May We Suggest Summer Yachting?

Is yachting on your summer sojourn diary?

We have chartered this particular yacht many times for our clients and have been beyond thrilled with the Captain and crew, amenities and destinations. Ultimate cruising on M/Y Starfire, the 177-foot yacht was built in Italy by the Benetti boatyard. Starfire has room for 12 guests in six cabins. There is a main master cabin with a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath tub, two cabins with queen-sized beds and ensuite baths, two cabins with twin beds and another cabin with a king-size bed as well as room for the captain and crew. Luxury abounds!

The Mediterranean is where you may glimpse the elegant Starfire cruising this summer amid calm gin clear seas. Ports abound with shop till you drop boutiques and Michelin star tables. Escape the congested summer roads in chic ports of call, slip into port, mosey amid cobblestone streets, dine and dash back to the tranquil seas aboard your snazzy yacht. Each morning awake to a different port or linger away from the crowded villages. A treasure-chest of sights, experiences and adventures await on the sea.

Keep in mind that itineraries are only guidelines.

Keep in mind that itineraries are only guidelines. Besides the languid sailing or motoring, we can provide the VV Best guides in each village for exclusive touring options.

Ring me soon to design your bespoke Journey!

Art Soaring – Inema Art Center Kigali, Rwanda

Driving through Kigali, one is struck by the brilliant and colorful clothing of the men and women walking on the sidewalks and roads, babies swaddled on the backs of mothers. Babies wrapped in bright patterned cloth, women balancing brightly hued baskets filled with produce on their heads.  Color is a central part of the lives of the people of Rwanda.

Always looking for local artists when I travel, our exclusive guide focused on the best in Kigali; unexpected delight is found at Inema, a neighborhood café/art studio. Inema is a Kinyarwanda word meaning a blessing, or a gift. Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza, founded the center in 2012.On arrival at the gallery, the vibrant paint scheme on the split-level house sends a message: you’ve arrived at an inspiring collective. We spent a few hours in animated conversation with brothers Innocent and Emmanuel. It was only a short touring schedule that forced us to leave their enchanting gallery; they are both animated, bright, curious and very talented artists. Clearly inspired by the bright backgrounds of their country, their talent is spread out amid the garden where Emmanuel has utilized unlikely materials like an old VW bug and reclaimed objects as part of his installation projects. Their work defines contemporary African art with pieces that emerge from experimentation with a range of unexpected material.From a family of six brothers born in Uganda, the young men with degrees in the sciences have all discovered and embraced art as a creative outlet; despite their varied educations, they have been well recognized in their new chosen passion. Their family moved back to Rwanda in 1997 to begin rebuilding their genocide torn lives.

Understanding the transformative value of art and creative expression, they founded the Inema Arts Center, a collective of Rwandan creative artists. At its core, Inema Arts Center provides space for 10 artists in residence to explore their creative talent. Specializing in contemporary African Arts, Crafts, Music, and Dance.Inema’s artists produce paintings, sculptures, and mixed media expressions showcased in the Gallery at Inema Arts Center. The Center is home to workshop projects, art training and hands on classes, initiatives that expand creative arts in Rwanda for young artists and children.Their contemporary stylized work has made it to the walls of Silicon Valley art collectors and the world.

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