trip It’s often when we feel most alive.Whether you’re exploring a new place or returning to a city you love, connecting with others sharpens your senses cultureNeedless to say, we eat well, admire sublime paintings, visit wise shops, catch a few fish —all of my favorite pastimes. Here are some of my favorite travel destinations. I hope it inspires you to pack your bags and go out into the world.
when you land Charleston, South CarolinaI head straight Lewis BBQ I’m sorry if it’s before noon. I don’t want to start a barbecue discussion, but the move here is beef brisket. hominy grill Unfortunately it is closed, but there are parcel biscuits, a smart, modern Asian restaurant in an old gas station.order a cocktail at gray or in the sophisticated lobby dewberryFor dinner, try oysters and fried chicken sandwiches at the bar. leons And you will do very well. (oh don’t miss it Ben Silvernice men’s store king street.)
As new york city Resident, I have some strong opinions on where to eat. If you enjoy very good updates on Gallic traditions, french tet of tribecaThe dining room is lovely and lively, the bar is inviting and the wine list is excellent. Il Buco Classic Italian cuisine served in a moody, antique-filled room. bond streetBrothers Spot around the corner Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria A little airy and great for pizza. New York City is also a great place for breakfast (power or not).peer over new york times at your fellow diner Balthazaror if you want something lighter, Jean Georges vegetarian ABCV set you right
About art appreciation
yes, Paris home of legends louver and the Orsay MuseumBut the City of Light has an extraordinary little museum with its own character and charm.of Musee Cognac Jay A fine private collection focusing on French painters such as Chardin and Fragonard.of Maillol Museum in the District 7 We have a strong permanent collection featuring favorites such as Degas, Matisse When Rousseau, also hosts excellent temporary exhibitions. If that’s not enough, Delacroix’s If you’re looking for a studio, or something a little wilder, try our family-friendly studio Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (hunting and nature).
what’s great Florence, Italyyou can experience both Uffizi (late afternoon timed tickets are the way to go) and Bargello (Incarcerated in a former prison). But also make time for masterpieces in the church, like great works. Giotto frescoes of Santa Croce Also Fra Angelico frescoes in the monks room San Marco MuseumSeeing these paintings in a designed space is transcendent.
Men like to shop when stores feel small, personal and smartly focused. Welcome to LondonYou may find yourself wandering around the arcade. vintage rolexHere are some of the more modern approaches: Drake’s upon Savile Row When Specialean impressive tailor Notting HillBut don’t forget the classics like Sotherlandsa great antiquarian bookstore, and Berry Brothers & Ruddone of the world’s great wine shops.
I fell in love with the intimate store Venice, Italy. there’s something fun Chiarastella Katana Incredible 17th-century linens and homewares Squalakeep your eyes open Venini Glass, especially the old vases and bowls you can find in antique stores around town. Gorgeous Martinuzzi It is correct Piazza San Marco We carry fine linens, glassware and children’s dresses. If you are designing a house like a palazzo, Babylacqua For extraordinary fabrics that are perfect for dogs.
whoever you like fly fish must make a pilgrimage to PatagoniaYour first stop must be incredible Lodge at Trevelynprofessionally run Patagonia River GuideLegendary Argentinian hospitality and great trout fishingA steak lunch with a delicious bottle of Malbec by the river is a must. After drinking coffee, you can enjoy fishing until the evening. Fishing is popular from January to April, making it possible to survive the winter while living in the Southern Hemisphere.
For something more family friendly, try Turtle Inn of Placenciaat the southern end of BelizeStay in an Indonesian-style thatched-roof villa just steps from the ocean. Hotels can arrange guides for tarpon fishing and the very elusive permits, fish designed to break your heart. It also has a pool and plenty of things to do for those who aren’t strongly determined to go fishing on vacation.
Minnesotans become New Yorkers, David Coggins is the author of new york times best seller men and style writes the style column of artful living.
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