Top 15 Destinations

It seems the more I travel the more places I want to add to my wishlist. The following (significantly whittled down!) list is inspired by exotic distant lands I’ve only ever read about, postcards adventurous friends have sent me over the years and fellow travelers I’ve met whose infectious love for their homeland is catching.

1. Santorini, Greece

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License   Santorini Greece by  mariusz kluzniak 

2. The Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur), India

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License   The Taj Mahal by  dankit 

3. Granada, Spain

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  Landscape with Alhambra and Granada by  Romtomtom 

4. Istanbul, Turkey

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License  Istanbul, Turkey, view from the Bosphorus channel by  Moyan_Brenn 

5. The Maldives 

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  Maldives  by  sec PhotoArt 

6. Cairo, Egypt

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License   Sunset in Cairo from Al Azhar Garden by  Loïc Lagarde 

7. Tokyo, Japan

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  The Bright Lights to Akihabara Tokyo, Japan by  Luke Zeme Photography 

8. Verona, Italy

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  Ponte Pietra (Verona, Italy) by  james_clear 

9. Jerusalem, Israel

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License  View from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem by  mockstar 

10. Cartagena, Colombia

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License   Cartagena Columbia – Plaza Santo Domingo by  Ted’s photos – For me & you 

11. Marrakech, Morocco

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  Place Jemaa el-Fna – Marrakech – Morocco by  Grand Parc – Bordeaux, France 

12. Zurich, Switzerland

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  Limmat River, Zurich by  szeke 

13. Lisbon, Portugal

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  Downtown, Lisbon by  szeke 

14. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License   by Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Paolo Margari 

15. Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  Monte Carlo from the Hermitage Hotel by  HerryLawford

Vienna: The Streets

Vienna Fans of the wonderful director Richard Linklater will no doubt be familiar with the story of Jesse and Celine. Played by the charming Mr Ethan Hawke and transcendental Julie Delphy, these two strangers meet on an overnight train from Budapest and spend a day together in Vienna. My trip to Vienna was every bit as fleeting, enchanting and a great deal of it was also spent walking around on foot, which in my opinion is the best way to see a city. beforesunrise_015

Image courtesy The Austrian Film Museum

Admittedly, after first seeing that film – and reaffirmed by the many re-runs since then – Vienna has been on my to-see list. I’ve always been fascinated by Empress Sisi (formally Empress Elisabeth of Austria, 1854-98) whose life bears striking similarities to that of the Princess of Wales. Vienna aside from being renowned for its concert halls and ballrooms is also home to Mozart’s only surviving apartment. So when the idea of a weekend away to Vienna was floated I was very much sold.

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One word comes to mind when I think about Vienna: grand. From the old-world architecture from the Habsburg dynasty to the busy pedestrian junctions, it’s no stretch of the imagination to imagine the city in its former glory as the capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Overall better preserved than Budapest, if Prague is quaint then Vienna evokes a regality of a bygone era.

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European Winter

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For two glorious months last year I travelled around Eastern and Western Europe. While most people prefer travelling during the warmer months, going during the low season does have its perks! The biggest I found was getting a truer glimpse of what it’s like to live in some of these incredible cities (it definitely helps when you’re not competing with hordes of elbowing tourists). As they say, winter is when Paris is returned to the Parisians and I was lucky enough to venture as far as Budapest in the East and London to the West. Here are some of the amazing cities I’ve visited and can’t wait to get back to!

Eastern Europe

  • Czech Republic – Prague
  • Hungary – Budapest

Western Europe

  • Austria – Vienna
  • France – Paris
  • Switzerland – Lucerne
  • United Kingdom – London
  • Netherlands – Amsterdam
  • Germany – Munich, Berlin, Dresden

Southern Europe

  • Italy – Venice, Florence, Rome

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