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This place is special to me because I have moved to Trier from Moscow 2 years ago and i have totally fallen in love with this place. Trier is over 2,000 years old – making it the oldest city in Germany with an astonishing 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is a lot to see in downtown Trier with traces of the Roman times almost everywhere you look. The city is often referred to as the “Rome of the North” because it served as the key city of the Roman northern territories. There are many beautiful vineyards located around Trier which are perfect for taking walks. But there’s plenty of nature inside the city of Trier as well. Old trees rise among the historic buildings, casting welcome shade in the summertime. Trier has a special atmosphere all of its own. It is an ancient city but young at heart.
Discover Mullion. Situated on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula this village is surrounded by beautiful Cornish landscape and abundant wildlife. Seeing that the main demographic is over 60 it's not a surprise that garden safaris, scarecrow trails and coffee mornings feature prominently in village life. However, that's not to say Mullion hasn't anything else to offer, on the contrary! Alongside these activities you can get out and walk the coastal paths, taking in the magnificent views from the cliffs and harbour, go surfing and kayaking from the popular beaches of Poldhu and Polurrian, visit a chocolate factory at Trenance, get in a round of golf at Mullion club before treating yourself to a lovely cooked breakfast at Colroger Deli and then perhaps a quick pint pulled for you at the Old Inn. If after all that you'd like a quiet sit down why not visit the historic 15th Century church St.Mellanus, and be inspired by the craftsmanship you'll find in the carved wooden pews.
Honestly a trip to Astoria is worth it for Frite & Scoop alone, but here are a few more fun stops, since they don't let you go up to the Goonies house anymore!! If you go the right time of year, the sea lions will be waiting for you, just listen for their barking and meander down the Astoria Riverwalk til you find a couple hundred of them in a pile!
This place is special to me because I will always remember the first time I drove through these neighborhoods and simply could not believe that such a fairytale setting existed in the real world! Earl Young was a self-taught builder and architect who built both commercial and residential structures. The majority of his creations lie within the two areas shown on this map (each mushroom on the map is the location of another Earl Young house). Pure magic! And special year-round, even in winter.
This place is special to me because it feels like a living work of art. The expansive sky paints the dramatic desert below in light that is both energizing and calming. It's an area where artisan craft and skill is honored in everything from food to jewelry to weaving to architecture. I love to walk around the plaza and breathe in the crisp, cool air, surrounded by the beauty of native plants and succulents, warmed by the walls of adobe buildings. Among my favorite things to do are shopping for hand-woven textiles, sipping a handcrafted cocktail or beer, dining on authentic southwestern cuisine, and strolling the stands of exquisite Native American jewelry at the Palace of the Governors. Santa Fe is the embodiment of the state nickname "Land of Enchantment".
This place is special to me because of the rich culture you get to experience everywhere you turn! Frankenmuth to me is like that cozy feeling you get during Christmas time but all year long and It’s somewhere I can spend countless hours in and never get bored!
This place is special to me because I was born and raised here. My Grandparents were born and raised here and built their house from digging the basement up! My Mom was born and raised here. I lived here until I moved away after college in 1997. This town still holds so many memories and amazing nostalgic places. It might not be a typical vacation destination or even mean much to anyone who wasn't born or lived here but it has a history that is quite amazing! It is located in the middle of Illinois between Springfield and Chicago, smack in the middle of soybean and cornfields. It is after all known as the Soybean Capital of the World. Decatur was known to be one of the stops on the Underground Railroad, was the first home to Abraham Lincoln, and was a top secret location that produced parts of the atomic bombs in the Manhattan Project during World War II. The restaurants, parks, lakes, and factories featured on my map brought Decatur residents together and made many wonderful memories. Many of these places are no longer existing but their memories live on in our hearts and minds and now on my map of Decatur, Illinois.
My husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary exploring Stockholm's island of Gamla Stan (Old Town) This map shows all the places that we look back fondly on. The coolest bookstore we've ever been to, the best Swedish Meatballs we had on our whole trip, the church courtyard where we enjoy some afternoon fika, the studio we got matching tattoos. Gamla Stan holds a very special place in our hearts.
This place is special to me because it’s my lovable little college town in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains. I feel like a local by now, but here’s the thing: when I’m traveling to an unfamiliar spot, I like the idea of staying undercover as much as possible. Anyone relate?? Yep, I know I’m snapping photos every 2 minutes and have an itinerary straight out of Yelp, but do the locals really have to roll their eyes and shake their heads?? So, to help you avoid being targeted as tourists by eagle-eyed college students, I want to pass on some tips on how to blend in and convince them you’re one of their own. So check out the map, head into the mountains, and you’ll be feeling 22 in no time ;)
This place is special to me because I love kitsch! My hometown area of Traverse City is known for many things: wineries, restaurants, outdoor sports, etc. But ever since Mom gave me "The Guinness Book Of World Records" for Christmas when I was eleven years old, I have loved oddities of all kinds (I participated in two events vying for inclusion in the Guinness book: 1) world's largest chicken dance and 2) world's largest ice cream social). And after living in this area for over twenty years, I continue to find new and exciting oddball places to visit.
This place is special to me because my father was stationed here after WWII. Years later I met husband, who is from here, and our family has made memories walking the Residenz gardens, eating gelato, watching fireworks from the Fortress, attending festivals and concerts, and shopping. Dating back to the time of the Celts, Würzburg is a culturally rich seat of Prince Bishops who ruled for over 6 centuries. Despite a history of peasant revolts, witch trials, and invasions, and the bombing of WWII that destroyed almost 90% of the city, the city was rebuilt and thrives today. Some beauties are the Residenz, one of the most ornate palaces in Germany, the spectacular vineyards, the multiple churches, and the sculptures by Riemenschneider. I'm partial to walking around the city, tasting the gelato and cuisine, and shopping.
Summer time in northern Michigan is full of adventure! I love crossing the Mighty Mac to go hiking in the Upper Peninsula (officially called The U.P.) or cruising on a ferry to Mackinac Island. The island does not allow vehicles, but the best way to explore is on bike or horse carriage. Plus all the water activities provide plenty of fun. The winters are long and the summers are short..so spending as much time on the Great Lakes is my favorite place!