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ITALY
Tuscany is my definition of heaven on earth. I miss Italy even more than I miss France. 

Trust me: go to Florence, book a table at Il Santo Bevitore (Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66 r, 50125 Firenze, Italy, +39 055 211264), and then drive across Tuscany to go meet Dario Cecchini in his butcher shop (Via XX Luglio, 3, 50022 Panzano In Chianti, Italy, +39 055 852176)
And if you have the time, go all the way to Rome to see and eat wonderful things.

CUBA
I just came back from a week in Cuba, and fell in love with the colors in Trinidad, the nature in Viñales, the architecture in Havana. The only thing missing is better food! Who wants to open a restaurant there? There’s no cell reception for US phones in Cuba, so make sure you bring a notebook with you to write everything down! 

COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen is a Mecca for foodies. From small biodynamic wine bars to high-end restaurants, from tacos to pizzas — I’ve never had so much great food in such a small city. This is one of my favorite guidebooks.

ARLES
Arles is my latest food crush. La Chassagnette (Route du Sambuc, 13200 Arles, +33 4 90 97 26 96), L’ouvre Boite (22 Rue du Cloître +33 4 88 09 10 10), Grand Hotel Nord Pinus (14 Place du Forum, +33 4 90 93 44 44), Chardon (37 Rue des Arènes, +33 9 72 86 72 04)  … You can spend a weekend there simply eating and walking in the small streets!

For long flights, I always travel with essentials from Aesop.

MYANMAR
Hiking in Myanmar was a breathtaking experience. Even this picture cannot translate the beautiful of Bagan at sunrise (see above).