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Laura Wagner

Chicago, Illinois Travel Agent

Exploring Spain

Spain is one of the most under-explored, under-recognized countries for Americans. I love it because there is so much amazing architecture, history and culture and it is so much fun and so easy for travelers to eat and drink like a Spaniard. Just find a tapas bar and you can strike up a conversation with locals, and in some places, even catch a Flamenco show.

It’s a country I keep going back to, and I have spent months at a time exploring it.

Among my favorite “discoveries” is Segovia, a little town with an incredible Roman aqueduct, a grand cathedral and a castle to tour. But my favorite reason to visit is a unique dish the city is known for, “cochinillo asado” or suckling pig. The chef, with his traditional chef’s garb, carries the dish out of the kitchen and cuts a slice for each person who ordered it. It seems like a show, although it is simply the traditional manner of serving.

Toledo is a charming town where you walk through an archway into the medieval walled city and the artwork and architecture are awe-inspiring.  Seville has a whole different feel, thanks to the Moorish influence. And for full immersion in the Moorish influence and history, I love the Alhambra in Grenada.

For grand museums, a real palace that is still in use and open for tours, and all the excitement of a big European capital, Madrid can’t be beat. Whenever I can, I get there for Easter week, when each church seems to have its procession through the streets. One night, I was awakened at midnight by a marching band that was leading a procession and ran out to take photos!

A great place to end up is Barcelona. Like Madrid, it has great non-stop flights to the U.S., and it’s got a character all its own, thanks in part to the influence of its famed architect, Antoni  Gaudi.  Not to be missed is his famous and most impressive work, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, but his other works around town are also interesting.

While Spain offers all the luxury and rich history of its European sisters to the north, everything is relatively inexpensive there, from food and drinks to hotels. Best of all, there are so many authentic places and traditions to enjoy and discover.  One visit is never enough!

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Girls Weekend

Reviewed By JC - Chesterton, Indiana | Traveled to Chicago ~ Illinois ~ USA
I needed help with booking a girls weekend in Chicago, Laura's recommendation was perfect and we were pleased with the rates that were offered, she was quick to reply and made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. Over the top service, will definitely contact her for future travel needs.
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Wonderful trip to Thailand

Reviewed By Terri - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Thailand ~ East and Southeast Asia
Laura was the ultimate travel agent. She had travelled to Thailand herself so she was able to offer suggestions from her own experience as well as draw on the expertise of her fellow agents. We had many factors to juggle as we wanted to see as much as possible while working around my daughter's schedule who was teaching in Thailand. Laura was patient and diligent as we explored endless itineraries. The result was a fabulous trip. Laura had everything planned for us from start to finish and available on an app as well as sending us a hard copy. She also followed up with us while we were on our trip while she herself was travelling in China. We were extremely pleased with Laura's help and I already have two friends that are using her for their trips.
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Amazing trip!

Reviewed By Paula - Shorewood, IL | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
First, let me say, she is amazing! No stone unturned! We had a group of 8 ladies including Laura as she guided us through Italy. We did not have to think about anything. She had every detail planned with our input as far as what we wanted to see and if we wanted guides. We had luxury vans to take us to each destination so we never had to figure out how to get to each location. She had suggestions as to where to go, what to see and where to eat. We were able to make our own decisions but had input from Laura, if desired. She set up the best hotels for our budget, the best flights and the best destinations. I can't say enough about Laura and her ability to provide the best service and a trip of a lifetime! I have recommended her to several of my friends and family who are using her, as well.
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A wonderful Christmas Trip

Reviewed By The Gutes - Scottsdale AZ | Traveled to Eastern Europe ~ Europe
She was very professional and responsive to our requests and worked to make sure that our vacation was exactly what we wanted.
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Best trip ever

Reviewed By lsm - Moline, Ill. | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura planned our trip with excellent care, she communicated with us and would answer any questions we had. My first European trip and she advised us on what we needed for the trip and what to expect. With her expertise she gave us different options and cost of what tours we would like to do. She will work within your budget. I would definitely recommend Laura.
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Trip of a lifetime

Reviewed By Michelle - Shorewood, il | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura was wonderful, she had everything and I mean everything planned out. The whole trip was wonderful she had so many wonderful excursions planned out for us. All of our accommodations where great. I know without Laura it wouldn’t of been this fantastic
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A world wind of fun!

Reviewed By Fried bangs - Joliet, Illinois | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura had everything planned out and organized. From the flights and the pick ups and tours. Everything was perfect. She did all the work so the rest of us could enjoy.
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This was our second honeymoon and it was wonderful

Reviewed By Jacquie - Naperville IL | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Laura's planning and attention to detail was incredible. She listened to what we were wanting to do and go and every tip she gave was on point.
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