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It’s Spring Again

Updated: May 6, 2022

We're traveling, sharing the Palance of Versaille, a little connection between the Palance and Thomas Jefferson's stoves.


Greetings Explorers!

"Once a year, go someplace you've never been before." Dalai Lama

We sure are going somewhere this month and gosh it has been a LONG-time coming! Keep an eye out on the YouTube channel for some familiar characters and sights as well as POV fun from Disney and Universal Studios!

Some interesting news!

It is wonderful to see people making plans to travel. Not all of us are eager to travel and even those of us that do are considering which method of transportation they prefer. We chose to drive down to Orlando. Packing whatever and everything we wish, including plenty of wipes and sanitizer, driving is a common way for people to escape at the moment. Please be mindful of your health and protect yourself where ever you go. Being a travel planner, I certainly want to travel and love to help others travel, but I also seek to protect my clients. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Now for some fun :)

This week on Vintage Concierge Explorers YouTube Channel

I will be sharing some sites from the Palace of Versaille. It is as colorful, grand, and expansive as anyone can imagine. The intricate paintings, even the ceilings, the artifacts, and certainly the gardens are more than breathtaking.

In this explorer's opinion, the elegance and smaller size of the Marie Antoinette estate are much nicer than the palace propper. It is grand enough, but it is much quieter with beautiful, softer gardens that enticed me to feel free to wander with love. If you ever make the venture to France, visiting Versaille was an awe-inspiring site but I encourage you to hop on the tram and take the full day to visit the full estate.

A fun little tidbit. My mother took me to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello near the start of her career there. I first learned of his desire to bring the concept of stew stoves back to his own estate from her. Many years and three kids later, I took my second trip to the Palace of Versaille but my first visit to the surrounding sites within its property. The image below is from the Marie Antoinette Estate and when I saw this in person I was very excited to show my mom this picture. It is special to see what was only talked about and mentioned in a text now be physically right in front of my eyes.

If you would like to learn more about the subject of Thomas Jefferson visiting Versaille, stew stoves, and French Cuisine brought to Monticello, I encourage you to visit the following links:

This is a wonderful bit about Mr. Jefferson in France & Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of Versailles.

Read about how the stew stoves started in this article.

Here is a fun site where you can see some of the restoration processes of the stew stoves. These sites are available to the public!

How am I escaping; feeling like I am traveling?

As mentioned above, we are traveling this month and currently planning for holiday vacation of our own. It's so exciteing. I will be sharing some highlights, particularly everything we see regarding health and safety along with a lot of fun. Please keep your eyes on Vintage Concierge Explorers YouTube channel! Thank you for stopping by and I hope this little note from me to you will encourage you to explore the world and live empowered.

Cheers explorers and happy travels!

*Assistance with information relating to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello provided by

Lisa A. Francavilla, PhD, Senior Managing Editor

Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

And Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters

International Center for Jefferson Studies

All information provided is free to the public.


* Walt Disney World has closed off its park pass reservations for the remainder of March as well as for the month of April due to the restrictions on capacity. 

* Virgin has launched its cruise line Virgin Voyages. 

* The cruise industry is considering "test" cruises to be sure they have all safety and health protocols in order. Please note that there has not yet been a date or any further information. I will be sure to update the website as soon as I know. 

* Universal Studio’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites is still closed.

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Future Cruising with Amawaterways Christmas Markets on the Danube looks incredible!

Norwegian Cruise Line has extended their PEACE OF MIND POLICY:

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