Summer’s well and truly here (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) officially now, as my poor beleagured A/C can attest. Although for many of us, it’s felt like high summer for quite awhile already. And with kids out of school, more relaxed work schedules, etc., summer tends to be vacation season, high time for travel. Although I don’t have any trips planned, I do love to dream about destinations I’d love to visit, particularly cooler climes, in light of the near-100 degrees near us this weekend.
If you could go shopping for one day anywhere in the world (you know, snap your fingers and you’re there),where would it be? Very tough choice, I know. But despite the considerable charms of Paris, London, New York and so many other wonderful cities, I think I’d have to choose San Francisco. Although the Haute Parfumerie at Harrod’s, the Ormonde Jayne boutiques and other London lovelies do sorely tempt me into zipping across the Pond; and Paris – ahhh — enough said. Those would definitely be my No. 2 and 3 picks, respectively.
San Francisco has always been my favorite U.S. city (edging out Chicago by a nose), mostly due to its cool, nearly humidity-free climate, laid-back vibe and accessability: you can get around easily (rarely a need for pricey taxis, etc.). And between Barney’s, Neiman’s, Nordstrom, Saks and the Chanel, Hermes and Diptyque boutiques, I can find pretty much whatever I want, scent-wise, within walking distance of each other. Plus amazing restaurants (dim sum, here I come!), lovely lunch with a view in the Rotunda restaurant in Neiman’s, yummy Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, and dreamy Michael Recchiuti chocolates in the beyond-wonderful Ferry Building (not to mention the sables there at Miette that Musette adores). Plus the sheer fun of riding the cable cars in the evening chill with the city’s lights all aglow and the breeze off the bay on your face. And did I mention that fabulous Dungeness crab? Indeed, I would think very seriously about leaving my heart (and my nose, tastebuds, etc.) in the lovely city by the bay. Alas, my wallet gives my dream a sharp poke in the ribs and I wake up.
What about you? What would your dream destination be this year? Or what fun real-life trips have you been on so far or have planned for this summer?