Travel makes memories, good and bad. Yet when we leave somewhere it becomes a special place when you know it is somewhere you want to return to.
I’ve seen many places so far and there are many more I’ve yet to see. However, when Sarah Bennett of The Further Adventures of Bennett challenged me to name the places I’d like to return to, it was a challenge I’m happy to accept.
Places to return to:-
For me Prague was in many sense a little travel indulgence I felt was known by few. This is because I first visited in 1993, long before it became as popular as it is today.
The place is so rich in history, beautiful buildings and views. The place was relatively inexpensive when I last visited (if you stayed off the main tourist spots like Old Town Square).
On my first visit I remember the sights of street traders selling Russian dolls, the sound of South American Indians playing the pipes in the street.
Most of all though I remember arriving. We’d been on an overnight train journey into Prague. During the night someone had got into our train cabin and robbed me of all my travellers cheques. Not a good start to our visit!
We arrived early in the morning and had to head up to the British Embassy to lodge my police report and organise some new cheques. Whilst walking there we made our first encounter with the stunning Charles Bridge.
It was maybe 6am or earlier as the morning haze rose. The bridge was deserted apart from a photographer and a couple of fashion models. It was then that we knew we had arrived. This place was stunning and immediately reminded me of a Cadbury’s Flake TV commercial which had been recorded on this bridge a few years earlier.
In 1993 when we visited I remember revisiting the Charles Bridge early in the morning to get some pictures. (The bridge is heaving with people during the day.) However 1993 was pre-digital camera days and whilst I took some great pictures, my films were ruined. I’d spent a month travelling around Europe, used many rolls of film yet out of it all had about 10-20 good pictures from the entire trip.
Clearly this was a magical place I wanted to return to so I did. I returned in March 2001 with a much better film camera. This time when I went early in the morning it was pouring down with rain. I got pictures of the Charles Bridge but it was wet and overcast.
I’m determined to return to Prague one day and take a picture of the Charles Bridge which I can be proud of.
The ancient city of Rome is something of an enigma. Such a stunning place with so many beautiful and notable pieces of history. Yet when I visited in 1993 I was disappointed at how scruffy the place felt.
We explored much of the city on foot, we were backpackers at the time. I remember an hour plus walk to the Vatican, a place I’d love to see again.
The Colosseum being so stunning and fascinating yet surrounded by the sound of traffic, horns and the sight of stray cats.
The eerie silence as the place falls asleep for siesta then the lively streets at night as people dine al fresco.
I remember being sat at the bottom of The Spanish Steps for maybe half an hour as we took time out.
I also remember taking up the recommendation of a good friend at the time. That was to see the Trevi Fountain. This is such a stunning piece of architecture and again my camera let me down. I remember being stood there and thinking how romantic this place was. I promised myself that one day Rome is a place I’d return to when I had a wife. Now I have a beautiful wife and she has already indicated a desire to go to Rome. So I must go back.
The places above are cities but for this next place it is an entire region, a State in fact. If truth be told I revisit this place often and I am very blessed that I do. I just love Queensland!
It is such a beautiful, diverse and tropical place. From the scuba diving of Cairns, the booming town of Mackay and its amazing beach, the lovely water front walk in Townsville.
This is the State that will let you cuddle a koala (not everywhere in Australia does allow you to) such as at Australia Zoo. There is also a place that stole my heart, the mesmerizing and gorgeous Bribie Island.
I suppose my least favourite spot so far in Queensland is Brisbane and in particular the Gold Coast and that’s not too bad either. I’d go back there and I’m sure I will.
When it comes to perfect beach destinations for a wonderful relaxing holiday I’ve yet to see anywhere top Langkawi.
I stayed here for a week in September 2000 in an amazing place called Pelangi Beach Resort. There were beach huts as accommodation, a fabulous outdoor swimming people plus direct access to an amazing beach and lots of water sport.
The setting was just magical and the climate was perfect.What really topped the holiday off were evenings spent in a fabulous little bar/restaurant we found a short walk from the resort. The owner, a lady called Uma was a real character and very entertaining. Her cooking was some of the most amazing food I’ve ever tasted. I’d return to Langkawi just for her food!
Uma then always persuaded us to come to the bar for a few drinking games and we got a few free tequila shots.
My lasting memory of Uma was her T-Shirt. She had it printed just like a Puma branded T-shirt, only the “P” was dropped. 🙂
5. Las Vegas
This may well be the city of sin but it is certainly full of excitement and adventure.
I’ve only been to Vegas once and that was for about 3 days, 2 nights. I feel as though I’ve barely seen any of it or sampled the variety. There are a wealth of shows to see and unique hotels with amazing character. For example I had little time to explore The Venetian so never rode on a gondola.
I’d also really like to take a day trip from there, maybe by helicopter and go to The Grand Canyon.
There are 5 places I’d love to return to. Now it is over to you. Let me know which places you’ve visited that you’d like to go back to and why.
In the spirit of this challenge I would like to nominate the following travel bloggers to nominate the places they would like to return to:-
Derek Freal of The Holidaze
Alex Baackes of Alex in Wanderland
Dan and Casey of A Cruising Couple