"The place was beautiful, very tastefully decorated and simple. The pool was lovely and everything was very well maintained. Everyone was helpful, providing recommendations on where to go and babysitting when we needed it." -K E, Zurich, Switzerland

Vertically above the quaint and pristine village of Positano, with a panoramic view of the Amalfi Coast, the Eagle's Nest is an outstanding independent house. It's surrounded by terraces and gardens, including a wood burning oven and barbecue nestled in the garden. Access to the house is on a foot path through a small adjoining community of about 100 residents. Along the path you'll pass the local grocery where they're happy to take your order for fresh bread and produce in the morning and deliver to you in the afternoon after making their run to town.

1/3 c. bulgur wheat
(best purchased in health food store)
2 Cornish hens, about 1 1/4 pounds each
4 t canola oil
1 leek (roots and damaged leaves removed, chopped, about 1 1/4 c)
1 onion, chopped (3/4 c)
2 cloves garlic, chopped (1 1/2 t)
1 t jalapeno pepper, chopped
(may vary according to personal taste)
1 unpeeled Granny Smith apple
(cored and cut into 3/8 " pieces)
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
1/2 t salt

Bring 1 c water to boil in saucepan, stir in bulgur wheat, and set aside for 1 hour. Drain and discard liquid. You should have 1 c wheat.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bone Cornish hens from neck opening being careful not to tear the skin. Stuff with bulgur mixture and place on rack inside shallow pan.

Before serving, carefully cut each hen in half lengthwise. Drain and discard liquid fat. Combine remaining drippings with a little water to form a natural juice to pour over each serving.

Rent A Home International/VillaNet

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year at VillaNet, and so it's appropriate that the personality this month is the founder of the business, our close friend and adviser Hilde Freeman.

It was in 1983 when she received her Master's degree in Business and chose to write her thesis on a new concept for travel. Even though she always loved travel, she found it especially frustrating to "hotel it" with small children. Strict rules and minimal accommodations simply didn't meet the needs of families.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to rent a home or apartment when you went on a holiday? This would promote comfort, cultural exchange, and self catering. And so "Rent A Home International " was born. Even though the name has changed to VillaNet, the business has been thriving ever since.

Hilde retired from the business in 1999 after a skiing accident and has since taken up painting where once again she has succeeded. She has sold many paintings and was recently featured in the Women's University Art Show in Seattle.

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

VillaNet has always been family friendly. We promote family holidays by renting well furnished apartments and villas to give each member the comfort they're looking for. If you and your children are into swimming, biking, tennis, shopping, or water sports at the beach, we do our best to offer accommodations to match your needs. Most of our villas offer cribs, and car rental agencies offer car seats for little ones.

Often the biggest challenge is the "getting there." It's a good idea to let the airline of your choice know the ages of your children. If your family includes an infant or toddler, the airline can provide a bassinette for them along with front row seating where the family can move around a little. It's a good idea to take a variety of games, books, and toys in one carry-on that can be pulled out as needed. Including a favorite teddy bear or blanket can make a big difference at bedtime.

For any age, try to keep to a normal routine as much as possible, anticipating meal times, bedtimes, etc. Talking about the trip ahead of time and stating your expectations for this adventure is helpful for school age children. In a new environment normal boundaries need to be imposed so the children feel secure. Letting them do whatever they want will confuse and agitate them. Most of all as parents or grandparents, try to relax and enjoy, for the more relaxed you are the better your children will do.

Kathy Hayes, Editor

Dear Travelers,

As the owner of Villanet, I am proud to announce our 20 year anniversary!!

Thanks for your continuing support and your wonderful response to our newsletter. I am delighted to welcome the hundreds of new members who have joined the VillaNet family adventure this month. Many of you have decided it was high time you booked your vacation house. Congatulations!

In an effort to offer you more and better information we have introduced videos to many of our listings. So, don't wait. Log on and enjoy the ride!

Emmanuel de Ricard, President

VillaNet Vacation Villas and Apartments ( Copyright 2003 )
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