An email recently arrived from Europe, with two descriptions of the same three weeks of travel. The contrast would make Deborah Tannen's mouth water.
Nice: pan bagnats
Cinque Terre: pesto, anchovies, focaccia
Venice: marinated octopus
Florence: gelato, gelato, gelato, gelato, gelato
Oh yeah, saw some cool stuff, too.
Sending lots of love.
Paris: Bike Velib: 20,000 bikes for public use. A shame American credit cards don't work in the system...
Marseille: Chateau D'If, and hidden beach on the next island
Nice: Tour De France!
Cinque Terre: 4 towns hiked in 3 hours.
Venice: Watching the kayakers make a stand against a city dominated by motorboats.
Florence: Da Vinci Museum with full scale replicas of his work.