Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Night Fab Five: Travel Edition

When you ask someone what they would do if they had plenty of money and nothing but time on their hands, most people answer, "I would travel!" I'm no exception to this (although I would throw in some major shopping sprees!) so for this week's Friday Night Fab Five, I thought I would list the top five places I would go if money were no object and I had time to stay for a while and really soak everything in. A person can dream, right? lol

1. Bath, England

Prior Park with Bath in the background

The Royal Crescent in Bath

I've always wanted to see England but once I started reading the works of Jane Austen and discovered that she lived there for a while, I knew Bath would be my first stop.

From Wikipedia: "Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset in the south west of England. It is situated 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. The population of the city is 83,992. It was granted city status by Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1590, and was made a county borough in 1889 which gave it administrative independence from its county, Somerset. The city became part of Avon when that county was created in 1974. Since 1996, when Avon was abolished, Bath has been the principal centre of the unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset."

2. Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

From the food to the culture, the fast paced high tech to the rich history, temples and tea ceremonies, Japan has it all. I cannot wait to go there!

From Wikipedia: "Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, People's Republic of China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters which make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun".

Japan comprises over 3,000 islands making it an archipelago. The four largest islands are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, together accounting for 97% of Japan's land area. Most of the islands are mountainous, many volcanic; for example, Japan’s highest peak, Mount Fuji, is a volcano. Japan has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents."

3. Australia

Sydney Opera House

Since my mother-in-law is Australian, this one is kind of a no brainer. It's not a question of "if" but "when". My in-laws are planning to retire to Australia one day so we're sure to visit there and meet all of our extended family, so exciting!

From Wikipedia: "Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the mainland which is the world's smallest continent (also largest island), the major island of Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east and New Zealand to the south-east."

4. Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, Canada

I know what you're thinking and yes, I only want to go here because of Anne of Green Gables. Those of you that are fans, you know you wanted to marry Gilbert so just admit it! :P

From Wikipedia: "Prince Edward Island (or PEI) is a Canadian province consisting of an island of the same name. The maritime province is the smallest in the nation in both land area and population (excluding the territories). The island has a few other names: "Garden of the Gulf" referring to the pastoral scenery and lush agricultural lands throughout the province; and "Birthplace of Confederation", referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864."

5. Disney World, Florida

My husband will kill me for this one...

And this one...

We went to Disney World on our honeymoon and still take about it. It may not be the most exotic place we could go but we will go again one day. It was amazing!

From Wikipedia: "Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world, containing four theme parks; two water parks; twenty-three themed hotels; and numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation venues. Owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts segment of The Walt Disney Company, it is located southwest of Orlando, Florida. The property is often abbreviated Walt Disney World, Disney World or WDW, and is often referred to by locals as simply Disney.

It opened on October 1, 1971, with the Magic Kingdom theme park, and has since added Epcot (on October 1, 1982), Disney's Hollywood Studios (on May 1, 1989), and Disney's Animal Kingdom (on April 22, 1998)."

So there you have it! Anyone up for a road trip?! lol There are so many more places I would love to go to in addition of the Fab Five. I would love to take time just traveling around the States as well as Greece, France, China, Italy, Venice and so many more! Where would you go if time and money were no object???

Have a great weekend everyone!


Anonymous said...

Hi Maggi, love your travels but the only place I have ever wanted to go since I was a teen was to Ireland and dang it, one day I will!!! Thanks for another fab five!!! Sharon

ally serrato said...

Great picks there Maggi - and yes - your hubby may kill you,,, but I looooove those pictures - thank you for sharing,, might as well go down with a laugh!!!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I'm up for a ROAD TRIP!!!! Let's GO!!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEE the hubby's pics! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Michelle said...

I would LOVE to go to Prince Edward Island!! Your hubby is a good sport. LOL! Don't tell him I laughed...but it was just darn cute. :) Have a great weekend!

Moonspinner said...

Oh really great picks there, I love them all ... especially Australia!!LOL Hi to hubby for being a sport.

Traci said...

I haven't been to many places but I have been to 2 on your list. We also went to WDW on our honeymoon- great minds....

I went to Tokyo 2 and a half years ago and LOVED it! I fear we may never go again.

Love Anne with an "e". I need to make a list! I love your fab five every week, girl!!

Lisa T. Howard said...

Ooooooh! I want to be a tag along...especially if money is no object! :)

As always Love..... Angela said...

I spent 6 weeks in Tasmania Australia in 1997 (I actually met someone from the internet and was meeting him for the first time after talking for six or so months. I was convinced I would marry him etc. Well that didn't happen but we are still really good friends) I felt so at peace there. I love their laid back style but at the same time they are very non complacent. Like politically etc. I would love to move there but probably missed my boat not taking him up on the marriage offer!

Amy Wing said...

Oh my gravy! Your blog is the cutest everrrr! :)

As for your comment on my blog - don't worry - Acme lot 2 might sell out, but there will be a lot 3 and lot 4 and... well, you get it. We also have 2 or 3 lot#1 left over.

Don't give away too much blood... keep some for yourself.

Oh, and I would travel too ... these photos are beautiful. I should send you the photo my hubby in mouse ears. He'd kill me for that, but how can we resist?

Anonymous said...

Great list Maggi! And I soo want to go to PEI! I had a good friend who went to live there so she could attend vet school and I soo wanted to go visit her while she was there, but no such luck! I would love to go to Ireland, Japan, and back to Australia!

~Crystal~ said...

I would have picked those same places. Great Britain has my heart. Never been but will someday. We went to Disneyland for our honeymoon. And have always said we would go to Disney World for our 10th Anniversary. That's next year & I don't see it happening. Maybe for our 20th!

Amanda Fosburg said...

Hello! I was just browsing some blogs and stopped by. Great pics. I'm in Tokyo, Japan right now! If you ever get the chance to come, definitely take it! It's a beautiful, exciting place =]

Jocelyn said...

Maggi...thanks for posting these beautiful pics.....can I come along with you!!!! I would be a lot of fun....I promise!!! I would also love to Ireland, Greece, France and every single state here in our beautiful USA!!!!!! I so enjoy your posts on Friday!!!! Traci and I are working on my Blog!!!!! Have a great weekend and give Toot a Hug from her Blogland Aunt Jocelyn!!! xxoo

MissBellatrix said...

Awesome entry, Maggi!! :) And those are super cool places to travel! England is a beautiful country to travel to; I've been there a couple of times before and I really want to go back!

And Disney? OMG! I LOVE DISNEY!! I am so looking forward to going there with Jere for our honeymoon.

There are so many places I want to travel to: Germany, Russia, Italy, Greece, etc. Hopefully I get to some of those places, especially Italy & Greece since I have a degree in ancient history!

Cora said...

Ha ha ha! The look on your hubby's face is classic!!


I think I would choose:
1. Chicago (for obvious reasons *wink*)
2. England (I have family there I haven't seen in 25 years)
3. Norway (I've just always been curious about it)
4. Australia (aren't we all drawn to the land down under?)
5. China (gotta see The Great Wall)

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post. I hope you will enter my big give-a-way! This post is wonderful and makes me want to plan a trip right now.

Beth Perry said...

Oh you little devil!!! I love that gauche alchemy place. I have never heard of that. Wow!! i love it!!
And I actually had a subscription with Q tea quite a while back.
I love love your pics! You need scrap, when you finally go, you can add notes and other things to it.
Are you having a good weekend?

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

HA! I knew Disneyworld would be in there!!!!!!!! You're my kind of girl Miss Maggi!

jacque4u2c said...

Awesome travels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great picks - I am so tee-totally thrilled that you keep this up each week! It is so AWESOME!!!

Jessica Cangiano said...

My husband and I have a mad crush on PEI, we've never been before but are planning to save up when we can and take a trip there. If we both love it as much in person, we've even discussed the idea of relocating there on day.

Lovely list - and fantastic blog! Thank you very much for your comment on my blog, I'll definitely be following yours now :)

Big hugs & happy Sunday wishes,
♥ Jessica

Corrie said...

what a site! I've not been in awhile - great stuff. You are quite the lady.