(Or rather, an A to M of travel, since the alphabet is rather too long for one post)
These are some of my favourite places and travel-related things in alphabetical order.
Argentina is my country and I love it, warts and all. I’ve seen quite a bit of it but there’s so much more for me to discover. And it’s home to the annoyingly wonderful city of Buenos Aires, one of my favourite cities in the whole world.
Barcelona is, as well as a beautiful and captivating city, the place of birth of my maternal ancestors. Although I don’t speak Catalan, I can understand restaurant menus because that’s the food my Granny used to cook. I feel at home there.
Cathedrals are among my favourite buildings to visit when travelling. But not any old cathedral, mind you. I’m obsessed with medieval ones. I enjoy looking at the stained glass windows, sculptures, columns, mile-high ceilings and absorb a sense of history that transcends time.
Dinan is a medieval city located in Brittany, France. Walking around its historic centre is like travelling in a time machine. And it’s where I fell in love with galettes (both sweet and savoury) and cider served in clay mugs.
England is my personal Disney World. I can visit a palace and feel like a princess, I can go into genuine ye olde shoppes, go on a ride (the London Eye, the York Eye, Blackpool Tower), walk around fairy-tale towns. I’ll never grow tired of England.
France’s Southwest is dotted about with bastides, fortified medieval towns that sit on a hill. We used to drive around visiting as many bastides as we could (kudos to Sean, who put up with it) and the occasional Armagnac ferme. The endless vineyards and orchards set on rolling hills looked like Mother Nature’s patchwork quilt.
Grève de Lecq Bay is a small bay on Jersey’s north coast. Not only is it gorgeous, it is the home of the best beach cafe we’ve ever been to, Colleen’s. We spent many a Sunday morning reading the papers and eating a fabulous cooked breakfast washed down with lashings of scalding hot tea.
Hampton Court Palace et al. I love visiting European palaces and castles, along with cathedrals and museums, for their art and history. I should light a candle at the altar of St. Husband for bearing with me!
I like old churches, historic cemeteries, museums, people-watching, taking photos, using the local public transport system, trying to communicate in a foreign language, collecting guidebooks, planning a trip, finding great local non-touristy restaurants, sending postcards by snail mail.
Jersey, with its rugged north coast and expansive beaches on the south coast, beautiful villages, vegetable and daffodil fields, is firmly etched in my mind. We spent a fantastic time there and made good friends. I tend to wax lyrical about this jewel of an island but I’ll try to restrain myself. We’ll be back one day.
Karina is my middle name and since it’s on my passport, it’s eligible to appear on this travel-related post!
Lisbon does not usually appear on the radar but let me tell you, it’s well worth a visit. The food is out of this world, the people are very friendly, and many more reasons (click here to find out more.)
Montreal has the best cafe au lait of the Northern Hemisphere, I swear. And a great vibe, lovely neighbourhoods, the gorgeous Vieux Montréal, fantastic food and is the home of good friends. Je me souviens.