You can think of fanesca in Ecuador as being a lot like Christmas time for the palate and Ecuadorian culture as a whole. This special, rich and relatively complex soup is served only during Holy Week (mid-April), although in recent years the time frame for this seasonal dish has gradually been widening — at restaurants, many are now able to indulge in fanesca an entire month before it’s typically served at home.
The soup consists of 12 different grains (representing the 12 apostles), cod fish (representing the ichthys, or “Jesus fish”) all cooked in [...]
In the months since the November terrorist attack in Paris and the March bombing of the Brussels airport, Americans did something that may seem counterintuitive. They went to Europe more, with travelers up 5 percent in April, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Travel & Tourism Office, according to this note of New York Times.
Most of those trips were probably booked well in advance, as international travel usually is, and these numbers predate the June terrorist bombing in Istanbul and the Bastille Day truck attack [...]
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We have been back from our trip a little over a month and I’m sorry it has taken so long for me to write. I am sending this to you instead of Gissela Ledesma because my computer warned me that her email might not be safe, so whatever of this email does not pertain to you will you please forward it on to her.
First of all I want to tell you that we all (10 of us) had an absolutely terrific time on our trip. You know how concerned I was having sailed on La Pinta before and was wondering how Isabella 11 would measure up. As a comparison we [...]
It takes a certain type of spirit to make a real difference. It takes a certain team of people to believe in dedicating their energies to their countries.
The people behind the company led by Eduardo Proaño in the 1950s probably didn’t set out to have the impact they did. They were ambitious, to be sure. They believed in the travel industry. Through a mix of zeal, belief, dedication and toil, the company researched, created, promoted, sold and operated programmes which would open up new areas of [...]
Spirit, Vision, Passion: The Metropolitan Touring difference.
The travel business is a people business. Although the bricks and mortar and shipping steel are important, at the end of the day, it’s the warmth of the smiles, the sincerity of the help, the human bond, that make the difference. Metropolitan Touring’s 60+ years are characterized by that difference. Creators, promoters, sellers, organisers, coordinators, hosts, pioneers, yes. But above all, friends to all those who have come into contact with the company – and every contact, every bond, a [...]
Dear Paulina, I just wanted to tell you that we had a wonderful experience with Metropolitan Touring, from the first email until the last moment that our tour was over. We completely fell in love with Ecuador, and hope one day to return. Thank you for all of your help, and I hope that one day I will be in contact with you again. Tema LeviterMetropolitan TouringYour Galapagos Travel Expert Since 1969https://www.metropolitan-touring.com