Have you ever followed a path only to wonder if it was the right path to take? This year, I wrote a post about “Stopping the Highlight Reel”. It’s time I did that with you—to stop sharing my own highlight reel with you.
As I looked around to others of her generation on our travels, I began to have this crushing sense of disappointment for future generations. Where is their curiosity? Where is their imagination and wonder of these places, without the internet revealing it to them? When are they going to put their damn phones down to just be in the moment?
When planning a trip to Rome, I found myself asking the question of whether we should invest the extra money on a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum?
An afternoon in Paris. Sounds delightful, oui? We managed to see the Notre Dame, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre, the Jardin Des Tuileries, the Champs Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We had walked over 18k steps and 16 kilometres, all in 6 hours. Yeah, we know how to make the most of our time.
I have finally unlocked the secret to finding the true essence of a city: food tours. My new mission, and I choose to accept it, is to explore food tours in each city I visit. I want to find the true essence of the city in this way.
I’ve come to realize that in order to get the best experience of a destination, you need to embark on a food tour. Especially when it’s guided by a local. Not only do you learn about the gestational habits, but you also learn more about the community and its unique history.