October Blogging Challenge! Day 18: Top Places to Travel

Let’s take a vacation!! You don’t even have to get up from your chair or spend a dime~ a dream come true!

Travel is probably far from anyone’s mind right now as we’re still in the middle of this pandemic. But we all need some way to “get away”, even if it is just in our imaginations. Today is all about top places to travel!

It’s probably really obvious from my blog that I’m thoroughly a homebody. Crowds, getting lost, and time constraints – which is basically most of travel – give me HUGE anxiety. So I’m not very far-travelled, and would much prefer a staycation in my own comfy place.

Doesn’t mean I don’t dream about a whirlwind adventure! And I sure do ~ I love taking a trip through Google Maps and being transported into magical little places, with no airport stresses, no packing, and being back for lunch. Let’s get comfy in our computer chairs (infinitely more leg room than those plane seats!), grab some maps and GO!

Tokyo, Japan

My dream vacation would be to spend a few weeks travelling through Japan! I love the idea of spending days shopping and exploring Tokyo with stops at the Pokemon Center, Sailor Moon Store, and Hello Kitty Store! My eyes are exploding with colourful adorable happiness (and my wallet feels a bit lighter)!

I would love to see the inspiring fashions and art of Harajuku, enjoy the restaurants, and experience the art and architecture that have made the city one of the highlights of the world!

Sweets Go Round at Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku! It’s like the inside of my mind come to life!
Photo found here on Tripadvisor, and posted by “management”
Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant in Shinjuku!
Photo from Alice’s Restaurant’s Twitter here!

However, I would soon need to get away from the hustle and bustle and find some quieter places to unwind. Nara is a UNESCO world heritage site full of history and has beautiful deer roaming the streets!

This beautiful picture of the deer in Nara was uploaded by radowanhabib on Reddit here!

I am also fascinated by Ao Island ~ the cat island where cats outnumber people (you can even see them on the Google Maps pictures!) I can’t imagine a more perfect place for me!

Photo from Onegai-Kaeru

Gimli, Manitoba

Now lets travel a little bit closer to home! Gimli (pronounced with a hard g – like the Lord of the Rings character!) is a tiny Manitoba beach town about an hour from where in live in Winnipeg, Canada. If your view of Canada is the stereotype that we all walk through 6 feet of blowing snow, in minus 40, eating maple syrup… you’d be partially right (that’s an average winter day!) However, Gimli in the summer rivals any tropical beach spot~ okay there aren’t bright blue oceans with dolphins, but Manitoba summers are hot and beautiful and unique on their own! I spent a number of summers working near Gimli a few years ago so the town holds a special place in my heart.

These sandy beaches are packed all summer with travellers who want to escape big city stresses and enter a magical peaceful place. There are numerous lake side restaurants and unique shops, and a friendly small town vibe! The town is also host to a fun festival called Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Fest ~ because the town has the highest Icelandic population outside of Iceland itself!) in August with a parade, sandcastle contests, runs, and viking village roleplays! If you’re ever near Winnipeg, Gimli is close by and it will be in your mind forever!

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

Parrsboro Harbour which overlooks like lighthouse. There is a restaurant here which is incredible.

I definitely have a theme ~ little peaceful beachside towns! Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is the town where my Dad’s family comes from and holds some of the best childhood memories for me!

Little downtown Parrsboro! Yes, there are dinosaurs!! The town has a Geological Museum and a big emphasis on dinosaurs and minerals.

Parrsboro is a tiny town (only about 1200 people) on the Bay of Fundy, but it can brag about having the highest/lowest tides in the world and they really are something to see and hear. There are tons of unique shops and places like the Amethyst Boutique, Ship’s Theatre Company, and lots of museums for a tiny little town. There are also thick forests dotted with waterfalls, blueberry fields, massive limestone cliffs, and seemingly infinite amounts of untouched peaceful nature. It’s an introverts dream come true!

The Canadian maritimes are relatively small, so if you are ever near Halifax, Parrsboro and the Bay of Fundy should be a definite day trip for you!

Other places that I would LOVE to see one day are Newfoundland Canada (the only province I haven’t been to and it’s home to those stunning rainbow buildings ~ which are called the Jellybean Row Houses of all things!), Stuttgart Germany (where my family is from and has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world), and New Zealand!

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Day 10 of the 30 day blog challenge!

Day 10 – Best Trip Of Your Life!

December is just FLYING by! We’re half way through the month and in just 10 days it will be Christmas, and then EEK 2019 is just around the corner. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. I’ve been baking tons – made yet another batch of cookies and walked all the way to and from the store today. STILL have one final (ha!) round of baking tomorrow for my bake exchange at work on Monday. Then gift shopping, and finishing up some knitted gifts, PLUS a new found obsession with Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Phew! I could use a vacation. Today’s prompt is about just that!

Growing up, my family travelled from coast to coast in Canada in an RV, (I’ve been everywhere but Newfoundland and the Territories!) and I have incredibly fond memories of visiting a good chunk of this very very big, very very pretty place. My favourite trip of all time has to be when my parents, brother, and cousins travelled to visit my family in Nova Scotia!

Hard to believe, but that’s me in the middle! Not a speck of pink or bows anywhere in sight AHH! We were roughing it a bit on this trip, but I was a total tomboy at this time in my life!

We spent two weeks driving over 3,500 kilometers (2,000 miles for you American folks!) stopping at all sorts of random campsites, poutine shops, a monastery, tried to escape rush hour Montreal in a 35 foot long RV, and making many wrong turns to get to the little Nova Scotia town of Parrsboro

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Photo of Parrsboro from NovaScotia.com

Parrsboro is a cute little seaside town surrounded by oceans, cliffs, and blueberry farms, and is known for having the highest tides in the world! It’s just a very different way of life over there – life moves slow and everyone in town knows everybody else, which is SO different from how hectic life is now. I remember watching the tide come in for the first time ever and falling in LOVE and never wanting to leave.

I hope to one day go back, and perhaps when I’m an old lady I’ll buy one of the cute little character homes by the sea and paint it PINK as well!

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