Far & away
A bit further afield and the start of a bigger adventure?
Like some glorious, glittery jewel on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Stresa is a faded Fabergé egg of a town, all white-wedding-cake hotels, big neon-blue swimming pools and gently crumbling palazzos. It’s a wonderful place for a holiday.
Munich is a city chock-full of contrasts. Olde worlde buildings, steepled roofs, incredible church spires. Flip it over and it’s a cool, chilled, designer-clad industrial powerhouse of a place.
Eindhoven was amazing. It’s set in some very lovely countryside, all green fields and big rivers and massive skies. Van Gogh painted around here, you know. It’s a compact city with a centre that’s big enough to be interesting, small enough to be walkable.
Ile de Re is where well-heeled Parisians come to rest and recharge their batteries at the weekend and If you’ve ever studied French for GCSE, surely you know where La Rochelle is.
It’s such a cliche, isn’t it? Smoke dope, get pissed, go to the Red Light District for an eyeful. Repeat. Visit Dam Square. Come away not thinking much of Amsterdam apart from ‘canals, prostitutes, gear’.
We fell in love with the city on the water, a city that has a rep for being dirty, smelly, crap at food (in Italy?) and packed full of tourists.
Some people warned us from leaving central Chicago and travelling to the suburbs. It’s dangerous, they said. People get killed, they said. Stick to the tourist areas. Navy Pier is nice.