How to Be a Tourist with Your Dog series was because we were planning on taking a summer vacation with our dogs. And we got a lot of amazing advice. But just as we were about to plan our trip, I happened upon one of those amazing airfare deals that are always too good to be true--but this time it really was true.
So we were lucky enough to spend the last 2 weeks traveling in Copenhagen, Paris and Italy.
While we had an amazing time exploring and trying to live like locals, I think the true value of traveling is recognizing something interesting and valuable about another culture and thinking about how to incorporate a similar experience into our everyday lives. So we've been inspired to recreate these experiences back home, and with our dogs.
his backpack and we all headed out.
Our first stop was Butcher & Larder butcher shop. Butcher & Larder is locally sourced and cut to order. Sometimes they even throw in a knucklebone for the pooches. Here are the pooches trying to peer inside:
Lush Wine & Spirits and The Noble Grape. We actually stopped in both stores, and both stores allowed the pooches to come in. Which may have been a bit overwhelming for Miss M, given her drinking problem. Both stores were quite helpful in describing and helping us choose a wine.
local bakery La Farine. The owner has immersed himself in the art of bread baking and supplies bread for some of the top restaurants in Chicago. They make the most amazing ciabatta rolls. We also picked up a baguette because what can be more cartoon-stereotypical than a baguette sticking out of your grocery backpack?
Hoosier Mama Pie Company. They're this tiny little shop that serves amazing pie. They're so good they've been featured in Bon Appetit; plus, they have 'flights of pie slices' each Friday. Our all time favorite is the peanut butter pie with gingersnap crust and the chocolate creme pie.