One of the big decisions we have to make before travelling to Europe is where & when are we going to eat out. Food is one of the highlights of our time spent in Italy or France and I don't like to leave much to chance. I do my research, which consists mainly of reading the reviews on Slow Travel - along with a couple of guide books and some personal recommendations. I have never had a cell phone on our previous trips so I usually make several reservations made before we leave home.
This time, we are away for 24 days - a long time for us & our travel budget. We will have to pick our spots in Rome & Provence. We already have 3 meals arranged as part of a GTG at the following restaurants:
- September 5, Rome 1:00pm - lunch at Largo del Pallaro - arranged by Doru.
- September 17, Lacoste (Provence) 7:30pm - dinner at Domaine de Layaude Basse - a very short drive from our gite near Menerbes.- arranged by Kathy Wood
- September 21, Coustellet (Provence) noon - lunch at Maison Gouin with BC Brenda/spouse & possibly friends.
We will be in Paris for 2 evenings. I already know where we want to go - chez Nenesse and Le Florimond. Another option might be La Fontaine de Mars. I love the photo below that I took of La Fontaine de Mars in October 2006.
In Provence I have already booked dinner at L'Auberge du Presbytere in Saignon for Saturday September 22.
I will be deciding on a few more restaurants for Rome & Provence over the next couple of weeks.