Nothing like a good, simple, fresh Mediterranean food; Green Salads, grilled eggplants and artichokes, ouzo and red grapefruit for dessert.
My friend, who lives in Paris, told me about this Boulangerie, Du Pain et des Idees, so in my latest visit to Paris on June, I had to go there and try out by myself. We bought cheese in a local outdoor market and then got some bread and cakes and headed for a picnic linch on one of the benches near Canal St. Martin.
As I love boulangeries, don't skip this one. Highly recommended!
No matter how serious life gets, you still gotta have that one person you can be completely stupid with...
Île de la Cité, Paris June 2012
I was walking in the streets of Paris for hours with my sister. She came from Tel Aviv and I came from New York to celebrate my Birthday in Paris. It was quite a last-minute-plan that worked out very well like a last-minute-plan can work out. My sister hasn't been to Paris for a while and was there for a shoot so the timing was perfect for both of us.
Talking about timing. What makes a photograph to a good one, is timing as well. We were walking in the area of Île de la Cité, right about to cross to the Notre Dame de Paris, when we saw this clown with the aquarium on his head. I wasn't really impressed or paying attention as I saw him already in my previous visit to Paris but my sister got quite curious so she stood there to look at him.
When I turned...
"If you fail the first time, consider yourself normal. if you fail a second time, consider yourself special for you have what it takes to succeed. If you fail a third time, consider yourself extraordinary, for many people would have already given up"
Montmartre, Paris April 2011
I couldn’t think of a better timing to post these words, as I am currently spending my last few days in the Montmartre in Paris. This picture was taken over a year ago on a weekend afternoon when the area was packed with people, mostly tourists and yet, the images and the words are still so relevant.
I was visiting Paris for few days last April and my friend took me to this area as he knew I would love the view. But not only did I LOVED the view, but also this amazing Street performer, Iya Traore, who is known as the soccer player of the Montmartre and is doing these courageous acrobatic moves while standing on a...
There is nothing better than taking a cooking class from all places but in Paris.
In my recent visit to Paris, I was invited to participate in a market cooking class. We went shopping for the ingredients in a local outdoor market and then got back to the school to cook everything.
For someone who hardly cooks in her tiny NY apartment, this experience was a great one.
If you are visiting Paris, don't skip Cooking With Class
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There are so many little outdoors cafes in Paris, and it might be a bit overwhelming to choose your pick. I always prefer an outdoor one than an indoor, as long as weather permits. Because Coffee in Paris is not just about coffee. It is also about People Watching.
The flea market in Jaffa Tel Aviv is a great area to find some great antiques, steals and deals, but also to enjoy great restaurants and cafes which 'adopt' the Vintage Retro chic to their interior design, menus and atmosphere.
One of the places I like to hang out when I'm visiting Tel Aviv is cafe Puaa'. (8 Rabbi Yohanan Street; Jaffa)
If you are visiting Israel, I highly recommend munching on the delicious local food but also boost your meal with a glass of Ouzo (despite its Greek origin).
Ouzo imported from Greek is available to purchase in Delicatessen delis and goes well with eggplants, artichokes, grilled tomatoes and sardines
I love coffee. Wherever I go and travel, I'm always searching for a great coffee shop to enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Lisbon has a great blend of Portuguese coffee.
In one of my strolls in the city, I found Kaffee-Haus, a hip and trendy Vienna -feel place but with a Portuguese touch.
Very friendly, young and lay back place.
One of the places you must visit when you are in Lisbon is Belmonte Cultural Club Cafe. It is an inspiring space of Art, Books and a great coffee.
I found this place by chance and I kept coming back the day after.
It is next door to Palacio Belmonte, which is a place to see by itself.
The most friendliest manager ever. He made me my special coffee and I became a fan
Martinho da Arcada is Lisbon's mythological oldest cafe. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, I passed through it just to experience the phenomenon and look inside. The cafe was founded in 1778! as Café do Gelo (the Ice Cafe) and mostly sold beverages and ice. After having passed through the hands of a set of different owners, in the early nineteenth century it was called the Casa da Neve (the House of Snow) and sold ice cream to the best of Lisbon’s society. Only in 1845 it received its current name after its owner at that time, Martinho Bartolomeu Rodrigues, who turned it into one of the finest and most popular cafes in the city. Its history of over two centuries is closely linked to the social, political and cultural life of Lisbon. If you come for dinner, highly recommended to make reservations.
Martinho da Arcada, Praça do Comércio 3, 1100-148 Lisboa
Tapas in Madrid are usually eaten before lunch, at “vermut” or “aperitivo” time. This can be done before lunch or after work.
Apart from eating the Madrid tapas and drinking sangria or beer, these bars are a good place to watch football games and people get together for the occasion; specially when there is a FC Madrid vs Real Madrid game.
It is also quite popular to have tapas in Madrid for dinner. Groups of friends like getting together and sharing some tapas at a good price. It's a budget dinner and it is fun to choose which tapas to eat and taste different Madrid tapas.
Just outside Castelo S. Jorge in Alfama area in Lisbon, there are so many outdoors cafes and gift shops for tourists. When you visit the Castle, I highly recommend to stay a bit in this area and walk along the narrow streets, enjoy the breeze (as it is located on a hill) and enjoy a light lunch.
One of the mythological places in Florence is Scudieri cafe in Piazza di San Giovanni.
Long marble bar and a lot of people around it having their espresso or cold cream coffee.
Highly recommended! Their selection is great.
When in Madrid, I highly recommend to visit Circulo de Bellas Artes. The views from the rooftop of the Fine Arts Circle is breath taking. Buy a ticket at the reception, speed up to the roof and stand by the feet of Goddess Minerva. Highly recommended during sunset with a glass of wine in hand.
There is nothing like waking up in the morning or going to sleep or having a morning coffee or dinner with the view of the the Basilique du Sacre Coeur.
I was lucky enough to stay in a beautiful apartment with that view in my recent visit to Paris.
I love traveling and be like the locals, therefore, I highly recommend booking an apartment, instead of a hotel.
PerfectlyParis is one of them.
When I travel, I am always looking for a location in which I can have an over view of the city. It gives me a sense of location, it good for photography and it also much more quiet most of the times.
If you travel to Florence, one of the places you should visit is Piazzale Michelangelo.
Better early in the morning, when you still see the morning dew or just before sunset
Don't skip Piazza Michelangelo in your next visit to Florence.
Yes, you will be approached by the people who are selling souvenirs, but it is almost in every beautiful location.
If there is a spot to buy a souvenir in Florence, than Piazza Michelangelo is the most photogenic place
What can be more romantic than watching the breathtaking views of Florence from the Duomo Tower?
You might need to climb more than 100 steep stairs but the view really worth it.
The cathedral is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most touristic Cathedral in Italy.
The neo gothic facade of the cathedral is a stunning view for itself, but the view from atop makes all the difference
Giardino di Boboli or Boboli gradens, located a walking distance from Palazzo Pitti, in Oltrano area in Florence.
The gardens, belong to the Medici family, are spotted with beautiful sculpture that includes some ancient Roman figures, and some say these gardens may serve as an outdoor museum, thanks to the sculptures.
Giardino di Boboli used to serve the Medici family and there was no access to these gardens but only to the immediate members of the Medicis. There were no parties or any sort of entertainment.
Therefore, the openness of the garden, with an expansive view of the city, cannot be taken for granted.
Great for every time of the day.
Highly recommended to have an afternoon stroll and pack a bottle of wine where it is permitted to drink.
Nothing more romantic than sailing along the Tiber river while exploring some of Rome beautiful highlights and neighborhoods.
In recent years, Rome invested money to clean the Tiber river and make it available for safe and clean sailing. It's not recommended to swim in the Tiber but a romantic sail is of course, possible.
There are many sailing companies and sometimes reserving a spot in advance might be more expensive than booking a sail on the spot.
Some might want to book a sail in the evening, but I really encourage to try out a romantic sail in the morning. The lines will be much shorter
Trastevere is one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Rome, located on the west bank of the Tiber river. There are so many picture-like and hidden alleys in this neighborhood, leading to beautiful piazzas. This is one of the oldest areas of Rome and these days there are quite foreign academic institutes and therefore more expats and students.
There are great restaurants in Trastevere, some might be too touristy.
Better search for good and authentic restaurants, such as Via Delle Frattei, where the owner himself can sometimes serve you lunch