Posts filed under ‘Adventures’
February 6th – February 13th, 2011
Please join us before the prophetic 2012 in the mystical and magical land of Belize for our very first Vegan Fusion retreat.
Learn how to prepare creative and delectable local vegan cuisine from Blossoming Lotus founding chef Mark Reinfeld in one of the most pristine and exotic destinations on the planet.
Belize lies west of the Caribbean Sea on the Central American isthmus and is home to ancient archeological sites of the Mayan people, pristine beaches, coral reefs, tropical rainforests, exotic birds, wildlife and more.
We will be staying at the luxurious Belizean Dreams located in Hopkins. For a virtual tour, please visit http://www.belizeandreams.com/
We will shop together at local markets and then return to our villas to prepare and partake of daily gourmet vegan feasts.
Our tentative schedule is the following:
Sunday, February 6th – arrive Belize PM
Monday, February 7th – lunch and dinner classes and meals
Tuesday, February 8th – optional morning adventure*/ dinner class and meal
Wednesday, February 9th – lunch and dinner classes and meals
Thursday, February 10th – optional morning adventure* / dinner class and meal
Friday, February 11th – lunch and dinner classes and meals
Saturday, February 12th – optional full-day trip to Xunantunich Mayan ruins*
Sunday, February 13th – depart AM
7 nights accommodations: $1050 – up to 2 people plus child/room
7 nights deluxe accommodations: $1400 – up to 2 people plus child/room
Meals (excluding alcohol) and workshop cost: $780/person
*Optional activities (additional charges apply) include:
Mayflower Mayan hike to waterfalls
Monkey river nature tour
Full-day trip to Xunantunich Mayan ruins
To reserve your place and for transportation details, activity rates and for more information, please contact Cindy Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a while since the last Traveling Vegans update. Our time in Europe and on the mainland was incredible. We posted regularly while we were traveling. Visit here for an archive of our European Adventure.
We have been back on Kaua’i for the last week – enjoying the beaches and working on recipes for our next book on Asian vegan cuisine – details to follow!
In the cyber world, we have been using Twitter almost daily to post updates on the most up to date vegan news and events from around the World. Please visit here to follow us on TWITTER, so we can share this information in more real time.
Here is a sampling of the latest greatest twitter posts
- V is for vegan http://bit.ly/WHldu
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- Please share your reviews of The 30-Minute Vegan on our Amazon page http://tinyurl.com/n7no3j
- Twenty-one day vegan kickstart http://bit.ly/FYI4p
- Vegan wedding series: working with caterers http://tinyurl.com/rdj5x3
- VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE!! The Meat of the Problem – http://bit.ly/579OP
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To a wonderful Summer!
After Villa Lina, we began our trek back to Amsterdam. We stopped off at Cinque Terre, along the magnificent Italian Riviera. Cinque Terre consists of 5 villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and Riomaggiore) along the Mediterranean coast, that are connected by a walking trail with breathtaking ocean vistas. Its so beautiful, the entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
After Rome, we visited with our friend Paola who owns and runs Villa Lina historic villas, in a town called Ronciglione, near Rome. Please check out their website to get a full picture of how incredible it is. Villa Lina is on over 80 acres of land with vineyards, orchards, gardens and trails. The land is rich with history.
We discussed the possiblity of creating a raw food retreat there in the Summer of 2010. Please email Mark@veganfusion.com if you are interested in receiving information as our plans develop.
Rome is a magical city. Its one of those places where the history is so a part of the present. We visited many of the major sites including the Roman Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican. We even got a glimpse of the pope!
After Siena, we were off to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. We were excited to visit this city. Our Vegan Fusion World Cuisine contains a photo of the magnificent cathedral. Assisi is breathtaking. Most of the buildings are build from pink limestone. Many narrow streets, with colorful flowers and vistas of the surrounding countryside.
After Florence, we spent the night in Siena, a remarkably well-preserved Medieval city, with a huge and active central square. A couple of times a year they even have a horse race in the square called the Palio di Siena.
We visited the home and saw the relics (including the thumb!) of St. Catherine, the patron saint of Siena.
After our week in the Dolomite area, we journeyed to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. We visited Michelangelo’s David, the Uffizzi Gallery and got to spend time with our friend Jerrod from Kaua’i. In the Uffizzi Gallery we heard the classic museum line from an American woman. She peeked her head into a large room of paintings and turned to her husband and said “More of the same.”
After Venice, we spent a week up at our friend’s place in a little village called Coltura – by the foothills of the Alps. We had a deep sense of history in the small villages we visited in the area. We took a road trip through the Alps that was filled with heart opening beauty at every turn. The Dolomites are mystical – sheer cliffs along side lush green meadows and tiny alpine villages. We were surprised to learn that German is the primary language in much of the area.
After Normandy, we headed to Toulon in the South of France. There we spent some time with Jennifer’s friend Stephanie and her mom, soaking in some Mediterranean rays. After a couple of days, we were off to Venice, Italy. The city is like a living museum, with narrow streets, adorable buildings and canals. We stayed in Lido and took the boat every day into the center of town. Our days were filled with wandering the city in awe.