Sunday, April 6, 2008

When in ...

A trip to Venice is not complete without a visit to Alberto Valese's shop. Alberto makes beautiful marbled papers and books. All by hand.

When in Rome. Though I've not been there, yet. But you know. That sort of thing. Was just reminiscing about the highlights of trips past and thought I'd put together a broad list of things missed (as in looking forward to seeing or doing, again.) And, therefore, things not to be missed. Anywho, check back periodically. I'll try to keep this little collection of lists up to date as I discover new things one must endeavor to experience when in where ever. I've even included some Stateside favorites.

When in Amsterdam
When in Barcelona
When in Berkeley
When in Budapest
When in Dubrovnik
  • Explore the old town at sunrise (it will be all yours) and again at sunset (when you'll have to share)
  • Day trip by bus to Cavtat
  • Day trip by bus to Korcula
  • Day trip by bus to The Bay of Kotor and the town of Kotor in Montenegro
  • Eat lots of dried figs
  • Eat lots of pastries from Niko
When in Liguria, on the Italian Riviera
When in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu
When in Montreal
  • While away the hours at Olive + Gourmando (351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest)
  • Dessert from Cocoa Locale (4807 Avenue du Parc)
  • Or from Les Glaceurs (453 Rue Saint-Sulpice)
  • Book-browsing (or buying, if you're up for a supreme splurge) at Librissime (62 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest)
  • Pick a church or two to sample in addition to a requisite visit to the Basilique Notre-Dame. Lots of lovely churches, if I do say so myself. And I've not a(n organized) religious bone in my body.
When in Paris
  • Wander around with your spiral bound copy of Michelin Paris Par Arrondissements and a keen sense of curiosity and adventure
  • Skip the Louvre (or go on a Wednesday or Friday night after 6PM when it stays open until 10PM, the crowds have thinned, and it costs less, to boot) and go straight for a hot chocolate with Chantilly at Angelina's
  • Walk it off in the Tuileries
  • Catch a sunrise at La Tour Eiffel (tout seul) and then, later, share a sunset with the hordes
  • Repeat with Sacre Coeur
  • And again with the Place des Vosges
  • Have plenty of pastries from Paul
  • Macaroons and tarts from Laduree
  • Lots of L'As du Fallafel (34 Rue des Rossiers, Paris, 75004)
  • Beaucoup de glace from Berthillon
  • Hot and sweet mint tea at the Grande Mosquée de Paris and a meal fit for a sultan, inside
  • And of course, shop til you drop
When in San Francisco
  • Pretend you're in Paris and get yourself over to la pâtisserie Miette, and/or one of Bay Bread's little Paris-parfaît Boulangeries
When in Sorrento
When in Venice
When in Vienna
  • Spend endless hours, rain or shine, at the bistro-cafe Le Bol (Neuer Markt 14)
Questions? Ask away! Please use the comments feature to ask questions rather than contacting Marisa directly. That way everyone can learn a thing or two, too.

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