Part of the 52 Week Blog Challenge
There are very few places in the world I wouldn’t want to visit (although Trump-ruled America now definitely makes that list), but I do have lots of countries that are my priorities. Narrowing it down to just the Top Five was very hard. I’ve done my best, so let’s explore.
I’ve had a love for Imperial Russian history for the last decade, due to a story I researched and drafted which was set in 1604, Moscow. Although this story is on the back-burner for the foreseeable future, I would love to visit the country that birthed it one day. I had a trip planned a few years ago with my friend, but then the whole Ukraine thing happened, and we had to cancel. Someday, though…
The two things I would most love to do when I’m there are visiting the Kremlin, and seeing the Russian Ballet perform Swan Lake.
My journeys so far have taken me to many places in Europe and a couple in Africa, but never to Asia. China is an obvious stop. There are many tourist attractions I’d like to see: The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, but really, my heart is set on visiting the Zhangeye Danxia, the Tianzi Mountains and sailing down the Li River. Just look at how beautiful everything is!
Northern Lights, anyone? Seeing the Aurora Borealis has been my dream ever since I read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, and I am determined to not go to my grave until I have succeeded in doing so. However, I would also like to visit a few other places while I’m waiting for that elusive beauty. Top places are: The Blue Lagoon and the Crystal Cave (below).
Japan! If there’s ever anywhere in the world with a culture so completely different to England’s, it is Japan. Apart from seeing the Harajuku District, riding the bullet trains and trying out Japanese cuisine, a few of my ‘must see’ items in Japan are: The Cherry Blossom Festival and the Takayama Spring Festival, the latter of which includes the Tokeiraku parade of 1,000 people in historical Japanese dress, playing music and dancing. The people are followed by yatai floats, which are lit by paper lanterns once night falls.
Although my current mistress is British mythology, and I had a long dalliance with Imperial Russian History, my first love was Greek mythology. I’ve adored the Greek pantheon of gods and their stories ever since I can remember, and this fondness has held steadfast through the years. I once visited Greece on a family trip when I was 11, but we were on the Greek island Zakynthos instead of the mainland. I was desperate to visit the Parthenon and all other places on my mythology checklist, but on the day we were due to go, I fell violently ill with an ear infection and spent an entire week in bed, in great pain. By the time I recovered, there was no time to go to the Parthenon or anywhere else, so I left, broken-hearted, but toting an enormous book on Greek mythology my mum had bought me as a commiseration prize. So, here are my top 4 priorities when I make it back to Olympus.