October: is it rather the end of summer or the beginning of winter? Not always easy to say. What is certain is that winter is not yet here. So much to jump on the occasion to go mop when the temperatures are still mild, right?
The following six destinations are perfect for enjoying the last rays of sunshine before winter really settles.
Milan: heat and shopping
In October, Milan enjoys a particularly mild climate, making the city ideal for public holidays. Take a ride to Rinascente, the luxury store that opened 100 years ago. On the 7th floor, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Duomo of Milan, the second largest church in Italy (go before noon, you will have a better view). As long as you’re there, succumb to the opulence of the place and treat yourself to a good meal and why not a glass of champagne!
Another shopping destination: The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just minutes from the Rinascente. More than just a place of shopping, it is above all a monument to the neoclassical architectural style of the 19th century.
Valencia: Celebrate the lovers’ party
At midnight on October 9 in Valencia, the pyrotechnic show announces the beginning of the day of the Valencian community but also that of Saint Donís, the festival of lovers. The tradition is that one offers a figurine made of marzipan, the “Mocadorá”, wrapped in a silk handkerchief to the elect (e) of his heart. If you do not have lovers, nothing prevents you from tasting this specialty anyway. For this visit Trufas Martinez, Torreblanca or Pastelería Notre Dame.
The festivities related to the day of the Valencian community generally extend over several days. They can begin before October 9 and continue 1 or 2 days later. Concerts, exhibitions, parades, fireworks, dances, music but also markets will allow you to soak up an authentic atmosphere.
London: follow the vegan trend
On the last weekend of October, VegFest, London’s vegan festival, is held. This year the 5th edition of the event will take place at Olympia London, the historical exhibition palace of the city in West Kensington. With more than 250 stands, including renowned restaurants and artisans, you can discover vegan cuisine in all its splendor and diversity. In addition to chocolate, bread, sushi and vegan steaks, you will find other products such as deodorants or soaps available for sale.
This festival will make you travel around the world with dishes from all over the world: Spanish tortillas, Greek moussaka, Italian pasta, all 100% vegan. After these culinary discoveries, rinse your throat in one of West Kensington’s pubs.
Brussels: French fries, chocolate but also beer
Belgium is famous for its fries, but it is far from being all that the country has to offer the beer is also excellent! In all good restaurants, you can find a beer to accompany the dishes of the card. Not convinced? Why not judge for yourself? Once in Brussels, go to Nuetnigenough or Brasserie de la Ville.
Rent a car to Poperinge, a small town not far from the border that hosts the beer festival during the last weekend of October. You will find no less than 100 kinds of beer from 25 different brewers.
New Mexico: nature in its purest form
The Sonoran Desert, Monument Valley or Grand Canyon are all renowned for their beauty, but beautiful scenery is also waiting for you after Phoenix, New Mexico. This state is known for its wilderness and boundless sky while being less crowded than Arizona National Parks. Get ready to be amazed by the jewels of nature like Malpais West or the impressive Capulin Volcano to the northeast, which you can reach the crater on a hike.
From October 7th to 15th, the largest balloon festival in the world will be held: Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque. Hundreds of hot air balloons fly over the desert, creating a unique spectacle that you can observe from the ground or the sky. The price of a balloon ride varies between $ 325 and $ 450. The multi-day event is composed of various shows including fireworks.
Phuket: change of scenery
Phuket is famous for its beaches, but at the end of October, you can also discover the vegetarian festival. For nine days, gods and ancestors are venerated through prayers, songs, a 100% vegetarian diet and extreme ritual practices: the faithful pierce the body with various objects, walk on fire for purifying, etc. In short, a spectacle not recommended for sensitive souls. But let’s go back to the main subject we are interested in: good food. If this mood does not whet your appetite, take the opportunity to sample the delicious vegetarian food.
Phuket is a paradise for foodies. There is good food (with or without meat) everywhere. The city is full of excellent restaurants with prices that are more than reasonable, such as Baan Noy or O-Oh Farm Ta-Eiad.