Anticipating Scotland in 2019: Edinburgh's Festival Fringe

 Photo: David Monteith Hodge

Photo: David Monteith Hodge

What is the Edinburgh Fringe?  It is the world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August, as thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows of all kinds and for every taste.  As you will see from the video, “on the whole is it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  It’s like a playground for the imagination.  It like a massive fun house.  It’s one of the most important melting pots for ideas in the world (for the last 70 years!)  You can go see anything—circus, dance, cabaret, comedians, actors, buskers…from a serious drama to juggling, to a clown act to a naked drag queen. They cater for every taste.” 

What makes it special?

  • Totally open-access, the Fringe is proud to include in their program anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.

  • Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

  • It's a magnet for creative producers, the industry and the media making it the biggest and most dynamic international arts market in the world.

Get Excited for Scotland 2019: Edinburgh Military Tattoo


What is the Military Tattoo?  The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, and a sellout year after year after year. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. 

What makes it special?

  • Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.

  • Each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last. The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times.

  • More than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo, with an annual audience of around 220,000. In addition, around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television. Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.

A few favorite moments from Switzerland & Italy Soirée 2018


Moments from Scouting for Switzerland & Italy 2018


A few favorite moments from New Zealand Soirée 2017

Save the Date - Switzerland and Italy: Lakes and Mountains Soirée

Invites You to Save the Date


A scenic journey by train and boat
Featuring regional expert Tim Jepson

Early September 2018
Full invitation will arrive in your email inbox in August 2017!

Umbria Immersion with Yale Educational Travel

Teamed up with Yale Educational Travel, Conley & Silvers created a month long immersion program in Umbria this summer.  Thirty strong, we enjoyed living in ancient Amelia, a charming hill town with gracious and welcoming citizens.  We enjoyed day trips and weekend excursions throughout the region.  Our rich program included private concerts, educational tours, a book club, Italian Film screenings and lessons of all types including Italian cooking, Italian language, Art History & Architecture, Italian film, Tuscan and Umbrian wine appreciation, pecorino cheese making, glass jewelry making, yoga, painting, fresco making, hiking, and lectures on Italian History and Politics by Professors Harvey Goldblatt and Adam Tooze.  


Champagne 2016

A sublime scouting trip to Champagne to prepare for 2017 Soirée.  With Lionel and Dominique Michelin, I visited the big names in Champagne as well as some of the boutique houses.  We had a mind bending tasting at the incomparable Selosse, where everything is art even down to the mold on the cellar walls.  The expansive chalk cellars are deeply impressive and stretch for miles underground, some still engraved with graffiti from the soldiers and resistance who took shelter here during the World Wars.  I cannot wait to return here with guests in May and share the  discoveries. 

Deep underground in the chalk cellars of Champagne

Wine Roads & War Stories 2016: Guest Post from Janet Herring

Thank you Janet for being an ace scrapbooker of our 2016 Soirée in Normandy, Burgundy, Alsace and Paris.

Vietnam & Cambodia - Tour Managing

Amalfi Coast Soirée

Photos from a Dream Trip!

Amalfi Coast Soirée 2015: Getting Excited

August 29 – September 9, 2015  

Join us as we plunge into the most magnificent blue.
A true Italian holiday. 
Private beach clubs and late night piano bars. 
Boating at all speeds.  Tasting the sun in Neapolitan cuisine.
Lemon grove landcapes tumbling into the sea.
The erotic art of Pompeii and the delight of limoncello.
A classic concert in romantic Ravello.
Crumbing stucco in hues of rose.
Historic villas with exquisite gardens.
Swanky Capri and her fashionable boutiques by the sea. 
The best pizza in the world? 

Italian & Swiss Lakes

 Ascona, Switzerland

Ascona, Switzerland

Scouting for the best experiences on the Italian & Swiss Lakes, I fell for Lake Maggiore and all of the beauty that surrounds her.  Not to miss:  The Swiss town of Ascona and it's summer Jazz Festival and the lake islands of Isola di Brissago, Isola Madre, and Isola Bella.