This was actually my first time in Florence and there’re tons to do here! This is actually (at the time) my favorite city in Italy. Everyone always goes on about Rome and Venice for it’s old Italian charm, but I’m from a big city and it takes a big city to take my heart. I love how some ruins are so seamlessly blended in with modern fixtures! The usual places you must go are The Accademia Gallery in Florence where the David is, The Uffizi museum where there are millennium of art, The Duomo, and Giotto’s Campanile, but these are all the obvious places. One of my favorite places to go, sort of off the beaten path is The Boboli Gardens!!! After a small hike up some well-decorated hills and stairs, at the summit you get this GORGEOUS view of Florence! I place I highly recommend to eat is La Giostra Restaurant link. The atmosphere is intimate, great for dates but also lively enough for small parties. The food is indescribable and is a must try!
Loved Zurich, one of my favorite cities in Europe! It was too bad I didn’t get to spend more time there! I mainly walked around the city, taking in the sights here and taking a break before a hectic Amsterdam > London > Paris! There is a Ghiradelli Factory here that’s pretty common on tourist lists, but for a must stop, it’d be Sternen Grill link! Their sausages are amazing! Switzerland has a lot of German influence and you can definitely taste it here!!
Amsterdam & Paris
In Amsterdam, I highly recommend the Heineken Factory! It’s great fun, even for those who aren’t drinking! In Paris, my favorite things to do were to stroll down the Champs-Élysées and spend copious hours at the Louvre. Everyone goes to the Louvre for the Mona Lisa, but fail to see The Wedding at Cana, a wall to wall painting that dwarfs the Mona Lisa. Among other pieces in the Louvre, The Winged Nike of Samothrace is another favorite! A must stop is the Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées and stop by for the best macarons in the world! Another must stop is in Paris’s Chinatown, not for Chinese food, but for Bahn Mi (vietnamese sandwiches on French Baguettes) at Mekong link. This was one of the absolute best Bahn Mi I’ve ever had. Their meats are rich and full of flavor. Their Pâté is so creamy and not overly spiced. And the icing on the cake, are their fresh baked baguettes that they get daily from a bakery in Paris. If you’ve ever had Bahn Mi or if you ever want to try it and you’re in Paris, make a stop here. You won’t regret it!
Below is part of the original series of works I wrote shortly after the trip. There are some more details and some other ones in it below! I hope you enjoy! I’ll be back with a piece on London, my absolute faovrite city I’ve ever traveled to!