Where would you go for the food?
my wife and I are planning some sort of adventure in the next year, sort of a bucket list type thing, This is what we agree on.
The main city, hopefully is less than 100,000 people. The weather should be nice, the warmer the better but definitely not cold.
The area should have a vast selection of wines, house wines, regional wines are the key. Don't bother with bottles of $50 or $150 wine, it is not part of the trip.
Cheese, we love cheese from all over the world. Once again, a very good selection of local and regional cheeses.
Seafood would be nice to see and enjoy the local recipes and flavor. We can eat seafood everyday of the year, living where we live, so having it available is good but there must be more.
Personally I would like to run across some good cabrito, really good salami and sausages.
Fresh markets to wander around in and buy a few things to cook up while there. Walking around markets to work up an appetite is pretty much a perfect day.
and last, the usual tourist things...museums, culture, site seeing, an occasional tour, etc..
There are many travelers in CH, lets see what you can come up with to fit the idea.
I am leaning toward Portugal. I'll probably have to for go over the 100,000 number but that is not a big problem.
We are looking towards a month away and hope to find a place like a short term apartment rental...like VRBO offers. Something besides a hotel or all inclusive, more old and family run.
And olives! Wine and cheese and olives, Oh My!
It would easier to say where I wouldn't go for the food! And even those I am positive someone would argue about its deliciousness.
At a population of ~120K [30k+ are students], but I think that Innsbruck Austria would be a good summer choice -- not as touristy as in the snow months and would fall unfer your 100K limit.
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Consider the AZORES perhaps.
It just seems like a very *untarnished* destination complete with all the food and drink you can handle: wines, cheeses, meats, seafood ... and, ALL very very local (it's an archipelago).
I remember Bourdain mentioning that Azoreans love to eat. He goes on to say that it's one of the few cultures he knows of where the people talk about what they're going to eat for dinner WHILE they're eating lunch.