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Destinations by Maribel

Destinations by Maribel

A few comments…

Thank you very much for your help planning our trip through the Pyrenees. The Hotel Castell de Ciutat was awesome. The views were gorgeous from our rooms and the rooms themselves were very nice. The front dest was helpful and called for a dinner reservations for us. The El Privilegio was so picturesque. Our rooms were upgraded and we loved the snow capped mountains and ski lodge atmosphere. I forgot to mention that the Pintxos Tour in San Sebastián was great. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable and of course the food was delicious. We are thinking that we might want to visit San Sebastián again and take day trip to France and Bilbao. If we do, we will ask you to help us plan that trip.

Nancy E, Lafayette, IN

We are baaaack! We had a wonderful trip, thanks in large part to all your efforts! As expected, you did an incredible job of planning for us, taking all our preferences and interests into account and making it as easy as possibly could! We truly so appreciated it and will definitely use you again when we travel to the Iberian Peninsula (or wherever else you do travel planning)! We will also (as you already know) happily pass along your contact info to any family or friends who are planning similar trips. Thanks again so very much and take good care. We will definitely be in touch!

Joanna, Park City, Utan

Thank you. We are back in the States, and I wanted to send you a note thanking y'all for all of your assistance. Everything went impeccably and the restaurant recommendations were outstanding. The routes you planned really allowed us to see the incredible variety of Spain, and the flow of the trip would not have been possible without them. We'll be heading back one day, hopefully soon. Thanks again. Regards.

Richard H, Atlanta, GA

Maribel, I just wanted to let you know that we had a great time in La Rioja, and really enjoyed the varied types of wineries you suggested. The only scheduled visit we did not make was Marques de Ter
án. We had an excellent and extensive tasting at Luis Cañas that morning and followed up with a wonderful 2+ hour lunch at Eguren Ugarte. The winery visits with Miguel went very well and he enjoyed them very much. The winery owner conducted the Ramirez de Ganuza visit and the wine maker did the one at Contino (probably the best wines, in my opinion). We enjoyed the detailed information you provided and the hotel was perfect. All in all, the trip exceeded our expectations. Thanks again for your help on a trip that we will always remember.

Manuel H, Austin, TX

Hi Maribel,
I just wanted to finally let you know that we are having a wonderful time with your excellent itinerary and city guide!  I intended to touch base with you earlier, but we have just been so darned busy!  Thank you for all your hard work.  It paid off!

Joanna, Malibu, CA

Dear Maribel,
We returned from a wonderful two weeks in Spain yesterday.  I simply want to thank you for contributing to the success of our trip.  The accommodations were fine and my niece & nephew thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Me too! I truly appreciated your advice and your wonderful reference guides. Muchísimas gracias!


Dear Maribel,
Bud and I have safely returned from our beautiful trip to Spain.  We had a glorious time, and so appreciated your terrific suggestions wherever we went.  Thank Heaven we flew home through Chicago the day before the collapse of services there!  
We are now happily relaxing (while sipping a lovely Crianza), looking at our amazing photos and reliving our WONDERFUL touring, wining and dining experiences.
The only difficult times we encountered were those driving to and from La Rioja, which we vow to never do again without a detailed road map showing the overall area with the big cities and all the little towns in the region.  The Michelin maps and existing road signage were OFTEN confusing, and we now know that having a detailed map would have helped us get a much better lay of the land.  Ultimately, we loved our trip... and now, also love Spain.  Thank you, Maribel, for making it as traffic as it was.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to return (maybe with some friends) SOON. Sincerely,  

Gail and Bud, Sedona, AZ


I thought I knew Segovia and surroundings until I hit on your brilliant guide to the area.  So well researched.  I live in Spain and am just finishing a long weekend around Castilla -- your Segovia piece was marvelous. Muchas gracias.

Colin, Madrid

Hi Maribel and Philip,

I just wanted to thank you for all of your help without trip to Spain this summer. We had a great time and really appreciate all of the advice and tips you provided.  Some of our favorites were: Fabulous restaurant recommendations in Barcelona, Spanish Trails Trip - Costa Brava, Astoria 7 in San Sebastian, San Sebastian things to do and day trips, Bilbao, Segovia. Happy Travels

Alan & Jody, Mill Valley, CA

Dear Maribel,

I've never met you, but I've used you online guides often, for the first time when my husband and I traveled to Spain about 6 years ago, again when we spent a month in Seville, and now, 4 years and kids later, we are living in Madrid for a year and have found your suggestions helpful again. Last night we went to Retiro for some tapas on your recommendations and happened upon an amazing place, Taberna Marcano. We enjoyed Arzábal, but this place was even better, the best piece of tortilla Española I've ever had yet came with our wine, followed by the best anchovies and croquetas I've had yet for our order. I highly recommend you check it out. Regards,

Rebecca, Madrid


Thank you sooooo very much. I've already recommended you to 3 of my friends who will be traveling in the next year or two. I am so happy I found your service!

Nora G, Oakland, CA

Hi Phil & Maribel - I can't remember if I sent this pic to you or not, but just saw your great newsletter on Portugal and was having fond memories of the trip you put together for my Dad and I last fall!
You really did a such a fantastic job and had such great insightful recommendations as well...we especially loved that local Fado bar in Lisbon! We will definitely use you again in the future and always recommend your company to anyone we come into contact that is planning to go to Europe. All The Best.

Tanya :), Seattle

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