye fabric, and more!
Hosted by Magdi Csendes & Escorted by a professional tour leader

Join us for this exciting QUILTING ADVENTURE!

Tour Itinerary:
Wed, Sep 22
Today you will board your flight for the overnight journey to Budapest. If you would like to arrive a day or two early, Traveling Together can help you arrange for early hotel nights. If you would like assistance with your air travel, please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571 or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com

Thu, Sep 23
You may arrange your flight to arrive Budapest at any time today and you will receive information on getting the hotel bus from BUDAPEST FERIHEGY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to our hotel. If you arrive early in the day, your tour escort will be on hand to help you get acquainted with this exciting city, making some suggestions on how to spend the afternoon in the immediate vicinity of our hotel. Just be sure to arrive in time for our 6:00PM WELCOME DINNER, giving you the opportunity to meet everyone on the tour. Our home for the next four nights is the Danubius Hotel Astoria. The 4-STAR DANUBIUS HOTEL ASTORIA is located in the heart of Budapest, built on the site of the medieval town walls. Opened in 1914, it was reconstructed and modernized several times, with the latest renovation being done in 2006. With its Empire-style interior décor, it is one of the most charming old-style hotels in the city and film producers and directors often take advantage of the perfect scenery for film shooting.

Fri, Sep 24
Our day begins with a TOUR OF BUDAPEST. The city is split down the center by
the Danube River and is connected by a series of bridges. On the west side of the
Danube is hilly Buda, dominated by Castle Hill. On the east side of the river is flat
Pest, the heart of the city with the Great Market Hall, Parliament, and main
boulevards and pedestrian shopping streets. The tour will give you a look at both
sides of this large city, home to nearly two million people. Weekend shopping hours
are limited, so you will have this afternoon to explore the many unique
shops that Pest has to offer.

Sat, Sep 25
The HUNGARIAN PATCHWORK GUILD, headquartered in Budapest, was founded in 1989 and has about 600 members, with approximately 2,000 more in local clubs. The Hungarian quilters participate actively in European quilt exhibitions and today you will begin to see examples of their wonderful handiwork! Ági Szomor is a member of the Budapest guild and is arranging a special morning for our group to meet with the local members at the BUDAPEST TEXTILE MUSEUM, where the history of the substantial Hungarian textile industry is traced and recorded. In 2008 we had a wonderful SHOW AND TELL, the local quilters had a small quilting project for us to work on, vendors were selling unique buttons and Hungarian embroidery designs, and we were treated to delicious refreshments! A SIGHTSEEING CRUISE ON THE DANUBE will complete the day!

Sun, Sep 26
Located north of the city on the Danube Bend, is SZENTENDRE, a postcard-pretty village with twisty Mediterranean streets and Austrian Baroque houses that has always been favored by artists as somewhere both to live and to work. This morning we’ll visit the FOLK MUSEUM, Hungary’s largest open-air museum. Located in Duna-Ipoly National Park, the museum features a large collection of Hungarian architecture from around the country. After time for lunch, we will meet the SZENTENDRE QUILTERS. Sofi Bihari and some of the local quilters will be our guides at the Folk Museum and the village, in addition to organizing the guild’s REGIONAL QUILT EXHIBITION to coincide with our visit and we will be the first to view these amazing quilts!

Mon, Sep 27
MAGDI CSENDES is a member of the Board of the Hungarian Patchwork Guild and the international representative for Hungary in the European Quilt Association (EQA). She lives in Székesfehérvár, where she is also the leader of her local quilt guild. Magdi will be meeting us when we arrive today in SZEKSZÁRD and will be our host for the remainder of the tour. We will also be meeting MAGDOLNA ACÉLOS, president of the Szekszárd quilt guild. She and her guild members are arranging a QUILT EXHIBITION, just for us! Lunch today will be at a wonderful local restaurant in the town square, giving you a chance to taste special dishes of the region, followed by a WALKING TOUR of the city. Our hotel for the next two days is the charming HOTEL ZODIACO.

Founded in the early 11th-century, Szekszárd has a population of 36,000 people and is a famous wine-growing region that boasts 4500 wine cellars! We’ll only have time to visit one, for dinner this evening. The Takler family has been working in viticulture and winemaking since the 18th century in Szekszárd. Located in a beautiful little village house on the slope of Decsi Hill, TAKLER WINE CELLAR is the perfect place for an evening that will include dinner and tasting the famous wines of this region.

Tue, Sep 28
Hungary is famous for their BLUEPRINT FABRIC and this morning we will visit a workshop that has been family-run since 1810. We will be only the second American group to visit (In 2008 we were the first!) and they are looking forward to showing us their age-old process of block printing on 100% cotton. In addition to having plenty of fabric for sale that day, there will be items made by local people from their fabric. Lunch will be at ÉTTEREM HÁMORI, a famous restaurant in TOLNA. This is where the residents eat lunch, in addition to students of the small local school. You will enjoy watching how well-behaved the students are, in addition to tasting the local cuisine. The locals and school children will enjoy looking at us, with outsiders being a rarity in this small community. Our first stop this afternoon is BABAMÚZEUM, sure to be a highlight of the tour! One woman has hand-made over 150 dolls, in addition to their period costumes and accessories, which represent over 200 years of Hungarian history. As an example, you will see the progression of wedding outfits, mourning clothes, and clothing worn in everyday life on the farms and in the villages. A special surprise is planned for one of our quilters! Next is a visit to TAJHAZ, a house with traditional Hungarian furniture, costumes and embroidery, with a chance for everyone to try traditional Hungarian cake.

Wed, Sep 29
We depart Szekszárd this morning and make a stop at an EMBROIDERY MUSEUM in SIÓAGÁRD, a village famous for its folk costumes and rich embroidery. The owners are a wonderful couple that will be dressed in costume and anxious to show us everything that the small museum and shop have to offer, including a chance to try on pieces of the traditional clothing and purchase some of their beautiful handiwork. We continue on to SZÉKESFEHÉRVÁR, one of the most ancient towns in Hungary. During the course of this tour you will have learned about Hungary’s rich textile tradition, particularly in embroidery, cross-stitch, and sewing techniques. You will also have learned that although quilting is quite new to Hungary, these ladies are creating amazing works of art! This afternoon you will see more of their talent, as we take a short walk to the meeting place of the MIDDLE-TRANSDANUBIA QUILTERS. As president of this guild, Magdi is anxious to show off their work!...and you’ll want to be sure to pack a sample of your handiwork for the SHOW AND TELL they are arranging. Also invited to this event will be Margit Siposné Cseh and her group of quilters from Tatabánya. Margit is a fabric shop owner and will bring some of her self-painted fabrics to sell. To make this an event to remember, Magdi’s quilters would like us to join in a BLOCK EXCHANGE. The squares that were exchanged in 2008 were used by Magdi’s group to make quilts and auction them off, with the money having been donated to charity. If you would like to participate, you will only need to make one block measuring 12 ½” x 12 ½”. When you sign up for the tour, please let us know if you plan to participate by noting it at the bottom of the registration form, so that Magdi and her quilters will know how many blocks they will need to make for the exchange. It’s been another wonderful day in the world of quilting! The NOVOTEL SZÉKESFEHÉRVÁR will be our home for two nights.

Thu, Sep 30
Today we’ll drive to TIHANY, a village on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, where you will have time to explore the village, with its quaint old buildings, local crafts and Hungarian food offerings. Next will be a visit to the Baroque church and convent of the BENEDICTINE ABBEY, founded in 1055 by András I, a popular tourist attraction due to its historical and artistic significance. The interior was fully restored by 1996, after the church was returned to the Benedictine Abbey in 1994.The still functioning abbey is perfectly situated on top of the high part of town and has the best view of Lake Balaton, the largest shallow lake in Central Europe. At our FAREWELL DINNER tonight, it will be time to say goodbye to Magdi as we thank her for making our visit to Hungary a most memorable one!

Fri, Oct 01
This morning our coach will transfer us to the BUDAPEST AIRPORT for flights that depart 11am or later. After having received so much inspiration for new quilting projects, it’s time to return home. Saying goodbye to the friends you have made on the tour will be difficult, so be sure to stay in contact with them for making plans to Travel Together on the next quilting adventure!

When we toured Hungary in 2008, several people stayed on in Budapest for an extra day and many others on the tour wished they had! After visiting the other cities, they would have liked to return for another chance to shop at the Great Market Hall. If you would like to take advantage of this OPTIONAL NIGHT IN BUDAPEST, we have reserved some rooms at the Danubius Astoria Hotel and our bus will drop you off after the airport stop. You can then arrange to take the hotel bus to the airport on the following day. This also gives you the option to check a second piece of luggage to hold all of those purchases!

Please note: In order to fully enjoy this trip and the walking tours offered you will need to be able to walk up to 5 city blocks at one time, and at a moderate pace. In addition to uphill climbs on some of the city streets (some being cobblestone) you will need to climb several flights of stairs.

See photos from our 2008 & 2012 Quilt Tours to Hungary at:
http://www.travelingtogether.net/Traveling/PhotoGallery.htm

...and our Quilt Group was "In the News" in 2008:
http://travelingtogether.net/Traveling/video.htm

 

 
   
   

 


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