The Gastronomical Bucket List for Food - Loving Retirees

One of the best parts about traveling is having the chance to try new cuisines. Every culture is unique and adds their own flair to specific dishes that they can’t wait to share with visitors. There is so much that can be learned about a culture simply by trying local foods!

Active seniors can utilize a lot of the free time that comes with retirement by traveling and exploring what the world has to offer - including food! No matter where you go, you are bound to find many healthy and delicious options to try. Bring your inner foodie to life when you travel to these cities .

Marseille France

1. Marseille, France                         

Marseille is the second-largest city in France and is located on the gorgeous French Riviera. Though it is not as well - known as Paris, the food scene is definitely worth checking out.

French food is known for being prepared using sophisticated techniques and i s beautifully presented. Bouillabaisse, a fish stew, originated in Marseille and restaurants there always prepare it with three kinds of fish: rockfish, sea robin, and European conger. Enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the Mediterranean Sea accompanied by some French wine!

 Naples, Italy

2. Naples, Italy 

The culinary capital of Southern Italy is nicknamed that for good reason. Naples is the birthplace of modern pizza and it is one of their most famous foods served.

They keep their pizza relatively simple, topping it with thinly - rolled dough, homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a few sprigs of fresh basil.

For dessert, give the sfogliatelle riccia a try. This traditional Italian dessert features a flaky shell-shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese and a variety of candied fruit, chocolate, or almond flavoring.

Madrid, Spain

3. Madrid, Spain                              

The Spanish capital of Madrid has so many food options. Though it is a landlocked city, there are plenty of fresh seafood options, including seafood paella, one of Spain’s most famous dishes.

If you’re feeling adventurous, Madrid has some rather unusual foods to try. Callos a la Madrileña is beef tripe mixed with chorizo, blood sausage, and oreja a la plancha. (pig’s ear)

Charleston, South Carolina

4. Charleston, South Carolina 

This quaint, historic, coastal American city boasts a bustling food scene. I t is also full of parks, art galleries, and an abundance of outdoor activities, making it an ideal city for staying active and keeping mental health in check.

The soul food in Charleston is unbeatable. The barbecue scene is known for its tender ribs and pulled pork sandwiches and the shrimp and grits is absolutely worth a try too. We recommend Home Team BBQ . Excellent.

Charleston has some great seafood restaurants as well. There is no shortage of oyster bars and shrimp po’boy s . Come for the food, stay for the southern hospitality.

Napa Valley, California

5. Napa Valley, California

The peaceful atmosphere of wine country is hard to beat. If you’re a wine lover, you’ll have no problem finding the right dish to pair with it whilst visiting Napa. There are many international restaurants to try, no passport needed. If you are in the mood for cool - casual atmosphere and authentic Neapolitan pizza (and cannot get away to Naples - #2 on this list) , it is worth the stop to try Ca' Momi Osteria. - 2/

Even better, you can rent a bicycle and tour the wineries while still staying active!

Traveling is a very healthy activity to do as a retiree and helps you #keepmoving2keepmoving.

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