Some of my favorite places to visit. What are yours?
aris in summer is not top of my list. It's overwhelmed with foreigners, many of whom are frankly bad-mannered, homely and barely covered. Wait till fall. Norway: fjords are stunning, deep, cool, astounding, ravishingly beautiful; and one is always in good company on the ferries. Furthermore, go farther north past Alta to Hammerfest, called the northernmost city in the world, to see glaciers floating in the North Ice Sea in midsummer and eat the best wild salmon on Earth. Then go slightly southeast to the Finnmark Plateau, a vast, high northern plain loved for its long walks across beautiful terrain, its Saami people, and natural beauty that rivals the American West. Portugal is comparatively inexpensive right now. The people are exceptionally kind to visitors, the food is very good except in Cacais [cas-ca-ish] and Estoril - which the richest people in Europe claim has perhaps the best food in Europe. The Adirondacks in northern New York State are among the loveliest mountains in North America. Deep, dark woods; clear, smooth lakes mirror blue sky and fluffy clouds; acres of wild raspberries, and narcotizing pine fragrance. Taiwan's Taroko Gorge is visually unlike anything in the West: has a wholly amusing mineral baths, a modest Buddhist nunnery, and small treks up vertical rock mountains to views imaginable only via an old Chinese scroll. Dominica [dom-in-ee'-ka] in the Caribbean may be the most exciting natural environment in the Leewards or the whole West Indies. Divine. Obviously, Florence and south offer a transformative experience. Autumn is also excellent because harvest time in Tuscany generates deliriously good meals. Fa male a la linea, but worth every ounce.