Places To Go

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Today’s Daily Post prompt asks which countries we’d like to visit. They say three, but I couldn’t narrow my list to three, so you’re getting four (they also say we can do whatever we with the prompts, so it’s all good). I should also note that I’ve been lucky enough to already have traveled quite a bit — I’ve been to most of the countries in Western Europe, spent time living in Austria and Germany, and have been to India and the Asian part of Turkey. That said, there are still a few places left on my list to visit:

India: In January 2011, I attended a conference in New Delhi and added on an extra week to hit the other two points of the “Golden Triangle” (Jaipur and Agra). Two weeks was not nearly enough time and only made me want to go back. India is not your usual tourist destination — it’s nearly impossible to escape the crowds and poverty. The stark contrast provided by a place like Agra, home of both desperate poverty and one of India’s most glorious monuments, is difficult to take in. Add to that overwhelming colors, smells, noise, etc. and it can be too much. But at the same time, absolutely beautiful, fascinating, and amazing. Next time I’d like to visit Mumbai and Kolkata.

Greece: Blue seas, Parthenon, Sappho, Plato, Aristotle. Why wouldn’t I want to go?

China: I would like to see the Great Wall before I die. I’d also love to visit Shanghai and Beijing.

Japan: Fourteen World Heritage sites, cherry blossoms, tradition, Tokyo, sushi

Oh, and I’d really like to go to Morocco and then Egypt to see the pyramids. I guess I really couldn’t confine myself to three. What about you? Where would you like to go?

For 2011, I’m participating in The Daily Post at Today I’m responding to the daily prompt: “List three countries you’d like to visit, and why you want to go.”

2 thoughts on “Places To Go

  1. I’m envious that you’re so well-traveled. My trips out of the country have been limited to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean (each of which were wonderful experiences!)

    My enduring travel goal is Paris. I’ve studied French for 10 years and am a self-professed francophile. I frequently dream in French and also dream of being in Paris. It’s odd to love something so much that I’ve never seen, but I do!

    I’d also like to return to Montreal and Quebec City, spend more time in NYC, visit San Francisco and travel through Europe by train (a trip that MUST begin by riding the Chunnel from England to France.)

    I’m tentatively planning on a trip to Paris for my 30th birthday. Vive le 2013!

    • Yes, I have been very lucky with my travels. You should definitely go to Montreal and Quebec City–they’re wonderful–as close as you can get to France without leaving North America. And I’m sure you would love Paris. Everyone does

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