In the past, while traveling, I wouldn’t even consider eating in the same restaurant twice. After all, I wanted to experience as much as possible during my short time in the destination.
Enter Paris. We arrived hungry so we walked to the closest restaurant to the hotel: Le Saint Germain. We went right for the cheese & meat board and some wine. Obviously, croissants were eaten. We weren’t quite full but didn’t want to overdo it so we ordered a slice of quiche to share. We didn’t know what hit us! That darn quiche was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten! The next day, we couldn’t help but go back for more (we each got our own slice this time).
This is when I discovered the magic of the second visit (and the third since we went back the following day as well). Watching the server and/or host’s face light up with recognition and pride when they see you’ve returned. “Heeeeeeeyyyyyyy!!!!” and a high five upon entering.
Suddenly you’re treated like an old friend instead of just a transient tourist.
Since then I have experienced the very same phenomenon in many destinations. It’s always the same. On the second visit, there’s a whole new level of welcoming. An exponentially warmer reception. You are treated like a VIP. And the feeling goes both ways, as you have given the restaurant the highest of compliments - repeat business.
So, if you eat something delicious during your travel, don’t hesitate to go back. Contrary to my past belief, you won’t be missing out - you’ll be enriching your experience.
Feel you’re now ready to take that trip on the other side of the world?
Spring Offer Iceland Circumnavigation
Come aboard the OCEAN DIAMOND and experience the land of fire and ice: one of the most fascinating places on planet Earth! Unforgettable, pleasant, authentic and personal – these are only a few attributes that describe our ”soft-expedition“ cruises to Iceland and Greenland. In addition to some of the world’s most unbelievable vistas, you can look forward to an authentic Icelandic atmosphere onboard – lively, friendly and personable.
Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
Discover some of the best sites in Iceland on the the Golden Circle Tour, in the company of a professional guide who will tell you all you need to know about the area's history, culture and nature. Leave the city behind and get into the history of Iceland at Thingvellir National Park, witness the powerful beauty of a multi-tiered waterfall at Gullfoss and walk among bubbling geothermal pools at Geysir Geothermal Area.
Cost : $47.90 per person
Cost : $557.69 per person
Icelandic Sagas and Glacier Cave Private Tour from Reykjavik
Explore Langjökul glacier, Europe’s second-largest glacier on this 11-hour tour. Departing from Reykjavik, make stops at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, Icelandic Museum of Agriculture, Deildartunguhver hot springs, and Hraunfossar waterfalls on the way to the glacier. Traverse the glacier on an 8-wheeled ice truck to the Langjökull cave. Walk through the ice chambers with an expert guide and learn about the cave's formation.
Blue Lagoon with Transfer
The Blue Lagoon is a popular spa destination featuring an outdoor lagoon with mineral-rich waters in a lava field. Let the warm and mineral-rich water warm you up and recharge you for your exciting trip in Iceland.
Cost : $182.93 per person
'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik
Spend a day exploring some of the incredible locations used in the hit TV series 'Game of Thrones' on this 8-hour tour from Reykjavik. With a professional guide leading the way, follow in the footsteps of the White Walkers at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, visit the breathtaking natural vistas of Lake Thingvallavatn. Then, reimagine one of the most brutal sieges in the show's history at Thjorsárdalur valley. Round-trip transport on a comfortable, fully heated coach is included.
Cost : $109.49 per person
Cost : $114.05 per person
Lake Mývatn Tour from Akureyri Port
Lake Mývatn from Akureyri Port is a tour specially designed with the needs of Cruise Ship passengers in mind. We adjust the departure time and length so it will fit the docking time of each cruise ship at Akureyri Port. The return time is always 1 hour before ship’s departure.
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