And now, I have to list seven things I love. And it's so hard to separate out just seven things, that I am going to list my seven favorite vacations around the world...and live vicariously through the memories!
1. Italy. My first trip outside the country was to Rome, Venice, and Florence, and also the trip I've enjoyed the most. Rome is so beautiful, the people are pleasant, the long history is clear, and I reveled in walking my legs off each day so I could see absolutely everything.
2. India. We have been there a few times since that's where my husband is from, and we've visited areas of the north and south. It's amazing how different one is from the other, and beautiful in their own ways. And there's still more that I have yet to see.
3. Paris. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Stunning. The whole city is a work of art, created over the ages. The taxi drivers were not nearly as pleasant as those in Rome, but it didn't really detract from enjoying the city.
4. United Kingdom. We've been there a few times: London, Cambridge, Bath, and Stonehenge. It's amazing how different London is from its outlying towns. They are so quiet, with this historic air. From there, we went to Dublin for the weekend. Visiting the Guiness brewery was a really fun experience!
5. Spain. I took a lot of Spanish in high school, and it's a good thing I did because very few people in Spain speak much English. At least, not the people we encountered. My accent is terrible and my vocabulary isn't anywhere near what it used to be, but we managed. We visited Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. I didn't want to leave Seville, it was so beautiful.
6. Hong Kong. This is the only time I've gone somewhere where no one spoke the language we spoke. And the alphabet isn't the same, so you can't somewhat figure things out. But the people were more than friendly and we really enjoyed ourselves.
7. Carribean. Last year we went to a wedding on the Island of Turks and Caicos, and stayed at an all-inclusive resort. I'd never done this before, but, when you have kids, it's completely worth it. This was my oldest son's favorite vacation by far, and he is still asking to go back.
So now it's time for me to pass this on! I nominate The Write Game, The Good Dirt, and Resident Alien!