Collected by Jenna Francisco, AFAR Local Expert
Jenna Francisco′s Wishlist
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Paris is without question one of the best picnic cities. The only challenge is finding a park or garden that allows you to sit on the grass. To keep the land looking lush and pristine, guards mill about to police picnickers sprawled on off-limits...
Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Madrid's multi-level Mercado San Anton is a sight to be seen. Rows of gorgeous produce, local specialties, Italian deli favorites, briny seafood and locally-farmed meats line the perimeter of each floor, each stall more enticing than the one...
Seattle, WA, USA
One of Seattle's landmark buildings, the downtown public library is a dramatically asymmetrical, 11 story glass-and-steel 'sculpture' that takes up an entire city block. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the interior features a continuous...
Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The ocean churns as a 36-ton mammal swims up to the boat. With your arm plunged into the cool water, you await the touch of a California gray whale. Like a house cat craving a scratch on the head, the whale pushes its rubbery skin, rough with...
Praça Roberto Gomes Pedrosa, 1 - Morumbi, São Paulo - SP, 05653-070, Brazil
If you're going to get to know Brazil, you're going to get to know soccer. I was able to attend the São Paulo state championship match between Santos (former club of Pelé and current club of Brazilian soccer sensation Neymar) and Guaraní. Santos...
Via S. Zanobi, 33, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
506 01 Jicin, Czechia
It's amazing what several millions years can do, transforming buried sandstone into monoliths that pepper a landscape of plateaus, deep gorges and valleys. In the UNESCO protected Bohemian Paradise Geopark, hiking through the spruce forest that...
575 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Music and wine seem like the perfect pairing to me. That's why I was so excited when I heard about a new festival coming to Napa this May called BottleRock. The four-day event is being held at the Napa Fairgrounds and combines some of the...
Triglavska cesta 17, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica, Slovenia
On my travels through Slovenia I think few accommodations impressed me as much as the Bohinj Park Eco Hotel. Luxurious facilities, ecological projects and service that could put other hotels to shame. What impressed me most is that the hotel has...
116 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France
Paris wine shops routinely host free tastings, often led by the growers who make the wine. Paris by Mouth publishes a calendar of tastings, but two shops can be depended upon to have something interesting on the weekends: Les Caves Augé and La...
Strada Comunale Serra, 1, 14055 Annunziata, Costigliole d'Asti AT, Italy
Winemaker Renato Ratti recently opened to the public his family’s 18th-century, 13-room villa in the Piedmont countryside. An old cellar stores decades’ worth of Ratti wines. Guided tastings can be arranged upon request, and bottles can be shipped...
5 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Frenchie (the restaurant) is nearly impossible to get into, but the wine bar across the street provides a taste of chef Gregory Marchand’s housemade charcuterie and pasta, as well as small plates such as homemade smoked trout and burrata cheese...
210 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
For much of its history, the western edges of Manhattan neighborhoods like the West Village and Chelsea consisted of small manufacturing buildings and warehouses that served the piers on the Hudson River. Over time, those factories were replaced...
1200 K St #8, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA
While California's Gold Country may no longer produce the shiny mineral that drove the heart's and minds of California's earliest residents mad, its wine production is exceptional. Known for their Barberas as well as dozens more, the wines in this...
450 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
While planning a night away in San Francisco to see the premiere of "Kurios," the newest Cirque du Soleil show, I knew I wanted to stay in the heart of the city. I prefer a hotel with character, one that reflects a sense of place, and the...
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