Well second to Italy for the best pastries and crème fresh would be not other than France.
First place to visit would be Lyon. South of Paris. One needs to learn how the French bake their beautiful pastries, such as the tarte tartin, and the chocolate éclairs, as well as their famous flans, filled with custard and fresh strawberries.
Hopefully I will bring back some new recipes and tips to add to my baking blog.