BEST LOVED DESTINATION

Someone asked me yesterday – out of Europe (UK, Cyprus), Turkey (Istanbul) and USA, which is my favourite place. I thought for a while and realised I couldn’t think of any specific place or country and I said I don’t have any specific favorite place. They thought I was giving a diplomatic answer but to be honest I can’t pick any specific place because for me every city has a different experience to offer, every place has its own uniqueness and culture. I introspected more about what makes these cities so unique. Is it Belly Dancing, the view of the Bosporus, the extravagant flavor of the Turkish tea or donor kebab, or being the only cityin the world where east intersects with the west

Belly Dancing, Istanbul, Turkey
Belly Dancing, Istanbul, Turkey

Or is it the pubs at every corner of London, all those castles that leave you with a feeling of splendid royalty, countryside picturesque view of Inverness or listening to the soft sound of the bag piper of Scotland.

St Paul's Cathedral, London, England
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, England
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland

Thinking about all these destinations how can I forget the glorious beaches of Cyprus or the harbour of Kyrenia or the ruins of Salamis

The view of Kyrenia Harbour, Northern Cyprus
The view of Kyrenia Harbour, Northern Cyprus
Early morning, Famagusta beach, Northern Cyprus
Early morning, Famagusta beach, Northern Cyprus

Finally after taking a dream trip to all these places there’s no way I can forget about world’s most developed nation-US.Walking down the streets of the fashion capital of the world- New York, in the coldest weather ever filling your nostrils with the freshly drizzledsnowflakes accompanied by the aroma of fresh warm coffee in your hand in an attempt to keep you warm, by passing the streets with the most delightful and glorious cafes and stores, staring at the never ending skyscrapers with your straining neck

Time Square, New York City, USA
Time Square, New York City, USA
Golden Gate Bridge, Sanfrancisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge, Sanfrancisco, USA

Or is it the magnificent golden gate bridge on the west coast (in San Francisco), eating delicious Mexican food and to be able to go to Lake Tahoe for skiing or snowboarding.

Central Park, NYC, USA
Central Park, NYC, USA

Well if I really think about it then I realise its just not about the culture, the beauty of the place but the whole experience. My experience was completely different in all of these places I travelled to so I definitely cannot pick one of these. This also makes me realise that there are so many places yet to visit, and ‘experience’ and that ‘one lifetime is perhaps too short to experience what our world has to offer’… so no, each city is my favourite in some way or form, as it brings a new experience and teaches me more about the world we live in.

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Treasures of our Planet

 

Every person remains so occupied in their lives, running behind the materialistic things. But in doing so, we often forget to take a break, to go for a holiday to be able to see what this beautiful world of ours has to offer. It’s a treasure much more precious than any of the ornaments we buy, it’s a jewel nature has provided us, so we should relish it, experience it. There are people who spend their lives experiencing life each day of their lives.

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Watching TV today, I saw a show where a man who started going on trekking expeditions since a very young age, has been doing it for 40years now. It is his passion. His best friends became his camera (and its tripod stand), and his rucksack, and he was ready to go anywhere with them. It was very inspiring to me.

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Taking out time to go to the a beautiful place like mountains only to experience nature, to be able to see beautiful horizons, pristine landscapes, ride a canoe or go rafting in extravagant cascade of sparkling water, mountains covered with last bits of sunlight, living in the tents along with others listening to the chatters of interesting minds and inspiring stories wandering at the herd of sheep grazing fields while cycling in the woods, to catch a glimpse of free falling water from their very origin, to pay a visit to someone who might be a stranger to you but not to these surroundings because it’s a part of his daily lifestyle.

 

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So think about how peaceful it would be to your body, soul and mind. All these things sounds like the greatest treasures of not only nature, but of our lives. Every one of us should experience this at least once in our lifetime. Seems all that tempting now, doesn’t it?
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