...you must eat at these restaurants:
Cha Cha Char Restaurant
We had an amazing Wagyu Steak Tataki and eye filet. Wagyu is a rich Australian beef that is extremely tender and sweet. It's the M&M candy of beef. It melts in your mouth. How good was it? Well, worth a 13 hour flight from LA.
Restaurant right on the river. Gourmet food and great view. The separate bar also has a more casual but excellent menu.
...you must visit:
Right in the middle of the city offering a little piece of tranquility in this bustling metropolis. Gorgeous, beautifully maintained gardens that are very artistically landscaped.
Take a walk by the Brisbane River
Must Do Tourist Attractions
Walking the Freedom Trail
Perfect for exercise and learning about the history of Boston.
Taking a Swan Boat ride in the lake at to Public Gardens.
Visiting the Boston Tea Party Museum
The museum is unusual in that the tour guides are dressed in period costumes and the tourists become part of story.
See where the sitcom Cheers was filmed and have lunch at the bar.
Places to Eat
Top of the Hub
Magnificent view of Boston from the 52nd floor. The food and service was terrific.
Located in the Liberty Hotel. Creative food and great service. It has romantic and modern decor
Abe and Louie's
This is a fabulous steakhouse. Delicious food and wonderful service. Elegant decor.
Authentic Italian restaurant in the North End. Everything is homemade and delicious. Small and intimate. Impeccable and friendly service.
Places to Stay
The Liberty Hotel is unique. It used to be a prison and was converted to a luxury hotel. The rooms are spacious and modern with great views of the Charles River. A perfect place to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks.
Places to Eat
Wonderful lobster boil that included corn on the cob, mussels, clams and potatoes and started with clam chowder.
Spiced Pear at The Chanler
Romantic and great service. We had the best lamb loin ever and the watermelon salad was superb.
It is the oldest tavern in the U.S. Try the lobster omelet; it’s fabulous.
Forty One North
Great view of marina. Wonderful food, service and beautiful inside and outside dining rooms. A perfect place to watch the sunset.
Things to Do
Explore the famous Gilded Age Mansions
The three top mansions to visit are:
The amazing Marble House
Created by Alva Vanderbilt and Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles. It contains 500,000 cubic feet of marble
Built by Tessie Oelriches as a party house. The first Great Gatsby movie was filmed here.
The most palatial of all the mansions. It’s a 70 room summer estate built for Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame
Showcases the history of tennis and it's greatest champions.
Take the Cliff Walk
A 3 1/2 mile path that runs along the coast and where you can get a glimpse of some of the Bellevue mansions
Enjoy a boat ride on the Rum Runner II
Cruise Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay on the restored 1929 Rum Runner II during the day or at sunset. It is a fabulous cruise.
We love Newport Beach. This is the third year we've come here and we love it now more than ever. We stay at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas. It is near everything. We discovered new restaurants this year that we can definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area. Rothschild's for Italian, Nicks in Laguna Beach for California cuisine (the fried deviled eggs were amazing), and Five Crowns for good old fashioned Roast Prime Rib of Beef. We also enjoyed eating at our favorite restaurants from the last two years, Mastros for great steaks and seafood and the two restaurants at the Pelican Hill Resort located right across the street from our hotel. All these restaurants are upscale and trendy, have great food and fabulous service. We also discovered the Corona del Mar beach for a great walk. Hal and I enjoyed a gorgeous sunset there the other day.
The Fashion Island Shopping Center is amazing; wonderful shopping and restaurants. We had great salads at the Great Maple for lunch. One of our most memorable moments on this part of the trip was going to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and visiting Jay's Garage. Each experience went way beyond our expectations. I find it hard to leave here but I know there are lots of new experiences waiting for us around the corner.
1. The Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero is like W on moderate steroids. It's made up of 3 former apartment houses surrounding a beautiful courtyard filled with flowers and trees which also contains an al fresco restaurant. The rooms have a modern motif and appointments and yet still maintain a Parisian flair. It's located totally in a residential area yet it is a 15 minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees. The Trocadero, which has the best view if the Eiffel Tower, is only minutes away by foot.
2. The food.
3. Having a glass of wine seated side by side in front of a small cafe as the world passes by.
4. The food.
5. The floodlight image of the Eiffel Tower at night.
6. The food.
7. Walking and discovering.
8 . The food
I can't believe we go home tomorrow. It's been an amazing trip but we still have our last day in Paris. We walked to the Shangri-La Hotel and had a fabulous lunch. They had an Asian and a French menu. We decided on the Asian. Hal had a noodle dish and I had one of the best Pad Thai I have every eaten. We then went to the Champs-Élysées and sat at a small cafe slowly sipping a glass of wine while watching all the people parade by. We walked back towards our hotel and stopped by a neighborhood brasserie for dinner. We're having a glass of champagne now in the courtyard to celebrate our 40th anniversary trip before flying back to Miami early tomorrow morning.
Today we played tourist and visited all the well known attractions in Paris. We walked to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and since it was a sunny day (we've had a lot of clouds and rain on this trip) we had a wonderful, clear view of Paris. Our next stop was the Trocadero with the best view of the Eiffel Tower. We then enjoyed a great visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral. One of my favorite moments of the day was when we explored Montmartre, the bohemian section of town. Besides seeing the Sacre Coeur Basilica on what I think is the highest hill in Paris, we sat at a cafe in the heart of the village and were able to see all the artists painting and selling their art to the tourists. It is quite a scene.
Ile de St Louis is one of two natural islands in the Seine. It is a quaint little village with wonderful shops and restaurants. We have wanted to try the L'Ilot Vache for years and finally made it to the restaurant tonight. It's eclectic in its ambiance with large floral arrangements of all different sizes scattered around the tables. Vache means cow in French and they are everywhere, on the walls and in the windows as figurines.The dinner was good but the dessert was better. Hal's tarte tatin was accompanied by an ice cold milk can container filled with fresh sour cream that you served yourself with a large metal ladle. I had the best homemade chocolate mousse served from a huge clay bowl. We finally made it back to the hotel after a long day of sightseeing.
Another day of lots of walking. We started out on the Champs Elysees, extremely busy with tourists, and then found our way to St. Honore, the famous shopping street in Paris. We discovered a hidden oasis of restaurants near there. We had many cafes to choose from and finally decided to eat at Tres Honore. It's very trendy and has exceptional food. Hal had salmon and I had the poulet. We shared
the most unusual gazpacho soup as a starter. Instead of it being the usually red and spicy kind it was green and tasted like potato soup. It was outstanding. We continued our walk and wound up having a drink at the beautiful courtyard bar in the relatively new Mandarin Oriental Hotel. After this rest stop, we continued our walk for another couple of hours and ended up at the Cafe Ducal right down the street from our hotel. We had a typical French meal of steak and frites as we sat outside watching the world go by. It was another wonderful day in Paris.