Bruce is On His Way to Florence

Florence at sunset

Yes, many of you guessed this beautiful city in the “Where is Bruce Going?” contest. There were so many great cities mentioned that fit the clues in some way, but it is Florence that Bruce and I are heading to. We are joining Kirk and Anne Woodyard’s Music and Markets in Tuscany tour.

We begin our trip with a couple of days in Florence, then head to Orvieto for a New Year’s Eve jazz event, part of the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival. We then enjoy a couple of days in the hilltop town of Monte San Savino before heading back to Florence. I am really looking forward to jazz on New Year’s Eve and I sure hope Bruce enjoy’s it too! Check out the Music and Markets itinerary – it sounds like an amazing trip! Best yet, all the planning is done for us. With my hectic on-the-road-every-week schedule, I appreciate someone else making all the arrangements. Each of the three hotels we will be staying in look full of charm and very unique.

Watch for photos of our trip (and Bruce’s reaction now that he knows where he’s going) here at Pearls of Travel Wisdom and on my Smart Women Travelers Facebook page.

Thanks to all of you who contributed answers to this contest. I added many of the named cities to my list of possibles for future trips. A random winner from the list of Florence entrants has been selected. Congratulations to Denise L!

A prize package of a night’s stay at an Embassy Suites, a copy of my book Business Travel Success: How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel With Confidence! and other goodies will be on it’s way.

Thanks for joining in the fun and for giving Bruce great ideas of where he might be going!

Happy Holidays!

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  1. […] Most people like surprises. Well, the good kind anyway. Longtime readers may remember when I planned a surprise trip with my husband a couple years ago. He had no idea where we were going except for the daily clues. Each day in December, I posted another clue to where we were traveling. It was fun to plan, fun to read all the comments where we were going, and so much fun to give away the prizes at the end. […]


  1. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed sifting through the clues and I learned a few things along the way. I didn’t google anything so I wasn’t sure if I really had the correct destination. Thanks for the fun game and for the prize! I look forward to seeing photos of your amazing trip.

  2. Congratulations to you and Bruce! Shouldnt I deserve some special mention for being the first one to guess the right answer? Haha…Enjoy the trip 🙂

  3. Thanks Jibo! We are in Frankfort now on our way to Florence — I can’t wait to get there! Yes, you deserve a special mention for being the first one on the first day in the first comment to guess the right answer. It actually freaked me out that someone could come up with the right answer with such vagueness at the beginning. Are you psychic? How about a special copy of my book, Business Travel Success…How to Reduce Stress, Be More Productive and Travel With Confidence!? Email me at carol at with your address (I’m not one with psychic talents, sadly) and I’ll get one out to you! Thanks again! Carol

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