5 Cities to Add To Your List

When I get overwhelmed or uninspired I go through travel photos. Something about knowing all the beauty that I have yet to see in this world makes me happy and rejuvenated. There are so many beautiful places to go and cultures to see,  I get giddy at the idea of how much travel I have left to do. Since today is Monday and we could all use a dose of inspiration I though I would share my five favorite photos of the moment.

 

Bruges, Belgium
Because of all the water canals that flow through the city, it shares the  nickname as, “Venice of the North.”  Bruges, is also the most preserved medieval city in western Europe. The art museums and winding paths woven around ancient building and charming canals make this city a top tourist destination. However, even the most traveled or travelers say it lives up to its hype.

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Chamonix, France
This is actually a city my in-laws frequent every winter for skiing. Located near the boarder of Switzerland and France, this valley is insanely beautiful! If money isn’t an option and I get the chance to go, I want to stay at this hotel and try restaurant La Cabane des Praz! Even though this valley is best known for its skiing don’t worry if skiing isn’t your thing, the Mer de Glace ice cave will definitely grab your attention!

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
What you are seeing is the Yi Peng or Yee Peng (local name). This is a festival of lights in Northern Thailand to show respect to Buddha. It looks like such an incredible site to see as all of Thailand gets involved and releases their individual lanterns. If you are planning to see Yi Peng make sure you are going to the right one. They have two separate festivals – one is free and the other is for paying tourists only. The festivals are at different times of year so make sure you research which one you want to go to!

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Rudesheim, Germany 
How cute is the Drosselhof? It is the oldest wine-tavern of the “Drosselgasse” – built in 1727.  Rudesheim Germany is a quaint wine town in Germany. Travelers say the best thing to do in Rudesheim is to allow yourself to get lost in their maze of cobblestone streets and narrow passageways and to frequently pop-in to local pubs for a glass of their own wine! 

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Lofoten, Norway 
This one is a cold one so be prepared! Lofoten is one of the larger cities of Trondheim and is a prime spot for the arctic adventurer: just north of Lofoten is the Arctic Circle. For accommodations you are left with only a handful of small hostels and hotels but that is what makes this destination so appealing. Often we get caught up in dining at the best and seeing the best, but Lofoten is worlds away from all of that. Take in the cool, fresh air of Norway and enjoy the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and tranquil lakes!

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photos via trekearth, traveling in colors, the longest way home,




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