When Just Run suggested that I write about my favorite place(s), I immediately thought of flip flops, beach chairs, boats, sand, sun, and relaxing... because that is what I imagine her favorite place to be. (Funny that she inspires such images when I know her only from her site)
And I wish that I had a favorite place. A place that is about doing nothing but being. A place that is for relaxing and losing track of time.
But I don't. I know lots of people that have such places. Friends dream about and anticipate trips to Florida's coast line or Bermuda or even their annual beach trips to Maryland. They anticipate the lack of phone, e-mail, and mostly schedules.
I wish I was one such person sometimes. I wish I had a place that was about relaxing and kicking back.
Instead, I am the person who relaxes through exploration and discovery; through actions and movement. I spent a week, one December, on the west coast of Ireland. each day I would walk five miles to the coast where I would sit for about thirty minutes eating lunch before I walked the five miles back to the house. And this was relaxing.
I loved it.
The west coast of Ireland, therefore, qualifies as one of my favorite places. The cliffs, the Atlantic, the lack of population, and the Irish people and culture. There is nothing not to love about Ireland's west coast. It is another world, another time, and amazingly relaxed and down to earth. It is a place where I think I could actually find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Another of my favorite places has to be... the "City by the Bay"... San Francisco that is. I love the North Bay as well, but... my dream house is located in San Francisco. There isn't much that I don't love about San Francisco. It is a city where nature and civilization meet. When one needs to escape the city, green spaces or the ocean are just... right there. Plus, there is food, art, culture, diversity, opinions, and an airport that can take one anywhere!
I am nothing if not slightly eclectic with a bit of a diverse taste. I love Moscow, Russia. Though I have spent such a short period of time in this foreign city, I loved it. The history, the political intrigue, the subway stations that rival so many museums... and a culture that is vastly different than my own.
Tucson, Arizona also makes my list. Yes, I know - Ireland and Tucson... there is probably nothing about these locations that is similar. That is probably more of a reflection of my personality than I want to delve into at the moment.
I love Tucson though. If you have never been, Tucson has the most amazing blue skies that are most often cloudless. The city is surrounded by mountains, so I feel as if I am in an amazing natural embrace. And the colors... passionate and warm, bright and full of life despite that the harsh desert climate leaves one to think otherwise.
(And it is a dry heat!)
Coronado also makes the list - there are natural beaches that are about nature, cliffs and rocks, waves and wind. Then there are the beaches that are about swimming and having fun. In this latter category, there isn't a beach in the lower 48 that rivals Coronado. White sands, blue waters, and hot bodies!
Oh so many places that I love... Virginia is just amazing, and I love Boston for reasons all its own. Italy, what is there not to love about Italy? Other locations require much greater exploration, like Australia and Scandinavia, and the US. Oh, and I have so many other places yet to visit... *sigh*
There are so many other places that make my list - I just can't pick one, or two, or even three. I don't know that I have been to a place I didn't like, and I would return to most of them a second, third, or forth time.
Plus, there are so many other places yet to explore. Perhaps one of them might be my favorite? Perhaps there is some where, out there, that will end up being "the" place where I can kick back, relax, and enjoy myself without having to explore, discover, and absorb everything possible!
Thank you Just Run for this idea.