Recently, I spied an intriguing list of six "must-see" location on Earth that travel editors or others had supplied to MSN. It's the first thing that popped up when I opened my internet browser today.
I flipped through the photos and agreed they were striking, but they weren't MY list. There were one or two duplicates though... and that made me smile.
I had actually been thinking of doing a series of my favorite Holiday Vacation trips or destinations here in my blog, so this fits in nicely.
First, and only because it was most recent, I loved the London Underground tube system. It made the visit to London just so much easier and fun for me. Of course, there's all the sights of London and England, but this just made it so much better. Plus, they speak the language.
Second, and this duplicates MSN's list, Tuscany, Italy. While we didn't stop for long, this province has the most striking views, with many shades of green, tall Cyprus trees (or are they cedars?) and hilltop villas and walled cities. I wish I had bought a watercolor painting of the area when we were there. Sigh.
Third, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Banff is a national park, and the village at the center is tightly controlled to prevent expansion and commercialization. There's a lovely flower garden in a park at one end of the main street, and within walking distance, both falls, and the other direction, canoe livery for the backwater of the Bow River. I have especially good memories of the over-sized bed in the motor lodge that we stayed in. For some reason, I seem to think that I sleep better in large beds.
Fourth, the big island of Hawaii. In addition to being the home of the Hawaiian Quake of October 2006, the variety and stark difference in the two sides of the island (dry and wet, tan and green) makes this one of my favorite locations. MSN suggests Midway Island, and I'd be up to try that for a close second.
Fifth, Sequoia National Park. The overgrown Redwood trees on top of the granite highlands should not be missed. I remember a silent walk during a snowfall in the trees that was special.
Sixth, northern Michigan in the late summer, early fall. Not only is it picturesque, but the camping experiences of my youth color this with the smells and sights of memory. I'd be open to trying a new destination to replace this one on my list.
Come with me on our next trip and let's see if we can't find one together!