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Paris, Berlin, Barcelona – if you’re thinking of going to Europe but not sure where to go, why not have the buffet experience. That’s where you travel to a bunch of the hot spots Europe has to offer, instead of staying in one place. But of course, where to stay and, what to eat? After all, if you nail those two – then the rest of the trip is a piece of cake. So check out these ‘where to stay’ and ‘where to eat’ spots here, so you can book and dine them when you’re there.
Nestled in the hills of Nîmes, Uzès is next to the Pont du Gard aqueduct. You’ll want to splash around in the river below the arches, then climb the hills of L’Artémise for a modern, art-inspired boutique and restaurant inside of a 16th-century country house.
Heading southwest to the Spanish border is what’s next to visit the expansive citadel that wraps around the medieval town of Carcassonne. A stay in the Hôtel de la Citéwithin is a must with its citadel walls, because that’s where kings at that time lived, enjoying the finest of French cuisines – which you’ll be dining on as well.
If spending an afternoon sucking back overpriced oysters and strolling the yacht docks of the port playground amongst the “pink-pants” class is your thing, then a trek to St. Tropez is next.
Saving the best for last, Èze on the Côte d’Azur between Monaco and Italy is where you’ll play some tennis, or dine at four-star restaurants with terraces that overlook countryside villas.
Drink With the Fishes
Now that we know where to go, let’s check out what to eat. First stop is a flight down to Portofino, Milan to check out the famous focaccia at the Belmond Hotel Spendido.
Eat, Pray, Love
When in Italy, you can leave without visiting Parma, where you’ll eat à la Emilia-Romagna at Casa del Formaggio. If we’ve lost you, that means House of Cheese, where you’ll enjoy the tastiest thinly shaved prosciutto. It’s truly a meal for gods, that’ll have you saying your prayers in thanks, as you fall in love.
Back to Basics
Next stop is Venice, where you must check out the new hotel, Palazzina G for some polenta pasta with anchovies. A stroll across the Grand Canal to Acqua & Mais to digest is a must afterwards.
Taste the Invasion
Your last stop will be to the Trentino region. Here you’ll dine on some spätzli—which is spaetzle, naturally, at the Lido Palace. It’s the perfect meal before those in-flight peanuts and crackers on your way home.