I have written a couple of posts to ask questions about a trip I am planning for March 2013 (13-29th this includes 2 travel days). Unfortunately I feel like I am caught between a rough place and the stress of it all is driving my absolutely mad. My intuition tells me that we should visit Paris, London, and either Venice or Verona. Neither of us has been outside of the United States, but our favorite place in the states is San Francisco. We love the feminine beauty of the city, the ability to leave your hotel room and walk for hours without getting bored, and the majesty of the bridges.
I included our thoughts on SF as this might help with advice regarding Paris and London. We like the idea of renting an apartment or flat and doing walking tours of the city. We also like the idea of heading to the local market and cooking together or taking a cooking class. As I have said in my last post, the aim is to live like the locals, not create a list of places we want to visit and then making a complicated touring schedule.
In Paris we have to do the following:
1. Try many croissants, crepes, macarons, and decide which is the best (we will hold a small award ceremony in our flat)
2. Visit a museum (orsay perhaps)
3. Sail down the Siene at night
4. Have a symbolic wedding ceremony on the balcony of our apartment
5. Get lost and speak only broken french to find our way home
6. Kiss on every level of the Eiffel tower
7. Find the best steak and burger
8. Buy french perfume and feminine delicates
In London we must
1. Take the Jack the Ripper walking tour, at night
2. Take the Harry Potter tour
3. Take the city walk tour of the city
4. Have a proper english breakfast and tea time
5. Go pub crawling
6. Try a traditional Sunday Dinner (i hear the yorkshire pudding is amazing)
7. Find the best steak and burger
8. Ride the eye
9. Visit Stonehenge
10. Ride the double decker bus
11. Shop at harrods (we might be able to afford a key chain)
12. Hit up some of the free museums
These are the things we want to do in Italy, please recommend a location
1. Find the best Gelato (we are willing to taste as many as we must)
2. Find the best Pasta/Pizza
3. Have a convo with as many people who are willing
4. Get lost in cobblestone streets
5. See at least one piece of art that brings tears to our eyes
6. Make Pasta
7. Buy indigenous keepsakes
8. Buy an italian leather purse or sandals
a few caveats: I am allergic to seafood and my fiance does not eat fish, if you have any restaurant or regional recommendations for great food within these parameters, please help.
I know you might think these things are silly, but we need whimsy in our life more than anything else. We know we might discover more on our journey, but finding things you didn't plan for, is half the fun. How many days should we include, and do these cities deliver what we are looking for? Thank you in advance
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