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The Slow Europe Contest 2019


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Announcing our Slow Europe Contest 2019!

We have some great prizes from our supporters. Prizes are listed in this first post. How to enter the contest will follow. Accommodation prizes are vacation rentals offering a free week, or a 50% discount for a week. Accommodation prizes are offered in Italy and France. We also have a day with a tour guides in Paris and Rome.



Italy, Campania - Summer in Italy, 50% discount for 1 week (or more) for up to 9 people in Villa Gioconda, a 4 bedroom/4 bathroom villa on a hillside above Agropoli on the Cilento Coast, with private pool and view of the sea. (Minimum 5 nights, excluding July and August.) Reviews on Slow Europe. Thank you Luca for donating this prize!


Italy, Tuscany - Sant' Antonio Country Resort, 1 week for 2 people in an apartment at Sant' Antonio, a converted 800 year old monastery located in Montepulciano, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. (Stay must start on a Saturday; July, August and Christmas/New Year excluded.) Reviews on Slow Europe. Thank you Nico for donating this prize!


Italy, Le Marche - Valle Nuova, 1 week for 2 people in an apartment on an organic farm in countryside near Urbino. (If larger apartment is needed, pay the price difference at booking.) Reviews on Slow Europe. Thank you @Giulia da Urbino for donating this prize!


France, Provence - European Experiences small group tours, 50% discount for 1 week in their 3 bedroom/2 bathroom village apartment (with terrace!) in Bonnieux, in the Luberon, Provence. Reviews on Slow Europe. Thank you @Kathy for donating this prize!


Italy, Tuscany - L’Aiolina, 50% discount on 1 week for up to 5 people in an apartment on an estate in the Chianti, near Siena. Thank you Cristina for donating this prize!


France, Provence - Le Mas Perreal, 1 week for 2 people in an apartment on an estate (mas) near Saint Saturnin-Les-Apt in the Luberon, Provence. (July and August excluded.) Thank you @Kevin Widrow for donating this prize!


Italy, Le Marche - La Casetta at San Cristoforo, 50% discount for 1 week for up to 4 people in this 2 bedroom/2 bathroom stone cottage near Cagli. (Note this prize must be used before end of 2020.) Thank you Peter for donating this prize!


France, Paris - Paris Find, one day private tour for up to 4 people in Paris with Michael Osman. Thank you Michael for donating this prize!


Italy, Rome - 3 Millennia Tours - the winner chooses one of two options:
Option 1: one day private tour (up to 4 people) in Rome with Tony Polzer. (Tony is usually available in June, July, September, October; does not include Vatican tour)

Option 2: 50% discount on one day private tour (up to 4 people) in Rome from anyone on the 3 Millennia team. Thank you Tony for donating this prize!


Italy - Italy for Wine Lovers - the winner chooses one of two options:
Option 1: 3 to 4 hours with wine expert Tony Polzer in Rome (wine tasting or wine dinner) or at your home if you live in the Philadelphia/Baltimore/DC area. (This includes the wine expert's time but not the cost of wine or food *see notes below.)

Option 2: 50% discount from the fee for 3 to 4 hours with a wine expert in Italy (wine tasting or wine dinner). We have wine experts based in Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, etc. (This includes the wine expert's time but not the cost of wine or food *see notes below.) Thank you Tony for donating this prize!

*Details for Italy for Wine Lovers prize. This prize constitutes the wine experts time and does not include any wine or food. For the wine tasting or wine dinner, the wine and food will be based on the winner's interests and budget and will be payable directly to the wine bar or restaurant. Option 1 with Tony Polzer (Tony is a certified Italian Wine Ambassador) can only be redeemed while Tony is in Rome (Tony is usually available in June, July, September, October). For the in-home event in the Philadelphia/Baltimore/DC area, Tony will work with the winner to secure wine for the event based on the winner's budget. The in-home event can only be redeemed while Tony is Stateside (Tony is usually available from the November to May and all of August).


Italy, Rome - Rome is Home, 3 nights for up to 2 people in their 1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori in the heart of Rome. Thank you Massimo for donating this prize!


Italy, Tuscany - Chianti Cashmere, offers 2 people a chance to join them for a day in the Tuscan countryside. "Shepherd for a Day" is offered twice weekly from May thru October (not available in August) and includes a day-long trek with our herd of Cashmere Goats, wine-tasting, wholesome farm lunch in the garden, and more! Read more here. Thank you Nora for donating this prize!


Croatia, Hvar - Apartments Komazin Hvar, 1 week for 2 people in a luxury apartment close to the beach and town. (July and August excluded.) Thank you Andro for donating this prize and @Shannon for arranging it!


Last, but not least - 3 prizes of a $100/£80/€90 Amazon gift certificate so you can purchase more travel guides.

Thank you to all our prize givers!

Read how to enter the contest on this thread: https://www.sloweurope.com/community/threads/post-here-to-enter-the-slow-europe-contest-2019.4102/

  • Prize is subject to availability and may be restricted to certain months (see prize description).
  • Prize may have restrictions on start dates/times (e.g. start on Saturday). Confirm these when booking.
  • For accommodation prizes, the prize does not include food and beverages. A tourist tax may have to be paid on site.
  • For tour guide prizes, entrance fees, meals and transportation are not included.
  • Prize must be used by April 2021 (2 years after the prize drawing) unless otherwise stated in prize description.
  • The prize is non-transferable and must be used by the winner unless other arrangements are agreed upon by prize giver.
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for money, or other items of similar value, or sold to third parties.
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I have started a thread where you must post to enter the contest. Once you have your 10 posts on the forums and you have posted your trip report or resource, post on this thread:

If you run into a problem posting your trip report or resource, send me a private message and I will help you get it posted.

I will send out a newsletter this week to announce the contest.

Good luck everyone!


Forums Admin
Has a deadline for entering been posted: is it the date of the drawing?
Good point, thanks for telling me this. I changed the thread where you enter the contest to say:
  • To officially enter the contest you must post a reply ... by Friday April 12 at 5pm GMT UK time (which is 9am PST on the US West Coast, 12pm EST on the US East Coast).
That gives me one day to print out member names, cut them into strips and put them in the hat.


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Two more prizes have been added, both from Tony Polzer (Tony da Roma from ST). One is for a tour guide for a day in Rome. The other is for time with a wine expert. Both prizes are with Tony when he is available or with a 50% discount for other members of his team who are available more often.
OK, I have a peeve about how the times are stated, since the U.K. and U.S. will be on Summer or Daylight Saving time then. GMT is constant, and the time in the U.K. will be one hour ahead of that. The times observed in most of the U.S. should be stated as PDT, EDT, etc. Another aspect of confusion in time zone names is that the "ST" in Britain means Summer Time, and in the U.S. it's Standard Time, observed in winter. Arizona stays on MST all year, meaning that in summer they're the same as the West Coast and PDT. So if the time is based on the time observed in the countries, it should be 5pm BST, in the U.S. 9am PDT and 12 pm EDT.


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since the U.K. and U.S. will be on Summer or Daylight Saving time then
Will they? I thought it was after. I will admit I get confused on all the abbreviations.

Okay, you are right, UK time changes Sunday 31 March. We will be in Israel when they go forward Friday 29 March and then in the UK for their change. And daylight savings time starts in the US on Sunday 10 March.

I will change it to:
Friday 12 April 4pm (16:00) GMT - which is 5pm BST in the UK, 12pm (noon) EDT on the US east coast and 9am PDT on the US west coast.

Now I have Steve telling me about UTC vs GMT.


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