Travel Wishes

We all have travel wishes; places we’d love to go to with the click of our fingers.  Places we’ve looked at endless photographs of.  And places that fill our travel dreams.  Inspired by Camila’s post on her bucket list of places, I have created my own.  The top four places I dream of, in no particular order.

Some are very specific places while others are the country in general.  Some have been dreamt of for years and others are newer additions.  This was a really fun post to write and one that has made me get itchy feet.  Luckily, I’m off on a trip in three weeks time.  Phew 😉

1. The mountains of TibetSplendid-Tanggula-Mountains

Source: TibetTravel

This is definitely a combination of my love for Nepal and Chile.  I started dreaming of Tibet around four years ago.  Firstly, the mountains!  My love for mountains was developed in Nepal and Chile and I just love them so much.  The vastness and beauty of them is breathtaking.  Secondly, the spirituality of Tibet.  The Buddhist pagodas, the colourful prayer flags and the mediation that is all associated with the place.  This was something that captured me in Nepal and then later in Cambodia; an air of peacefulness and tranquility.

2. Fernando de Noronha, Brasil

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Source: fernandodenoronha.org

When I first purchased a South America guidebook, 5 years ago, this place sprung out at me.  Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands off the coast of Brasil.  What makes this place really special is that it is a UNESCO word heritage site.  It boasts beautiful white sand, unbelievably clear water and lots of ecosystems.  I guess it is a kind of paradise, and one I would love to go to!

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Source: The Wayfarer’s Path.  Check out the amazing photographs of Seb on Seb and Tess’ website and Facebook page.  I am in love with these shots!

This one is another Nepal inspired place, can you tell I love Nepal?!  (Which makes me realise I haven’t written a post about Nepal… coming soon!).  The beautiful, bright green rice fields is what springs to mind when I think of Vietnam.  These look stunning at all times; after a monsoon shower when they look shimmering; as the sunset reflects on the water of the rice fields and when you spot the rice farmers in the far distance with their wide hats.  I’d love to go!

4. Cartagena, Colombia299472_10151056408086976_1837953407_n

Source:  Clem’s photo collection. (Thanks Clem!)

I find that travel dreams start either when you become inspired by a similar place or a friend tells you about the place.  Cartagena is a more recent addition to my wishes and it began when Clem was living in Colombia.  Clem told me all about the city and showed me the colours and characters that it had.  Then I was captured by it.  Anywhere this colourful is jaw dropping.

What are your travel dreams?  Have you been to any of these four places?  If so, please link me your photos to fuel my dreams even more!  Have a great rest of the week 🙂

Marcella xx

This post is part of Travel Tuesday and is linked with BonnieKaelene, Sammy and Van 🙂

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Magnificent Mountains

Mountains.  They are stunningly beautiful, especially when coated in snow. My first glimpse of gigantic mountains was in 2008.  While in Nepal.  Clem and I spent seven weeks in Nepal during monsoon season.  One afternoon, after coming home from work, we … Continue reading

Be my Guest!

Today I have selected pictures of houses taken in different parts of the world. I used to play a game while travelling when I would guess people’s life just looking at their houses. Look at my house and you’ll know who I am! Houses are so interesting, they stimulate our imagination whether we are little or grown up! We invente and believe crazy, creepy, gloomy, extraordinary stories about particular houses.

Be my guest and let your imagination recreate stories about these houses:

This house is located in South Nepal, close to Chitwan National Park. Marcella and I lived there for 5 weeks, doing yoga on the rooftop, sleeping on flat wooden bed, chasing spiders in the bathroom, eating daal baat (rice and lentils) in the kitchen and eating goyavas while remaking the world in the patio.

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Lamu is a remote city in Kenya that you can only reach by boat. It is know for its high housing and hundreds of Mosques.

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Staying in Kenya, those houses are much more common.

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With a touch of Provence, this house located in Valparaiso, Chile, is a piece of art!

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See that one? It is in Quintero, Chile, and can be a secondary home at the beach where you can have friends coming over for the week end! Such a perfect time for a BBQ! What do you think?

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What about this little house, in the woods? It’s in Vilces, Chile! I have heard scary stories about it!

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With all those colours, this house located in Villa de Leyva in Colombia, has a soul!

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More colours but with a colonial style, this house is sourrounded by other beautiful houses as exotic in Cartagena, Colombia. Balconies have always something romantic to tell!

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Clem xx

Top 10 Travel Photos

It is my turn to share with you a glimpse of my favourite travel memories. Although, I have lost many of my travel photos when I was backpacking… My old beloved canon got stolen in Chile after a month of traveling on my own through North of Chile, Bolivia and Peru! I was lucky enough to meet wonderful people on my way who sent me back pictures we took together. Merci les amis!

Here are a selection of 10 of my favourite travels pictures:

(1) Buddhist Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Black and white picture revealing all the colours of Nepal’s spiritual and traditional soul: the start of an unforgettable vounteer experience(s).

(2) Diani Beach, Kenya

Backpacking along the coast was a wild experience, trying to get away from the tourists was not easy. Luckily, we found peace on this beautiful beach. Jumbo Kenya! (Hello Kenya)

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(3) The Bean, Chicago, USA

I had a magical experience, while living and studying in Chicago. I loved it all! Look at this “magic” bean and see what it reveals!

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(4) Valparaiso, Chile

This city has a soul, that’s what I’ve heard and then confirmed. Getting lost in the streets of “Valpo” is the means to discover its unique urban art and the views of its famous bay. This picture was taken when I went there for the first time! Love at first sight!

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(5) Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The most impressive landscape I have ever seen! The jeep takes you through changing moon-like sceneries right at the border of Chile and Bolivia. At the salar, you get off the jeep and can take dream-like pictures!

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(6) Quintero, Chile

After a long drive to the coast, we arrived just in time for the show! And had “once” (tea and biscuits) by the ocean. It was summer. Such a relaxing time.

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(7) Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia

This is my favourite city in Colombia, full of colourful houses, wooden balconies, exotic flowers and set in the unique landscape of the Caribbean.

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(8) Île à Vache, Haïti

Haïti is surprising! Haïti is irresistible! Although its capital is overwhelming and chaotic,  its hidden islands are quiet and peaceful.

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(9) North of Corsica, France

French Island, Corsica, is also known as the island of beauty! True fact! Perfect for a mother-daughter get away of hiking and tasting unique cuisine.

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(10) Béarn, France

I went to another part of France, to the Pyrenees, and it was as if I were traveling far away! There, people speak a dialect, have their own traditional dancing and singing and live in the middle of the mountains. I helped a shepherd taking his 130 ewes down the mountain before winter. The surrounding was stunning!

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Clem xx