Saturday, 21 July 2018

Magical faraway lands I'd love to visit

Travel blogger wishlist, modern fairytale destinations
Hello all! Sorry for my absence, I've been away from the blog with an incredibly painful ear. I thought I would make something a little different... I have been glued to the Pinterest travel section, in between doses of extra
 strength painkiller and thought I would create a little diary page of places I'd love to see. From real life fairytale realms to renowned dream honeymoon destinations... places that are somewhere between the forests in Maleficent and far flung paradise islands like Motonui or Tefiti in Moana. It's insane to me that we are blessed enough to be able to visit these places, that they are real and we can be there in a matter of hours.

1. Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia - this place looks straight from a fairytale, a 12th century Buddhist temple overtaken by the roots of silk cotton and strangler fig or gold apple trees. It looks and sounds like something from a magical kingdom, described as being left 'best merged with the jungle'. The Tara Angkor hotel on www.destination2.co.uk is within such perfect distance of the site it's unreal, plus is lovely and affordable.

2. Quinta Da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal - I dream of visiting the famous 'Initiation wells', huge elaborate underground spiral staircases that look like something from Sleeping Beauty. They are utterly hypnotic, originally used for ceremonial purposes, including Tarot initiation rites. The structure, spacing and steps in and around the wells are linked to Tarot mysticism, it's fascinating. The palace looks absolutely incredible too, serious Sleeping Beauty vibes. I can't get over the fireplace in the dining room.

3. Las Pozas garden, Xilitla, Mexico - the incredible 80 acre jungle gardens of Xilitla, built by the eccentric English poet Edward James are fascinating to me, the elaborate and alien like sculptures and structures are so beautiful. They formed the backdrop to Empire of the Sun's 'We are the People' and ever since that moment of seeing it play out on my screen at home it was my fourteen year old self's dream to make a home in the treehouse in the jungle/meditate in the rainforest, it just looks so colourful, serene and otherworldly there.

4. Barbados, Caribbean - Ever since taking my baby on holiday here in December I have longed to go back, it's such an incredible corner of the world, the food and culture is just so different. The whole island vibe is amazing and there is nothing more magical than the warm, calm, crystal blue waters, spending whole days by the shore, watching out for silver jumping fish at sunset. How can all this be real and naturally occurring!?

5. Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece - a place of nymphs and mermaids, this hidden cave has two secret chambers, one sun lit and one dark and coated in stalactites. The whole area looks such a beautiful place.

6. Monte Palace, Madeira - these enchanting gardens remind me of Las Pozas in Xilitla, there is something so mesmerising about the fountains, archways and surrealist, illusion-like structures... it's very Alice in Wonderland!

7. Cook islands, Pacific islands - I would be absolutely blessed to visit a Polynesian or South Pacific island, it's at the top of my travel wish list! I'm hooked on Hereiti's (@vanbastie) gorgeous instagram Moana esque feed and snaps and have so much appreciation for the stunning scenery and wildlife, it looks so lush and green.

8. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Hunan, China - this looks such a surreal place to visit, walking around and exploring must be like walking amongst the clouds. When the early morning mists roll around the huge peaks and spires, or the light hits them a certain way, the effect is meant to be otherwordly.

I think I've chosen purely tropical places haha, I absolutely love the warmth and sunshine, I'm never ready for summer to end. I have a thing for old temples, castles... places that have been left for many years, that nature has overcome and reclaimed, I think the end result is just beautiful and incredibly fascinating. I love to think of the history of these places, how they have grown over time. Thank you so much for sticking around and reading my blog! What have you been up to lately? Have you visited any of these places? Can you take me 

19 comments:

  1. Love all of the spots you have chosen! Sometimes, looking up pictures of different places online is the best way to squash the travel bug when you can't plan a trip right that very second.
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    1. Aw thank you so much Shannon! Haha yes, I love seeing what the places are like through others lens, picking up on all the little things, the colours and shapes that we only notice when we are there in person :D travel diaries are definitely one of my favourites to read! ♡

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  2. Beautiful!!

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  3. All of these places sound amazing! Ta Prohm looks like it’s come straight out of a Lara Croft film, and the adventurer in me longs to go but my body will probably not survive the amount of mosquitos (I get allergic reactions to it).

    I haven’t visited any of these places but I’d love to, one day.

    Lizzie Bee // hellolizziebee.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much Lizzie! Haha my goodness the mosquitos, I seem to always get bitten alive! that is an excellent point, I am so grateful we don't have them in England :') ahhh it really does, being there it must feel like you are part of an action movie! ♡

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  4. There's so many beautiful spots on this earth which is why I find it so hard when people just stay in one place and have no desire to go anywhere!

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie! Haha yes, for me I feel that my home is such a big part of me, but there are so many other parts of me that belong elsewhere :D ♡

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  5. I want to go to so many of these places, I feel like my travel wish list is forever getting longer!

    Danielle xx
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    1. Haha yes!! All these sweet and amazing spots to discover, I really long to go back to my favourites but discover new ones at the same time :D thanks so much Danielle! ♡

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  6. I like how your travelling list varies for all round the world. After all, the world is supposed to be wonderful place 😍. I equally love Barbados-it's an amazing holiday destination with so much to do, if I do say so myself, coming from the Caribbean.😅

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Haha you are so lucky! The whole vibe about the islands felt so strong for me, I've never felt so blown away by a place before :D such an incredible and beautiful place and communities! Thank you so much! ♡

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  7. Cambodia is very high on my list. Love this post, you have featured so many places that sound so wonderful. Thankyou for sharing x

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  8. omg,how beautiful is your blog!! absolutely loving it and how pink and girly it is!! keep it up girl <3 xx

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  9. I would love to visit these places too xoxo Cris
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  10. Oh I haave to visit this cave in Kefalonia – I am going to Greece in two weeks so I hope I'll make it :)
    your tips are lovely dear <3
    xx, Carmen - https://carmitive.com

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  11. I admit I hadn't heard of some of these cities (towns?), but you've given me inspiration for my next trip. :-D

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