Say / Do You Wish to Wander

Say, do you wish to wander? I’ve got a case of wanderlust.  I usually do.  In fact, I always do, particularly, when there is no where I can go.  But usually when I do get somewhere, even a somewhere I’ve been wishing to be, I always end up wanting to be back home.  It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?  I think this D.H. Lawerence quote (which I’ve shared before) describes me to a T, “She was a romantic in being homesick for somewhere else.”

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited several other countries (England, France, Belgium, South Africa, Swaziland) and yet I find myself only wanting to explore more.  Have you ever found that sometimes the daydreaming, the planning and then the remembering is almost better than the actual trip itself?  I know that may sound a little crazy but I’ve found it to be so.  Two things that are really important to me when traveling are, first and foremost exploring and experiencing the culture (food!) and second finding a treasure to take home.  Because, like I said, sometimes it is the remembering that is the best part of all.

I’m curious….would any of you agree with this theory?  And let’s talk travel why don’t we?

I’D LOVE TO KNOW:

01 / If you could go anywhere where would you go?
02 /  Where was your favorite trip of all time / you’re favorite location?
03 / What was is the most special treasure you’ve brought home from your travels?

MY ANSWERS:

01 /  The South of France + Italy are next on my list but I also badly wish to see Scotland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Sweden + many other places.  However, I always wish to go back to England + Paris, I’m so very partial to these two places.

02 / Paris-  I know I know.  But I had no idea how much I was actually going to fall in love with this city.  I’m a die hard Anglophile and thought nothing would surpass my love of England.  And well, Paris kind of took my breath away.  It really was as magical as everyone says it to be.

03 / When we traveled to Paris for our 10 year anniversary the mister bought me a Louis Vuitton bag.  I chose the very classic Speedy because I knew it will never go out of style.  I love knowing that my Louis actually came from France and that it will be a special piece, with a special story, to pass down to my daughter.

You’re turn!

P.S.  My sister just returned from Russia and brought me back some goodies.  They were so pretty I just had to photograph them.  I’ve always loved the Matryoshka Dolls (Russian Nesting Dolls), the colors are just so vibrant.  I have no idea what is in the little gold striped package (and neither does my sister- ha).  I only guess that it goes with tea as their is a teapot on the package.

(images la la Lovely)

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  • Mary
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 8:59am

    1. Oh this is so hard, isn’t it? Ireland has been high on my list forever. Australia/New Zealand would be next I think. Austria/Switzerland comes in third.
    2. My favorite trip so far was to Prague and Budapest. My husband and I went with my sister and brother-in-law. It was a time before kids, and we all make excellent travel companions. Prague is like a fairy tale – so beautiful, and Budapest surprised me with its beauty and history. Such an awesome trip.
    3. I’m not big on picking up things when I travel – usually just little mementos. Christmas ornaments are one of my favorite things to get, and I love pulling them out every year and reminiscing about our travels.

  • Trina
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 9:48pm

    @Mary, Sounds like that was such a lovely trip. Oh gosh, I totally forgot about Australia + New Zealand… I want to go there too!
    xo .t

  • sandra santa lucia
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 10:13am

    Liked your questions.

    MY ANSWERS:

    01 / The Isle of Crete in Greece. Next on my list but I also badly wish to see are: Italy, England, Ireland, Norway, + many other historical places. Basically any area where one would find a rich culture of the historical mixed with the now.

    02 / New Orleans – loved the old diversified cultures, food, history, the old architecture and of course the wonderful vibrant people who have brought such wonderful music and art to that city. The Audobon Zoo was also a treat,…which stretched for miles and miles giving the animals spaces to roam very close to their natural habitat. The visits to plantations and learning about the history tied to them was a treat. But I had no idea how much I was actually going to fall in love with this city. I would love to go back!

    03 / Memories.

  • Trina
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 9:44pm

    @sandra santa lucia, Thank you! Oh, the island of Crete, sounds divine. And memories are the best thing to bring back for sure!
    xo . trina

  • Annabelle
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 10:41am

    Oh MAN…yes I am seriously forever in wanderlust and wanting to visit somewhere new!

    1. As far as where I’ve never been – I would love to see Greece, and I’m always wanting to go back to Spain (of course)…Paris, Italy, Portugal – how about a round-the-world plane ticket, I think that would suffice.

    2. I loved loved loved Spain, and it will always be super special to me (study abroad in college was the best decision ever), plus I could live off of tapas and sangria and be happy for pretty much eternity.

    3. I usually like to bring back a piece of art – I really love the fruit prints I got in Paris and the Alphonse Mucha posters from Prague – and I also enjoy collecting and tasting local teas. In retrospect, I wish I had picked up a tea set in Morocco or Istanbul.

  • Trina
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 9:46pm

    @Annabelle, You are a travel inspiration, Annabelle. Your love of Spain has totally peaked my interest….that and Gwyneth going on and on about the food! Love bringing art back too!
    xo . t

  • Calico Chid
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 8:39pm

    I had some Russian dolls & silly me years ago having a clean out got rid of them my hubby wasnt happy :(.

    1. If I could go any where I would love to do the great wall of China its one place I have always wanted to go & see on my bucket list.

    2. I love Italy one of my fav places i lived in Milano when I was 20 I would so appreciate it more now then I did then, Portofino is such a special place I love it you have to get to it by boat & bus can take you along the coast road but entering by boat is just magical stepping on to a cobbled court with gorgeous boutiques & resturants, I would go back in a heart beat.

    3. My favourite orh now thats easy I have this Tiffany set which I could have collected more at the time but hard for travelling back to UK were I was living at the time I love having a coffee in it & always remember the reason why i purchased it!! Unfortunatly the 6 piece set is now only 4 I will have to surf the nett to see if I can find any more pieces.

  • Trina
    Commented on April 10th, 2012 at 9:47pm

    @Calico Chid, The Great Wall sounds like such an adventure….and how amazing that you lived in Italy. It sounds so very magical! You’ve just made my case of wanderlust worse!
    xo . t

  • Monica
    Commented on April 11th, 2012 at 8:37am

    1.-somewhere in Africa
    2.-Rome and Amalfi……Piazza Navona, where I met my husband.
    3.- A painting we bought in Positano.

    Traveling enriches the soul.

    xxx
    Monica

  • Trina
    Commented on April 11th, 2012 at 10:12am

    Monica- How romantic! And that is exactly where I want to go, the Amalfi coast! One day!
    xo . trina

  • Allison
    Commented on April 17th, 2012 at 1:17pm

    Holy Spicoli, do I love to check out other places. And what a time to talk about it!–I just got back from Paris on Sunday.

    1. There really aren’t many places that I DON’T want to see, but right now Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) and Peru are tops on my list.

    2. Just like you, Paris is tops for me. I feel really good there. My besties and I just spent some time there (some pics are on http://www.cheddarguppies.com) and it was as amazing as it was when we first did a short visit 10 years ago. We manage to have a ball anywhere, but we all also really enjoyed our visit to the Costa Brava & Barcelona in Spain. Great food, good times. Oh yeah, and Costa Rica…and Bruges…

    3. My travel photos. I’m a high school English teacher, and in my classroom I have a world map hanging next to my desk. I have pictures of myself in (almost) all of the places I’ve traveled to–a total of 50 pics so far. I love that my students can see where I’ve been and some of the things I’ve done–and it has nothing to do with English class. It’s a great way for me and my students to get to know each other…and it shows them how much there is for them to explore.

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2012 at 8:17pm

    Wow..how fun to take a trip to Paris with your besties! Sounds like you guys had a great time and your pictures are super cute! So fun that you share your travel experiences with your students. I remember always being inspired by teachers that traveled! Thanks for joining the conversation! xo . trina

  • Julia
    Commented on June 11th, 2012 at 9:47pm

    This is so funny! Russian foods you don’t know about (I’m glad to be the first one to share)! I must be a few months/years late by now, but the golden package is something called Halva. You’ll find it often in Russia but it actually comes from the Middle East. It’s a very dense block (for lack of a better word) that is SUPER sweet! That’s why people have it with tea, to kill the sweetness

    I’m curious, did you like it?

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