I'm about to head-off for my European-North African adventure and I think I'm all prepared.
I've read Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour for background on eats in several of my stops. Also finished Driving Over Lemons, A Meal Observed (no, I don't have reservations at Taillevant) and Eat, Pray, Love to help set the stage.
Watched Roman Holiday for the millionth time.
In addition, I've been listening to a French language audiobook on my iPod to get ready for my first stop - Paris.
Wish me bon voyage - and many adventures. Promise a full report when I return mid-March!