There are so many places I'd like to travel. How can I choose?
I’d like to go everywhere. And somehow there aren’t that many places I’ve been.
I always thought I would travel more. But first I was in school forever. Jobs were hard to find and I was good at school so I did several degrees and finished late. There was really no money for travel at that point.
After grad school I found a job, got married and started having babies pretty quickly. Once again there wasn’t the time or the money to travel much.
I did go a couple of places, to France and to England. They were the top of my list of must see places, but there were so many other places I wanted to see.
So what’s on my bucket list? Everything? Everywhere? No, not really.
But the top of the list is Italy.
I’ve always wanted to go to Italy.
From the time I was a little girl there was a fascination, first with the Romans. The Gods and Goddesses, the Roman Empire, the legions, all of it. History everywhere. Later the Renaissance, the castles and cathedrals, Vatican City, museums, statues, paintings, Florence, Rome, Naples, Venice, Tuscany. 2000 years of history and museums and galleries and beauty.
I knew a woman once, who used to rent a villa in Tuscany every year for a month or so. I was and am so envious.
Two of my best friends got married a couple of years ago and went to Italy for their honeymoon. They’re both arty, creative, they spent weeks in museums. I wanted to go too.
I want to see it all, I want to stay for months and see every bit of it. My family is disinterested. I might be able to talk them into a couple of days, perhaps a week. I’d never persuade them to go for longer.
So that’s my dream vacation.
Sure there are other places too, Spain, Portugal, back to France to see the castles in the Loire Valley. China, India, Nepal. Hawaii (it seems so exotic to me, I know it probably isn’t but I want to go anyway!), Turkey, Egypt, Brazil.
But Italy is my first choice.