Continuing with celebrating my 5 year anniversary of what I consider the beginning of my travels is my Top 5 Destinations of the past 5 years. There have been a lot of great ones but these ones ended up making the cut. If you missed it last week was my Top 5 Memories with only one of them over lapping with my favorite destinations!
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1| Japan (日本)
Okay this one is a bit of a cheat. I don’t have a favorite city in Japan (at least yet) but I love it all so much. Japan (Tokyo to be exact) was my first big international trip and what an experience that was. Since I have been to visit a friend in Tokyo and to the island of Kyushu for a creative workshop I detail more about here.
2 | Marrakech (مراكش, ) Morocco
I honestly don’t know what I was expecting when I arrived in Morocco but upon leaving I knew I wanted to go back and to go back to Marrakech. The winding alleyways of the souks, the smell of Tajine’s cooking wafts through the air, the hustle and bustle of salesmen trying to make a deal. It all throws your senses into over drive. As a lover of things I loved shopping in the Souks and learned to be a hard bargainer by the end of my trip. The food was fabulous and the Riad we stayed at oh my it was fantastic and the perfect way to ring in 2016. Riad 72 was a great recommendation from my friend and fellow blogger Land of Marvels.
3 | Havana (La Habana) Cuba
I get why Hemmingway and the likes were in love with Havana. While the city may not shine in the same colonial “glory” that it did during those times it has a charm and energy all its own. As a photographer the city was absolute paradise. I managed to take almost 1500 photos in the span of about 4 days and could have spent so much more time there photographing. From the textures, to the cars, to the amazing people, it was a dream. I am so glad my friend convinced me that now was the time to act on our long held plan as it was a great way to begin early 2017. If you are interested in how to prep for Cuba or what to do in Havana I have some posts for you. 😉
4 | Venice (Veneiza) Italy
Even though I am a quarter Italian (my maternal grandmother was born and raised there.) I fully expected to not love it as much as it was hyped up to be. Boy was I wrong at every turn and especially with Venice. The city truly has its own magical quality about it. I could wander through the canals for ages stopping for a Spritz and chips as a refreshment before continuing on my aimless adventures. I took so many pictures of the boats on the Canals and would love to go back and shoot more. It took me by surprise and I couldn’t be happier about it.
5 | Nuremberg (Nürnberg) Germany
Ah Nuremberg. Not your normal American tourist destination by any sense and definitely not somewhere that would have been high on my list had I not had a college friend living there and working for Adidas (who are headquartered in the next town over). Nuremberg is a quaint Bavarian with a rich and dark history. The famous dark ages artist Albrecht Dürer is from and buried there but it was also a headquarters for Nazi Germany. These days the town is quaint and diverse as it is a University town. I have visited twice but the first visit was after my Bastille Day adventures in Paris and I immediately fell in love. It was the first town that captured my heart in such a way. Something was so familiar yet different about it. I will say it didn’t hurt that to seal my love for this town was a great few days of fun with my friend and her local friends. It may not capture the hearts of everyone but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this picturesque little Bavarian City.