This week on ‘Show Us Your Life’, the theme is vacation spots.
When I was younger, I never really went on holiday. Bar cub camps and music weekends, the only real visit away I can remember was a funfilled drive up to Denmark when I was twelve and we lived in Germany. It was a four day break and we went to Legoland, and I really enjoyed it. That’s about all my twelve year old brain could drag up!
Since then I’ve been lucky enough to go on a few holidays and visits, and while I’ve had great times visiting beautiful places and hanging out with friends (Chapel Hill, Madrid, Toronto, Paris), there are two places that stick out -one a city and one a more relaxed, sunny break.
The more relaxed place would have to be Puerto de Mogán, where Matthew and I spent a very happy week earlier this year. It’s on the island of Gran Canaria, off the west coast of Africa. Beautiful sunny weather (in February), blue skies, superbly clean. Close enough to touristy things (like minigolf!) should you desire them, but quiet and sedate with plenty of cute little restaurants and bars if that’s what you desire. For a couple or for young families I would thoroughly recommend this place – certainly, all the littles I saw were having a ball!
Favourite city would have to be Edinburgh. Everything you could want from a city, really – culture, history, nightlife, banter, all in breathtaking surroundings. Big enough to have excitement, but small enough to feel you can get to and through it safely and fairly quickly. Matthew and I are heading back up there in August for the Fringe festival (hopefully with Lou, too!) and I cannot wait. Edinburgh, as well as being an amazing city, is also the place where I met Matthew, so it’s always going to be a special place for me. I wonder if I might live there one day?
There are so many great pubs and cafes in Edinburgh, my advice would truly be just to follow your feet and see where they take you. The city is also great for dancing, has many awesome spas, and has a castle atop a hunk of volcanic rock right smack in the middle of it. The sea is a short trip away, and a couple of hours by train will take you to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Awesome.
Looking forward to reading lots of other vacation tales. Thank you for hosting as ever, Kelly!