Lush, exotic, exquisite… such words dawn upon The Embarkiste as she deliberately loses herself within London’s cherished and prized Kew Gardens, a UNESCO site just outside the city center and home to the world’s largest collection of living plants. From carnivals of dazzling Brazilian orchids to fiery azaleas, a sense of serenity and radiant peacock tenants accompanies her on a mid-day stroll along the arboretum to the 17th-century-styled Queen’s Garden.
Though The Embarkiste swears by the necessity of silent retreats, she likewise believes that channeling her inner “Chatty-Cathy” is just as revitalizing for the mind, body, and spirit. While never letting her guard down midst a solo excursion, she is not easily intimidated by the challenge of striking up conversation with an intriguing local. In fact, the very idea of it sounds positively riveting.
It is no secret that one primary characteristic that separates France from the rest of the Western world is the ceremony of gastronomy. The tradition of dining out calls for valuable friends and savory wine amidst an inviting ambiance that slips long into the velvet night. The French Maître D’ recognizes that one does not go to a restaurant out of habit, yet out of celebration; hence keeping his distance and encouraging The Embarkiste to stay as long she fancies.
Food is not the necessity in France, but rather the conversation, pleasure, and gusto that accompanies the feast. Here The Embarkiste lists an intimate and personal collection of eateries for every occasion in the City of Lights.
She often dreams of living her life as a daring adventuress; called upon a secret mission that requires drifting along the Amazon in search for a rare and exquisite bloom, waking up in a cocoon of goose feathers and skipping over to thrust back the lusciously-draped velvet curtains, only to reveal a spectacular of La Tour Eiffel, or rather ditching the 5-star hotel for a 5-million-star hotel whist backpacking throughout the Norwegian arctic and pitching a tent below the ethereal Milky Way.