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Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain:

September 30th, 2017

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Village in Spain

One of the joys of our mother-daughter
European trip this summer, was returning
to Spain and our gorgeous white village 

 Most Beautiful Village in Spain

One of the joys of our mother-daughter European trip this summer, was returning to Spain and our gorgeous white village where Mozart went to school for five months in the winters from first through fourth grade

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

It's been voted the prettiest village in Andalucia by the Spanish Tourism Authority and is about an hour's drive east of Malaga and also about an hour from Granada. This is the first time we'd ever been there in the summer, but we know it's falls, winters and springs well. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

It's a sugar cube style, hill top,  white village surrounded by green hills, huge mountains, blue skies and views to the nearby sea. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

One drives up a windy road to arrive at this ancient village, originally built by the Moors where Jews, Arabs and Christians lived together peacefully for 800 years. I still find it breath-taking when one rounds certain bends on the way there and capture peeks of "our village".  

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain




One thing wonderful about visiting and living in this white village is most of it is all walkable, cobblestone streets and stairs where no cars can go.....


 Most Beautiful Village in Spain

...and the views are always spectacular. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

 This view was from a shop and little restaurant where we rested for a while and ate the delicious local food. So many happy memories of these kind of simple pleasures. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

One of the idiosyncratic delights of this village is when a rare car or truck makes it's way down one of the narrow, cobblestone streets.  Daily life is a walking life here, usually car free, but in a few places like this, one has to sometimes deal with a vehicle through these narrow, ancient passage ways. The local way of handling this is to  pause in some strangers door ( usually left open in Spain) until the vehicle passes. I had missed this every day odd ritual. 

 Most Beautiful White Village in Spain

 Even just a truck going through the village is a unique moment, not to mention just taking in the beauty all around as one strolls around the village surrounded by mountains. 

Mozart Dee in Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

 There are two large parks for the kids, so of course, Mozart wanted to visit the park where she spent many hours playing with friends during those years not so long ago. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

As well as just walking around the village with all the locals which is a lifestyle we miss. All of life takes place in these ancient roads, from daily grocery shopping and errands, to every festival filled with people and even every funeral where the locals walk from one end of the village to the other, starting in the church square. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

Life goes at a very different pace in a little village in Spain than it does in our hectic life of late based in Santa Monica, California with all the traffic and fast moving music and acting business she is in now. 

Back to the Most Beautiful Village in Spain

 Beautiful Andalusian horses and some with wagons are still daily parts of village life in Spain as you can see looking down on the one paved road that circles around the town. It is still a farming village for many, so seeing sheep, oxen and horses from nearby farms is nothing out of the ordinary. 

 Most Beautiful Village in Spain

There are record amounts of  wonderful restaurants with all kinds of food and since their is sun 300 days out of the year, sitting outside in the sun or under an umbrella is de rigueur. 

Frigiliana - Most Beautiful Village in Spain


 When we left, I had to look again at this beautiful view of mountains, sky and "our village" that has always pleased me so and now has made a permanent impression on my heart. This will always be a home we love and we carry it with us. 

 Most Beautiful Village in Spain

 Mozart had fun meeting up with friends she went to school with like this young boy and her best girl friend as they wandered down roads where they ran free together for so many years, went to the local school and participated in the many festivals together. There are not that many opportunities for young people in a small village, so many may move on to other places soon, thus sixteen turned out to be an ideal age to visit, connect and learn what is eternal and the same about village life and how time has also changed things.



Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not:

September 10th, 2017

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the
biggest celebrations on our planet. It's wild,
packed and with over 50, 000 shows from

Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the biggest celebrations on our planet. It's wild, packed and with over 50, 000 shows from big names to unknowns. It has been going on every August for seventy years. Yet on Mozart's 10 city European solo concert tour in Europe this summer, we purposely missed it, but not Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not

Why? We visited Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival when Mozart was 8, so wanted to see it in summer outside the Fringe season when it is calmer. The highlight for Mozart at eight was learning how to spin some yarn from a colorful Scottish street performer. 



Some things remain the same in Edinburgh

Mozart Dee in Edinburgh at Fringe Festival

whether one is visiting Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival or not, like this beautiful red door at the picturesque  St. Columba's Free Church of Scotland. 

Mozart Dee in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is always a gorgeous city and some issues matter less if you are just traveling from Great Britain, but if you are just making one visit to Scotland, ( as is true for many in the US) you may or may not want to come during the Fringe Festival.

Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not

There are always tourist crowds in Edinburgh during the summer, as the picture above shows in June on the Royal Mile, but things get much, much more crowded and much, much more expensive during August and the Fringe Festival. 

Visit Edinburgh at Fringe Festival or Not

So if you only have one time to visit Edinburgh, you will have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages and decide what is best for you. 

Visit Edinburgh Fringe and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

You will only see the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the castle during the Fringe Festival, but you can visit the castle and meet the guards at any time. 

Mozart Dee in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival

 If one goes early and the you luck out to not have rain, one can enjoy the excitement and crowds of the Fringe. 

art museum Edinburgh

Yet, it is also nice to enjoy places like the National Galleries of Scotland with less visitors.

bagpiper in Edinburgh

 You won't miss the kilts or bagpipes no matter what time you visit Edinburgh, Fringe or not. 

  Mozart Dee in Edinburgh holding owl meme

There are lots of fun things to do like holding an owl and other endless entertainment on the streets of  Edinburgh no matter what time you go, although that increases during the Fringe along with the crowds.   

  beautiful Edinburgh travel photo

 Edinburgh has a charm that will always make you smile, but especially when the sun is out and we happened to have less rain in June ( although rain was forecast) than we did when there in August. Note, we mostly needed jackets and sweaters both times. 

  Mozart Dee in Edinburgh on European solo concert tour #MozartigniteTour

The green open spaces and parks will delight every age as you can tell with Mozart visiting the same park at 16 

Mozart Dee in Edinburgh! Cute kid dressed in kilt and Scottish clothes

and also on her first visit at eight! 

Edinburgh travel

The only person who can really decide whether to visit Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival or not, is you. 

Mozart Dee in Edinburgh Fringe Festival - cute Scottish kid dressed in kilt!

 One just has to look at the pros and cons and experience that you are most looking for, especially if it is a one time visit from a far distance, but the good news is that Edinburgh is always a great destination! Have you been? 




Best Mother - Daughter Trip! Life Changing Adventures!!:

September 7th, 2017

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Life Changing Adventures!!

There is nothing like a life changing
Mother and Daughter trip to celebrate
your bond and bring you closer together

Best Mother - Daughter Trip!  Life Changing Adventures! Mozart and mom

There is nothing like a life changing Mother and Daughter trip to celebrate your bond and bring you closer together! Maybe that is even more true when one is traveling with a teenager who is sweet 16.  We've always been close, but now we are closer.

Mozart and I had a spectacular two month trip this summer in Europe ,starting with her amazing Keynote Speech in England and then expanding onto her 10 city solo concert tour traveling in 4 countries over 2000 miles from Edinburgh, Scotland to Marbella, Spain.

Mozart Dee 25 minute Keynote Speech in UK

First of all, it was absolutely amazing to watch how talented and professional she was and how attentive the large audiences were towards her 

Mozart Dee performing live in Marbella on #MozartIgniteTour

 and just to see her commanding large audiences with ease on two instruments in gorgeous locations like the Fuerte Hotel in Estepona

Mozart Dee aka MuzicbyMozart performing in England for students

as well as how adorable, charismatic and loving Mozart was with huge audiences of kids at two large private schools in London and Newcastle. She was so natural singing for them, doing spontaneous Q&A, signing autographs and doing presentations about her travel life.They treated her like she was Justin Bieber. Suddenly, I saw her future so clearly and how her gifts belong to the world. 

Mozart Dee at Kings Cross on Mother-Daughter trip

I had Mozart handle the whole trip completely. We flew there and back, but then took a lot of trains and she booked and handled all of that and the hotels, taxi's, Uber, booking tours and all of our needs including food. She was totally responsible as if I was not there. I wanted her to learn by doing. She always helped as a child, but this is the first time she had full responsibility and she handled it all like a pro and loved it. 

Mozart Dee in beautiful Luberon Provence

It was a lot of fun for me to see things through her eyes like this view from Roussillon in Provence which she had not seen since she was six years old. Those fading memories are vibrant again. For a girl who grew up in Europe, it had been much too long. Five years from the last time we visited...almost 1/3 of a lifetime for her. 

Mother - daughter trip

It was a fast paced, intense trip much of the time, so I had to get those mom and daughter shots in as I could as our main focus was getting film and photos of her. Fusspot that I am, I don't like most of the photos of me that we took. Mozart always looks camera ready, me, ......not so much.

It didn't help that I fell on the very first night, tripping over my suitcase because we could not find a way to turn on the lights in our hotel and I wanted to hurry up and catch the gorgeous sunset, so  broke a rib and badly injured my good knee, thus was in pain the whole trip and extra handicapped.  

Train trip in Europe - Best Mother - Daughter Trip!  Life Changing Adventures!!

We did a lot of train travel which gave us time to talk, bond, watch the ever changing scenery and even meet sweet people sometimes. But getting on and off was a big challenge as we were packed heavier than usual because of her performances. Still just a rolly carryon and a backpack each,  plus a guitar for her, but her rolly was especially heavy, weighing 50lbs. She only weighs 88lbs and I couldn't lift with my broken rib! She was also often carrying food & water we would pick up at the store for the train. 

Best Mother - Daughter Trip!  Life Changing Adventures!!

But she was a trooper and we managed, sometimes with the help of strangers or friends, but mostly on our own, just working together. It became abundantly clear just how well we work together as a team and how much we can count on the other. Usually, we have our third wheel, Davinci to handle the heavy or hard things if needed, but this time we just had each other. Girl Power! 

Mozart Dee in Paris at cafe

 You can't be in Europe without enjoying the outside cafes, so we enjoyed many good conversations and meals that way. Again, Mozart did all the ordering, asking for check, paying, counting change etc in several languages, so she would have full confidence when she does it on her own in the near future. Here you see us in Paris with our favorite Parisian friend, French/English translator extraordinaire, Nadine Touzet who was a great help and joy for us as we last saw her when Mozart was 10! 

Mozart Dee camping in Barcelona

We picked one of our homes, Barcelona to be our rest place and spent a leisurely week there both before and another one after heading to Andalucia and Girona. We have dear friends who live nearby and have spent so much time over the many years in this huge luxury campsite, so Mozart has many happy childhood memories here. It's a special place with two large salt water outdoor pools, water slides, great indoor pool and spa, kids club, food and entertainment for all ages, so a great place to unwind after some fast travel.

Mozart Dee in Barcelona Campsite Resort

 Our camper van is stored nearby, so it was great to see it again and the memories came flooding back to our home on wheels that Mozart grew up in seven months out of a year from five to eleven. Her first comment was, "Oh my gosh, it is so small!". So typical of childhood memories as I think I said the exact same thing when I went back to see my first home as a child. Mozart was ecstatic to see her books, toys, clothes again and we brought some things home like the photos we had there. Next time, we have to bring DaVinci so he can drive us around and we can use it again as we miss that fun. 

Andalusia, Spain - one of the prettiest white villages

Heading back to our ancient white village in Andalusia where we had spent 5 winters and where Mozart had gone to school from first grade to fourth, was a must on our list and filled with memories. For me driving down this road seemed like no time had past, as if we had just done it yesterday. For Mozart and her friends who live here that she went to school with, it seemed another lifetime because they were fourth or fifth graders the last time they were together and life looks so much different as a teen. Nevertheless it was good to be back, see "our village" and the beautiful people, old friends and town. It gave us much to ponder. 

Mozart Dee in Spain

It was sweet to just walk around the village, with all the memories that brought up, see the changes, but also see how little had changed. We took lots of photos and video like this one of Mozart across from our first house in the center of town where she took the photo as the "Spanish Dancer" in full flamenco outfit at five or six. We'd never been here in summer as it is much too hot for our taste, but wasn't as bad as most people say, as these villages are built for heat with lots of shade and narrow streets that promote breezes. The lead photo of the two of us at the top of this post, is us taking a selfie together in "our village" as wondered about. 

Best Mother - Daughter Trip!  Life Changing Adventures!!

 Old and new friends were such an important part of this mother and daughter journey and I will be writing more about that as there are too many people to mention here. Yet, I must mention a dear friend from Sweden who I met over twenty years ago online and who we stayed with in Sweden for several weeks and met again in Barcelona another summer. 

Best Mother - Daughter Trip!  Life Changing Adventures!!

Our  kids have spent lots of time together over the years and always had fun, but this was an ideal time in an ideal location on the Costa Brava area where their other long time friends own a gorgeous new B&B and there was a perfect gaggle of well-traveled, creative teens and parents to hang out with in an idyllic location. It really was the best of Sweden and Spain combo!

Best Mother - Daughter Trip!  Mozart Dee
 
We've been blessed to have a life full of extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime, mind-blowing trips and we must add this one to the list for sure. Mozart and I came back changed for the better. We thought we were just fine before we left, but there is something about transformative travel and the mother and daughter trip experience that brings blessings and shifts. We've rarely been apart as a threesome, so even DaVinci was transformed by our trip. I wonder if you can do extensive travel and not be changed for the better? 

 

 



Best Provence Farmers' Market - Coustellet:

August 6th, 2017

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-Coustellet in the Luberon


One of the great joys of visiting
Provence is the food and visiting
spectacular farmers markets. We

Best Provence Farmers' Market - Coustellet

One of the great joys of visiting Provence is the exquisite food and visiting colorful, lively farmers markets which are so much a part of the culture. We were lucky to visit some of the best in southern France and especially fortuitous to visit the Coustellet Farmers' Market with Thierry, the owner/chef  of the spectacular Le Mas Des Gres  ( a quintessential Provencal farmhouse and small charming hotel) where we stayed in the heart of Provence. 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

Marche de Coustellet ( as they call it in French) is the oldest market in Provence and a producers market with mostly organic food and artisan local products. 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

Thierry and his teen aged son Yanis come here every Sunday and know everyone as they've owned the hotel for almost twenty years.  Thierry teaches cooking classes to adults and children at the hotel and it was exciting to watch as they were picking out the makings for the scrumptious cuisine that we would be eating later. 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

 I love to just look at all the beauty in these markets and take photos to share with you, like this homemade bread 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

 or this exciting display 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - carrots photo

 or these carrots. 

Best Provence Farmers' Market


 People watching is part of the fun, like this farm producer from Spain who now lives here and was full of smiles. 

sunflowers at Best Provence Farmers' Market  - in the Luberon

 Sunflowers, 

Cherries at Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon


 yummy cherries ( that I became addicted to on this trip) 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

 and endless vegetables, oh my! Thierry would give me the inside scoop of what he liked and didn't and why.

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

We were up early for this market ( and I let Mozart sleep in) as we went to another famous antique market at nearby L’Isle sur la Sorgue before lunch. I will write a separate post about that thrilling market. 

Truffles in Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

Provence is famous for it's black truffles which are called black diamonds in the culinary world as they are the best in the world as 80% of France's truffles come from this region. Yes, Thierry bought some and we partook later as I love truffles. Note the artisan product of truffles in olive oil and below you will see honey with lavender. 

onions french  Best Provence Farmers' Market - Coustellet

 Even onions look divine displayed in this market and I always delight in the French signs, don't you? That adds a charm you won't see in our wonderful local farmers markets. 

lavender honey at Best Provence Farmers' Market - Coustellet

 I learned a new word in French when I saw this honey with wonderful artisan touches like adding lavender. 

Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

Just like at home, there was a familiarity as we watched the famers and artisans set up from their trucks, but there was definitely a Provence and French style to it all in their products, displays and way of doing business. 

wine in Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon


I liked this pretty display for a local Côtes du Rhône wine in one corner backed by a house on the outskirts of the market


Best Provence Farmers' Market  - Coustellet in the Luberon

as well as the colorful umbrellas, green trees and blue sky in another corner. Let me know if you love Provence market photos as I have so many remarkable photos to share so might do some more posts or photo essays. 

Best Provence Farmers' Market - Coustellet

So loved this appetizing Provence market experience, but it was time to head back to Hotel Le Mas Des Gres as Mozart and I were off with Nina soon to visit the antique market before lunch. 

Hotel Les Mas Des Gres in Provence Luberon area

Mozart had performed at this magnificent terrace at dinner the night before ( we'll be posting that story soon) and was happy to perform again for the crowd at  their famous Sunday Brunch/Lunch. After her Keynote Speech in the UK at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, (seen here), she did a 10 city concert tour in Europe and Provence was the charming midpoint on her #MozartIgniteTour. 

Mozart about to perform in Provence at Hotel Les Mas Des Gres

The food of course, was stupendous, a mouth-watering Mediterranean masterpiece of Provencal choices 

magnificent brunch at Hotel Hotel Les Mas Des Gres on Provence

 and all of it was made from the delectable local vegetables, fruits and supplies

Provencal Cuisine at Hotel Les Mas Des Gres

 we had gotten that morning from the market, 

Stunning Provence buffet at Hotel Les Mas Des Gres

most of it organic, so fresh from farms nearby and stunning to look at and glorious to taste.

Best of Provence Farm market makes great lunch at Hotel Les Mas Des Gres

This is truly Provence and the Luberon at it's best. That's the other owner, Nina ( Thierry's wife) sitting across from Mozart at this delightful lunch. They speak French, German and English well and take exceptional care of all their guests. On the other side of Mozart is the amazing Corinne Russo who was our magnificent guide recommended by our long time online friend in Marseille, Provence Claude Benard.  

Singer Mozart performing in Provence at Hotel Les Mas Des Gres

Mozart's original songs and light-up-the-world smile just added to our perfect day in Provence. What is your favorite market in Provence or else where? 

 

 



Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence:

July 28th, 2017

O88A3048Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

You don't want to miss these gorgeous,
magical, fragrant, purple Lavender fields
when you travel to Provence. You already

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

You don't want to miss these gorgeous, magical, fragrant, purple Lavender fields when you travel to Provence...a must on your bucket list. You already know we love this spectacular area of Southern France as we have been coming to Provence for many years, but this was the first year back to the Luberon area since 2006 as there is so much to see in this beautiful region. 

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

At 16, Mozart was a great age to enjoy this summer travel in a deeper way, adding layers of experience from her times before in Provence at different ages, yet seeing it all anew from her more mature teen perspective. This was a perfect location for a mother-daughter trip and a big plus that Mozart also got to perform concerts in this quintessential, charming French area. 

exploring lavender fields in provence

These famed lavender fields tantalize your senses and for only one month out of the year this spectacular blue- violet and green show spreads through the hillsides and valleys of Provence with the calming, healing aroma of lavender, the brilliant sunshine, buzzing bees and soothing sound of the cicadas. 

beautiful girl in the lavender fields of Provence

After Newcastle, Edinburgh, London and Paris, our trip to Provence was perfectly timed to catch this harvest. The peak time for full bloom is mid July, but it varies each year and depends on location. Due to weather, it was early this year in the fields around Gordes, Apt and Roussillon, so a sweet bonus for us. 

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

It's hard to explain how exciting it is to be out in the lavender fields in the Luberon. This is such an inspirational region because of the beauty, architecture, art, wine, cuisine,lifestyle and summer is the best season to  experience  all of that in full bloom and color. 

where to go visit lavender fields in Provence

 

 I always love to add learning to a trip, so I was so happy that our wonderful guide Corinne took us to the Les Agnels Distillerie de Lavande near Apt. One can enjoy a guided tour year round and it's a great place to learn about the history of lavender, how it is made and lots of products available as well.

Actress and singer Mozart Dee in lavender field in Provence

We were happy to miss the crowds because we were there before high season, so we had the fields to ourselves pretty much. 

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

It was also very quiet when we were learning all about lavender, so we didn't feel rushed...

learning about lavender in Provence

 

....but could take our time and enjoy every moment 

Lavender gifts in Provence

 Of course, my teen enjoyed the shopping and browsing as much as she enjoyed the 

lavender field, olive tree and beautiful girl

 time outdoors in the fields. 

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

 Since our guide has lived in this area her whole life, it was very enlightening to hear the stories of the artisan lavender growers

Visiting the Best Lavender Fields in Provence

 and how that impacts life today and the whole history of it. 

Lavender and olive tree in Provence

 I love the combo of olive trees and lavender that one sees in this area a lot. Mozart grew up with olive trees and lavender ( and pinot noir vineyard) as they lined our long driveway on the home we sold in California to take our world tour, so this kind of ambiance resonates with us and perhaps why we love Provence, Tuscany, Spain and Med aesthetics. I love the light,  the sun, the food, the colors and the earthiness of it all. 

Mozart at 4 in Lavender at our home in California

 There is something calming and nurturing about this kind of environment that speaks to me. 

lavender gifts from Provence

Even the gifts make me smile to be able to take a little of it home with us. 

lavender field and pretty blonde girl

I am grateful Mozart and I have another unique experience here to add to our memory banks.


olive trees and lavender fields in luberon Provence


There is just something very special about experiencing a beautiful place together and the people we met are part of us now as well, knowing some day we will see them and this place again and it will be like no time has passed. 


lavender in provence


Provence, like lavender is always different, but yet also always the same in a timeless manner, year after year. 


Provence travel means lavender fields


So we will be back to the Luberon and to all of Provence and to France and to Europe again soon and in the meantime we have our pictures to remind us of this special time, the aroma of lavender and Mozart has some extraordinary art photos from museums in Europe on her wall where she writes music on her piano and some show Provence and lavender. Unforgettable. 

Please share your Provence stories or future plans in the comments! I love hearing them. 



#MozartIgniteTour in Europe & Mozart Dee's Keynote Speech:

June 6th, 2017

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Mozart Dee's Keynote Speech

16 year old child prodigy, Mozart Dee
is ready for the world to hear her new
music and jets off on a European tour 


Mozart's amazing tour of Europe #MozartIgniteTour

16 year old child prodigy, Mozart Dee is ready for the world to hear her new music and jets off on a European summer Tour   (#MozartsIgniteTour ) from Los Angeles this week hitting such cities as London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Barcelona, Paris, Girona, Marseille, Malaga and Marbella. 

Travel planning

Traveling the world is something she knows a lot about as she has been to 48 countries on 5 continents, spending the last 10 years as a non-stop digital nomad and is already filling up her 3rd passport. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Four Seasons, House of Blues, Six Flags and more ,but this is her first European tour. 

Mozart Dee passports - filled 3 at 16

After arriving in London, she will begin the tour with a performance on June 8th at the prestigious Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, also a talk and concert at a large private school in Newcastle and then on June 9th being the youngest Keynote Speaker at the distinguished Tech on the Tyne Conference talking about her unique world schooling education and how growing up global has impacted her creativity, languages and career. 

Mozart was a Keynote Speaker at the NAACE Conference in 2015 and Mozart Dee was asked to do a TED talk last December in the UK by educators interested in her one-of-a-kind education. 


 


Mozart Dee Keynote speech

Over 300 people will be attending this Conference so Mozart is very honored to have been invited. Martin Bailey from Animate to Educate has created this magnificent event with some of the best speakers in the world on Primary Computing and Ed Tech. 

After the conference, Mozart will go to Edinburgh and then down to London for concert and speech. 

Mozart Dee is the youngest Keynote Speaker at the Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art  at the Tech on the Tyne Conference


The amazing Fuerte Hotel in Estapona is another one of the sponsors for the Mozart Ignite Tour and is near Marbella, Spain. If you look at the map above you can see what a long distance we will cover ( 2926 kilometers or 1818 miles) and most of it by train with a flight in and out of LHR. 

Fuerte Hotel Estapona

It's an area we know well as we wintered for many years in Spain and it is one of our homes. The prestigious Andalucia.com and popular paper Sur in English will be doing articles about her concerts in Andalusia and will be honored guests. 

Spain's beautiful beaches in the Costa del Sol in Andalusia

So it will be very exciting for Mozart to perform there in English and Spanish and on her guitar and keyboard on a stage set before a reflecting pool with the sea and palm trees in the distance. We'll live stream all the concerts and speeches as we can ( tech willing). 

Fuerte Hotel Estepona  #fuerteEstepona

 We'll also be returning to Barcelona and performing at the seaside resort we have stayed at over 20 times, usually for long stays, so we have wonderful friends there. 

Barcelona resort



 Nearby Girona and the Costa Brava are on our list ....

 

  Gäst  Hotel in Girona

 as Mozart will be performing at the beautiful Gäst B&B in Girona

Gäst B&B  in Girona, Spain

with wonderful, peaceful views. Our long time friends from Sweden recommended this place ( and we will be seeing them there) and they let us know that Gäst means guest in Swedish!  

la gloriette B&B in Provence Luberon


 Provence is another area we love and friend Claude Benard who is a contributor on tnoos and runs hotelitour ( we met online about 10 years ago when we began our travel) has been fantastic helping us arrange things.  The photo above is the lovely La Gloriette B&B   where we will be staying and below the beautiful hotel Mas de Grés where we will stay and Mozart will perform. 

Luberon Provence at Le Mas des Grès hotel and restaurant

Can't you just smell the lavender? We have so many happy memories of Provence and this lovely Luberon area, so looking forward to sharing more with you. 

Le Mas des Grès hotel and restaurant in Provence Won't the Mas de Grés make an idea concert location during the evening and lovely to relax and explore the area thanks to Corinne, Rabiha and the wonderful people at Tourismepaca who are helping us. 

  Le Mas des Grès hotel and restaurant in Luberon Provence

 Of course, we can not forget our beautiful village near Malaga in southern Spain. 

  La Casa views in Torrox Spain near Malaga

  We will be staying at the delightful La Casa in the Torrox Pueblo that our long time friend Marianne from East of Malaga recommended. La Casa was featured in a UK television series called the Hotel Inspector. 

La Casa in Torrox Pueblo where Mozart will perform under colorful umbrellas

  The booming La Casa restaurant under colorful umbrellas is where Mozart will perform. 

Spain white villages


We are excited to see the beautiful white villages again

Colorful Andalucia Spain


 and all our friends. So come along with us for the adventure and we we sharing with you as we go on social media and live streaming as much as we can. Who is ready for a trip to Europe filled with concerts, speeches , good people and beautiful places? 



Best of Europe: Summer Trip:

June 6th, 2017

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There is no where in the world
quite like Europe in the summer
and this year might be the best 


Best of Europe: Summer Trip like this best beach in costa brava

There is no where in the world quite like Europe in the summer and this year might be the best year ever to visit. Wonderful beaches, charming, picturesque villages, amazing, diverse, historical cities... Mozart and I can't wait to go back to some of our favorite places, see old friends, discover new places and experience her doing a pop music tour after her Keynote Speech in Newcastle

LONDON 

Best of Europe: Summer Trip

We love London and will be doing a concert there and lots of exploring. Mozart spent most of her primary years in Europe and can do a perfect ,authentic British accent, so it will be fun to get to see it all  as a teen now. 

PARIS

Best of Europe: Summer Trip - Paris Notre dame

Paris, of course will be on the agenda as it is another city we love and have spent lots of time in. Summer is my favorite time to be in this City of Light. 

BARCELONA 

Barcelona

We've been to Barcelona over 20 times, often for long stays, so it is like another home for us, thus we will be spending time there with friends along with some time in the Costa Brava ( shown in the first photo). 

SCOTLAND 


Edinburgh Fringe Festival


We're looking forward to seeing Edinburgh again as it is near the beautiful Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art where Mozart will be the Keynote Speaker and giving a concert. The last time we were there we enjoyed the famous Edinburgh Festival and we have Scottish roots so feel that tug. 

ANDALUSIA 

Andalusia


Of course, we can not miss our beloved Andalusia where we wintered for 5 years and the 6th year we returned after a trip around the world. Mozart went to school there from 1st through 4th grade before we headed to Asia for Mandarin immersion, so it will be exciting to be back and she will perform concerts in a few places while there. So happy Mozart will have time to immerse in her Spanish...one might not even realize she is an English speaker when she is here. 

PROVENCE

  Provence, France

 

Another beloved region that we will be visiting is Provence which we have explored many times over the years. This time we will be visiting a few new places and a few we have seen before. 

With all that is going on in our world now, I think it is an important time to travel abroad as it expands our hearts and minds. What travel are you planning this year? 

 

 



16 Year Old Mozart Dee's TED Talk & Keynote Speech in UK:

June 6th, 2017

IMG_265816 Year Old Mozart Dee's TED Talk
& Keynote Speech in UK

Teen actress, songwriter, singer
Mozart Dee was asked to do a
TED Talk in the UK in December 

Singer, songwriter, actress 16 Year Old Mozart Dee's TED Talk & Keynote Speech in UK

Teen actress, songwriter, singer Mozart Dee was asked to do a TED Talk in the UK in December from an educator in London, Drew Buddie, who has been fascinated with her traveling the world education and how growing up global has affected her. She was also filming a songwriting segment on MTV with Bebe Rexha at the same time, so she did it via Youtube and it was shared full screen with the TEDX audience in London. 




Being raised around the world traveling as a world-schooled global nomad to 48 countries for the last 11 years, literally using the world as her classroom. has given Mozart a unique perspective. Thus, she has been a popular and award-winning keynote speaker for a variety of audiences and international venues from Beijing to Barcelona starting at 8 years old, including being the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week at 13, a speaker in Dallas, the youngest Keynote Speaker at the Global Education Conference and the youngest Keynote Speaker at the NAACE Educators Conference at 14. I will add these videos to the post, but let's first get to the latest news! 

  mozart Dee keynote speaker in the UK

Educator Martin Baily so liked her speeches at NAACE and her TED Talk, that he has invited her to be a Keynote Speaker at the Tech on the Tyne Conference in the UK. She will do a 22 minute speech there as well as a 10 minute speech and musical performance at the Talk on the Tyne the day before. 

Mozart Dee is a keynote speaker at the Tech on the Tyne Conference
 

 Again she is the youngest Keynote Speaker and amongst some of the best speakers in the world on EdTech and Primary Computing. She will also be speaking and performing in London and will then be doing some singing performances around Europe and work on a documentary film she is making about how her one-of-a-kind  travel life has affected her education, languages, career and creativity. So it will be an exciting time in Europe in June and July. 

  Mozart Dee singing and Keynote Speaker at Talk on the Tyne Conference

Mozart was featured in an article in Learning Foundation by Merlin John, who said this among other things:

 "Flying in from Los Angeles will be 16-year-old speaker Mozart Dee, who bridges cultures, generations and learning (she was home educated). She has a lot to say about learning, with irrepressible positivity and enthusiasm, and you can check her out for yourself at her Ted Talk on Being a Global Teen. Mozart Dee will be the icing on the presentations cake for the morning session of Tech on the Tyne."

  Teen Mozart Dee keynote speaker, singer, actress Europe tour

Since Mozart started walking and talking in two languages at six months old, she has always been a great communicator and she was a "one take wonder" when we had to quickly create a video when we won the two Lonely Planet Best Blog Awards. (Kind of fun that we have some Youtube Videos that track this path to a teen TedTalk and Keynote Speaker. )



But, when she won a big trophy for a first place earth day speech she wrote ( unknown to us) and delivered at her school in Asia to a roaring standing ovation, her public speaking talents and passion became very obvious. 
 

She surprised us even more when  she got the trophy for the Mandarin Elocution contest at her school and wrote about Lao Tzu as no Caucasian had done that in 63 years. 

 

 This is the world wide Keynote Speech she did for the Global Education Conference:

And the NAACE Conference in London with 250 UK Educators live via Skype with Mozart in Dallas:

 

 
Mozart at 13 as the youngest reporter at New York Fashion Week with Anna Wintour and Serena Williams:



When she was just a few weeks old, I remember a psychologist friend and father of two, remarked on "what an amazing communicator" she was and I was a bit flabbergasted as I didn't know how he could see that so young. When she was born ( very difficult birth) the Pediatrician said, "She looks delicate, but she is a powerhouse" as she was so strong despite the difficult entrance to our planet. 

It turns out they were both prophetic as she communicates powerfully with her songwriting, singing, acting , filmmaking and public speaking. I suppose I should have seen this coming, but I didn't really ,we just followed her lead and this is where it has led. Who knows what is next, but it a fun adventure as it unfolds.  



California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields:

June 6th, 2017


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& Spring Trip to Flower Fields 

This California spring has erupted in
a super bloom of wildflowers that
paints the landscapes with vivid color 

California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields
This California spring has erupted in a super bloom of wildflowers that paints the landscapes with vivid color from the sea to the mountains, thanks to the record rainfall that has ended the drought. So of course, we had to use spring break staycation time to road trip and explore the spectacular beauty. 
  California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields

 We first notice them on the undulating hillsides on our way to Malibu in mid-March. Spring in southern California comes early and is always a delight with bright green foliage, yellow and orange flowers backed by the azure sea, but this year was extra special. Some say there hasn't been a super bloom like this for two decades. 

California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip
 The iconic orange/gold California poppy is the state flower and an unmatched symbol for the Golden State.  In years of drought they disappear, but when there is rain they spread the valleys and hillsides with color. 

California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip
 "Super Bloom" is a term used for an explosion of wildflowers that happens to bloom in mass at the same time and that happens about once a decade in California due to drought and winter rain patterns. 

  California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields

You might guess from some of my other posts like ...

California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip

... 15 Stunning Flower Photos to Spread Spring Joy  and Spring Fever? Tropical Flowers in Asia  that flowers touch my heart.

  California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip

So we couldn't miss this Super Bloom and also thought it was the best time to drive down to San Diego area

  California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields

and visit the famous Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields. 

  California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields

Ever the musician, teen Mozart even brought along her Ukulele and guitar. 

  California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields

One can ride around in large farm wagons pulled by tractors, but we just walked

flowers

and explored on foot..... 

California's Super Bloom and Spring Trip to Flower Fields

....for a great close up look at all the flowers. 

 Spring Trip to Flower Fields

There is even a lovely ocean view as the farm sits on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific. 

Mozart at  Flower Fields

Mozart even tried out the old tractor sitting in the flower fields. 

beautiful flower

Every blossom was exquisite and we had a lovely day. 

singer actress Mozart Dee surrounded by flowers


 Have you seen the super bloom or been to the Flower Fields? Or are you ready for spring? 



Easter at the Beach in Santa Monica!:

June 6th, 2017

O88A2647Easter at the Beach in Santa Monica! 

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Happy Passover! California is 
different. We're lucky that our




Easter at the Beach in Santa Monica!  Mozart and the Easter Bunny

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Passover! California is different. We're lucky that our church holds their Easter Service on the beach in Santa Monica and open to all and we've been going when we can for the last 30 years. 

Santa Monica beach bike route


Southern California tends to have perfect spring weather at Easter, but this one seemed even more glorious.

 

Easter bunny at the beach.

I started going to this Easter event before I married my husband almost 27 years ago and it seems like yesterday that Mozart was one of the little ones doing the Easter Egg hunt with the Easter Bunny. She was only 6 months old the first time she came to this event. 

Mozart Dee singing at the beach in Santa Monica

 But this year she is one of the teens and she sang an Easter version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. 

Easter at the Beach in Santa Monica!

 I love it that the surfers and beach scene went on as normal while we held a church service right in the middle of it and open to all. Hope you had a great day and enjoying your spring break!

 

 



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