We didn’t think we’d ever do a post on the Top 5 Places to Revisit, but here we are. We’ve always treated every single trip of ours like it’s the last time we’ll ever go there (so that it feels like the trip of a lifetime, every single time). But there are some places we left little pieces of our hearts, and we know we aren’t done with those places just yet.
Top 5 Places to Revisit (based on our travels)
Melbourne will always have a second home feeling for us, although we’ve only been there once together. This lively, gastronomic, colourful and incredibly fun city was just like our very dear friends Kimmi and Brett who showed us around it. We had our senses blown away by the magical cocktails of Eau de Vie, gorgeous dessert at Nobu, incredible art in the laneways, crazy ambience at St. Kilda, a fun Australian rules footie game at Etihad, and a very drunken day trip to Mornington’s wineries and animal sanctuaries. We know we aren’t done just yet and it’s probably the only city both of us agree would be a great place to move to someday.
Paris was our first view of Europe. The cold winter of 2011 was a time our way of looking at things was changed forever. Everything, from the Haussmanian buildings and the Louvre to Pierre Herme and Village St. Paul was just so gorgeous. We were lucky to have enjoyed 3 incredible weeks exploring everything we could. Drinking French wine, devouring escargot, visiting Christmas markets and watching buskers on Champs Elysees. I must also mention that Paris happens to be my obsession. Anyone who knows me will vouch for how crazy I am about all things Parisian, including trying to master French. We did return when Charles took us on a surprise detour from Barcelona for my birthday (which happens to be on Bastille Day; I was totally born for this) last year. So of course I dragged him to watch the Bastille day parade on Champs Elysees, to Eglise Saint Germain, Pierre Hermé and Village Saint Paul, through the Luxembourg Jardins and then Sacre Coeur before returning to les Deux Magots for dinner and then a lovely walk between the Notre Dame and Place Saint Michel – all in one day. (He has sworn never to surprise me again)
Barcelona was big. After Paris, we didn’t expect a vibrant, friendly and loud city in Europe. But Barcelona broke all the rules, as we discovered over copious helpings of tapas, mind bending visits to Gaudi’s great works like the Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, Palau Guell and Park Guell. We watched summer revelers in the plaças Espanya, Catalunya, Jaume and Cathedral. We got carried away by Gran Gala Flamenco at Palau de la Musica and then a fusion of Opera y Flamenco at Poliorama. We strolled the intimate streets of the Barri Gotic and enjoyed the festive atmosphere around our apartment in El Born. We also took a fabulous day trip to the sleepy town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia to sample some amazing Cava.
Mauritius will always be dear to our hearts. Our very first international trip together, on our honeymoon. Naturally we were spoiled by the best of everything, from flying first class, to a private villa with a private pool and butler on the beach at Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa in Tamarin Bay. Apart from unwinding from our hectic wedding, we also walked the seabed, swam with dolphins and generally splashed about the water while gorging on excellent Creole and Mauritian cuisine. It’s a trip, the memory of which always makes us smile, and we’ve promised to return on a landmark wedding anniversary. When should we go? For the 10th or 25th anniversary?
5. Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai was an absolute surprise for us. We expected a touristy town with slimy salesmen and scams similar to Bangkok all around. Thankfully for us, we met the nicest people, found a leafy, quiet, sleepy town with excellent weather, lots of Wats (temples), incredible food (Have you tried Lanna cuisine?), lots of cheap shopping that went beyond the crappy souvenirs you normally find, and some very interesting day trips like the Maetaman Elephant Camp, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs and Handicrafts Highway. We regretted setting aside only a couple of days for it, and we know we’ll return for a relaxed and longer stay.
Thank you to Jack and Jen of Who Needs Maps for nominating us for this fun activity by Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There We loved your post, and in turn would like to nominate the following bloggers: (Can’t wait to see your top 5 places to revisit)
Michelle of A Traveler Rests
Ashley of Under the Ash Tree
Zofia of Picking the Pictures