Shabby Blogs Link Party: Top Ten Places You want to See before You Die


I wasn’t able to join last week’s Shabby Blogs Link Party, so I better not miss this one, especially since it’s all about travel!  At the moment, my wings are clipped, but as soon as it gets un-clipped we are going to fly, or drive, or take the train, depends where we are going.  Here’s my list!

1. Machu Pichu, Peru


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Who wouldn’t want to visit a 15th century Inca site up high on the mountains of South America?  I would.  Though admittedly it’s not a place where you would take a two-year-old turning three with you.  Perhaps when she’s older, although preferably not when my husband and I are too old to do all that hiking.  Besides – if Machu Pichu isn’t reason enough to visit Peru, perhaps, visiting the place of origin of one of the world’s famous bears would tempt you.  Who you may ask?  Paddington Bear of course!

2. Kathmandu, Nepal


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I don’t know why, but for the longest time, I’ve always wanted to visit Katmandu.  Perhaps because the name itself sounds so exotic and mysterious.  It’s like going on a perfect adventure.  No, I’m not going to say part of the dream is to take a trek to Mount Everest especially since I’m probably the most un-exercised mother in blogosphere unless chasing after your two-year old daughter screaming How many times do I have to tell you not to go around without any knickers on?!  I would rather explore the streets of Kathmandu and find an open cafe (if there is one) and admire the Himalayas from afar.

3. Tibet, China


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Same as above, Tibet has always been on my list and same as above, perhaps, it’s the thrill of adventure.   Once again, I’m not talking about hardcore adventure like trekking into the mountains, more like a gentle meander among Tibetan lanes, visiting 1300 year old temples like the Jokhang Temple or the magnificent palace of Potala and eating in a Tibetan restaurant.  Yes, that’s it for me.

4. Japan


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Lovely Japan with its National Cherry Blossoms Festival held between March to May, a feast for the eyes indeed!  Japan has such a lovely landscape, if you’ve seen the film version of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian wood, you’ll know what I mean even if you haven’t visited Japan yet.  I would so love to visit, preferably in the spring to see all the lovely flowers and colours.

5. Havana, Cuba


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What to do in Havana?  Explore Old Havana with its architectural heritage and step back into time.  Listen or dance the Rumba?  Maybe not for me, since I don’t really know how to dance but it would be lovely to see the locals do it.  Drink cuban coffee and go to a Cuban bar and offer a toast to Hemingway.  Lastly, roll a cuban cigar and try to smoke it.  I don’t smoke, but it would be nice to say Oh yes, I’ve smoke a Cuban cigar and it was lovely/awful.

6. Bulgaria


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If you’ve read the book The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, you’ll know why I want to visit Bulgaria and Romania.  Admittedly, it was a bit of a crappy book.  But I loved the way she described the places!  It makes you want to jump on the first train and travel to Sofia with its 900 year old churches, or the fortress in Tsaravets.

7. Romania


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And of course there’s Romania with Count Dracula’s famous castle, old churches, towns, museums, food!  What’s not to like about Romania?  And the good thing about Bulgaria and Romania, I can imagine travelling there with a two-year-old will be relatively easy.  She’ll love it too.

8. Moscow, Russia

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Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Puskin anyone?  If that’s not enough reason to visit, then standing in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral might just do it.  Imagine seeing the cathedral built by Ivan the terrible up close!  Wouldn’t that be something?  Or the Moscow Kremlin, or even the Red Square.  So many reason to visit Russia!  If only money and time weren’t an issue, we’d be there in a heartbeat!

9. Alaska


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I want to be awed by nature but I’m not a big fan of cruises.  However, if it means seeing a glacier up-close, count me in!  Not to mention seeing naturally made ice-sculptures or whale watching, the list is absolutely endless!

10. Maldives


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And lastly, visiting Maldives before the sea swallows it up is a definite must.  Of course, this might not happen in our lifetime. But the threat is there and for me, that is reason enough to visit, oh and did I mention the lovely beaches and resorts?  But then again, I’m from a county where we have lovely white sand beaches, so it’s not really much of a novelty for me.

That’s it!  That’s my list.  Like I mentioned if only time and money weren’t an issue, then I’d be able to click off the places to visit on my list soon.  But you’ll never know right?  There is still time.  What’s on your list?

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