If you are my friends, if you are my colleagues, if you have read my books, or if you happen to come across my Facebook page or bump into me in a souvenir shop in Tenerife or Gran Canaria, you’d know that I have an itchy feet and enjoy visiting exotic and fabulous new places. It has always been my dream to see the world – I don’t know when that dream began but I know that it will never end.
When I was growing up, I could not venture very far, due to many practical constraints I faced. Then I got a lucky break. My life in the past three decades has taken me far and wide. Based in the UK, at the corner of Europe, my grand dream of seeing the world is no longer a young girl’s wishful thinking, it has become reality!
Naturally, I have left footprints in every part of Great Britain. There won’t be a tourist place I have not visited on this island, be it Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales or England, from the top of Scottish highlands, to the English Channel. It’s quite possible that I beat a great majority of native English people in a travel competition as to the number of places I’ve visited, and I’m very proud of this fact.
My desire to explore has taken me to the best parts of Europe. Of the 50 European countries I can count about half of them in my sojourn, although some of these countries I have visited more than once. A country like Italy has so many beautiful cities and areas that one single visit just would not do justice. Beautiful countryside is studded with wonderful gems like Siena and Florence in Tuscany, historical Rome, film-settings like Venice, the Lakes in the north of Italy, not to mention the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the sunny island of Sardinia floating in an azure sea between Italy and France.
There were numerous adventures to Greek islands, and top of my list are Santorini, Zante, Kefalonia and many more. Ranking high on the top destinations are also the Spanish Canaries off the African coast, and garden paradise of Madeira in the Atlantic. Then if sandy beaches are too hot to handle, there are very cool places, like the Swiss and Austrian Alps for skiing, Paris and Prague for immersion in arts and culture. The Europeans are spoilt for choice and quite a lot of them don’t even know it or appreciate it.
In Asia, my exploits remain limited, but I have been to many wonderful locations in China, and I love Malaysia and Singapore, for different reasons. There are quite a few countries on my bucket list.
Despite the tedium and testing of long haul, I visited Australia and totally fell in love with her, the climate, the people, the food, the wild life, just to name a few attractions. New Zealand is one of the dreams yet to be realised.
I have to say that USA has some of my favourite places on earth. Yosemite is right there, as well as San Francisco, Oregon, Chicago, Indiana and Seattle. It’s such a massive country and I wish I was young enough to take a ‘gap’ year so I could play Columbus and ‘discover’ America all over again!
Two Continents remain virgin territory to me, South America and Africa. So I think there is a need for me to try harder and travel further. My diary is filling up nicely as I write this.
Finally, this is just a short introduction to a series of travel logs. I am going to share with my readers all the beautiful places I’ve been to and the happy memories of each and every place. There will be pictures, videos from many of these travels, and you are invited to hop on. Come fly with me, and enjoy many exciting virtual tours with JunyingKirk Airlines .
Thanks for being my travel companion. Please share your travel experience and list your very own top attractions in your comments.
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Rome – City Of History & Magic