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March 25, 2011


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In no particular order...

1. Hawaii. Spent two weeks on the island of Molokai for a service project when I was 15. It is everything you have heard and then some! Visited Honolulu as well; went to Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach. This was also the first time I saw an ocean. This is a big deal when you grew up smack in the middle of the North American continent!

2. Sharm El-Sheik. Went on a Red Sea scuba diving vacation there in 2004. Ras Mohammed national park is actually under water! I got to pet a wild sea turtle during a dive. If you ever get the chance, don't let fear hold you back!

3. Koln. Awesome Christmas market where I sampled the local variety of gluhwein. It is spiked with rum!

4. Munich. Great beer and bar food!

5. Rome. Impressive architecture, good weather, pinot noir, and fabulous cuisine! I found espresso-flavored yogurt in a supermarket there. Yum-o!

6. Crete. Sitting by the pool with a good book, olives, tzatziki, Turkish bread, and a nice cold Mythos....

7. Paris. Crepes with apricot jam, fresh baguette, red wine, and croissants...

8. Iceland. The Blue Lagoon and vanilla skyr.

9. Vannern. Three day canoe trip, I managed to get sunburned in Sweden...

10. Stockholm. Sweden at Christmas, need I say more? I still need to get there at midsommar!

Can't you tell I like to eat???

Ana V.

Benita you must visit Portugal we have lots ofsun, good beaches and great food.


Wow! You've certainly been to a lot of places! I am not as worldly travelled as you are. I did a lot of the States, but I was only 12 and didn't appreciate it all as much as I would if I went back.

Paris, France
Cape Town, South Africa
Melbourne, Australia
York, England
New York, USA

That's just the start. I intend to do a lot more travelling to add to the list.

BTW - I have always LOVED this world map idea of yours and hope to use it one day in our own house.


My places:
Scotland - spent 6 months there in 1985, in Endinburgh and driving around the north. So beautiful, so historical, love the accent and the people.
Canada - East Coast (PEI, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton) - the ocean, the forests, the wide open spaces, the people, the music
USA - Louisiana - the trees draped in moss, aligators, hot, food, music; Arizona, Utah, Colorado - hot but not humid, open spaces, Monument Valley, Sedona - red earth.
Canada - Toronto, Oakville - lived there for 22 years.
Warsaw - was born here, lived there for over 20 years and now I am back.
I am so glad you like Krakow. I love it too, one of the oldest Polish cities and not destroyed during the war as Warsaw was, so still a lot of old buildings.


Cayo Guillermo, Cuba
Eastbourne, New Zealand
Pahia, New Zealand
St Ives, England
Home, Anywhere.

Another great list Benita. Happy Weekend.

Calliope (Greece)

- So far Italy's been an absolute dream. Everywhere, anytime, anyday.
I have a softer spot for Siena and the whole Amalfi coast
- Iceland was a revelation. The people match the scenary: eccentric, humorous, friendly, adorable
- And for some reason I cannot explain, I just LOVE the city of London. I could live there in a heartbeat. Not for what it has to offer (theatres, endless shopping, fish and chips, Tate) but for the way it's built: Hyde Park, gloomy weather all year round, trees, friendly-to-live neighborhoods,BBC accent.


Warrington ?? Now there's a place you don't see on a lot of 'favourite places' lists. ;o)

My favourite places are..
1. Home.. in all senses of the word.
2. Crete.. in fact all the Greek Islands are gorgeous, but the people of Crete are just a joy.
3. Rome.. went on a school trip when I was 16 and just LOVED it...
Actually I like Italy full stop.. I've been there many times.. probably my favourite international culture.
4. Brighton.. Where I was born and bred. Architecture, food, shops, memories
All of them good.
5. London.. specifically the West End which is where the shops and entertainment district are. I was at College in Leicester Square in the 80's.. and it was one of the first places where I really felt alive.
6. Vancouver.. Just a quick hop across the water these days, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world I think. Not because of it's architecture or history because it's not old enough to really have one. But it's geographical setting, surrounded by trees and water and mountains.. it's just beautiful.
7. The Lake District.. Breathtaking.. even in the rain. Which is just as well frankly.

Have a great weekend Benita..
I'll see if I can look out some nice examples of neo-classical ping pong tables for you.. ;o)
Jo xx


I have been actually, to Estoril/Cascais and Lisbon but I think I was too young to fully appreciate it.



I have not been to many places. Germany, Paris, Niagara Falls-Canada, U.S (home). I would like to visit Iceland, Italy, Spain, Alaska, Hawaii, and Japan.

Also, the relationship you have with your son is beautiful. You two are very lucky to have each other.


I knew you were going to mention NY. It's one of my favourite places too. Others are
- Tokio, Japan, I just love their culture, also I like big cities
- Amsterdam, Netherlands, such a layed back place
- Beachy head, England, What a view!
- Sisilia, Italy, especially Mount Etna
- Stockholm, Sweden, city of style :)
- Vienna, Austria, My aunt lives there and I've spent quite much time there, it is also a layed back place, at leats on summer


Paris - always Paris.

Prague - beautiful city and probably the nicest people in the world.

Rome and Sorrento - I wen't there for my honeymoon and although my marrige was a disaster this Italian vacation was amazing.

Mallorca - such a cliché and I don't know why but I love this island.

Stockholm - home, home city, beautiful city with all the water and it's mine!

In my mind I would also like to put New York on my list - if only I could afford to go there...



Paris, where I have just spent a few days. Charming even with bare trees, and even more so when spring daffodils and crocus bloom in the parks.

Vendée, on the french West Coast, where my father's side comes from. I have seen many changes over the last 50-so years but it still has a lot of je ne sais quoi!

Scotland: loved it in 2000, and on my must return list.

San Francisco: for chowder and Yum Cha in Chinatown, and lots more.

VietNam and in particular the highlands of Dalat and the North

Melbourne, Australia: not my home town but fascinating, the closest foodies' heaven!


Long Island, NY - Born and raised there! So much to see and lots of delicious food!

Münster, Germany - Moved here almost 8 years ago now. Quiet little city with a lot of history, lovely places to visit and wonderful food!

Düsseldorf, Germany - Lots of good food from many different cultures!

Berlin, Germany - Reminds me of NYC

Places I have been in which I wish i got to explore more. The Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland!


1. Northern Norway (where my parents are from) in general and Finnmark (where my mother is from) in particular. We spent some childhood summers in Finnmark and I lived four years in beautiful Alta. The northern lights, the midnight sun, the people and the nature, need I say more?
2. Vienna - I studied there one year and have often returned. Old world, but still laid back, great food and wine, great coffee and cafés, and the music.
3. The U.S. Midwest in general because I lived in Iowa for one year and in Chicago for many years - wonderful people, great food, many weird and/or wonderful places like the Corn Palace (Mitchell, South Dakota), charming small towns like Galena or St. Charles, and the great architecture of Chicago.
4. Gothenburg, Stockholm and Karlstad (!) in Sweden - very close for us Norwegians, but with a gentler landscape and much better restaurants! Great for a car holiday.
5. Paris - such a pleasant surprise, very friendly, not at all what I expected. And the museums. And the food. And the shopping.
6. Towns/cities in Germany - for instance Husum, Lübeck or Stralsund. Great food and wine. Friendly people.
7. Skagen in Denmark. Nice art museum in town, good food and beautiful Grenen, where Skagerak meets Kattegat.
8. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - a city that also has a great beach. Such a treat in winter, went there last week for the first time and would love to return. Friendly people, good food and you can catch a bus (Guagua) to lots of interesting places on the island.


I can say. I have just travelled round Europe. There are little places I love...
- Archipielago in Finland, peace, beautiful light and calm. To think.
- Barcelona, try to scape there once a year...it is so life. To enjoy.
- Paris, always Paris. To fall in love.
- That Zakopane area was special. To climb.
- Croatian cost, Korkula island. To swim.
- Home, Cantabric coast, to get lost. You are invited, you would love.


Benita you came a lot around!

Prague – warm, full of history, returing every now and then
Stockholm – love, love and again love
Zagreb – since it is my city
Croatian islands
Part of Germany, Berlin
Parts of Italy, but Venice for sure
Moscow for all its diversity and contracts
French coast
Macedonia in whole

There are many famous places I didn't like at al as Pairs for example

I would like to put NY on my list


This is something that requires a little bit of thinking.
Our summer house in the archipelago I spent my summer holidays there as a child and I go there as often as I can now. It's almost at its best in September.
Provence The light, the food, the landscape... I spent a week on a vineyard there once, together with my (then) boyfriend. And one of my cousins live in that area as well and I remember when we went swimming in one of the rivers there...
Iceland We went there for our honeymoon and spent almost two weeks going all the way around the island. Loved, loved, loved it!
Nantucket It's a beautiful place. I've only visited it once, though. In the autumn.
London Mostly for the shops and the museums. And for the Indian food.
Berlin I've been there twice. I had my first (and best!) ever strawberry daiquiri there.

I'm sure I'll get the opportunity to add more places to my list. Maybe our house will be on it. Only time can tell.


Och jag har bloggat (på svenska) om min absoluta favoritplats: http://aelvan.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/dag-27-min-favoritplats/


The map with the pins in it is so charming. :)


I cannot read your list or the comments.
It's giving me too much wanderlust and I have been stuck in one place for 6months already.

So, there was a pin in Berlin but it didn't make the cut - you didn't like it?!


Read my post on Berlin here; http://chezlarsson.com/myblog/2009/03/to-berlin-and-back.html

Sandy Shirley

Benita - How will you move that map to the new house without losing all the designations you have made?


I'm hoping to be able to remove it and leave the pins in the holes somehow. If some fall out we have holes and we can probably determine which color goes back in :).

Kara E.

My top 10:
1. Aix-en-Provence, France (visited when 17, first time in Europe, beautiful)
2. Florence, Italy (visited at 19, I'd love to return to northern Italy)
3. Kaui, Hawaii, USA (visited at 12, first trip off the mainland US)
4. Chichen Itza, Mexico (visited at 21, I love ancient cities)
5. San Francisco, California, USA (visited at 18)
6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
7. Arches National Park, USA
8. Redwood National/State Park, USA
9. Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
10. Yellowstone National Park, USA

Can you tell that I love my country's National Parks? I love seeing and experiencing things that are different from my normal. Sometimes that means visiting new cultures, and other times that mean visiting the most amazing places Mother Nature has given us. Who knows? I'm visiting Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic at the end up May. I'm sure somewhere over there will land on my list.

Kara E.

Oh my gosh! The corn palace! I went there as a kid... I'm so glad a non-American was able to appreciate it. Sometimes I'm embarrassed by the Midwest I grew up in.


Take lots of detailed pictures of it before you take it down. You'll have something to refer to when the pins start to fall out, and you know they will!


One of my favorite places ever visited: definitely Sweden! Stockholm for the style and pretty people and all the water; Dalarna for the history and feeling of closeness to my relatives I felt while there.

As for U.S. destinations, I really love Seattle, WA which is great because I'm about to move there! =)

My husband and I are going to Krakow and Zakopane this summer as part of our 2-month backpacking trip! Any specific recommendations for either city? My husband's family is Polish so we're very much looking forward to that part of our trip and exploring his history a little bit.


You have to try the cheese in Zakopane. They sell it in the market and it looks lika an oblong patterened dark yellow/brown object. You fry it and it's similar to Halloumi in consistency but has a smoky taste. Delish! When Wille went skiiing in Zakopane last winter I had him bring some back home. It travels pretty well!


London - think about going back every other day! Would like to spend a month, at least, living there.
Boulder, CO - attended university there; hope to return there to live at some point.
Martha's Vineyard - beautiful island where we spent several summer vacations while we lived in Massachusetts.
San Juan Islands - honeymooned on these beautiful islands in the Pacific Northwest.

Monika Wright

My Mom is from Munich, Germany but lives here in Tennessee now. And this is going to sound way corny, but after all the traveling we did as the kids of an Air Force family, my most favorite place is where we live now...in Walland. Our property is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and it is just heavenly. Not to say that I don't enjoy the other beautiful and exotic places of the world, but here is where I love most.


Perfect since we both love cheese, I will definitely remember to buy some while we're there. Thanks!


Japan--Yokohama, Kobe, Kyoto,and Shikoku, beautiful country!
Stockholm and Vilhelmina--I live here in Sweden, but I haven't seen so much yet.
Helsinki and Copenhagen are beautiful.
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York--My mom and I took a trip together!
Australia---kind people and great nature!!!

My son and I am going to Japan in the Fall!


The Zakopane cheese - it is called oscypek - is great, either smoked or natural. If you grill the smoked one, try it with cranberries - delicious!


Hello Kate,
I'm from Krakow and as a foodie I highly recommend marzipan bunnies in Stolarska Street (very near Maly Rynek), pierogi in 32, Slawkowska Street and paczki (Polish doughnuts) in Jagiellonska Street. Have fun!


Great to know you liked Krakow, Benita, I was born there and I just love it. I live in Rome now, but my favorite places are actually in the North of Europe. I spent a week in Ystad once and I loved it. The same goes for the South of Finland. My favorite city in Italy is Venice.

Erin Kleider

Not Albany, NY? I am shocked! (hear the sarcasm)

My favorites...I am not as well traveled as you are, but I have some favorites.

the Lake District
San Francisco (lived there, but it is still one of my very most favorite cities)
St. Simon's Island, Georgia
The Grand Tetons in Wyoming
Upper Wisconsin
the orange groves of Southern California
Napa Valley

New York City is nice but a little too big and a little too busy for my taste.

Decidedly NOT South Dakota where I got pulled over by a cop and interrogated like I was a drug runner.

I am sure there are more, but I can't think of them, so I guess it is a good indication that if these popped into my head, they are indeed my favorites.


well thats so funny. i'm from basel and a regular reader of your blog. i never had guessed your roots are in lörrach. lörrach has changed a lot and is a nice little city now. you should visit again.


Great topic! My list, in no particular order:

-San Diego, love the sea and the beach
-Tucson, Arizona, cactai and desert are so exciting!
-Brighton, good shopping, restaurants, seaside......have loved the place
for a long time now!
-Whistable, Kent - best place to really chill out totally
-Helsinki, in the summer, everything there, home sweet home.
-Las Vegas, absolutely crazy
-Paris, so romantic!
-Brussels, great food + good sights
-Lisbon, great atmosphere, just all round interesting and lovely.
-London, I have a love/hate relantionship with London as I live there.
hate the crowds, but love the city, does not make any sense...there is not
much you cannot do or find there. looking at people is the best.

so many places to see, so little time. and finally top 3 places I would like to see:

-Austin, Texas


You haven't been to Prague? It's a charming city, I can reccomend you ;).


It seems that you also missed Greece :))
I know it sounds bad nowadays, but most places are really dreamy.
I hope someday to read a post about you coming here, and i will send tons of info :))
Happy weekend!

Ness at Drovers Run

Ooh - a couple of places...

1. Montana, USA. A remote ranch, not too far from the Canadian border. Awesome!
2. Sydney, Australia. More specifically a place called "West Head" up on the northern beaches.
3. Anywhere in New Zealand. Remote. Beautiful. Life changing.
4. The Badlands of South Dakota. Totally breathtakingly amazing. It's like you can hear ancient Indian voices on the wind.
5. NYC. Nothing quite like NYC. The vibe. Seriously the city that never sleeps. (Neither did I while I was there).


Wow! Loved your pictures and pins depicting your wanderlust. What a great post! We lived in Switzerland for 4 years and did a lot of traveling. It's hard to just pick a few. Some of my favs are

*Zermatt, Switzerland

*Actually anywhere in Switzerland...the Alps were breathtaking!

*Italy~ primarily Rome, Venice, and Portofino. Gorgeous!

*Ireland~ took a week driving tour and loved every green inch of it! Friendly
people who just want to have a pint and tell a story or two. Cliffs of Mohr were breathtaking.

*Scotland~ Edinburg. Loved the moodiness of the weather and warmth of people.

I better stop because I could go on and on and on. Starting to ramble.
In the US I love NYC, Seattle and the San Jose Islands off the coast, Montery, California and LA.

This was a really fun post! Thanks for posting it. I'm a new follower...would love for you to stop by and maybe give me a follow back. :)


Wow - you have Finnmark on you list! Me too. I'm Australian, but my father is from Finnmark - from Karlebotn way up in the north-eastern corner of Finnmark. There is something very special about the landscape, the people, and the light. A pity lots of people don't head that far north when exploring Scandinavia.
So, also on my list:

- Berlin, Germany: such a fascinating place, arty, historical and yet modern and I feel very at home there.

- Vancouver, Canada: so beautiful, the friendliest people in the world. Mountains and sea, and that fabulous north-west Pacific combination of drizzly weather, pine trees and grey seas... gorgeous!

- Surrey, England: we lived in the countryside near Farnham for nearly two years recently. Woodland galore. Utterly gorgeous. Like living in an episode of Midsomer Murders.

- Hobart, Australia: we head to Tasmania at least once a year. The best food in Australia, the most amazing, pristine environment and such varied scenery.


Chicago. So much fun, so sophisticated, so down-to-earth. One of the greatest art museums in the world, AMAZING public parks, great summer activities, fantastic shopping, incredible theatre, and really friendly people... if you haven't been to Chicago you must go.


West Head on the Sydney Noerthern beaches.... well, that made us smile, my friend is from this area. The most magic sunrise can be seen over the Palm Beach Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.
At home I see the sunset over the Indian Ocean!


I still miss the Midwest, so many places to see!


MareeP, that's only about one hour by car from Tana, where my mother was from. Pleased to meet you here on Benita's blog!


I haven't, but it's on my list!

Robyn :)

Oh my, Benita, I have so many!!

1. Laguna Beach, CA. My most favorite place on earth.
2. Kansas -- my current home. Love the Flint Hills, Topeka, Junction City(where I work), and Milford Lake.
3. California in general. My home state.
4. New York City. I have been there twice and love it!!
5 Central Florida. Lived there for 3 years. I especially like Lake Wales. And the beach.
6. Victoria, Canada. Literally the most beautiful city I have ever been to.
7. Seattle. Love the Public Market, downtown and Space Needle
8. Kansas City. Love The Plaza, Crown Center, City Market, Arabia Steamboat Museum and downtown.
9. Boston. You can't beat the history!! Or the Canoli's at Mike's Pastries!
10. Maine. I fell in love with the southern coastal area and Freeport.
11. Las Vegas. I love the lights!!

I better stop LOL


Hmmm, where to start?...
1. Hawaii. We camped there and had a wonderful time exploring and hiking and can't wait to go back.
2. Alaska. I want to go kayaking below the Mendenhall Galcier in Juneau next time.
3. Iceland. Didn't get to spend enough time there and I want to go back.
4. The spectacular west coast of Canada from Banff to Vancouver, oh and Calgary is a pretty cool city too.
5. Denmark and the charming Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
6. Stockholm - we stayed at the converted prison hostel, Langholmen 20 yrs ago and I would love to explore the city some more.
7. Great Britain for the hills and dales
8. St Kitts in the Caribbean - the people are charming and the beaches are wonderful.
9. Toronto Canada, lived there for 10 yrs. Wonderfully, diverse neighbourhoods with great food and interesting shops. You can sample the world throughout the city.
10. The east coast of Canada for the culture, the scenery and the history.

On my list of places to go...
New Zealand
Quebec - we may go there this summer!


My favorite place in the world is my little piece of heaven...10 acres on top of my mountain in Colorado. That is number 1. I am so, so, so grateful that I live here. The next places would be (in no particular order) Costa Rica, Prince Edward Island, the islands off the coast of Washington state, New Zealand (both the north and south islands) Morocco (don't ask me why...it just speaks to me....maybe the anthropologist in me!), Alaska, Australia, and all the places that I really, really, want to visit but that I might never ever get a chance to!


Yay! I'm so happy, you like Poland! I'm from Kalish, the oldest polish city, mentioned by Ptolemeus in roman times :)
Krakow is absolutely beautifull, have so many historical building and places! This city is a living history!
Greetings from Poland!


OMG! I live about 20minutes away from Ikea in Warrington :-)

You just made my day.


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Wow, you're very lucky to have visited all those places. Envious! I hope one day I get to visit France too :)

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you should visit prague! :)


Love this post Benita! I couldn't believe my eyes when you stated Warrington as one of your places! That's where I was brought up, and so few people know it, so to read it on your blog was very strange and charming! I smiled at your description of it, as that's exactly how we Warringtonians describe it's location. The conversation often goes like this:

"So where are you from?"
"Oh, Warrington."
"Right. Wait, where?"
"It's between Manchester and Liverpool."
"Oh yeah, I know where you mean!"

You had that spot-on!

Also, it looks like Brighton is pinned on your little UK map there too, which is where I've lived for the past 11 years. I love it here too, it's a wonderful place to live. And I clearly have exquisite taste if Chez Benita is namechecking my homes!

x Kellee


Thank you ma'am! We appreciate it, and our pizza parlors are always open to ya!

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