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                     improve your art skills, learn
                     to cook italian dishes, get bet-
                     ter in taking pictures – all of
                     this is possible to do and be on
                     holiday at the same time. Edu-
                     cational traveling or learning
                     vacations are getting more and
                     more popular among young
                     and old as well.
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                WhAt is A leArning vAcAtion?
No, it's not summer school! A learning vaca-
tion is an opportunity to learn something new
(something fun!), broaden your horizons,
and do something really different! They are
unusual vacations, out-of-the-ordinary experi-
ences – experiences that last a lifetime.
  Push yourself beyond your self-imposed limi-
tations – learn to surf! Paint a landscape! join
an archaeological dig! Try something you've
always been just a little bit scared of...

            AmAze yourself!
  An educational vacation doesn't have to be
difficult, and it's certainly not boring. There
are educational travel tours that cover a
number of interests – want to join an archae-
ological dig? Or study art in Europe? You can
do it!
  Have you always wanted to learn to speak
Spanish? Why not do it in Spain? You can
immerse yourself in the culture while learning
the language, and learn faster than simply tak-
ing a course at your local community college.
And you can visit Barcelona or Madrid while
you do it!
  Attend an art workshop and unleash your
inner georgia O'keefe. Or attend a writer's
workshop and get going on that great Ameri-
can Novel.
  A learning vacation could also be called a
special interest vacation. What are your spe-
cial interests? A hobby you'd like to practice?

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                                                      indulge your pAssion At A crAft                  bluff above the waters of green Bay, a set-
                                                                 retreAt!                              ting often compared to New England in its
                                                                                                       rural charm.
                                                       Spending a weekend at a craft retreat is a
                                                     great way to indulge in a favorite hobby, and       if you love Paris, and love silk painting, Silk
                                                     just relax!                                       Painting France Adventure is exactly what
                                                                                                       you're looking for. You'll get an in-depth experi-
                                                       Do you have a favorite hobby – but no time      ence in silk painting, and a great Paris vacation,
                                                     to actually enjoy it?                             too! You'll start with a Champagne cruise on
                                                       You can sharpen your skills enjoy the cama-     the Seine, do a little sightseeing, eat at fabu-
                                                     raderie of others with similar interests at one   lous cafes–and spend at least part of each day
                                                     of many craft workshops. Whether you choose       learning new silk painting techniques!
                                                     a weekend retreat or a full week of instruction     Carol Lane-Saber Designs – Carol Lane-Saber
A culture you'd like to visit? An activity you'd     and creative activity, this is the ultimate "me   offers a yearly 2-week trip to japan to study the
like to learn?                                       time".                                            history, architecture, and gardens of japan, as
   There are hundreds of ways you can enrich           The Clearing – The Clearing in Door Pennin-     well as the textiles and clothing. This is a shop-
your vacation experience with educational            sula, Wisconsin is a "Folk School", offering      ping tour, focusing on textiles to bring home
travel.                                              summer classes in quilting, carving, writing,     for your next project.
                                                     knitting, music, and much more. They offer a
   - You can learn to paint or to write in an art-   women's writing retreat in the fall and yoga
ist's workshop.                                      classes, too! The Clearing is located on a
   - You can immerse yourself in another culture
while you learn the language.
   - You can learn to surf in California, Costa
Rica, or Hawaii.
   - You can indulge your favorite hobby in a
scrapbooking, sewing, or beading retreat – or
take a tour to buy japanese textiles!
   - You can join an Archaeological Dig and learn
more about ancient cultures!
   Educational travel is not boring – and any
vacation can be an opportunity to learn some-
thing new! Check out food and wine vacations
for cooking classes and tours, or river cruises
for history and culture of Europe, China, or

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      cooKing tours: home cooKed meAl
             And delicious Wine
Bravo for today’s traveler! No longer are peo-
ple willing to be anonymous voyagers, going
from one city to another, checking into hotels
where they are unknown, sometimes not even
very welcomed. Today there are choices of
much more meaningful ways to travel, and one
of the most popular has become cooking vaca-
  These are not trips where you spend all day
in the kitchen, but, rather, an opportunity to
spend time with the local people sharing in the
most important activity of their day; breaking
bread, eating a home cooked meal made with
the best local ingredients, accompanied by a
wonderful regional wine. What could be bet-
  in a week-long trip there would be four hands
on classes of 2-3 hours each, followed by eat-
ing the meal, of course, drinking a good wine.
in temperate weather, meals are always out-
doors, so imagine sitting at a table with your
fellow classmates, now good friends, eating,
drinking, talking, laughing, all the while sur-
rounded by vistas of vineyards or olive groves
or views of the sea. This is what dreams are
made of and you are experiencing the dream.
  The experiences are almost always set in the
country, away from the crowds and the hub-
bub of the cities. Life is a different pace and
you are the beneficiary of this leisurely, appre-

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ciative way of life. But, you might have to do a
little work as well. There are markets to shop                                                       WELCOME TO SMEDEREVO
for ingredients for the classes, food artisans to
meet and sample perhaps some homemade                                                                THE MEDIEVAL CAPITAL OF SERBIA
cheeses, vineyards and wineries to visit, for,
of course, you must taste the varieties of local
wines. And let us not forgot some cultural site
visits in the area as well.
   And, in the country accommodations are
also different. They are always in ancient struc-
tures, valued for their intrinsic history as well
as a wonderful positioning, perhaps perched
high on a hill with vistas of sunflowers, or in
verdant gardens or vineyards, or nestled along
the sea with water views everywhere.
   Does this make your mouth water yet? Well,         This is an education and a cultural experi-
think about cooking with the best and freshest      ence. The “frosting on the cake” are the cook-
local ingredients, sometimes just steps away at     ing classes and the recipes that you will take
the garden of the property. And these are not       home with you to reproduce and impress
classes that teach you to cook. Of course, every    your friends and family. But the real treasure
chef or cook has their own personal tricks or       of these trips is the authentic, personal and                               Hotel Car
methods and they pass those along, but, really      delightful experience of spending a week with                      Smederevo,Đure Daničića 66
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you are learning the cuisine of the region and      the local people and for a short time being a               
what makes a particular region unique from          part of the life.
the one next door. You also drink the local
wine, made from grapes that can be very dif-        By Karen Herbst
ferent from those a few kilometers away.  

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educAtionAl trips: Women trAvelers
     unleAsh their creAtivity
Many of us harbor dreams of being the next                            who wish to recharge their creativity, regain
georgia O'keefe or joyce Carol Oates. Why not                         perspective on their lives and businesses,
live your dream at an art workshop or writer's                        build alliances with other creative women
retreat?                                                              and experience an immersion in the culture
   Some retreats are for amateurs just testing                        and beauty of Central italy", the week-long
their skills; others are for those more serious                       retreats are held periodically throughout the
about their craft, who need a nurturing envi-                         year.
ronment to work and learn. Whatever your
level of commitment, there is a workshop or
retreat for you.                                                            neW yorK city And europe
                                                                        Creativity Workshop – Creative writing,
                                                                      memoir, art, and storytelling – holds full-week
          cArmel, cAliforniA                                          workshops in New York, Crete, Barcelona,
  Artista Creative Safaris – Their motto is "We                       Florence, and Carmel, California. The goal
make girls out of women" – the goal of Artista                        of the workshop is to explore and "exercise"
Creative Safaris is to learn and practice your                        your creativity, whether it be in life, writing,
craft in a casual, creative environment (you can                      art, business, education, performing, or the
even bring your dog!)                                                 visual arts. Working with students of all expe-
                                                                      rience levels, the workshops are intended to
  You can take a week-long art workshop in                            get the creative juices flowing, and to nurture
Abstract Painting, Encaustic (hot wax) paint-                         and focus your creative energy. People from
ing, and Fashion Design. Yoga is also a part of                       all over the world and from all disciplines
the program; massage and spa treatments are                           attend.
available separately.
                                                                        There is plenty of time to get to know the
                                                                      inspiring locations of the workshop settings
              umBriA, itAly
                                                                      and to make new traveling friends. You will
                                                                      come out of the workshop relaxed, rejuve-
  Dreams Academy for Women offers retreats                            nated, and with techniques to make you more
for "creative entrepreneurs" in beautiful cen-                        productive and confident about your creative
tral italy. Designed for "Women entrepreneurs                         abilities.

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    lAc du flAmBeAu, Wisconsin                        of all levels of experience. This is a women's
                                                      retreat, focusing on letting go of the "rules"
  Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops –                you learned as a child, and getting to the truth
Located in the serene north woods of Wiscon-          within. Writer's workshops are held at several
sin, Dillman's Bay Resort and Workshops offers        locations in the Southeast u.S.
week-long summer art workshops in a variety
of disciplines. instructors specialize in acrylics,
watercolors, oils, pastels, and photography.             virgin islAnds,
The resort boasts a marina with water activi-               spAin, indiA
ties to relax after your working session, and
there are workshops and activities for kids as          The Painting gypsies – The Paint-
well as adults.                                       ing gypsies offer week-long oil work-
                                                      shops in the virgin islands, Spain or india
                                                      (one workshop a year). Artists of all levels
       Asheville, nc And other                        are welcome. You'll paint daily in stunning
              locAtions                               outdoor locations!
 Clarity Works – Clarity Works offers classes
and week-long writing retreats for scribes  

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                 prepAre your tAste Buds for
                  AndAlucíA culinAry tours
Chef Mike Powell and his wife Hilary are pas-
sionate about Andalucía Spain, its culture, his-
tory, art and cuisine, and they love to share it
with guests by hosting art and culinary vaca-
tions, aptly named ‘A Flavour of Spain’. guests
are welcomed to savour and explore southern
Spain through these vacations, with very per-
sonal and up close experiences provided by
hosts Mike and Hilary.
  Andalucía is known for its sun-drenched
whitewashed villages, olive groves, Moorish
architecture, flamenco music and Mediter-
ranean cuisine. guests have the opportunity
to explore Spanish culture, while enhancing
and nurturing either their artistic or culinary
talents at a leisurely pace in small group set-
tings. All Flavour of Spain holidays take place
at El Molino, The Old Mill, which is a beauti-
fully renovated three house estate nestled in a
rural valley surrounded by a trout stream, olive
groves and white villages. it is hour equal dis-
tance from Malaga and granada.
  The days are set up to provide plenty of time
for art and cooking classes, personal time, fully
escorted excursions and relaxation. There is
always time to linger over lunch, tapas, and
dinners; to swing by the stream or rest in the
hammock under the pomegranate tree; to
swim in the pool and watch the sheep being
                                                    Painting at El Molino
herded on the hillside; to walk to the nearby

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                                                       to air their problems and frustrations, joys and
                                                       pleasures, releasing the safety valve that has
                                                       been forgotten in modern life.
                                                         Cookery vacations include a mix of hands-on
                                                       cooking sessions and demos; wine tastings;
                                                       visits to local food and fish markets, wineries,
                                                       Rute Museo de jamon (ham museum), and
                                                       to the Baena organic olive oil mill; and excur-
                                                       sions with sight-seeing, shopping, dining out
                                                       and even a flamenco show. During the cookery
                                                       vacations, guests discover the joys of Mediter-
                                                       ranean food using the finest local ingredients
                                                       and learning the secrets of local dishes and
                                                       wine pairings.
                                                         Also, Mike and Hilary put together custom
Home of Flavour of Spain Art and Culinary Vacations,   private cooking holidays, so if a wine club,
El Molino, the Old Mill                                culinary group, group of friends or business
                                                       associates wants to create their own cooking
villages or hike in the hills; and to finish your      vacation in Spain, Mike and Hilary will custom-
days with an evening stroll on a quiet country         ize every detail to suit the group, including
road that winds through the olive groves.              add-ons such as Spanish language lessons, spa
  Food is central to the Spanish way of life. The      experiences, and additional excursions.
Foundation is olive oil, the Heart is the legacy         For the art vacations, even though Mike him-     Lunch on the Patio
of the Moorish culture, and the Magic is the           self is an artist, he is too busy preparing his
Tapas ritual. Spain’s gastronomy is a wealth of        exceptional meals for guests, so highly suc-       place, instructors and opportunities for you
colors, flavours and textures. There are only          cessful artists lead the workshops.                to experience the cuisine and culture of Anda-
a few countries that have such a diversity of            if you want to spend a couple of weeks on        lucía and to inspire your culinary and artistic
landscapes, wine types and cuisine as Spain.           an art or culinary vacation in the countryside     abilities. Through Spanish country cooking and
  Mike is passionate about Spanish food, its           in the south of Spain at a lovingly restored Old   Spanish-inspired recipes, excellent art teach-
freshness, the simplicity of preparation, and          Mill, spend your days painting or learning to      ers at a tranquil country setting, they will stim-
the quintessential flavours of Southern Spain…         cook beautiful Spanish cuisine, explore Spain      ulate your artistic talents and encourage them
the Mediterranean diet at its best. The Tapas          in small escorted groups, discover the joy and     to flourish.
ritual is a digestive aid in itself. The sherry and    health of delicious Spanish cooking, join hosts
tapas work their magic and take away hunger            Mike and Hilary in Spain on A Flavour of Spain     By Tina Baird
pangs, as well as creating the time for people         vacation. They have brought together the 

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