One of the upsides to the natural isolation of the Cinque Terre region is that the majority of their foods are locally grown or produced. You won’t find any chain stores or restaurants in this area – instead there’s a bountiful amount of small local shops that all sell fantastic fresh foods! Here are six foods to try in Cinque Terre you can’t miss out on.
A walk through the flower markets, or Nice Farmer’s Market.
Although called the Marche Aux Fleurs, you can actually find a lot more than flowers at the Nice Farmer’s Market! There is everything from fresh fruit, vegetables and meats plus local specialties like lavender and honey. It’s a great place to pick up a memoir of Nice or get some authentic souvenirs.
Paris has a multitude of old buildings that have large street-front wooden doors. Sometimes when they would open, we would peek in to see a lavish foyer or green courtyard. Since seeing them, some of our accommodation places have been hidden behind these style doors and buildings! It definitely helps you to feel like a local when you unlock a heavy wooden door and step through, much more so that walking into a flash hotel glass lobby.
When I first heard about the secret passageways of Paris, it went straight onto our travel itinerary! I spent quite some time researching which ones I wanted to visit, as not all the passageways are as picturesque as some. My top three were all in walking distance from each other and definitely worth a visit.
The passages were created at the end of the 18th century and were considered the world’s first malls.
I don’t think you can go wrong with picking a patisserie for afternoon tea in Paris. After a long day wandering through the bustling streets, we stopped at a patisserie called Paris Baguette on a side street in the 4th arrondissement and of course we weren’t disappointed! I had a lemon tart (tarte citron) and Julian had a chocolate éclair and a caramel macaron that had real caramel in the centre.
Fragonard is a French perfume company that makes and sells their products only in France. They have about half a dozen locations in Paris, originated in Grasse in the South and have a factory in the town of Eze, about half an hour from Nice. We visited their newly opened perfume museum in Paris and learnt all about the history of perfume, how they make it and also how they determine all the scents! It was free to visit and we had a guide take us through the museum on an English-speaking tour.