Prepare to wait awhile for that pita in Paris. Miznon is worth it! All images copyright Marisa Allegra Williams unless noted otherwise.

Travel: [City] Recommendations

This is it, friends—those destination recommendations you’ve been asking after. They’re all here, in fact, which could be disappointing.

Last updated: Monday, April 17, 2017

You’re planning a trip to Paris or Nice or someplace nice I’ve already been and want to know where I stayed, what I can recommend that you see, eat, and do. Well, here you go! This is it. All of it.

If it’s not here, I haven’t experienced it first hand, have forgotten to add it, it’s no more, or I didn’t enjoy it enough to recommend in good conscience (or at all).

Happy planning and I hope you enjoy your trip!


Indian Springs (Calistoga)
il Borgo di Genova B&B (Genova)
Caron de Beaumarchais
Hotel Jeanne d’Arc (Paris) 
Anemoessa Villa B&B (Santorini)
Casa Astarita B&B (Sorrento)

*If you don’t find a place to sleep listed above for a destination you know I’ve been, it’s because the place I crashed at is no longer in the business of crashing (or it’s just not so hot anymore), or I stayed with a generous friend. Always a good idea to check current Trip Advisor reviews for all of the above.


Ici for ice cream (Berkeley) 
Rick and Ann’s for brunch (Berkeley) 
Ruszwurm for pastries (Budapest)
Panino d’Autore for sandwiches (Genova)
Boot and Shoe Service for the pizza (Oakland)
Pietisserie for pies (Oakland) 
Olive + Gourmando for sandwiches and more (Montreal)
Angelina’s for a hot chocolate (Paris)
Au Désirs de Manon for pastries by Metro St. Paul (Paris)
Aux Merveilleux de Fred for meringues (Paris) 
Café Chilango for tacos (Paris)
Calendaria for tacos and the hidden bar (Paris) 
Gilles Marchal for pastries (Paris)
La Drougerie for sweet or savory crêpes (Paris) 
Lemon tarts galore (Paris)
Miznon for mind-blowing Israeli pitas (Paris) 
Pain de Sucre for pastries and more (Paris)
Yann Couvreur for pastries (Paris) 
Davide for gelato (Sorrento)
Primavera for gelato (Sorrento) 
Alaska for gelato (Venice)
Gelateria Nico for gelato (Venice)
Vizio Virtù for chocolates (Venice)


Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno for the statuary (Genova) 
Cimitero Monumentale di Milano for the statuary (Milan) 
Mu-ryang-sa Korean temple for the architecture (Oahu)
Chapel of the Chimes for the architecture (Oakland) 
Fox Theater for the architecture (Oakland)
Grand Lake Movie Theater for the architecture (Oakland)
Mountain View Cemetery for the statuary and views (Oakland) 
Paramount Theater for the architecture (Oakland)
Luxembourg Gardens on a sunny afternoon (Paris)
Musée Nissim de Camondo for a charming small museum (Paris) 
Navigate Paris Tours (Paris)
Place des Vosges on a sunny afternoon (Paris) 
Sacre Coeur at sunrise (Paris) 
The Eiffel Tower at sunrise (Paris)
The Louvre at night (Paris) 
San Giorgio Maggiore for views and sunrise or sunset perch (Venice)
Filoli Gardens near San Francisco (Woodside)


Gellert (Budapest) 
Indian Springs (Calistoga)
The Nail Kitchen at BHV Marais, ask for Yuko (Paris)


Sant Jordi on April 23 (Barcelona)
European Museum Night in May since 2005 (Paris and elsewhere)


Lost in Cheeseland (Paris) 
Paris par Arrondissements for the spiral bound edition (Paris)
Paris Views (Paris)
Prêt à Voyager (Paris)
The Parisianer (Paris)


Il Commissario Montalbano (Sicily)
Paris (Paris)
Paris, je t’aime (Paris)


Haarlem (Amsterdam) 
Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse (Amsterdam)
Girona (Barcelona) 
Sitges (Barcelona)
Pécs (Budapest) 
Vienna (Budapest)
Cavtat (Dubrovnik) 
Korcula (Dubrovnik) 
Kotor in Montenegro (Dubrovnik)
Baia del Silenzio (Genova)
Baia di Paraggi (Genova)
Bonassola (Genova) 
Camogli (Genova) 
Campo Ligure (Genova)
Chiavari (Genova)
Cinque Terre (Genova) 
Lerici (Genova) 
Lucca (Genova) 
Pisa (Genova)
Portofino (Genova)
Portovenere (Genova) 
Rapallo (Genova)
Sarzana (Genova) 
Sestri Levante (Genova)
Sori (Genova) 
Tellaro (Genova) 
Antibes (Nice) 
Cassis (Nice) 
Entreveux (Nice)
Èze (Nice) 
Grasse (Nice)
Menton (Nice) 
St. Paul de Vence (Nice)
Villefranche (Nice) 
Halona Beach Cove (Oahu)
Lanikai Beach (Oahu) 
Waimanalo Beach (Oahu) 
Waimea Bay (Oahu)
Palace of Versailles (Paris) 
Naxos (Santorini)
Amalfi (Sorrento) 
Capri (Sorrento)
Ercolano ruins (Sorrento)
Ischia (Sorrento) 
Naples (Sorrento) 
Palace of Caserta (Sorrento)
Procida (Sorrento)
Ravello (Sorrento) 
Villa Cimbrone (Sorrento) 
Bassano del Grappa (Venice) 
Bologna (Venice) 
Burano (Venice)
Padua (Venice) 
Treviso (Venice)
Verona (Venice)
Vicenza (Venice)

*This is a list of day trips. I’m all about a day trip! The places listed in parentheses are the home base I used (i.e., leave Paris for the day or the afternoon and go explore Versailles). With few exceptions, all day trips were taken using public transportation—bus, boat, train, tram, metro, or some combination thereof.


Fragonard (Èze)
Artiga (Paris)
Corpus Christi (Paris)
Fragonard (Paris)
Les Néréides (Paris)
Les Olivades (Paris)
Sensitive et Fils (Paris)
Slow Galerie (Paris)
Souleiado (Paris) 
Alberto Valese Ebru (Venice)
Bac Art (Venice) 
Paolo Olbi (Venice)


L’Instant Parisien (Paris)
Lost in Cheeseland (Paris) 
Prêt à Voyager (Paris)
Slice of Paris (Paris)

The end. For now. Circle back from time to time for updates!