We're big fans of Anthony Bourdain's shows here at TravelPirates, in fact, we'd describe them as nothing short of inspirational. If you've ever watched "Parts Unknown," you've probably wondered just how to get to the places that Bourdain went. With the release of the final season coming this Sunday, we also wanted to know, so we decided to put together a little guide. HOWEVER, the first priority of Bourdain's travel was always exploration and this guide is only intended to give you points of guidance in your travels. As Bourdain said, "travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind."
For us, Bourdain was and will remain an icon and glowing example of how to travel. This post is written in solemn memory of his life and his travels and with excitement towards the legacy of traveling that he left the world.
Season 6, Episode 2
Getting to Cuba is arguably easier than ever for US citizens—just hop on a plane and go "in support of the Cuban people." In Parts Unknown, Bourdain made his way through Havana and Santiago.
Anthony Bourdain's Cuba Itinerary
- We highly recommend that you take a taxi ride in one of the awesome retro cruisers that work all across the island—maybe you can even find the same taxi driver from "Parts Unknown" in Santiago.
- Bourdain did it, and checking out a baseball game might be the most Cuban thing you can do. We recommend the Estadio Latinamericano, but you're also sure to find a non-professional game going on.
- Havana: To experience the modern Cuban kitchen, look no further than the Fábrica de Arte Cubano.
- Santiago: If you're up for it, you can take a very long bus ride or an hour flight to Santiago—we're willing to bet that Bourdain took the plane. Besides trying to find Bourdain's taxi driver, La Taberna de Dolores offers amazing local food and, of course, rum.
- We recommend that you stay at a casa particular and look for a paladar to eat at like in "Parts Unknown."
Season 2, Episode 6
The island of Sicily is one of those Mediterranean destinations that is good to visit all-year-round and prices to Europe just keep getting more affordable. This episode showed us many sides of Bourdain and that Sicily is by no means just about scenes from the Godfather.
Anthony Bourdain's Sicily Itinerary
- Though hotels in Sicily are affordable and nice, you might also want to consider staying at an Agraturismo like the one featured in the show, Monaci delle Terre Nere.
- Though you'll probably want to skip the boat ride and frozen seafood being thrown into the sea, the Osteria Nero D'avola has some out-of-this-world Sicilian fare—including lots of fresh seafood.
- In Palermo you'll want to stop by the Trattoria Piccolo Napoli for some down-home Sicilian cooking. According to Bourdain, the quality is second-to-none.
- In Palermo and throughout Sicily, take every chance you get to go for some street food—the horse meat comes highly recommended.
- If you get down to Catania, the world-famous Catania Fish Market simply cannot be missed. Make sure to get there early!
Season 8, Episode 2
Vietnam is a country with a lot to offer and with new tourist attractions such as The Golden Bridge it's becoming a world-class destination. In Bourdain's Hanoi episode he sat down for a meal with President Barack Obama at a no-frills Hanoi restaurant—pretty hard to top!
Anthony Bourdain's Hanoi Itinerary
- Eat at Bun Cha Huong Lien. You probably won't get to eat with Obama, but the food will be damn good.
- Rent a motorbike, it might just be the best way to see Hanoi.
- Go to 41 Ngo Si Lien, Van Mieu, Dong Da and find the "Cussing Noodle" place. You (probably) won't regret it. We would also recommend trying as many other street food places as possible!
- Make a visit to the American War Museum.
Season 1, Episode 4
Quebec is a downright fun place to visit—people speak French, the food is great, and the people are warm despite the long winters. To visit like Bourdain did, you should go during the winter, but for you warm-weather lovers the summer months are also a good time to visit.
Anthony Bourdain's Quebec Itenerary
- In Montreal do yourself a favor and get "the special" at Wilensky's.
- For a high-class dining experience just outside of Montreal, eat at the Cabane A Sucre Au Pied De Cochon
- Make sure to see a hockey game; the Videotron Center in Quebec City is a good place to do so.
- In Quebec City start with L'affaire Est Ketchup. For a heavy dose of tradition, eat at Le Continental.
- Lastly, we recommend taking the train from Montreal to Quebec City or vice-versa—you might wanna skip the dining car though—that is unless you brought a truffle shaver.
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