About Your Hosts
Elke was born and raised Germany where she traveled throughout Europe as a child, teen and young adult. After moving to America in 1995 Elke started work as a travel consultant with some time off spent traveling, writing and rasing a wonderful son.
Elke first fell in love with Italy during a tour of Venice in 1994 and since then has returned to Italy year after year. From the Piedmont to Rome, up to Tuscany and over to Venice, Elke has explored it all. With her extensive experience in the travel industry, deep rooted love of Italy and experience seeking out the hidden gems, Elke is sure to provide any traveler with an experience second to none.
Russ first experienced Europe in 1992 when he was stationed in Germany as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Quickly realizing the amazing opportunity presented to him, he began touring Europe with his girlfriend Elke. After marrying his sweetheart and moving back to America he kept his European dreams alive by returning year after year.
Russ' love of the history, cultures and architecture of Europe comes through in his desire to find the essense of the countries and areas he travels to. From touring local markets to taking quiet moments to sit in a cafe and observe the local life, Russ takes pleasure in the small moments that make any experience so memorable.