of the week: in which a woman shakes in her pants in anticipation of her european holiday!

love.: As most of you know, next month I’m spending three weeks traveling through Italy and France. People who know me well know that I am a woman who likes to be prepared. To that end, I’ve spent endless hours preparing my itinerary of hidden chow spots, tucked-away streets and art that will put my heart on pause. Some of my choice favorites: Localers, a service offering cool day tours by Parisians. At present, I’m swooning over the food trips. Whilst in Paris, I will definitely pass time in these coffee shops, as recommended by Sous Style. After over a decade of traveling to Paris, photographer and writer, Janelle McCulloch, serves up a sumptuous take on her picks for art, architecture, fashion, vintage, food, and all the hidden streets that are a must-visit in her vividly photographed book, Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart. Clearly, any advice Ines de la Fressange doles out I’m certain to follow. So I snapped up her beautifully bound, Parisian Chic: A Style Guide, and it’s chockfull of etiquette, tips and Ines’ picks for the ultimate Parisian holiday. Finally, the Bloggers Guide to Paris is a must-print {while you’re at it, devour all of Pret-A-Voyager’s posts, please!} When in Rome, I plan to follow Twitter friend + travel writer, Erica Firpo’s tips to the letter.

When it comes to apps, I’ve scored David Leibovitz’s divine Paris Pastry Tour, because if David’s writing about it, it’s certain to be DELISH. And to help me with my pitiful French and non-existent Italian, I’ve already downloaded the simple Mindsnacks apps.

**If you have any links, resources of tips for me, please share them in the comments section. I’m headed to Rome, Florence, Siena, Paris, Bordeaux, Biarritz, and possibly Basque country.

Brief aside: Golden Tip Cups. Aren’t they dreamy?

life.: Just as I ceased the endless trip vacillation {Basque country, no, Switzerland!}, do I read about Ashley’s visit to Southern Spain. You will fawn over the rich history, architecture and the sloe-gin vibe. Meanwhile, Jessica’s literary riffs remind me why I’m so delighted to have returned to books, articles, criticism with such fervor. Some days it feels as if I have a tapeworm when it comes to literature, and trust me, this is a good thing.

eat.: Indulging my passion for chocolate + chocolate are these yummy Homemade Bounty Bars. While I’m noshing on this and pretending to be more virtuous I can feast on Quinoa Salad, x3, Carrot Soup + Blood Orange Oil, Sweet Potato + Rosemary Biscuits.

25 thoughts on “ of the week: in which a woman shakes in her pants in anticipation of her european holiday!

  1. Hello! As as avid art nerd I’m first and foremost completely envious of your trip. Two countries containing such rich cultures in food and art! Though I’m more keen on Italy! When in Florence DO NOT pass up the cathedral, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore to be more specific, but you’d recognize it more as the big Domed cathedral (The Duomo). If you can, in the outskirts of Florence is the town of Vinci (And if you’ve guessed it, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci!), would be a great place to visit (if only for the pleasure of stepping in the town he stepped in and lived his child hood). Visit all the churches, see ALL the art you can in Florence and the historical buildings you can (others to include would be: Mercato Vecchio (as well as the Palazzo Vecchio),Santa Maria Novella, Basilica di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Medici. As for Rome, def. check out the usual touristy places the Pantheon, The Colosseo (Colosseum), The Roman baths and all the famous cathedrals again. OH AND THE VATICAN (which does include St. Peters)

    It might just be me being an art nerd, but if I had the opportunity to go to Italy I’d take advantage of all the wonderful history and art (and FOOD! :] ) that it has to offer


    1. Melissa – Thank you so much for your amazing suggestions! I’ve actually been in Rome before {LOVED IT!} so I’m going more from a foodie perspective, however, your suggestion for Vinci is a brilliant one. I had planned to visit Siena + Luca, but I’m seriously considering adding this to the itinerary. Thanks again!!!!


  2. LOVE. I am SO jealous of your upcoming trip and all of your links are fantastic. Golden Tip Cups: YES. I want. Quinoa Salad, x3: I want all of them, x3. Lebovitz’s Paris Pastry app?!? I had no idea that even existed, but I will definitely be downloading that when I go to Paris again!! Not to mention looking up all the other lovely resources you found 🙂 Have an excellent trip (I’m sure you will)!


  3. For the love of YOU and all things Paris! Help-I am going to stop in Paris for 3 days and 4 nights on my way home from Italy with my 13 yr old. I have a pretty good budget for lodgings as will be staying with a friend in Italy. I wan to be ‘near’ aka walking distance to the usual haunts. What are your reco’s for location and even accomodation. Thanks Fel! L


    1. I always stay the Hotel Original. It’s on Boulevard Beaumarchais, and I love it. A lot of my friends have also done AirBNB with a lot of success. I’m using them for Rome + Bordeaux. Hope this helps! 🙂


  4. I’ve just devoured and dissected all your links! Even bought the ‘Paris My Sweet’ book on my kindle and going to buy the Paris Pastry Shop App (yes, you can see my priorities – Eating my way through Paris in 4 days:) Thanks again F~


  5. For me for the real life in Paris, find a tiny local cafe/bar and go for your morning coffee and your apero, practice your French and you’ll meet wonderful people from all walks of life


  6. I love Paris. A couple of delicious restaurant recommendations: (1) L’Escargot Montorgueil for escargot, but all of their food is divine! (2) Le Relais de l’Entrecote for traditional steak frits – so so so good, you will be stuffed, but have to eat it all! and (3) Restaurant L’Ardoise – an adorable little neighborhood restaurant with a very reasonable, very delicious, pre fixe lunch menu

    Bon appetite! Enjoy your trip, I am so so so jealous!


  7. Felicia you will have a wonderful time! In Florence try the Ricciarelli, those delicious almond cookies are to die when they are fresh! I can tell you a lot about Rome since I lived in this amazing city for a year. The light is impressive, AND the food! Try the ‘aperitivi’ for happy hour. This institution is great, you will have a cocktail and a large buffet for the price of a drink. As part of Paris, since I’m from there, I can tell you you won’t stop eating the whole time of your trip! Try the macarons at Pierre Hermé, the pastries at Gérard Mulot, the chocolate at Patrick Roger. And finally if you go to Biarritz, stop by Pariès and get some Mouchou and gateau basque. Heaven! If you can travel a bit through the other villages such as St Jean de Luz, Espelette and cross the boarder to reach St Sebastian and eat some tapas you won’t regret it…Cheers!


    1. Thank you, thank you! I spent ten days in France last September, and it was clearly NOT ENOUGH. I’ve written down your smart suggestions and plan to check out all the yummy spots. Warmly, f.


      1. you are more than welcome, if you need more suggestion don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂
        Btw, my best friend got me Parisian Chic a year and a half ago, you will love it! A must!


  8. My husband and I just got back from a few days in Rome… like you, we had been before and this time wanted to take more of an eating-and-drinking approach to the city. I haven’t yet had time to blog the trip, but I can send you the link to a Pinterest board I used to plan our trip, many of the places we visited are there, as well as tips from Italian friends and others who had been before us… hope it help!


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