1- London, England
I can remember precisely the moment I was overcome with desire to visit London. I was spending a 6 weeks of my summer vacation at my favorite uncle's house in Florida and it was extremely hot outside. I remember sitting in front of the television the week leading up to Princess Diana & Prince Charles' wedding and watching the morning news channel show a week long feature of places of interest to visit in London. I was in awe. Such beautiful old buildings! And how strange...they drive on the "wrong" side of the road. Summer of 1981 commenced my love affair with London. It has always been on top of the places I'd love to visit. Hopefully, we will be fulfilling that desire next summer, if all works out as planned!
2- Paris, France
This is another place I've wanted to visit since I was a wee little girl. How, you may ask? This one tell tale line will tell you how:
"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines ...".
I was an early reader, and Ludwig Bemelmans books were the very first ones I was introduced to by the librarian at our local library. I remember clearly reading the book to my mother and wanting her to take me back to get some more! Years later, Paris, France, was the topic of my 4th grade Social Studies report. The Eiffel Tower was not the only thing that enthralled me, but also The Louvre, Notre Dame and the countless cafes, and delectable food and shopping....who can forget SHOPPING!
3- Rome, Italy
It's been said, you have not tasted pizza till you have had an authentic one in Italy. Not only am I a huge fan of Italian food, but I am a sucker for places filled with architectural details and rich in history. The Colosseum, the countless piazzas and fountains, and who can forget The Sistine Chapel.
4- Maui, Hawaii
Just look at this photo....this is paradise. A little piece of heaven, on Earth. Need I say more?
5- Barcelona, Spain
Growing up I remember my paternal grandmother (who I was very attached to) telling me stories about her parents. Her father grew up in a town not far from Barcelona. When she was a little girl, he would tell her stories of what it was like to grow up in Spain. She never did get to visit the place of her father's birth. I would one day like to envision the stories he told her, and she retold to me, with my own eyes. Hopefully, while I'm there, I can attempt to trace back more of my family tree.
I love reading your comments. What are 5 places you would love to visit? Have a great weekend!