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Travel Tuesday: Good Eats, Europe

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Not use to seeing Crocodile, Zebra, Emu and Kangaroo on a menu like they offer at the Outback Lodge in Zürich, Switzerland

This past summer Matthew and I spent 23 days traveling Europe. The majority of our time was in Ireland, France and Italy. On a spur-of-the-moment decision, we traveled up to Innsbruck, Austria where we spent two nights (more on that part of the trip at a later date). We took a scenic drive through Liechtenstein (a tiny and beautiful country) so we could have lunch in Zürich, Switzerland before finally heading back into Italy for our final 3 nights of vacation. It was an incredibly fun trip filled with delicious food and drink plus plenty of sweets. 

While I didn't take the challenge to eat Zebra, Emu, Kangaroo or Crocodile in Switzerland, I did enjoy plenty of fruits, vegetables, beef, chicken and seafood during our travels. And I might have had more than one helping of gelato as well. My favorite breakfasts were had in Ireland where we were offered a hearty buffet selection of meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and pastries (though no pastries for me), plus we also ordered from the resort's menu where I enjoyed the best eggs and bacon along with perfectly prepared mushroom caps. And the silver pot of tea, that was frequently refilled, ensured a leisurely start to the day.

Italy offered delicious meals, but I believe the best lunches and dinners were had in France. The French know their sauces! And the seafood was incredibly fresh, as it was in Ireland, but the French seem to really know how to do everything just right. From salads to elaborate dishes, our palates were most happy in Provence! Here are a few shots of some of our favorite dishes. Enjoy!

Travel Tuesday: Cassis, France

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Today I'm sharing with you the beautiful town of Cassis, located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region in the south of France. We sort of stumbled upon Cassis one day while out on a driving adventure. That's always fun, right? The water was a breathtakingly blue/green and the rocky stone cliffs framed it perfectly. The first day in Cassis we just followed the crowd and did the tourist-thing. Parked in a nearly full lot and squeezed onto a very crowded, rocky beach. The water was truly so beautiful, the crowd was almost not a bother... almost. 

We just had to return for a second day. This time, though, we did a little research on the area and decided to avoid the crowded beach and go for the hiking route. I'm so happy we did, because the views were even more incredible and we found a little eatery, La Plage Bleue, that had the most amazing seafood (for my husband) and delicious salad (for me) enjoyed overlooking the water we were so drawn to in the first place! The cliff walks were only partially open due to the strong winds that day, but we still managed to take in some of the views along the Calanques de Casis. My husband and I both agree, Cassis is well worth the visit and on our next trip to the region, we'll do our best to rent a flat and enjoy the views even longer!

I hope you've enjoyed today's Travel Tuesday. Let me know if you've been to Cassis and if so, how did you like it?