Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Travel life lists
Last week, I was on the isle of Capri. It was a day excursion from where we were staying in Sorrento, and it was somewhere I had wanted to go for a long time. And yes it does have more than a whiff of glamour about it. Little expensive boutiques lined the narrow winding streets, and the villas cling to the hillsides. Apparently Gorky, Lenin and Stalin stayed on the island before the Russian revolution. The house Gorky had was truly magnificent.
Actually, the entire holiday in Sorrento included places where I had wanted to go for a long time, places that were on my travel life list -- Pompeii and Herculaneum chief amongst them. And having been there, I do understand why they feature on so many must-visit-this-place-in-my-lifetime lists. You can see photos from my trip on my blog... And when I went searching for links about the Villa of the Papryii, I discovered the Smithsonian life list -- 28 places to see before you die or they disappear.
Some of the destinations are on my list, and others are not. It is the thing about lists -- all down to personal preference and bias.
But the whole experience had me thinking about why and when I put things on my own personal list and whether or not I agreed with the list as both my husband and I are keen travellers. I find my list is far more bent towards history, than towards nature. My husband's list is more bent towards nature. We compromise...
The only problem with going to see somewhere that has been the top of your list is that then you have to find a new chart topper... I think in my case it is Venice. And yes, there is a definite Italian/Greek bent to my list. I blame extensive reading of Harlequin as a teenager...
So I wondered what tops other people's lists? Or is there anywhere people have gone that they thought -- oh I must tell people about this...
Michelle@michellestyles.co.uk with the answer to the following question -- what book is the heroine reading when she drives her gig into the mud puddle at the start of the book? You can either click on the browse feature or find the extract on my website.
Please put tote bags contest in the subject line. I will draw the winner on 13 November. Good luck.
UPDATE: Laurie G was the first name out of the hat. I have also emailed Laurie. Many thanks to everyone who entered.