Thursday, 13 January 2011

Listography - Top 5 Places I've Visited

It's time for the Listography from Kate Takes 5 and this week it's the top 5 places you've visited.

I've been fortunate to visit some great places so it's really difficult to pick my 5 favourite but here goes (click on the place titles to get a taster) and these are in no particular order:

It was the one place my husband has always wanted to visit as he longed to see the Northern Lights so being the lovely wife I am (ahem) I secretly booked a 5 night trip for a 30th birthday surprise.  We went over New Year and stayed in the most lovely hotel. I'd already arranged with a local photographer and guide, Kjetil Skogli (who has since appeared on a program about the Northern Lights with Joanna Lumley) to take us up into the mountains outside the city and we were lucky enough to witness this:

Seeing the Northern Lights was an unforgettable experience, it was so magical is moved us both to tears. We also went husky sledding through the mountains and ate reindeer (don't tell your kids!)

We stayed on the islands of Oahu and Maui in Hawaii and they were both very different but I've picked out Waikiki for the very reason we had a beach front suite hotel room (well, it was out honeymoon) and the view was amazing.  We also had surfing lessons and to say you've surfed the waves of Wakiki Beach is something to be fairly proud of!  I was going to post a picture of me riding the waves but it's the most tiring thing I've ever done in my life so the photos are NOT flattering.  

America is close to my heart.  I've got relatives in a few different states and so far I've visited about 18 States.  We even did the ultimate road trip in 2005 traveling from Chicago to L.A. following Route 66 in a cabriolet!  We've been to Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, New York and Washington DC.  All great cities apart from Las Vegas and L.A. which weren't for me (but that's another story).  But my pick is Chicago.  It's not just because I have relatives there, I just love it because it has this busy but also relaxed atmosphere.  It's less 'in your face' than other places.  The skyline is amazing overlooking Lake Michigan you have Navy Pier and Millennium Park - it's fab!

This place just takes your breath away.  I will never forget sitting on a rooftop restaurant watching the sun set over the caldera.  This island is said to be the location of the lost island of Atlantis and I like to think it is :)  All the whitewashed churches and houses with blue domed rooftops are just absolutely stunning, they cling to the volcanic island edges surrounding the Aegean Sea. 

Thankfully we visited Tallinn before the 'budget airlines' bombarded it and it's cheap booze made it a surefire destination for the Brit Stag Party.  Tallinn's old city is a maze of cobbled streets which are filled with medieval houses and alleyways.  The people here were so friendly and the city was relaxed and picturesque.  I'm not sure if we visited again it would still be the same which is sad.

So, what would be in your top 5?


Kate said...

Another amazing list - I love the way you suddenly get the 'more than jsut a mother' vibe from reading about all the fabulous places everyone has been to. You're right - you have been lucky! Lovely to have you on board again. x

SAHMlovingit said...

It's been an amazing idea Kate, I've loved reading all the fabulous places everyone has been and their descriptions. I'm adding a few to my 'wish' list x

Mrs Donnelly said...

wow the northern lights - so lucky and sounds magical!

Mummysquared said...

I am loving this linky! we are planning the Route 66 thing but intend to head down through central and southern america too. When little gets a bit bigger of course (being 10 months she ain't a big fan of car travel). Jealous of the Northern Lights thing too... Very Pullman-esque!! Glad to have found you M2 x

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather, its lovely to hear from you and see you again. I think about u and Freya often and keep meaning to ask Alyson how u both are.
Sian ( Amelias Mummy from BC) xx

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Thanks Sharon & M2 xx

Sian! How lovely to hear from you. I hope Amelia is doing well. I've been off Facebook 4 months now - can't believe it's been that long! I still keep in touch quite a lot of the BC group of friends I made via real life, twitter, email and text so it's lovely to pick up with you again. Big hugs to you and Amelia xx

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