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Sicily is calling

We’re not sure if you saw the video…

But we’re going to Sicily….Not Mexico.

And we’re partnering with A Girl’s Gotta Go and want YOU to come too.

So you can listen to us bicker in person.

So here’s the dealio…

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Doesn’t that look freaking amazing????

Your 10-day tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. You’ll begin your tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches.

You’ll relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sites, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory.

As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, you’ll also enjoy a cruise to the small island of Motya for a museum tour, as well as escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina.

From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. You’ll visit the Valley of the Temples with its Greek structures that have endured 24 centuries, the iconic St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the adorned tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone.

You’ll travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. You’ll also enjoy seeing the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather – then relaxing with a granita and brioche at a local bar.

Your Sicily tour package concludes on the beautiful Taormina Riviera with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch on your beautiful Italy tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.

Exclusive Group by A Girl’s Gotta Go
Land only $2,184 per person double occupancy.**
Group Air on Lufthansa from Boston leaving May 26, 2018 is $1359.00 per person.

More information email BLD@agirlsgottago.com

 

Palermo to Taormina Riviera | 10 Days | May 27th- June 5th, 2018

Your Sicilian Tour Includes:

  • Motorcoach; boat cruise.
  • Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies
  • Full breakfast daily
  • One special lunch in Palermo
  • 6 three-course dinners with wine; including a welcome dinner in Palermo, special dinners in Marsala and Modica, and a farewell dinner in Taormina

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City | Activity

Palermo | Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral and the Norman cathedral in Monreale; lunch at Focacceria San Francesco
Erice |Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine

Motya | Boat cruise; visit museum

Marsala | Visit a salt mill; dinner at a local restaurant

Sciacca |Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint

Agrigento |Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples

Piazza Armerina |Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale

Caltagirone |See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Ragusa |Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral

Modica | Chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant
Noto | Guided walking tour, visit San Nicolò Cathedral
Syracuse | Guided visit of the archaeological site

Catania | See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via Etnea
Savoca |See the Church of Santa Lucia; taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli
Taormina |Orientation, visit the Greek theater; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

 

More info  here

http://www.agirlsgottago.com/the_sicilian/

Email: BLD@agirlsgottago.com

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BLOG, EVENTS, EXPERIENCES, THINGS TO DO

PHOENIX POLICE CITIZEN ACADEMY

If you ever want an incredible experience full of adventure, we encourage you to enroll in the Phoenix Police Citizen Academy.  Not only do you learn all about the police department which is nothing short of fascinating, but you go through part of their training.  Diva Diane and Diva Lisa took part in media today and got to experience the tactical village.

Contact Phoenix Police Sergeant Joel Leavitt for upcoming classes and to get an application. They are holding at least six academies a year. It’s one night a week for six weeks.

Joel.Leavitt@phoenix.gov

THINGS TO DO

HAPPY GALENTINES DAY!

Do we really need to be reminded that we have no man?  Sigh, happens every year.  But maybe at this time those with a man take stock of their relationship?  Regardless, that’s not what I’m here to dive in to.  I’m here to talk about fun!!  Yes ladies, LETS HAVE FUN!!

So really who needs a Valentine?! How about a Girl’s Night!!! Ladies this Friday, Feb 9th. It’s the Goddess Galentine! Dance, Yoga, Essential Oils and a lot of yumminess (is that a word?) .Would love to see you there! $24. Pilates Room 20789 N.Pima Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
www.eventbrite.com/e/godess-galentine-tickets-42520170976

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SPAS

SPA-MAZING

ALVADORA SPA

Cheezy title right?

We didn’t know how else to explain the Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix.

We have incredible  4 and 5 star resorts in the Phoenix metro area. When it comes to spa treatments we’ll do one star.  That’s how much we love getting pampered.  What’s a bad massage?  Like, really.  But since we have so many wonderful places so close, we’re checking out the more stars.

All of our resorts are unique and different.  We’ve shown you the Morrocan flavors of the Omni Montelucia Resort on our Instagram page.  The Royal Palms is pure Italy. Tuscany.  Valet or self park, either way your stroll to the spa is jaw dropping gorgeous.  It’s like a restorative treatment in itself. This Tuscan oasis makes you feel like you’re far away from the desert.  Lush greenery and gorgeous flowers, beautiful architecture line your walk.

Get ready to get pampered.  The spa is serene and beautiful.  It has a courtyard with a fireplace, relaxation room, steam rooms, outdoor hot tub and much more. We have photos on Instagram of the lotions and soaps in the changing room because they just smell so darn good.  They use Neroli which is a fancy orange and loved it so much we bought ourselves some of it.

My facialist was amazing and if I can quit turning into my mother and remember her name, I’ll come back and put it on here.  Argh!  She was friendly, knowledgeable and did an amazing job.  She told me I had great skin too so who wouldn’t love that?

The wonderful thing about getting a spa treament is that you can spend the entire day there. Bring a book, hang out at the pool, have lunch.  It so much more than just getting a facial or a massage. You can turn this into a full day of relaxation.   They also run specials for locals and specials in general. So keep checking their website or join their mailing list for some great deals.  It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to treat yourself for the day and feel like you’re in Italy without leaving your own backyard.

Check out more pictures on Instagram @bucketlistdivas or on Facebook by the same name.

Check for specials and description of spa treatments online. 

EXPERIENCES

AERIAL YOGA – AN 80 YEAR OLD MADE ME DO IT!

Guess who tried aerial yoga ?

My gym, The Village at DC Ranch, is offering free classes to introduce people to it.

They had me at free.

I tell you, what a fun, challenging an rewarding experience.

My Pilates teacher Dawn taught this class and she really does an excellent job.  She explains everything clearly, makes sure you’re safe and tells you exactly what you’re working.

You start off with a lot of slow stretching which warms the muscles up.  The silk is used to assist you in the stretching and really helps get you into a deeper stretch.

Lord knows I don’t stretch enough.  I love lifting weights, hiking, but stretching…not so much.

So this was exactly what I need.

I’m not gonna lie….I was scared. You are doing some crazy stuff on a piece of silk hanging a few feet in the air. One wrong move and you are definitely doing some damage.

I was starting to think I should sit some of these things out …then my teacher Dawn pointed out Ivan in the class.

Then she said “He’s 80.”

“How old?” I said, because I don’t think I heard her correctly.

She confirmed, 80!!

Here he is, isn’t he cute?

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(Ivan who’s 80!!!)

I look over and here’s Ivan flipping on the silk, doing inversions, hanging upside down…..
Well I wasn’t going to let Ivan show me up.😉 How kickass is he?

Thanks for your inspiration today Ivan! I wouldn’t have done it without you!

 

Here is my favorite part!  Laying in the silk and rocking.  My favorite part of yoga has always been Savasana ( the part where you close your eyes and relax and not move) but this takes the cake!

I also requested we just do an hour of this.

 It’s really a fun, challenging and rewarding experience. I definitely am proud of myself for the things I accomplished in this class and I hope you try this soon.

BLOG, EXPERIENCES

6 THINGS TO KEEP YOU FROM BEING AN A$$H&^% HIKING THE VALLEY

 

PINNACLE PEAK EDITED

I try to react like Ghandi when people break the hiking rules posted at every trailhead in the Phoenix metro area. I really do.

“Let it go….”

“Be the bigger person.”

“Don’t let it bother you.”

I mean, I’m a rule breaker myself on certain things. But I’ve learned I break rules on things that don’t affect other people. I guess I don’t sound flexible.

I am!  I let stuff slide.

I say nothing when people go off the trail, trampling over all the fragile desert fauna to get that great picture when the sign specifically says “stay on the trail. I bite my tongue. People bring dogs on the trail when they’re not allowed and let them poop and leave it.

Not a peep.

I used to let that stuff go.

It only took one more runner to knock into me and then smear her sweaty shoulder across my face while trying to squeeze by.

“F%$% that.”

Because you know what? Sometimes  “turning the other cheek” is really “enabling” the behavior.

So I’ve started speaking up.

“Really embarrasing.” as my one friend described.

One said “Maybe they don’t know.”

I say they’re jerks.  She says they’re “unaware.”

To me, being “unaware” isn’t an excuse for jerkish behavior. Both selfish as far as I’m concerned. And if you’re unaware, how about I make you aware? Win-Win right?

First a bit about hiking in the Valley.

I love it!!  A lot of people love it. It’s unwind, mediation, me time.  The  quiet time to think, the breath taking  scenery, the breath taking exercise….it’s my happy place. No matter what problems I have when I go up that mountain,  they are not as bad when I come down.  I really wish, from the bottom of my heart, that you try it.  Hiking trails are peppered throughout the Phoenix metro area.  The best part ….it’s FREE.  Free!!!!  In other states, people drive for miles to go for a hike and pay to get into the park.  Other places it’s snowing and freezing and they’d kill to be able to go for a hike at any time of the day and drive less than 30 minutes to get to a trail. Are you kidding me???  Why aren’t we out there right now?!

Here are some things  to be “aware” of

TRAIL ETIQUETTE

The Rules:

  1. PLEASE WEAR EARBUDS –   People are now starting to wear backpacks with speakers in them playing their music.  Here’s what I need to tell you. We don’t like your music.  Even if we did, we like the quiet, serene, picturesque, peaceful experience we drove here for. These are the same people who pull up to a stop light with the windows rolled down and the music blaring or the base so loud the whole block reverberates. Hey I know you feel cool, but you look like an idiot. Trust me.
  2. HIKERS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY –  Runners, I’m talking to you.  There’s nothing more irritating to be in your place of zen and a runner runs up behind you and screams “On your Left.”  I hear “left” and so I step left. (This is not how the girl runner ended up smearing her sweat across my face). Yes, it’s proper etiquette to say “On Your Left.” Not scream it. How about a nice “Hi” or quiet “Excuse me?”   There’s this one guy, who wants you to stop, move over and let him run by so it doesn’t break his tempo.  So he bellows “ON YOUR LEFT” from 100 yards away. Bellows. Screw you! I say!!! Quietly….with my inside voice…okay just in my mind.  I haven’t stopped enabling him yet because he’s a little scary.  Runners yield to hikers, so if the trail gets tight, it’s not about your run anymore.  Slow down or stop and don’t expect anyone to move out of your way.
  3. STAY TO THE RIGHT –  It’s just like driving a car.  Let me clarify.  It’s just like driving a car in North America.
  4. UPHILL HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY – Always. If you’re coming down hill in a narrow trail, you let them go first.
  5. STAY SINGLE FILE IF IT’S CROWDED – Love hiking with my friends. When I do, if someone is coming, I move to walk behind my friend, in single file, so there’s enough room for people on each side of the trail. Then when it’s clear, feel free to move back up beside your friend.
  6. ACKNOWLEDGE THE PERSON YOU WALK BY – People wonder why the world can’t get along and it’s the same people that don’t say anything when they pass another hiker.  Let me paint the picture….a person is behind you, they walk up beside you , they are beside you for a good 10-20 seconds (that’s a looooong time) and then walk ahead of you.  They say nothing. Not a peep. HELLO, you’re walking past a fellow human being. Were you born in a barn?! We are the friendly Southwest, dammit. Okay, Okay…I got it….maybe they didn’t know.

Well now you know about this little effort to help improve everyone’s hiking experience.

While I continue to struggle with walking the fine line between reaching for my inner Mother Theresa and not being an enabler, I hope you get a chance to get out there and experience these incredible trails we are so lucky to have here.

 

 

 

 

 

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