Solo travelling with the modern Mistral woman

Get a ‘Flavour’ for a different type of holiday just for YOU! (and win at the same time with our fantastic Christmas competition)

Here at Mistral we love confident, strong, empowered women who love and live life to the fullest, wear what makes them happy and aren’t afraid to strike out on their own.

Thinking about next year’s holiday? Why not consider something a little different?  We highly  recommend Flavours Holidays – this wonderful company has been offering high-quality cooking, painting, pilates, photography and language holidays for the past 20 years in idyllic and unspoilt regions of Italy (What’s not to love?)  Holidays where you learn amazing skills and meet like minded individuals (and there’s no single supplement if you decide to go on your own, meaning you get a lovely double room all to yourself). 

Don’t just take Flavours word for it – we have first-hand experience via the lovely Emma at Head office who went on a cookery holiday to Tuscany just over a year ago with them.

Here’s what Emma had to say of her Flavours experience…

Italy has always been one of my favourite travel destinations, I always feel at home there. For a long time I’d wanted to learn how to make real, traditional Italian dishes so joining a Flavours Holiday was the perfect excuse to learn from the locals.  I wanted to come home from my holiday and treat my family and friends with my newly learnt cookery skills (as well as giving them a weeks peace and quiet and some ‘me time’ – what wasn’t to love!?)  All meals, drinks, trips and tuition were covered in the holiday price so there was hardly any need to take any money with me so budgeting was super easy.  

My home for the week was villa Felciai, Buccine in Tuscany.

This was my second solo trip abroad and I was initially slightly nervous, what if my fellow travellers were not my cup of tea and I was stuck in a villa with them for the week!!! –  Once I had arrived, unpacked and had a welcome drink and met and chatted to my new house mates I was reassured they weren’t all bonkers (in retrospect I was probably the maddest out of the bunch!) I relaxed straight away (the prosecco helped) and I looked forward to the week ahead.

The villa was absolutely stunning and placed in a quintessentially Tuscan countryside vista.  With a host onsite with us at all times we had nothing to worry about or wish for, our very own Italian Mary Poppins. 

My mornings were spent learning how to cook regional recipes (fresh pasta dishes, boar stew, tiramasu, stuffed courgette flowers and other tasty dishes, at lunchtime we got to try the fruits of our labour alfresco (of course).  The afternoons were spent either relaxing by the pool while other days were spent in a vineyard wine tasting or visiting the local towns such as Siena and Arezzo.   We also had the chance to visit a local’s estate as well as walking down to the local polo field to watch a match.

Evenings were spent leisurely lounging on the back patio talking, laughing and eating fantastic food prepared by our chef Mauro and drinking copious amounts of prosecco and limoncello (it was a hard life!)

I even managed to sneakily convince Mauro to keep me some leftovers in the fridge for me to have for breakfast the next day (breakfast cake is always a winner in my book!).

After the the most wonderful, enriching and relaxing holiday I returned home happy, a few pounds heavier (okay more than a few!) and with a book full of wonderful new recipes to test out on family and friends.  My only dilemma – which holiday to take next?!!

As a special treat and to get your Christmas parties off to a fantastic start Flavours have given us a case of 10 bottles of prosecco, in addition to this we are throwing in a £100 e-wallet voucher for your party outfit. What’s not to like!?!  Find out more about Flavours holidays here and enter our competition here.

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