I'm sitting in a lovely cafe as I write this - let me paint a picture.
This cafe is at the top end of Exhibition Street in Melbourne so the road outside is not heavily burdened with traffic. It's early in the morning, I've just ordered my strong black coffee and I'm waiting for my toast and avocado breakie.
The cafe is all dark wood - dark wooden floors, wood paneled walls, dark shelving on the bar and counter. Little round marble topped tables are arranged in nooks around corners and behind pillars and there's soft music playing - it's all reminiscent of Paris in a 1940s Edith Piaf kind of way.
In fact, sitting here like this takes me right back to a little cafe in Paris that I visited many years ago.
Now, as most of you will know by now, Rome is by far my number one travel destination in the world. I've been to Gay Paree a few times over the years but don't hanker for it in the way that I do Rome. However the urge is most strongly upon me right now to hop on a plane and renew my acquaintance with the City of Lights.
So I started to think about travel - truth is I'm always thinking about travel, it's my favourite thing in the world to do, besides writing. But since I can write while I travel it's a win!
I've been fortunate; I have travelled extensively. I have seen more of the world than most people and I never take that for granted. In all the places I've visited, I have had some wonderful experiences and met some lovely people and animals, but during days of exploration punctuated by breaks for food, there are some amazing foodie stand outs - and food, particularly when coupled with travel, is kind of a hobby for me.
Restaurants, cafes and bars, breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks in between. If I could spend one day, teleporting myself from country to country, where would I go?
Righto - you didn't ask for it, but here it comes!
My perfect day in the world!
Straight from bed (too early for breakie) - we're in Rome at a cafe I don't even know the name of and the boys know me enough to bring my doppio espresso and crostatina scura without me having to order it! Perfetto!
Breakfast - Barking Dog cafe New York City for egg white omelette, hash and biscuit. The coffee there is dreadful but it's all part of the experience.
Morning tea - Au Palet d'Or bakery in the old section of Quebec City. Great cakes served with great coffee. And while we're in Quebec, let's quickly catch a lift on the Funiculaire du Vieux-Quebec down to Bistro sous-le-fort for a cider and salade verdurette, vinaigrette a l'erable (green salad with maple syrup vinaigrette).
Lunchtime - Let's pop over to Boston for steamed vegies and rough cut fries at Clarke's sports bar.
Afternoon tea - Whitby, Yorkshire for a chip buttie. Again I can't remember the name of this place but it serves the best chip buttie rolls In. The. World!
Dinner - Cafe Iguana, Singapore for an icy jug of the finest, most refreshing lime margarita and a borracho bean pot! Yum!!
Can I fit in another meal?
I have to - Mother Chu's Vegetarian Kitchen Pitt Street Sydney. Get yourself a szechuan soup and stir fried tofu and veggies.
Finally, a night cap before bed - how about a Femme Fatale at the Atrium Bar at Melbourne's Crown Casino.
One perfect day!!
So where am I going to go now to sleep it all off?
Well, a gorgeous little apartment 200 metres from the Colosseum in Rome, where our hostess Valeria takes good care of us at Residenza Viale on Via Capo d'Africa - like, where else??
But here I am in down town Melbourne on a freezing winter's morning. I'm drinking, probably the best coffee in the world, because that's how we make it here. This is my home town and it will always hold number one spot in my heart - regardless of where I spend my one perfect day. We are, after all, officially, The World's Most Livable City!
Until next week - raise your coffee cup and celebrate being alive!
|Breakie at Sally's Kitchen|