10 Places to Stop Dreaming About and Go Visit
October 29, 2015
Alright. It’s time for a reality check. We know you’ve had dreams of visiting. We know you have Pinterest boards and inspiration boards and collages in your agenda all about it. We know it’s been your desktop background for the past two… three… no, five years. At Maple Harbour, we think it’s finally time. Time to stop dreaming and GO VISIT your dream vacation spot. Because why not now?
Here are our top 10 spots to stop dreaming about and go visit!
1. Prague & The Rolling Hills, Czech Republic
Do you know somebody who’s been to Prague before? If the answer doesn’t come to you instantaneously, then you definitely don’t, because anyone who’s been to Prague before CONSTANTLY talks about its immeasurable, varied beauty, and how they can’t wait to go back. Prague is for cultural aficionados who love cities and lights and people and things to DO. However, for those seeking peaceful sanctuary, The Rolling Hills of Czech Republic, located in Bohemia, are a mere one and a half hour drive from Prague itself.
2. Venice, Italy
Venezia, as the native Italians call it, is one of the most romantic and desired destinations in the world. People say it’s sinking, so plan your Venice vacation fast! If you love seafood, churches, chapels, basilicas, art, shopping, and taking in gorgeous landmarks wherever you go, Venice is for you. One of its best kept secrets is the Bridge of Sighs, the last steps taken and sight seen by Venetian convicts as they took their final free walk towards captivity and imprisonment.
3. Lavender fields of Provence, France
Everyone has had, and will always have, Paris, but Provence is another place entirely. Located in southeastern France on the cote d’azur, just north of and by the sea, Provence is a quiet, tranquil and stunning retreat. The climate is fairly warm with dry, sunny summers spent by the ocean or dancing through the wild fields of lavender that run for what seems like forever and ever.
4. Courchevel, France
Courchevel is one of the most stunning mountainous retreats in the world. Whether you love to ski or just love those soaring views, Courchevel is a place you can hide out, hide away, and find a little sanctuary. Be sure to visit Le Panoramic Restaurant while you’re there for more incredible views like this one:
5. Santorini, Greece
Santorini can only be described as the perfect postcard no matter where you look. There are a plethora of little villages to visit while residing atop Greece’s legendary volcano. Oia is the most famous of those towns, where beautiful sunsets can be seen and enjoyed. Active ferries allow you to travel to and from wherever you like, and boat excursions are extremely popular among tourists so as to take in the maximum amount of beauty from the secret corners of the island.
6. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech is magical. There’s no way around that simple fact. It is legend that The Rolling Stones traveled there and never, ever wanted to leave. Famous designer Yves Saint Laurent had a villa and garden there for most of his life, and thoroughly enjoyed his time spent in the city. One trip to Marrakech will show you why so many artists love it. Its old-world ambiance, ethnic culture and authenticity are almost unmatched by any other place in the world.
7. Queen’s Bath, Kauai, Hawaii
This is one of those spots that’s been immortalized on Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest and the like. Vacation dreamers know this particular spot in Hawaii is one of the world’s hidden treasures. A formation of rocks that serendipitously came together to isolate pure, sparkling ocean water into a bath seemingly created by the gods: Hawaii’s best kept secret.
8. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is the stuff that dreams are made of. The clarity of the water and the peaceful sensation of sleeping suspended above the ocean will be a feeling like no other. The little huts so many hotels house have the kind of privacy and serenity most other vacation spots don’t provide. The fish and coral reef you’ll interact with while there will reinstate an amazement and awe of life and nature that we, at times, lose while living in our concrete jungles.
9. Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden and Cherry Blossoms of Nara, Japan
Japan is an incredible place with so many things to see and do. For an added touch of fantasy, visiting the Wisteria Flower Tunnel and spending time among the famous Cherry Blossoms in Nara will have you feeling like you’ve just been transported to a magical fairyland only read about in storybooks.
10. New York City, USA
Unbelievably, there are still so many people who have never visited the very heart of the turning world. New York City is where all the magic happens. If you’ve never been, you won’t understand what it’s really all about until you visit and spend some time in the city that never sleeps, the place where EVERYTHING happens, where you can fall in love every day with something or someone new. The land of opportunity. Can’t you hear it calling your name?