My Top 10 Favorite Places To Visit (5 – 1)

The second part of my post about my top ten places to visit.

5.Crans Montana,  Switzerland

If you love paragliding, water skiing, hiking, golf, or snow skiing, then you must pay a visit to Crans Montana. Just the drive up the mountain side to get there will take your breath away. Have you ever looked DOWN on clouds from the window of your car? These twin towns have much to offer, including an impressive view of the chain of mountain peaks from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc and a wide program of activities all year round. The modern side of Crans-Montana offers the most extensive alpine shopping for miles around. A wide range of accommodation is available. It is also a venue for major sporting events, and with a reputation as a golfing Mecca, Crans-Montana draws visitors from all over the world. It is a family-friendly resort, where you can enjoy five swimming lakes; walks through aromatic mountain forests along an extensive network of footpaths; and cosy fondue evenings in rustic inns. Because I love the snow and fondue! Crans Montana is number five

4.Santorini,  Greece

What can you say about a place that has beaches with black sand except “go see for yourself”  Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion which explains the sand. It also has some of the bluest waters you will ever see. You can discover the famous submerged caldera, the volcano’s crater, which is situated today in the middle of a 32 square miles basin of water and you can admire some of the most beautiful traditional villages of the Cyclades. The lively colors of the white Cycladic houses and blue painted windows contrast stunningly against the black volcanic rocks rising from the sea. In the evening you can relax in a taverna perched on the cliff edge and enjoy a horiatiki (village salad) and a glass of retsina and the wonderful Greek hospitality. This alone is enough to make Santorini my number four

3. London,  England

The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Kew Gardens, Westminster Abby, Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, West End, London Eye, St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, British Museum, National Gallery, Wimbledon, Chinatown and the London Underground. What more is there to say? Number three.

2..Meteora, Greece

The word “Meteora” means suspended rocks, and in my humble opinion should be one of the seven wonders of the world. I will never forget turning the bend on the road and then seeing it before me. It took my breath away. Literally. The huge natural sandstone rock pillars towering into the heavens simply stunned me. Atop these giants are six monasteries, five of which are inhabited my hermit monks and the other by nuns. In the old days, they received their supplies by lowering a basket down and the people below would fill them up. They had no contact with the outside world.. These days some of the monasteries are open to the public, but you will not be allowed in wearing pants so make sure you take a skirt. If you plan to spend the night, you will find the hospitality of the locals wonderful. Rooms are inexpensive and food is always plentiful. Any place that can take my breath away deserves a place on my list so Meteora rates number two

1. Blackpool,  England

My favorite place on the planet! I know you Brits out there and now cringing and saying to yourself “what is she thinking?” Well what I am thinking is I had the some of the best years of my life there and every time I go home to the UK, Blackpool is ALWAYS on my “must visit” list. Forget Stratford- Upon -Avon, or Buckingham Palace, THIS is where I want to go. I have made memories that will last a lifetime here from being an unruly teenager looking for boys and the latest  ride at the Pleasure Beach, to watching the pure joy on the faces of my own kids as they rode a donkey along the shore.  It has everything, fish and chips, donkey rides, amusement arcades, pubs, trams than run the length of the town along the beach, a fantastic pleasure beach with all the great rides, including the original” roller coaster” after which all the others are named, three piers, wonderful illuminations in the winter boasting over a million light-bulbs, Blackpool rock, mini golf, a zoo, great entertainment from Britain’s finest comedians, ballroom dancing and of course, who can forget. Blackpool Tower! Blackpool will always be my number one place to visit.

Where do YOU want to go?>>>>>>>>>>  Start here

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About Julie Labes
Julie Labes: Baby-Boomer Travel Specialist: The Fun-Loving, Feisty, Fearless, Frisky, Fierce Over 50 Traveler Julie owns and operates an internet based full service travel booking engine. She has traveled extensively and lived in several countries including England, Switzerland, 7 years in Athens Greece and now resides in Florida. She has been married 20 years and has two children When not working, she enjoys theater, traveling, music cryptic crosswords and a nice cuppa tea

22 Responses to My Top 10 Favorite Places To Visit (5 – 1)

  1. janet says:

    You certainly are a world traveler! Your top 10 includes some wonderful places. Makes me want to jump on a plane and take some time off! You’re lucky you have gotten to enjoy so many wonderful places and I like that fact that you have spent time in some of these places, not just a week’s vacation. Thanks for sharing!

    Janet K. Fish
    http://www.mydoggblog.com
    http://www.dogbandanastore.com

  2. Why do other countries seem so magical? Living here in beautiful California, so many people from around the world come to visit us with the same thoughts of whimsy and adventure. Thanks for sharing your own experiences with us! I enjoyed picturing the black sands of Greece and the cool breeze from the Swiss Alps.

  3. Robbie Schlosser says:

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you for this wonderful post. What a treat to vicariously visit all these beautiful spots, guided by your first-hand descriptions. I’ve lived and worked in Silicon Valley for many years, and occasionally my wife and I make small trips to visit museums and botanical gardens across the U.S. We love the variety of scenic areas in California, and I notice you included none of them in your top 10. Have you ever visited California?
    Robbie

    • Julie Labes says:

      Robbie yes I have and I was torn as to whether to include the Redwoods but as i only spent half a day there, i didn’t feel as though I knew enough or had enough experience to write about them. But I have to say, seeing them for the first time was a bit like when I first saw Meteora

  4. Oh my…you have activated my wanderlust gene. I have not been to England yet, and only visited West Palm Beach, Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale in Florida; however, I love Greece and Switzerland. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    I love exposing myself to the world through travel. Taking a break from the typical daily scenery frees up my mind to enjoy different cultures, different accents and languages, different foods, different air, different smells, and different sights.

    Rachel Lavern
    http://www.rachellavern.com
    Personal Transformation, Enlightenment and Development

  5. Donna McCord says:

    Loved this post, Julie! It was so much fun visiting these wonderful places through your pictures and words. I just returned from a trip to Rome, Italy, my first visit to Europe, and I fell in love with it. I hope that I will have the opportunity to visit some of the wonderful places you described in your top 10. I know there are many wondrous places right here in the U.S. and even right here in California, but there is something about the history at the depth of these other countries that captures my imagination and enriches all my senses. You are so blessed to have had all these memorable experiences!

  6. What an amazing list of places you have been! Of the places you sited I’ve been to London and near Yorkshire. I didn’t see Paris on your list – to me one of the truly remarkable, beautiful cities. Add Florence as well, a place unrivaled for art. I do think travel enlarges our spirit, our understanding, and our appreciation of the vastness of this world. Thanks for sharing.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

  7. Maybe one day Belize will make that list, lol! Great post – as one fellow traveller to another, I think it’s the greatest gift we’ve been given, to have access to all the different cultures and sights!

    Sharon Hiebing
    Follow Your Dream Compass

  8. Rob Wallis says:

    Wonderful list, wonderful photos! gets the travel bug into me again!

  9. Love your list of magical places, and really I have only visited a couple. Makes me want to travel again.
    The world is full of wonderful places. You took me back to Greece – what joy it must have been to have lived there! and London which I adore. And now I want to visit Blackpool, the Yorkshire Dales & Howarth. I love what you wrote about Blackpool, with so much love and memory, it must have been a place of joy to live!

    Jennifer Duchene
    The Home Makeover Mixtress
    http://home-decorating-makeovers.com/

  10. Pat Zahn says:

    Wow Julie, you were really thorough – not only did I get beautiful pictures enticing me, but I learned history and culture lessons as well! I might have done this as a series of blogs to entice people to come back and see the next one. I would like to go everyplace you mentioned as I have never been to any of them. Italy & Greece top my list of places to see and I’d like to see more U.S. cities.

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero
    http://www.patzahn.com

  11. Jen Sako says:

    Lovely! You have just added to my list of places that I WANT to go. Thank you for the vivid and inspiring descriptions.

  12. You know what they say Julie. You can take the girl out of Yorkshire but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the girl – LOL. I agree though, the Yorkshire Dales are stunning! Blackpool though – hmmmmm. You may have tempted me to do a top ten too – with all due credit to you. But now how would I choose…… I could do a top ten Europe, a top ten USA, a top ten Southern hemisphere. OMG I love to travel! I have never been to Greece yet though and now REALLY want to see Meteora and Santorini.
    Thanks for making me dream of further travel.
    Louise Edington
    Facing Fears and Frontiers Over Fifty

  13. Dimitri says:

    Hi Julie.
    I was so glad to read about your affinity to Switzerland! I hope you can make it back someday…

    Dimitri
    http://www.newlyswissed.com

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  15. Loved your post Julie- Thanks for all the mind images. As to your choice of Blackpool as your #1, traveling is just not going there, but what we experience and remember. So your choice makes great sense becaue of all the experiences you shared there.

    May I suggest for your next round of travel, that you go south to South America which has an entirely different flavor than every place you talked about. From the jungles of the Amazon, to the high Andes and Michu Picchu (with all the ghosts of virgins past), to the plains of Patagonia and skiing in Bariloche, to my absolute favorite place, Iguazu Falls (which I think makes Niagra Falls look puny!), your breath is constantly being taken away!

    Candace C. Davenport
    http://www.ourlittlebooks.com ~ Little Books with a Big Message

  16. Joy says:

    Julie – I felt like I just toured the world with you – thanks for the amazing photos and the beautiful descriptions. I’m fortunate to have traveled to at least 2 of your top 10 (Lagano – loved the magic of the countryside and mountains, amazing people here), and Sarasota, FL. – my favorite memory is eating at a little hole in the wall and having the most amazing seafood I’ve ever tasted!
    Can’t wait to travel with you more 🙂

    Joy
    http://joypoulsen.com

  17. Fiona Stolze says:

    Loved this Julie. I had to smile at the Blackpool bit. 🙂 But I must say, you have me really keen to have a look at Santorini and Meteora looks out of this world. Two more places to add to my wish list. This post was a delightful little journey. Thanks so much for sharing it Julie.

    Fiona Stolze
    http://fionastolze.wordpress.com

  18. What wonderful place you’ve been. Well I have been to every state in the USA we will have to come up with a top 10 for the US. I don’t know how many place you’ve been here but a few of the most amazing places on my list include Sedona, AZ (the rock formations are like nature made monument not to mention the many vortexes there), the grand canyon (which changes with the season its amazing), Hawaii (the big Island is where I saw a black sand beach for the first time) I love Honolulu & got married in Maui.

    Lisa Ann Landry
    Vibrating Positive Energy
    http://www.imagedevelopmentgroup.com

  19. Julie,
    I have been to all these places and it’s wonderful to think back, brings all kinds of great memories. Especially Meteora, definitely a must-see! It’s so peaceful and quiet there, an atmosphere you won’t find in many places.
    Thank you for bringing it back to me, loved this short trip to all these pretty places 🙂
    Franziska

  20. Yvonne Hall says:

    I am so jealous of all your travels to these amazing places!!! And what a wealth of information too! I had no idea Sarasota had so many wonderful things for families (other than the beach that is). I’ve been to Florida many times but never Sarasota. You’ve now added 10 new must sees to my bucket list and I can’t wait to see how the list changes after the Grand Canyon.
    Yvonne Hall
    http://www.facebook.com/wildforwildtree

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