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Our travel club is for all those solo travelers out there who want to explore the world but need a group to go with! Bring friends of course but if you can't get them to come-no worries! We do awesome local events in the Bay Area and many exciting trips all year! Local Events include hiking, wine tasting, white water rafting, kayaking, parties, dinner, camping, and much more!

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Best of Eastern Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, & Hungary!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have crafted a brand new trip for us! June 17th - 26th 2019 E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary! Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/eastern-europe-tours/ * 9 nights/10 days throughout the best of Eastern Europe * Breakfast Everyday * 1 lunches, 2 Dinners Poland: 2 Nights Krakow: – Privately guided city tour of Krakow: – Royal Wawel Castle: This Gothic Royal Capital is now a necropolis of Polish kings, dukes, and noble citizens. – Old Town: Visit the Market Square, Cloth Hall (iconic central feature of the market), St. Mary’s church, and the Florianska Gate, resembling an open-air art gallery with numerous paintings and water-colors displayed by local artists. – Auschwitz-Birkenau: Experience & learn about the ever important and tragic history of the world’s most infamous concentration camp during the Nazi Regime Czech Republic: 4 nights Cesky Krumlov – Sloupsko-Šošůvské Caves: En route to Cesky, we’ll make a must stop at this mind boggling wonder of nature. These are the largest accessible caves in the Czech Republic with an extensive complex of caverns, corridors, and chasms. An exciting guided adventure into the abyss will be a real highlight during our time in this remarkable country. – Privately guided city tour throughout Cesky Krumlov: – Chateu Cesky Krumlov – Castle Tower – Privately guided walking tour through Old Town: Highlights as we stroll through the medieval streets as if it were still the 13th century include the Renaissance town hall, former Jesuit hall of residents, Gothic Church of St.Vit, former Town Brewery, Renaissance House, Old Mill, Barber´s House, Old Orphanage and Hospital, aqueduct view bridge, Castle Gardens with Baroque Fountain, Roccoco House, & beautifully preserved Latran Quarter Houses. – Museum Fotoatelier Seidel Photo Exposition – A host of awesome optional activities during free time (e-mail for daily itinerary and pricing): – Revolving Auditorium & Open Air Theater Show – Kayak the Vltava River – Hike to the Divci Kamen Castle Ruins – Kutna Hora: Privately guided city tour throughout Kutna Hora: Highlights include the Gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara, Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist Cathedral , and the Little All Saints Church situated in the middle of a picturesque cemetery, famous for its elaborate ossuary decorated with the skulls of former monks! Prague - Privately guided city tour of Prague * Magical Old Town square with the Tyn Church clock * Jewish Quarter: Filled with culture, history, and architecture. An iconic treasure of the city * The atmospheric 15th Century Charles Bridge * Castle Quarter Hungary: 3 Nights - Private guided city tours of Buda & Pest * Castle Hill: Visit the Neo – Gothic Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion * Panoramic views of the city atop Gellert Hill next to the Citadell (Rock church) * Gellert thermal baths (known world-wide, the baths were built in the Art Nouveau style and opened in 1918) * Visit the striking 19 century Parliament * Visit the Great Synagogue: the world second largest * Discover Heroes square with a mammoth tribute to Hungary’s historic figures – Full day adventure to Lake Balaton & her surrounding gems! * Tour Leader and photographer to help those interested in photography throughout these Eastern Europe tours * All Taxes & Fees Included E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary! ---------------- Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/eastern-europe-tours/

Hidden Audubon Canyon & Bolinas Lagoon Bird viewing Trek !

What we'll do The Foundation has reduced access to this area quite a bit. I guess they are trying to leave less of a human footprint, etc? This location sits high above Bolinas Lagoon North of the Stinson beach area. The wildlife viewing from here is great ! There are spotting scopes strategically placed high overlooking the nesting trees. Our hike will take us far & higher above this area. A very beautiful sanctuary. we will encounter the Giant's swing, , redwoods, creek crossings, the hidden bird observation house, breath taking ocean & lagoon & Tidal views, hidden wildlife cameras will take photos of wild animals in the natural state. *** Like the Mom Bobcat with her 2 young ones as she is bringing home a huge snake for dinner. Plus much more to see. The photo book area is hidden on an off main trail location. There are many hidden cameras mounted at strategic locations where the wildlife frequents. I have seen their videos of Bears, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, a badger, & many more . It's amazing . Many unusual trees & giant & unique mushroom growths & more. Few know of this hidden gem. We must leave the area by 4:00 pm as they will close. Our usual dinner option will follow nearby. **NOTE> I have added a new trail which will increase the hike distance to about 5 miles. We will do both sides of the canyons. This hike is rated as moderate with some gradual uphill at the start. ** The usual goodies I will have for all: water, juice, tea, lattes, energy & protein drinks, snacks, gourmet fruit & Nut packs, 20 varieties of trail bars, Vino, hiking poles, car shuttles, parking fees paid, donations, Special Fun, bad jokes, & other stuff to share. *BRING A LUNCH *** New this year are the delicious (Non Alcoholic) Wine Country Sodas from grapes. Donation : $ or chk. $22.00 & A 25 % plus; Donation will also be given to the Foundation. (I'll explain this in better detail later.) I also send semi annual donations. NOTE: If you use Paypal (You must use the friends & family option only) . Or an additional charge will apply. UGH!!! Or use chase.com/zelle (Easy) Use my em or ph. # **We meet at Starbucks & will shuttle from there be fore 9:45 am am. I will have maps for shuttle drivers. Or for those who wish to meet us there & not meet at Starbucks, you may contact me. ** This is one beautiful place to experience !!! Also it;s better to RSVP on a desktop computer & print up the info for reference along with your mobile phone app.(If not, you may miss important info.) Contact: Indie Tom: [masked][masked]

The "Sensory Overload" Art, Wine, Nature & Cultural Experience !

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

What we'll do Aloha Wahines & Kanes. That's ladies & gentlemen in Hawaiian. We will meet in the parking lot of DiRosa. Itinerary: NOTE: We will fill cars from here & go first to Quarry Hill Asian Botanical Gardens. Then return by 1:00m pm to DiRosa. 1. Di Rosa is a large but well hidden property between Napa & Sonoma. It has several museums & galleries that hold the largest bay area artist 's collections. Much art, structures, moving pieces, & many unique exhibits to think about & view. The main gallery is nestled on the far end of Winery lake. The gatehouse gallery is where we will meet. It is also on the beautiful Winery lake. We will be toured by knowledgeable Docents. From the Gatehouse gallery we will take a Tram up to the Rene Di Rosa home & other galleries. This is an indoor & outdoor tour. ***Please wear good walking shoes. 2. Our first location stop will be to another seldom seen or known location in Glen Ellen. This is where the Quarry Hill Asian gardens are located. After our wine picnic in the vineyards, we will tour this exotic piece of paradise. It contains lakes, ponds, a quarry, creeks, exotic & endangered species of plants & trees from all over Asia. **NOTE: There is some up & down trail & garden walking, so please wear good shoes. 3. Our 3rd stop after our visit to DiRosa brings us to the Sunset/Cornerstone gardens. It is an ever growing place with cafes, unique shops, wine tasting areas & eclectic indoor & outdoor gardens with unique art structures & more. 4. If you still have some energy left, our final stop takes us to a special & very interesting winery. It is a destination all by itself. If you are tired of wine; just check out the amazing grounds . See the Mud Sharks, The Adobe House(made of clay & Straw) The gardens, The museum, , The Romanesque Fountain ponds, The huge Eucalyptus trees & the hidden train for your special event. If you wimp out before the day is over; that's ok. Our after event dinner option is still available. NOTE: Bring a lunch. I will have personal wine varietals for our picnic lunch & other drinks & snacks to keep you going. All entry fees, touring, wine, etc are included. We will caravan from Di Rosa & I'll have maps for driving to the locations. I can accommodate three people in my car. Donation/: a mere $ $59. Use paypal (Friends & family option only) or Chase.com/zelle or $ or chk. upon arrival. **********I must have an accurate head count for this event. So if you RSVP; you are expected to show up. very important. Thanks. EM: [masked][masked] *Always bring a jacket & good walking shoes. Please use a desktop comp. when you RSVP & print up the page for ref. with your phone app.(Or you may miss important info) Aloha. Indie Tom

All Inclusive Kenya Migration Safari!

Nairobi

July 3rd - July 12th 2019 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to a once in a lifetime experience on a Kenya safari during the Great Migration! E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! The Ultimate Photography Safari! Sign up at: http://www.photoflytravel.org/kenya-safari-photography-adventure/ Email to see daily itinerary at [masked] * 9 nights/10 days Kenya Safari during the GREAT MIGRATION! * All Inclusive (breakfast, lunch, & dinner everyday) * Unique, immersive, game lodges & luxury tented camps throughout * Privately guided small group tour as always! ______________________________________________ Aberdares National Park * Journey to the The Ark: En route through Aberdares, we’ll have a chance to see and photograph herds of buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, baboons, hyenas, and on many occasions the leopard! * The Watering Hole: Wake to the trumpeting of elephants, fall asleep to the symphony of the African night, or sit in stillness and observe the fascinating interplay of the animals. * Wildlife: Observe and photograph elephants, buffalos, leopards, rhinos, hyenas, and more right from the comfort of The Arks viewing decks. _________________________ The Rugged Three: Samburu, Shaba, & Buffalo Springs National Reserve * Sarova Shaba Game Lodge: Relax, stuff our bellies, and take a dip among the virtual mini forest of indigenous trees, fish pond, and large free form swimming pool! * Shaba National Reserve: Uncompromisingly rugged yet vividly beautiful, Shaba was once the home of Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free’ fame. * Wildlife: Common sightings of elephant and lion will be at the top of our list along with Kenya’s ‘northern five’; oryx, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, and lesser kudu. * Samburu National Reserve: Named after the Samburu tribe of Kenya, Samburu has kept a beautifully natural and tranquil essence. * Wildlife: The reserve is renowned for its rare species unique to the park, most notably the long necked gerenuk, Somali ostrich, & Beisa onyx. ___________________________ Lake Nakuru National Park Small in size but high in wildlife, Nakuru is the most famous of the Great Rift Valley lakes, and the ideal stopover en-route to the Masai’s great migration. * Sarova Lion Hill Lodge: With sweeping views across the lake, Lion Hill Lodge will impress with its panoramic views of the pink shoreline created by millions of flamingos on Nakuru! * Wildlife: Aside from the majestic rhinos, we’ll have the best chance to spot the elusive leopard here! ___________________________________________ Masai Mara & the Great Migration: *Big Five: Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, and Rhino * Fig Tree Camp: Our luxury tented camp is located on the banks of the Talek River in the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. * We’ll be here during the migration months when the rolling plains around the camp are teeming with wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras. * Tipilikwani Mara Camp: We’ll enjoy an AM game drive en route to this remote & uniquely situated, luxury tented camp on the banks of the Talek River overlooking the mottled plains of the Maasai Mara. * Optional Masai Village Visit: Encounter the iconic & colorful culture of these fascinating people. _______________________________________ * All Taxes, Transfers, & Fees included * International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. Flying into & out of Nairobi (NBO) * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * Don’t forget to email us for the day by day itinerary of this All Inclusive Kenya Safari at [masked] ________________ Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $950.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/kenya-safari-photography-adventure/

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Awesome Vichy Springs & the magical Mystery Forest !

Vichy Springs Resort

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