Away we Go: Top 5 Travel Picks!

Morning, my friends! I hope you’re currently having the loveliest of mornings on this July summer day! Hopefully, where you are right now isn’t experiencing inclement weather, but if it is, I hope this post will add some sunshine to your day! Since it’s summer, it’s gotten me thinking about where I would most love to travel to. I tend to do a lot of reading and often, wherever the particular book I am reading setting is, is where my interests often head towards. Of course, there are other places I’d like to visit that have been on my radar for quite some time. Before I divulge some of my travel picks, it is only customary that I share with you my breakfast picks for this morning:

Breakfast (Thursday, July 11, 2013):

1 container Yoplait 100-Calorie Tropical Greek Yogurt (Just so fitting for the summer, with it’s citrus fruits and light flavors!).

1 cup Kashi Simply Maize Cereal (A newbie on the blog, but most definitely one of my favorites, plus proceeds from purchase is donated to charity, which makes purchasing all that much sweeter! The cereal itself is comprised of generously crunchy, semi-sweet flakes, with its sweetness derived from natural molasses, as opposed to added sugar, which definitely maximizes the health benefits and overall appeal. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t tried it, and at the same time, I also recommend it’s “sister” cereal, Indigo Morning, which is more or less the same composition with the flakes, but with added dried berries!).

1 cup Barbara’s Bakery Original Puffins (Okay, come on, you didn’t think I’d let an entire week pass by without some of my Puffins making an appearance, right?! Anyway, these are crunchy pillows of goodness, which I definitely recommend, plus the Multigrain variety is quite tasty, also!).

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Top 5 Travel Picks: The following are where I’d like to visit someday and my reasoning for why.

1. Nantucket, MA:

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Ahh, the beautiful Nantucket. It is an island, a couple hundred miles from Boston, not far from Cape Cod. It can only be reached via boat/ferry. While I am not particularly knowledgeable about Nantucket, from what I have seen, heard and read, it appears to be beautiful and tranquil, with a small-town feel, much of which I am fond of. My interest in Nantucket stems from way back as a child, when my mom would bring my older sister, Hope and I to a bagel chain by the name of Einstein Brothers Bagels (perhaps you’re familiar?). You may be wondering why this would prompt my interest in Nantucket and I’ll tell you why. While chomping on our respective bagels, my beverage of choice would always be the infamous, Nantucket Nectars. I would examine the bottle, nearly transfixed by the tranquil scene of Nantucket emblazoned on the label. Years later, my interest also piqued as I became interested in Elin Hildebrand’s novels. Most recently, I finished reading her newest novel (one of which I highly recommend), “Beautiful Day.” This novel, including the majority of her other novels, are set in Nantucket, MA, where she currently resides with her family. The descriptions of the streets, stores, and sights are breathtaking and intriguing. I hope to someday visit.

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2. San Francisco, CA

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Ahh, San Fran! What a fun city to think about. If you’re like me, Friday nights as a child may remind you of “TGIF” on ABC! It was my favorite night of the week, for this reason, as it became the home to my favorite television show of my childhood: “Full House.” Though I own many of the seasons on DVD, still, when I see it airing on TV (now on Nick at Nite, can you believe it?!), I still feel compelled to stop and watch, feeling as though it is a nostalgic treat! Watching this picturesque family on screen, led me to contemplate San Francisco, falling in love with the trolley cars driving by, the unique homes lining the streets and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and farmer’s markets. Thinking of all these, my desire to visit someday only grows with time.

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3. New Orleans, LA

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Much of my life, I’ve been fascinated with French culture, including that of New Orleans, though it is a mixture of French and Cajun cultures. I’ve always loved the coveted saying, “Laissez le bon temps rouler,” AKA – “Let the Good Times Roll.” The city of New Orleans has always appeared to be a lively city, filled with music, fun, dancing, delicious foods (i.e. beignets). When the Disney movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” graced theaters, I hurried to see it, falling more in love with all I saw on the screen of New Orleans. Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, in my younger years I would frequently visit Atlantic City, delighting in one casino in particular – Showboat, constructed to resemble New Orleans and more specifically the holiday of “Mardi Gras.” I took delight in the way the Casino was decorated, seeing the lights and hearing the lively music. A month prior to the start of my senior year of high school, Hurricane Katrina occurred and I watched as the city of New Orleans rallied around each other, persevered and remained strong despite all they endured. It is a city filled with strength and resilience and one I would love to visit someday in the foreseeable future.

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4. Paris, France

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There it is, the Eiffel Tower. So beautiful, so elegant and breathtaking. Just staring at the photo makes me weak in the knees. Having studied the French language and culture for four years in high school and an additional year in college, I’ve always been interested in all it’s glory and intrigue. During my senior year of college, I was provided with the opportunity to briefly study in France, though in the Riviera. However, due to weather conditions (in the depth of Winter), my trip was cut short and I was unable to visit many of the places I’d hoped to. Someday, I would love to take in Paris, all of the sights and locales, have the chance to practice and hone my French-speaking skills and explore the city to the fullest extent. There’s nothing I’d like more than to stroll the city, in my sky-high heels, an elegant scarf draped around my neck, with a crusty baguette in hand, soaking up the French sights and scenes!

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5. Greece

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Last, but certainly NOT least, is Greece. I didn’t specify a particular city, because I’d like to explore the country, in general. Seeing the deep blue seas and the unique architecture is transfixing. Oh how beautiful, it appears, so different from what I’ve ever seen or been exposed to. To me, it would make for the ideal trip to be able to explore these sights and soak in the culture. Of course, I don’t speak the language, but most certainly would be willing to learn all I could in order to communicate with some ease and comfort. Plus, I am a fan of their cuisine, or at least, I think I am. I am quite fond of hummus, baba ghanoush, and the like. The tastes appear unique, savory and satisfying for my tastebuds. Although, I must admit, prior to several years ago, I was never all that interested in Greece, or actually hadn’t really thought much about it. Then, being the voracious reader I am, I read through the complete series of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” where one of the main characters, Lena, is Greek and visited Greece to see her grandparents and also learn of her Greek culture and heritage. While in Greece, she ends up falling in love with Kostos, and in the movie version, she and her friends (members of the “Sisterhood,”) travel to Greece and a thrilling adventure ensues. Watching the country of Greece in that movie, was inspiring and left me in complete awe. One day, I aspire to visit!

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Well, there you have it! Those are just a sampling of the places I’d love to travel to someday soon!

Question: Have you ever traveled to any of these locations? Or, where would you most like to visit someday?

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