my travel wishlist

4/02/2012

Happy April! With summer fast approaching, it's time to revel in summer vacation plans. In the last years I've visited Barcelona, Monaco, Copenhagen, St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Paris, Malmö, Rome and Germany in the summer. I'm still putting the finishing touches on this year's travel plans, but thought I'd share some of my dream vacation spots that I haven't yet visited:
bergenBergen and the Norwegian Fjords
My first memory of wanting to go somewhere else in the world, was when I was thirteen and saw a photograph of Norway. I pinned the photographs over my bed and dreamt of the day. Amazingly, Donald and I finally booked our tickets for this summer!

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Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands
A massive garden with over seven million flowers? Yes please!

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Tokyo, Japan
Truthfully, the idea of visiting one of the most populated cities on earth doesn't exactly entice me. I live in Los Angeles, where daily traffic feels like torture, why would I want to travel so far to be confronted with some of the same congestion issues? Well - cat cafes, cherry blossom trees, cute products and delicious sushi all seem worth it to me!

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Iceland
I'm incredibly intrigued by strange landscapes that resemble Mars. Perhaps it speaks to the introvert that I tend to be, who prefers to be in an untouched landscape than most crowded places. I'm happy to report that Reykjavik will also be on my itinerary this summer!

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Machu Picchu, Peru
There are undoubtedly many "must-see wonders" of the world, but I'm quite indifferent to most of them. The exception goes to Machu Picchu, which combines my love for mountain landscapes, being somewhat isolated, and having alpacas roam all around me. We almost visited in 2009 but it sadly did not pan out. One day I know I'll get there!

Patagonia
Patagonia
I'd love to go anywhere in Patagonia, in either Chile or Argentina. I could work out my half-decent Spanish and take in incredible views.

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Ronchamp, France
It wouldn't be the first time I'd travel far to see a Le Corbusier building, but the Notre Dame du Haut has been on my must-see list for quite awhile. Seeing some of my favorite architecture around the world, is like seeing the great feats of human beings in one sitting.

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The Faroe Islands
I used to study maps for fun, I'd close in on the small little specks of land and try to figure out what existed there. The Faroe Islands seemed like a great place to be if you wanted to be "away from it all". Combine that with their unique culture and puffin congregations, it's one reason why I'll be stopping there this summer as well :)

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Croatia
The entire Adriatic coastline seems so beautiful and otherworldly. Orange rooftops and cobbled streets look so dreamy together.

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Brazil (Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon)
It's almost impossible to select one region of Brazil that I'd love to explore. There's the architecture-filled Brasilia that would send me into a tailspin, or Rio de Janeiro's beautiful surroundings, and even the prospect of seeing sloths in the Amazon. A person like me (one who's afraid of most large insects) probably has no place in the Amazon, but if I saw one sloth I would be so content!

Do you have any dream vacation spots?

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  1. Bergen (and Norway) is beautiful. you will love it. at the moment I have this strange urge to revisit places I've been to already. not sure why. I'd love to go back to Venice. or Istanbul. Tokyo would be interesting, too, I guess, or Hong Kong, but I know what you mean with trading one busy city for another...

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    1. I can't wait! And those all seem like such beautiful locations to revisit. I often wish I could revisit some of my favorite places, but with so many places in the world, I want to keep exploring :)

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  2. Machu Picchu is definitely on top of my list. I've always wanted to go, since I was little- for no real reason. It just seems like a magical place, all on its own. LA is also on my travel wish list- I've never been! It seems like a fun place. But there's also Egypt, Morocco, Greece, South Africa... So many places I want to see. I love travelling- a little part of me dies whenever I meet someone that doesn't like to travel or has no interest in doing so.
    Also, thank you for pointing me into the direction of cat-cafes! I'm planning a trip to Tokyo soon and it's definitely on my "to do" list now.

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    1. I totally agree! A lot of people that I meet from the U.S. don't even like to travel. They never want to go anywhere outside of North America or Hawaii. I can't imagine that! Also, those locations all sound so exotic! :)

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  3. You should definitely come to belgium too! :D it isn't as impressive as Norway but it's cosy up here ^^ I'm quite jealous that you went to Malmö, it's my total dream vacation, but I'm afraid I'll have to settle for Avignon this year :)

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    1. Yes, I would love to visit Belgium! Bruges in particular. Avignon sounds so beautiful - I hope you have a grand time! Malmo was fun but we stayed for such a short time. The location was so clean and beautiful x

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  4. your travel list sounds impressive and so interesting (all the places you've seen last year!). I've got a really long dream travel list as well, i'd mainly love to travel all over the usa and canada, go to india, maybe australia. the list goes on and on...

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    1. Oh dear, I would have passed out if that was in one summer! I traveled to those places and a few more across 4 years :) Last summer I didn't leave the country so this year is my return to travelling :) The U.S. definitely has its beautiful spots, California (not biased I swear!) and Colorado to be exact! x

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  5. A lot of these are on my list too... especially Machu Picchu (I've been wanting to go since I was eleven). Also, I don't think I commented on your last post, but wanted to say a "yummmmmm" shout-out to chilaquiles!

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    1. Yay! Chilaquiles deserve the praise. Machu Picchu just seems like a magical place, all alone, and full of Alpacas. What a dream!

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  6. Oh wow, these all seem like amazing places. I've always wanted to go to Norway too... well, just the Scandinavian countries in general! I love isolated places as well, certainly more so than crowded cities. Sounds like you have an exciting trip planned! :>

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    1. It will be quite a trip indeed, and we're so thrilled! :) I've always loved Scandinavia, probably because I listened to Kings of Convenience at 13 and obsessed over Ingmar Bergman through my mid-teens. It just felt like a long-lost home! I like cities as well, in fact, most of my travels have been to very populated cities. I suppose it's time for a shift! x

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  7. I would name my dream travel destinations, but I'd probably end up listing pretty much everywhere I've ever seen pictures of. The Amazon sounds like an amazing experience, but to be honest I'm a little [read: extremely] freaked out by some of the resident animals, especially snakes and piranhas.

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    1. Oh I agree with you! I think i'd have to visit a very protected place in the Amazon, where I could be covered in nets to avoid insects and snakes. I wish I was a little more brave in that respect! I also always want to visit all kinds of places that I see in photos, hehe :)

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  8. Oh my, you have impeccable tastes sweetpea! I love your picture picks! I LOVE to travel, it is itching in me every day and it is like torture staying put with only my dreams at night of hitting the road, the seas and the air! It has been hard waiting for my fella to finish his studies! :) I have done a lot so far though so I should be grateful, done more travel than most people on this earth! Looks like you have too! I LOVED Japan, Tokyo was like being in Bladerunner then turn a corner and you are in some ancient temple! It was wonderful! The netherlands were beautiful, flowers were so pretty! I don't think I could list where I want to go in a short comment! But I am looking forwards to visiting the south pacific one day! Before that our road trip across America and hopefully a sweet wee wedding in Hawaii! :) Oh how exciting you are planning! I am very jealous of you going to the Faroe Islands, there are lots of bird watching places I would love to volunteer at there! :) Summer feels so soon, although it snowed here today!!! :O hah! Have an amazing week! Enjoy your plotting! :) Zoë xxx

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    1. Thanks Zoe! I tried to pick only 35mm photos of course :) How lucky that you visited those places already -especially Tokyo! Hawaii would also be a lovely wedding spot! And yes, I'm looking forward to some bird watching at the Vestmanna cliffs in the Faroe Islands - I would love to see puffins! x

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  9. Haha what a cool post! I'd love to visit all these places too (can you believe that been Brazilian I still haven't visited the Amazon? I'm embarassed for myself!). I'll actually go to Norway this summer too (well not exactly summer, it will be in may XD)! If I find anything really cool to do there I'll let you know XD Man I'd love to go to all these places too! :)) well I guess I've always wanted to go to Sweden (and I'll go in May too! yay!) but Japan has been a long time dream of mine, ever since I started reading mangas when I was 13 haha XD
    Good luck with all your work, Valerie! Oh, how we suffer XD At least we can travel too :))

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    1. Wow Nana! Have a fun trip to Scandinavian parts! Can't wait to see photos. It's always been my dream to visit all the countries on that end, so I feel lucky to be almost done :) Haha well I have not visited many places in the U.S. that I "should" have...like the Grand Canyon. Maybe one day we'll both go to Japan! x

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  10. really dream spots. Norway is on my list too, everything there seems so beautiful and refined.
    I would like to travel through Provence this summer and have my own eat smell, love moment :) Road trip would be lovely.
    p.s. Croatia's my home country..coast really has its fairytale moments..small streets, hidden places to eat and very clean sea.

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    1. Provence is so beautiful! Hope you have a great time. What a great home country! I'm sure there are so many places to discover there x

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  11. All those places look lovely. As long as there isn't insane humidity, I am good to go(my hair and skin!). Haha. Considering all my air miles have gone towards England, I haven't thought of dream places in a while. I know I need to do Sweden properly one day. Bruges sounds nice too. We'll see how the funds look first ;)

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    1. I'd love to do Sweden properly too, but it's so expensive! I'd go bankrupt I'm pretty sure. Bruges does sound really pretty too. I wouldn't mind heading that way! x

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  12. fantastic list, japan is deinitely at the top of my list.

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  13. so many beautiful places! i would love to go to all of them as well. i've only been to a few of the ones on your list actually, but i am superrr jealous that you're going to iceland! i have to get there one day.

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    1. I still can't believe I am going, it seemed impossible for a long time until we found great ticket prices :) You will get there for sure one day! x

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  14. I'd kill to see Notre Dame du Haut as well. A fellow art history-loving friend and I have planned a huge architectural world trip to take one day and see all our favourite buildings, who knows whether or not it will materialise.

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    1. Ohh that sounds fun! I usually track down my favorite buildings whenever I'm in a new location, it's sometimes more important than seeing a museum! I hope you do share photos if you make the trek! :)

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  15. your plans for this summer sound so amazing! i lived in Norway and visited Iceland and loved both SO MUCH - i'd immediately jump on a plane to get there if i cought. and as for the Faroe Islands ..... it's one of the things that's highest on my list of places i'd like to visit. together with South Korea and Portugal. i'm looking forward to read your travel blogs this summer :)

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    1. if i could* ! don't know what happened with my english...

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    2. You're so lucky to have gone already! I always dreamt of going and thought it would never happen. Somehow things fell into place this year and my boyfriend also wanted to go :) I'm so excited for the Faroe Islands and it's great that you even know what it is! Most people would probably prefer tropical locations but not me hehe x

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  16. Hey, I just discsverd your blog and I absolutely fell in love with it. So cute. I am from Bergen, Norway and I would recommend to visit fløyen, walk mountain walks that sourands the city, the fish market, "bryggen" and Trolhaugen, home of the composer Edvard Greig, is truely is beatiful . If you want to dine like an true norwagian you can go to Jacob All, Zupperia, and Bølgen & moi. For lunsj I would recommend "krok og krinkel" its so darn cute, and Roll & rock that is a fifties inspired café and bar( it has the best mikshake in town). Hope you found some of this helpful, and I will cross my fingers for you that it dosent rain when youre here. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks Mona! For both the lovely compliments and the advice! I was planning on riding to the top of fløyen and walking those routes, so I'm glad you give the approval. Have you ever eaten at Pingvinen? I heard only good things and thought it sounded so cute. Anyhow I am so excited and can't wait to meet Norwegians :)

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