Top Places

We all have destinations we like. But settling systematically on a list of cities/ locales we’ve visited/ lived that we like the most? That may not be all that easy.

Restricting my own list to those outside of my country of birth, following a bit of reflection (over a cup of coffee this morning), and in no particular order, here’s mine (as of today, at any rate):

Ortigya island (Syracuse), Italy (a magnificent “old town”)
Brittany region, France (uh, not exactly a big surprise, I know)

Low tide, Brittany, France. [Photo by me, 2011.]
Low tide, Brittany, France. [Photo by me, 2011.]

Cape Town, South Africa
Sydney, Australia
Dorset county, UK (especially Christchurch, Bournemouth, and the Jurassic Coast)
Rome, Italy
Vancouver, Canada
London, UK
Paris, France (between this one and the previous, let’s not argue, ok?)
Brussels, Belgium
Dublin, Ireland

And, yes, you’ve counted correctly. That’s eleven places. I went with “11” because – after I had written them down – I just did not feel I wanted to chop the list to fewer than those.

It’s my blog. If I want 11 of them…. it will be 11 of them, darn it! 😉

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3 thoughts on “Top Places

  1. Now that’s my favorite subject. Travel, the places we love and why.

    In no order except chronology.

    London Tokyo Lahore, Pakistan The Northern Areas of Pakistan (the model for Shangri La till they were taken over by politics) The Black Sea (try swimming there in November) Hungary South of England (very special) Iona, Scotland Perugia and Rome, Italy.

    To say why would take a book, let’s just say you feel a connection to the people, the places you love.

    Happy travels!

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    1. Excellent!

      We had been thinking of India (but our friend Kam’s death in February – we had wanted to go with her sometime – has suspended that idea for the foreseeable future). Maybe someday….

      Oh, and, ah, yes, Perugia. 😉


      1. India, I’ve been to visit relatives. My dad used me as a currency mule but the kindly customs lady took me to one side and asked if I was carrying something, LOL. Even then, at age 7, I had the story telling gift, so essential for all writers 😉


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