What would be one of you favorites places to visit and what sights would you have to go see? Also, who would you take? Finally, what souvenier (sp?) would you bring home?
Here's the thing. Though I've had the opportunity to travel a lot (my family lived in England when I was in middle school, so we traveled to Europe every school holiday), I don't much like to travel. I'd rather stay home!
That said, my favorite places to visit are places that feel familiar: Carmel (we honeymooned there and went every year for years), Paris (lived there for a summer after college and know my way around, plus I speak French), England (having lived there, it was home for years). I'd go to any one of those places just about any time!
I'd love to take an extended trip to Yorkshire and rent a house in the dales. We've talked about ALL going--Mom and Dad; Wade, Kristen, and their kids; and our family. I would love that...hiking through the dales, taking the girls horseback riding at the stables where Kristen and I took lessons, picking strawberries, picnicking at Fountains Abbey. But we need to wait until Ava and Tyson are a bit older.
A place I've never been that I'd like to visit? Prince Edward Island. I'm a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, and would love to visit there. The scenery in the movies takes my breath away. I think I'd want to visit in spring or fall, and I'd take my family. But not until the girls have read the books and love Anne as much as they should!
I'd want to see the lighthouse that's featured so prominently in the movies, the bridge where Gilbert proposes and Anne accepts, and just wander through the countryside.
What souvenir to bring home? A set of Anne books and a charm for my bracelet. I do have a Nova Scotia charm--one of my first, that my grandmother gave me after visiting PEI along with my very first copy of Anne of Green Gables.
(And, only four more years until I get to take this trip! Because Toben and I made a deal: For my 40th, we're going to PEI; for Toben's 40th, we're off to Carmel so he can play a round at Pebble Beach. Of course, he's older than me, so we'll be going to Carmel first.)