Five Places I'd Like To Travel And Visit

I took this photograph while flying to Florida

My longtime blogging friend, Pearl at Everything and Nothing, does an amazing amount of traveling and delightfully documents it on her blog. And even though she is from the UK, Pearl has traveled to more states in America than I have ever been. In fact, if it weren't for her sharing about the many places she and her husband travel to, I would never know what these locations in the US even looked like. But she also travels to countries in Europe.

Pearl has such a passion for traveling; relishing in the history, sites, food, drink, and lifestyle of each place she visits. I've often suggested that she start a travel blog because her posts are so informative and enjoyable.

Traveling has always been something I would like to do more of because I adore visiting different places and seeing how other people live. I would love to take a year and do nothing but travel. And I'm one of those individuals who could travel alone because I'm not shy about meeting new people and striking up conversations. Nor, do I feel apprehensive about being in territories that are unknown to me. I find it exciting!

I've only been to a handful of states here in America, and two countries in Europe. I've also been to Japan. So I am by no means a worldly traveler.

Today I would like to share five places that I'd like to travel and visit. I have many more than five, but these would be on my first-priority list.

I composed these collages from photographs found online.

Italy - Oh dear god, what can I say? My fear is that I would get there and NEVER want to come home because I'd meet a brown-eyed, gay Italian man; eat pasta and cannolis all day; drink wine in Tuscany; ride a romantic gondola in Venice; and then get an apartment together along the Amalfi Coast overlooking the Mediterranean, while sipping Lemoncello and talking Italian. Oh hush y'all...a man can dream, can't he?

Alaska - Being a lover of cold, snow and ice, I have always wanted to visit Alaska. And I think if I were to go there, I would want to travel by cruise ship because they say it's the best way to enter Alaska. And I can only imagine how magnificent that view must be. 

Vermont (in the Fall) - For being such a city boy, there is a part of me that feels extremely comfortable submerging myself in the great outdoors; taking hikes; hugging trees; building campfires; and just being within nature. Vermont in the Fall...oh yes! It's no wonder they refer to it as "God's Country."

Barcelona, Spain - I once knew a woman in Florida who was originally from Barcelona, Spain, and she was such an elegant, well-dressed and classy lady. Like Italy, there is something that draws me to Spain - the culture, the style, the art, and the Latin passion!

Vienna, Austria - Ever since seeing the movie, Amadeus, about composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, I have wanted to visit Austria; particularly Vienna. The exquisite architecture and the rich history of Austrian composers are what beckon me there. Whenever I see photographs of Vienna, I hear violins and cellos playing. 

If any of you have been to these places and would like to share your experiences, I would love to hear your feedback. Also, please feel free to share places that you would like to visit. Thank you.

Happy Monday, peeps!

The Infamous Windows In Breakfast At Tiffany's

Tuesday, I took a spur-of-the-moment bus trip into Manhattan because I desperately needed a New York fix.

As most of you guys and gals know (and are probably getting sick of me saying it), I love NYC. Yes, I’m partial and blatantly prejudice, but to me NYC is the greatest city on the east coast. I could probably give you fifty reasons why I feel this way, but the main reason is because of the energy. There is no place I have ever visited or lived that has the kind of special energy the Big Apple does.

NYC plants, grows and harvests creative energy. And it's an energy that is contagious because it coaxes you to tab into your own creativity and blossom. I always feel recharged whenever I’m there.

I had planned to visit a few weeks ago, however, the weather was not very cooperative. I don’t mind if it’s cold, but it was also a week when we had a lot of rain. And when I go to NYC, I want to be outside walking around, not dashing into buildings to get out of the rain.

Tuesday started out sunny, but then turned grey. Yet, it didn’t darken my spirit because I was in my FAVORITE city.

I took over a hundred photographs, which I will selectively and periodically be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks. But I wanted my first post to be on a topic that I had promised one of my readers, Dale, I was going to post about LAST January, but didn’t have the opportunity to get into NYC as I had hoped.

Another thing I love about the city is that so many movies are shot there. NYC is an incredible backdrop for film because there is such a diversity of visuals. And you can’t “fake” shooting films that take place in NYC because it just doesn’t work. You have to actually go there and shoot them because it’s the energy and flavors that are so perfectly captured on film. NYC is a starring character all its own.

Dale and I both loved and admired Audrey Hepburn. And one of our favorite films is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. So I walked up to 5th Avenue and 57th Street, and took pictures of the infamous windows that she stood in front of during the opening scene.

The store front of Tiffany & Co.

The window on the right. And it's funny how you will sometimes see people taking pictures in front of that window; reenacting Miss Hepburn with a cup of coffee and a pastry.

A closeup of the window.

And here you go, Dale...the first Tiffany's window that our beloved Audrey stood in front of...

I leave you with the opening scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Enjoy...

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!