It is no secret that my husband and I love to travel, and when we do, we try to live like locals. We both agree that leaving a place while there is still much to explore fuels the desire to return.
Fellow travelers, Monica and Jon of We Go Together, nominated us for an opportunity to share five destinations I would revisit, as part of Booked.Net's Top Destinations to Go promotion.
It's difficult to pick only five, because so much has captivated our hearts already; however, if I were in charge, and I had to pick five and five only, here is what would top my list.
I know that Western Europe is crowded, overpriced, but, Paris will always hold a special place in my heart, because it is where we were engaged. Paris truly does have that je ne sais quoi. To me, like Audrey, Paris will always be a good idea, and I cannot wait to go back and explore another neighborhood and enjoy the joie de vivre.
Yes, we are headed back to Paris...in November!
2. Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela has an air of magic. It may be the faint whisper in the wind from the Celtic Mejas, or flying "good" witches that predated the Christians in Galicia. Or it could be the songs of Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, walking its winding roads leading to the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral in Obradoiro Square. Nevertheless, there is something special to be found in this gem of Spain's northwest corner. See the sites, sample the food and enjoy a bit of magic yourself.
London holds special memories for me because it was where I first traveled overseas alone, and where I had second row seats to Les Miserables, my favorite musical. As a teacher, the grandeur of Westminster Abbey and Poet's Corner, the Globe Theatre and the Tower of London captivated my attention and left me longing for more. Even the touristy Jack the Ripper tour was fun. And London has some amazing Indian food and gastropubs. So much to see and do...I can't wait to go back!
4. Key West, Florida
For years, I was a card-carrying Parrothead. I lived all things Jimmy Buffett, and Key West, Florida was ground zero. Changes in latitude brought changes in attitude and I was thrilled to be somewhere where the weather suited my clothes. The laid back Conch vibe provided the perfect tropical escape, while the stunning Mallory Square sunsets were worthy, indeed, of their nightly standing ovation. And, I had the opportunity to see Jimmy Buffett playing backyard concert-style in Key West...something I will never forget.
I am a New England girl and Boston will always be a do-over city, again and again. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly destination or a romantic escape for two, Boston has it all. You'll quickly see why Bostonians "love that dirty water."
So there you have it...my top five do-over destinations. As part of Booked.Net's Top Destinations to Go promotion, I nominate Chris and Heather from A Brit and a Southerner, Bonnie Rose from A Compass Rose, Alison from Green with Renvy, Kate from Adventurous Kate, and Tatiana from The Dubious Hausfrau.
What would top your list?