Greetings all, happy Monday! How’s your summer so far? Hope it’s going well! I’m headed home this week, but so happy to be talking about favorite destinations today. Nothing inspires me more than travel to faraway places. Given the cost, travel is a luxury these days. Nevertheless, I think it’s important to venture beyond our own backyard, and to live life as others do in this world, if only for a short time.
There are always a few places that leave a lasting impression, so much so that they last your entire life. Those places that leave you with not just a visual picture but an actual feeling when you conjure up images of days and nights spent there. While some of our favorite and most relaxing adventures have taken place in our own home state, many of our favorite travels have taken place far away. Here are my my top five favorites so far, however we have plans to travel to even more exotic places later in life!
#5 Salzburg, Austria
I spent several weeks living and studying here many years ago. My fellow students and I would spend afternoons in the markets and biergartens, and then weekends in Munich, Vienna. and Switzerland. It was bliss. The cobblestone streets, shops, Mirabel Castle, and the Salzach river stay with me to this day.
#4 Barcelona, Spain
I celebrated my first anniversary here, and I’ll never forget the sounds and flavors of this city. There is no shortage of things to see from La Rambla and Old Town, to the Picasso Museum and La Sagrada Familia. Want to be inspired? Be sure to visit Barcelona in your lifetime.
#3 Cape Cod, Massachusetts
We spent ten days in September in Conneticut, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod many years ago, journeying up and down the coast, visiting towns from Chatham to Hyannis Port to Provincetown and dining on fresh seafood. I loved it all, from the lighthouses and lobster dinners, to the sand dunes and rows of shingle siding houses. I just can’t wait to go back someday to see Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
#2 Paris, France
What can one say when in Paris other than, “Vive la France!” Talk about a town that will stay with you forever. The architecture, the ambiance, the art, the food, the fromage. There’s nothing like starting your day with a cafe au lait and croissant in Paris, visiting an art gallery or museum, lunching in a cafe, exploring a few arrondissments, then retiring with a good glass of wine and a view of La Tour Eiffel. Ah, Paris, you’ll always be a favorite.
#1 The Lakes Region, Italy
The one place that holds the key to my heart to this day is the lake region of Italy, specifically Bellagio, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Oh my, this region is nothing shore of magical. Oh Italy, I love you for Florence, Tuscany, and the Cinque Terre, Venice, Rome, and Capri, but The Lakes are just about the most enchanting place on earth.
Now it’s your turn! Link up your favorite destination, near or far, so we can dream with you too. What travel spots or cities do you recommend?