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The places you want to visit... and who won the blog Candy

Hi Everyone.

Firstly, thank you to those of you who played along with my blog candy give-away.  I really loved reading the places - and  the reasons - why those places were special.

If you will indulge me, I thought I would share the responses in this post.  Then... we will get to the winner of the blog candy!


New York City! Or Paris. The city that never sleeps and the city of lights ...


I would like to go back to England and just roam the countryside. When my son-in-law was in the Air Force they were stationed in England and we visited twice. I actually get homesick for England I loved it so much.


I would love to take a cruise to Alaska. I love the water and I think being on the ship would be awesome.

Evelyn B:

I would love to go back to England and see some more of the countryside where my Father's family came from. It would be great to see some of those places again


I am a bit of a homebody, so traveling is a challenge for me, but I think I would like to go to Banff! It seems like a really cool place to go, my sister tells me it's amazing! Such beautiful scenery!


Most definitely it would be Ireland. My husband and I no longer are able to travel and that had been on our bucket list. We both had hobbies that involved weaving, knitting and other sewing so the fabrics and yarns available there would have been great. Maybe in our next life!


Count me in on the wanting to go to England. That's been on my bucket list for many, many, many years. I want to see the moors I've read about and Leeds and the castles.

Ruth Anne:

I like your back yard views, but I have wanted to go to the New England States along the shore line and see the Rocks and light houses.


I would love to visit Amsterdam! The city with the casks. It seems like a artist’s dream!

Mary W:

The shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


I would love to go to St. Lawrence Island. Excellent birding in the winter, learn about the Yupik history and culture and the opportunity to really see the aurora borealis.


If I could, I would love to visit Kiev - that’s where my daughter and her lovely my family are living. I’d love to spend time with my little grandson - miss him so much.


It really was wonderful to read this list.  Especially as I have been lucky enough to visit all of the places except Kiev and Mexico City and St Lawrence Island! If you have ever read my "about me" on my side panel, you will notice that I call myself a "travel addict".  I really am.  I grew up in post-war Britain, in a working class neighborhood.  I remember daydreaming for hours about what amazing places there must be in the world.  I had a voracious appetite for travel stories and books.  I would watch the old black and white TV (with the bunny aerial and no remote control... oh and 2 channels and the dot that finally disappeared when you turned off the tv!).... and watch shows in exotic (to me) places and dream that I would visit one day. I vowed that I would do everything I could to get to as many places as I could and made my "bucket list" of places before I was 10.  Oh.... lots got added after that!

England... the home of my birth and my ancestors.  I've done just about every inch of England and Wales.  Touched Scotland and Ireland.  I miss the green, the rain (yes, really) and the country lanes.  Jean - you and I really do need to meet and I will tell you about my adventures on the Moors of Yorkshire!   I love England and wasn't surprised to see it mentioned so often, so Doris, Evelyn and Marilyn.... totally "get" it!  And Marilyn, Ireland is fabulous.  We visited for my 50th birthday to go see the area of my ancestors.  It would take a whole blog post to tell you what I love about Ireland:-)

Paris or New York.  OH... I so remember my first visit to both places.  They are both amazing in their own different ways.   I remember sailing down the Seine on a Bateaux Mouches having dinner and capturing sight of young lovers kissing along the banks.  Sitting in a sidewalk cafe watching the world go by and listening to Jacques Brel in my head!  Terri, I so get why you chose these locations.

Ruth Ann:  New England and the North Eastern states.  Be still my beating heart!   The windswept beaches, the lovely little towns and, yes, the lighthouses.  I NEVER give up an opportunity to go that part of the US.

LeAnne:  Banff... is an amazing place.  We drove from San Francisco up onto Vancouver Island and then across to Banff and back.  WHAT a trip.   The mountains, the incredible color of the lakes, the trees and the amazing shallow rivers.  Gorgeous place.... so totally know what you mean!

Kris:  Alaska.  What an amazing place.  Lou and I cruised there.  It was his 50th birthday present and we loved it.  It really was an ideal way to see the amazing towns of the Inside Passage.

Lynn:  Amsterdam is a wonderful city.   The canals, the cobbled streets, everyone riding bikes.  The amazing tall, narrow architecture.  So unique and so amazing.

Jackie and Mary.  I have never been to Kiev or Mexico City.  But I can totally understand why the hold a draw for you.  The history and beauty of Kiev and the amazing religious significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Joan.... St Lawrence Island.  I admit... I had to go look that up!  Now it's on my list of places to visit!  Thank you for introducing me to that.  The aurora borealis.... so on my life list!!!

For me...... I have places on my bucket list that I will (sadly) probably never get to.  Mostly, because they are not safe places to visit.  I have always wanted to go to Iraq (pre-20th century Iraq).  I studied History of Art and fell in love with the Mesopotamian history all over again.   Afghanistan.  Syria.  They have so much history and I would love to have experienced it.  I also want to visit Petra, Luxor and Bethlehem.  I missed Luxor and Bethlehem on our trips to Egypt and Israel.  Burma - because my father served in Burma for 5 years during WW2.  I'm still hoping to get to Agra and the Taj Mahal and to see a Tiger in its native habitat.  I still want to go to Borneo to see the Orangatans before they become extinct.  The South Pacific - no explanation required :-)

In my will, I have requested that 1/3rd of my ashes be scattered on the Yorkshire Moors - where parts of my mother's family lived since the 1500s and that I consider to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world.  It's haunting beauty and ever changing sky make my heart ache with happiness. 1/3rd will be scattered in a National Park in South Africa and the remaining 1/3rd will be scattered here in the US.  All three countries have been an indelible part of my life and helped form me into the woman that I am.  Even in death, I can't bare the thought of my remains being in one place.  :-)

So... thank you to ALL of you.  Reading your comments took me back in time and down some many memory lanes.  Every comment took me on a little journey and I really do appreciate you sharing.  Really!

Now.... for those of you who were here for the blog candy.  I numbered the entries from 1-12 - starting with Terri at Number 1 (based on time of comment).  I then entered the numbers into the random number generator and this is what came up:

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That makes Marilyn the winner of the Ellen Hutson set!   Ellen, please email me (link on the side banner) and let me know your address so that I can send the set to you.

I'd like to leave you all with a quote from Anthony Bourdain - a man who enjoyed travel probably even more than I do.  As sad as his ending was, he really treasured his travels and his experiences and I so understand this quote:

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight and thank you for allowing me to travel down memory lane because of YOUR comments.