THE CULINARY WORLD is full of restaurants where reservations can take months to score and where elaborate dishes come adorned in edible gold or delicate shavings of rare white truffles and expensive caviar — which is why it’s so refreshing some of the biggest names in gastronomy have admitted their favorite foods while on the road include “meat on a stick” and street vendor sandwiches.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 20 years since the city of Bordeaux shook off centuries of neglect and scrubbed the soot from its buildings, cleared the crumbling warehouses from its riverfront and reconfigured streets to make them more pedestrian-friendly.