10 Most Beautiful Places From 2014
My favourite thing about travel is that one gets the opportunity to see some other-worldly, gorgeous places; destinations, for which even the best of photographs cannot do justice, and which must be seen by one for oneself.
There are places that I have visited in the past year that made me wish that I had the ability to stop time, and to remain there for an indefinite number of hours, drinking in the bewitching beauty, be that either nature or architecture (mostly the former).
Here is a list of ten places that I have had the opportunity to set my foot it in during 2014. This list is of no particular order; each destination is stunning and unique in its own right, and I hope that this post will inspire you a little!
You can read a separate post for each destination, either by clicking on a photo, or the name of the place…
What is the most beautiful place that you visited in 2014? Let me know in the comments section below!
1. Svalbard, Norway – I travelled to Svalbard Archipelago in July to see polar bears, because it had been a childhood dream (and because I like the cold). When there, I was immersed in some truly stunning landscapes. Take the Arctic beach in the above photo as a perfect example…
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2. Lake Tahoe, California, USA – Lake Tahoe was Part Three, so to speak, of my road trip around Northern California in May, and my second visit there. So far, almost 27 years into my existence, Lake Tahoe remains my favourite lake in the whole wide world; it even beats Peru’s Lake Titikaka! Whilst out there, I got caught in a snow storm. A truly wonderful experience in the middle of May…
3. Santorini, Greece – The most beautiful archipelago in the Mediterranean; I have sailed a lot around Europe with my family, when I was a child, so I should know… The views from the edge of the caldera, 300 metres or so above sea level, are unbelievable and mesmerising, making you want to look out to the sea 24/7. And, of course, those sunsets!
4. Suzdal, Russia – I was unexpectedly surprised by small Suzdal, famous for countless, finest examples of old Russian architecture. The town, founded in 1024, rose in prominence as a religious centre with numerous monasteries and a remarkable ratio of churches to citizens: at one point, there was one church for ten families!
5. Isle of Skye, Scotland – I really enjoyed my road trip around Scotland… and, my last destination, Isle of Skye, was definitely the highlight: wild and barren, yet dreamy and spellbinding! A perfect destination to visit if you feel the need to let go of your city worries, and be at one at Mother Nature.
6. The Bayou, Louisiana, USA – In my eyes, the most beautiful part of Louisiana is its extensive bayou: marshy, practically stagnant parts of the Mississippi River floodplain, stretching for miles and miles, as far as the eye can see. One place in particular, Lake Martin, took my breath away. If you ever visit New Orleans, a road trip around its environs is a definite must!
7. Vienna, Austria – All of the European capitals that I have travelled to are absolutely gorgeous, but for me Vienna was the favourite: here, the majestic architecture makes you feel like you are in a time capsule. Vienna does really still have the last vestiges of imperial glory, and it is a true joy to explore!
8. Blue Mountains, Australia – the above photo is that of my breakfast spot: what can be more beautiful than that view first thing in the morning?! Makes me want to go back to Australia right away…
9. Réunion (French Department, an island in the Indian Ocean) – we stopped at this stunning, volcanic island, on the way from Madagascar to Mauritius, which allowed us to explore a little and get a taste for what must be one of the most beautiful islands on our planet. The caldera in the middle of the island looked very much like the surface of the moon. Definitely, an island I will be making my way to in the very near future!
10. Istanbul, Turkey – a gorgeous, historic and bustling metropolis, where West meets East, full of examples of stunning example of architecture. I think this is my favourite post in terms of pictures that I took: Istanbul is such a photogenic place!