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My Top 3 Bucket List Travel Destinations

By on October 8, 2017

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Hi friends! I just returned from witnessing my Father-In-Law get married to his new bride. The night before we attended the rehearsal dinner and while we were eating a game was played to help the two families get to know each other. One of the questions that came up was which places were on our bucket list for travel. This was easy. There are a few places that have been on my heart and I can’t let them go until I see them in the flesh. Tokyo was one of those places and I am so grateful that I had the chance to visit in 2014. But, there’s more! Check out the list below of my top bucket list travel destinations. Maybe we have some in common.

1. Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia was the answer that I gave to the question at the rehearsal dinner. It was funny hearing other’s reactions, mostly raised brows because of the cold weather. But Nova Scotia has been on the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was a fan of the popular classic book series, “Anne Of Green Gables“.  The setting for the series of books was Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia. Aside from the nostalgic memories, Nova Scotia is on my bucket list because it looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s the type of place you could rent a room in a cliff house and finish your book in while you overlook the sea.

Check out this list of recommendations for Prince Edward Island from the NY Times article, “Searching For Anne Of Green Gables On Prince Edward Island“.

Getting there and around

Air Canada offers daily flights to Charlottetown from Toronto Pearson. Public transportation is limited and renting a car is highly recommended.

What to See

Green Gables Heritage Place (8619, Route 6, Cavendish; gov.pe.ca/greengables). Open daily, May 1 to Oct. 31. Adults, 7.80 Canadian dollars (about the same as American dollars); children 16 and under, 3.90 dollars.

Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home (8509 Cavendish Road;peisland.com/lmm). Open daily, mid-May to mid-October. Adults, 5 dollars; children 16 and under, 3 dollars.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace (6461 Route 20, New London; 902-886-2099). This modest cottage is open daily. Adults, 4 dollars; children 16 and under, 2 dollars.

The island has a network of scenic red clay heritage roads. Information and maps are available at the Cavendish Visitor Information Centre (7591 Cawnpore Lane; tourismpei.com/pei-scenic-heritage-roads).

Part of Prince Edward Island National Park, the Dunelands Trail edges a magnificent rock and sand shore.

Where to Stay

Beach House Inn (712 Cape Road, French River; beachhouseinn.ca; rooms from 79 dollars). In a 19th-century farmhouse, this bed-and-breakfast offers charming rooms steps away from a red sand beach and abandoned lighthouse.

Where to Eat

Blue Winds Tearoom (Route 6, New London; bluewindstearoom.blogspot.com). Terry Kamikawa, the owner, moved to the island from Japan in 1988, inspired by the Montgomery books. She prepares dainty sandwiches and a lemony New Moon pudding, using Montgomery’s recipe.

The Home Place Inn and Restaurant (21 Victoria Street, Kensington; thehomeplace.ca). Old-fashioned fare like potato and salt cod cakes served with house-made pickled chowchow, or succulent pan-fried oysters.

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2. India

I almost made it to India on my recent trip to Asia but switched to South Korea and Japan at the last minute. India is a massive country, so obviously there are tons of places to visit. But I have dreamed of visiting the Taj Majal for years now. It’s so beautiful, I can only imagine how beautiful it is up close and personal. The website even agrees that I should visit ;-). “If one has a heart that beats and that beat throbs to seek, the purity of love in galore! Surely one deserves a visit to ‘The Taj’, as much as ‘The Taj’ deserves your visit once, and more!” 

A few other reasons I can’t wait to visit India:

  • The food, I love it. When I went vegetarian years ago, Indian food became my go-to.
  • The clothes. I can’t wait to by a gorgeous sari (or 3) and wear it.
  • The jewelry, it’s fabulous. I want one of those nose rings that clips to the earn in gold.
  • The elephants, I want to ride one with my husband.
  • The people, I love the Indian culture so much and think they are so beautiful.
  • Bollywood, nuff’ said.

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3. Ireland

So my family used to tease me about my obsession with Ireland as a little girl. I used to dance around the house doing Irish jigs and even bought Irish music cd’s. Years later they had to eat their words because as I began to study my family genealogy I discovered that one of my branches was in fact Irish. We are O’Briens.  I once had an Irish friend tell me that Ireland calls you. This was definitely my experience because I was captivated by it before I had a reason or explanation for it. Also, Travelzoo would send me this annual roundtrip trip to Ireland for $599 and it furthered my desire (or should I say desperation) to visit.

What would I do in Ireland? Honestly, I don’t even care. I’ve probably romanticized it a bit, like I did with Paris. But you know what? Paris lived up to my fantasy and I know that Ireland will as well. I would like to visit the Cliffs of Moher, St. Patricks Cathedral, and the Guinness Storehouse for a fresh pint (I don’t even drink beer, but what the heck).

I hope one day soon I will get to visit the places on my bucket list. What are some places on your bucket list? I’d love to read about them in the comments below.

 

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