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Welcome to Culinary Travels by The Sophisticated Life! I am so glad you are here. Culinary Travels are small group trips curated by moi with the intention of learning about a destination’s history and culture through its foods and beverages. These trips will provide affordable luxury accommodations in 4* to 5* hotels with every effort being placed on experiential and unforgettable culinary experiences. During our inaugural year in 2023 we explored Morocco, Northern Italy & France via my first river cruise!

Imagine drinking Cava in Penedes Spain or touring the only Black-owned winery estate in South Africa, doing a Tagine cooking class in Morocco, truffle hunting in Northern Italy, dining at Michelin Star restaurants in Tokyo & experiencing amazing street food in Thailand. Nothing is off limits when it comes to experiencing the food & beverage culture of our destination. 

Inaugural Culinary Travels group in Marrakech!

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Have you traveled to a city or country and thought  💭…I love it here. I could see myself living here. Even better-have you actually moved to that place? If so tell us in the comments! There are only a few places I have been to that have given this feeling either because of how breathtaking the place is or the ease of transition with it being similar to the US-
1) Barcelona-I loved the neighborhood feel of this Mediterranean city, the strong Catalonia culture, the food of course! The wine duhhh, the amazing Gaudi architecture everywhere, and the beaches etc etc lol. I’m looking forward to being back there with my Culinary Travels group in June! 
2) Sydney Australia now this one is kinda funny. I wasn’t blown away by Sydney or Melbourne because they didn’t feel different enough from the US. But that’s why I could live there. It would be an easy transition. English speaking, easy to navigate, international cuisine..
3) the picture gives it away lol. This is Cape Town but I would move to South Africa in a second. I love the people, the culture, the food, the wine, the weather..I have been to 3 cities there so there is a lot more for me to discover. But I’m excited to bring a group with me in November! Join us! 
https://drnadeenwhite.com/south-africa/
4) Dubai although I think the heat would be intolerable in the summer, there are enough things about the city that would make it fun to live in for a short period of time lots of expats, English speakers, lots of great restaurants & food. There were times I thought I was in Miami or Chicago or…
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Have you traveled to a city or country and thought 💭…I love it here. I could see myself living here. Even better-have you actually moved to that place? If so tell us in the comments! There are only a few places I have been to that have given this feeling either because of how breathtaking the place is or the ease of transition with it being similar to the US-
1) Barcelona-I loved the neighborhood feel of this Mediterranean city, the strong Catalonia culture, the food of course! The wine duhhh, the amazing Gaudi architecture everywhere, and the beaches etc etc lol. I’m looking forward to being back there with my Culinary Travels group in June!
2) Sydney Australia now this one is kinda funny. I wasn’t blown away by Sydney or Melbourne because they didn’t feel different enough from the US. But that’s why I could live there. It would be an easy transition. English speaking, easy to navigate, international cuisine..
3) the picture gives it away lol. This is Cape Town but I would move to South Africa in a second. I love the people, the culture, the food, the wine, the weather..I have been to 3 cities there so there is a lot more for me to discover. But I’m excited to bring a group with me in November! Join us!
drnadeenwhite.com/south-africa/
4) Dubai although I think the heat would be intolerable in the summer, there are enough things about the city that would make it fun to live in for a short period of time lots of expats, English speakers, lots of great restaurants & food. There were times I thought I was in Miami or Chicago or…
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Bologna Italy 🇮🇹 was one of my favorite stops on our @culinarytravels_thesophislife Northern Italy Food & Wine Tour and this was of the reasons why! 

It was a Saturday and they had closed off a few of the  streets around the main squares to motorists. So the streets were filled with markets, bands, pedestrians strolling along eating and shopping. We did the same including doing a walking tour, visiting a few museums and having the most delicious 🍨 . 

And then at our meeting point I came across this little girl dancing SOLO to a band playing Bob Marley music. 

Everywhere I travel to in the world-Australia, South Africa and now even Bologna Italy of all places-I hear his music. As a Jamaican, it makes me proud. He left this earth far too early but he left a lasting legacy. His songs are timeless. 

Now this little girl was all in!! Mind you the song was “I shot the sheriff” lol but she was just out there having fun!! 🤩 

#bobmarleymusic #bobmarleyfans #onelovemovie #bobmarleymovie #bobmarleymovie2024 #bobmarleysong #bolognaitaly #jamaicanmusic #reggaemusicforever 

Have you seen the “One Love” movie yet?
I had to bring this one back for #blackhistorymonth2024 @visitasheville is one of my favorite cities and they actually get it when it comes to recognizing and teaching about the past vs pretending it didn’t happen. 

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I’m so glad that on my second visit @visitasheville helped me research Black-owned businesses and arranged my tour with @hood_huggers 
Owner Dewayne Barton took me and a few others on a walking tour of historic African-American communities thru downtown Asheville. It was so interesting! 

Highlights included 
📍Mt.Zion Missionary Baptist Church
📍Black Wall Street
📍 Triangle Park
📍”The Block” CBD
📍 @noircollectiveavl 
📍 @benneoneagle 

You can read all about the tour and other Black-owned businesses in Asheville on my blog-thesophisticatedlife.com. 
Be sure to take this tour when you go to Asheville! 

#ashevillenc #hoodhuggers #visitasheville #blackheritage #africanamericanhistory #blacktravelfeed #blacktravelbloggers #supportblackownedbusinesses #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth✊🏾 #blackownedandoperated 

Have you been to Asheville?
When will the USA 🇺🇸 put out a travel warning ⛔️ against itself? When will enough be enough? Even with 800 officers on duty, you can’t stop gunmen from shooting and killing people in a split second. 

What is this obsession with guns? How are so many other countries able to function on a daily basis without civilians owning semi automatic weapons? Why is the US OK with schools and children being vulnerable to these attacks? What’s wrong with screening who gets them? I’ll never get it. But I am praying for the families affected by today. No one thinks it can happen to them until it does. 

#guncontrolnow #bettergunlaws #kansascity #kansascityshooting #kansascitychiefs
#blackhistorymonth✊🏾 posts continue with @salamanderhotels with the post featuring @salamanderhoteldc and @salamanderresort 

The CEO of these beautiful Black-owned hotels & resorts is Sheila Johnson. Co-founder of @bet She is also the first African-American woman billionaire 🙌🏽🙌🏽

While traveling it is EASY to support Black-owned businesses by 
1) staying in Black-owned properties-hotels, resorts, airbnbs, hostels etc etc hotel 🏨 
2) eating at Black-owned restaurants 🥘 
3) using Black-owned tour companies 🚙 
4) drinking at Black-owned bars 🍺 
5) shopping at Black-owned boutiques 🛍️ 

Simply do your research!! @blacksintourism is a great supporter of all of the above! And check out the @abctravelgreenbook and @eatokratheapp apps!! 

#supportblackownedbusinesses #blackownedrestaurants #blackownedhotel #blackownedhotelsandresorts #blackownedeverything #blackhistory365 #salamanderresort 

Have you stayed at a Salamander Resort?
In honor of #blackhistorymonth2024 and @jayz speech at the @recordingacademy last night, here are Black-owned businesses in New Orleans to support all year long!!! It’s one of my favorite cities!! 

Included businesses:
⚜️ @nopsihotel photo courtesy of @jetsetlisette & @willaustin 
⚜️ @knownolatours 
⚜️ @themckennamuseums learn about free people of color in Louisiana 
⚜️ @cocohut_caribbean get the jerk chicken! 
⚜️ @readcbc 

#bhm #bhm👊🏽✊🏾🖤 #nolalife #nolalove #neworleanslouisiana #supportblackownedbusinesses #neworleansbusiness #blackownednola
Welcome to #blackhistorymonth2024 🖤💚❤️

This post is inspired by my girl @outdoorsydiva whose use of the audio by @bodycourage has sent her reel VIRAL! Go check them out. This is a trend that I would love to see going all month! 

I am here to represent the sophisticated Black luxury travelers. Those that enjoy the finer things in life and don’t mind spending money 💴 traveling around the world 🌍 in search of delectable food, local cuisine, learning about fine wine 🍷 & spirits, staying in 5* hotels & spa resorts…we also ❤️exploring local cuisine at food stalls, doing cooking classes and doing a deep dive into culture and history. 

As my friend on this Northern Italy tour said to me while we were on our gondola ride “Someone has to live this life, why not us” 😀😀

We work hard and play hard. We don’t take travel and these opportunities for granted. We believe in “YOLO”. There is no time like the present. You can’t take the money with you!! We are trailblazers in places that refuse to see us as clients and customers #getusedtoit 

What do you represent? Share in the comments or on your own post and tag me!! 

#bhm2024 #bhm2024♥️🖤💚 #blackhistorymonth #blacktravelreels #blacktravelgo #travelnoire #melaninmagic #roadto100countries #veniceitaly #blackluxurytravel #tslculinarytravels
Morocco 2.0 🇲🇦 @culinarytravels_thesophislife will take place September 13th to 20th and I had the privilege of discussing it with @experiencemorocco 
We traveled with them last June and will be doing so again this fall! 

The deadline to register is February 28th! 

#luxurytravel #luxurygrouptravel #tslculinarytravels #grouptrips #culinaryarts #travelexpert #foodandwinepairing #grouptravelspecialist #grouptraveling #visitmorocco🇲🇦 #morocco2023 #moroccotravels  #tslculinarytravels #luxurytravelblogger
Welcome to BLACK HISTORY MONTH! 👊🏽👊🏽 

Of course I had to start it off with a post about my current hometown of Atlanta!! The “cradle of the civil rights movement”. That being said of course there are several sites to explore here. Whether you live here or you are visiting, check out these places and get more detail in my blog post on “Things to do in Atlanta for Black History Month”! https://thesophisticatedlife.com/atlanta-events-reviews/things-to-do-in-atlanta-georgia-black-history-month/ 

#bhm2024 #BlackHistoryMonth2024 #atlantablackbusiness #atlantablackowned #atlantabloggers #blackhistorymonth✊🏾
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