Show Us Your Life: Vacation Spots

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!

Gorgeous view 1

Gorgeous view 2 (all the way to Tenerife!)

Gorgeous view 3

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.

Being silly in Edinburgh.

Looking forward to reading lots of other vacation tales. Thank you for hosting as ever, Kelly!
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  1. Christielli
    5th May 2011 / 10:27 pm

    I love vacations and travel. I'll have to make it to Edinburgh someday.Crazy story – I had a dream that I was flying out to London to visit you again this summer, but I made a mistake and booked my flight on the last day of school. I was really stressed out about my mixup, and I then I woke up.

  2. Miss Ash
    6th May 2011 / 4:16 am

    I love that first photo, very pretty! I'm due for a vacation asap!

  3. Riot Kitty
    6th May 2011 / 4:45 am

    One day I will make it to Edinburgh!

  4. Scribe
    8th May 2011 / 5:00 am

    I love, love, love Edinburgh. With family there and in the surrounding areas, I'm back every couple of years. I'm overdue now! The best time I had was a day in the city by myself, walking around through the cobblestone streets, people watching from my perch in a pub. And, as directionally illiterate as I am, I could not get lost!My second favourite spot is Amsterdam where I went from a restaurant in the international eats area (I had turkish) to a wine bar, to getting flipped off by a lady of the night in the Red Light District for saying a cheery, Canadian hello.

  5. Siobhan
    8th May 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Love Edinburgh. Love this post Makes me wish I was on holiday again though.

  6. Errign
    16th May 2011 / 10:32 pm

    Edinburgh is my favorite city too! 🙂

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