A Travel Log & To Do List

I’ve had the good fortune to be able to travel to several foreign lands, and many of our great states in America. There are many other places I’d still like visit. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance.

Here’s a brief review of where I’ve been and what I liked about the location.

Japan

Yes! I have been to Japan. Unfortunately, it was so long ago, it almost feels like a different lifetime. The trip was remarkable because it was the first time I had flown anywhere, and I went all by myself! The story is longer than that but suffice it to say I enjoyed the country but not the company.  Japan is beautiful. The people are gentle and kind. Going to Mt. Fuji and some of the Buddhist shrines were among the highlights.

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Mt. Fuji, Japan.

Canada

Living for many years in Western New York (which for all you non-Easterners is 400 miles from New York City), I’ve been to Canada many times. Niagara Falls was a favorite place to visit in college and then when my husband and I were engaged (we got engaged on the lookout bridge). The Canadian side of the Falls is our favorite. We also have enjoyed Toronto for shopping and theater productions. When our oldest child was three we went to the Hummingbird Theater and saw Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt in an onstage production of the Wizard of Oz! It was thrilling (for me) to see my son who we took Toronto to see this musical when he was little, play the Wizard in a high school production of the same.

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Niagara Falls and Maid of the Mist 

Niagara-on-the Lake, and Sudbury’s Science Museum are also favorite places in Canada.

Bermuda

I’ve written about Bermuda a number of times on this blog. It is probably my most favorite place in the world, other than home. It’s landscape is indescribable and so beautiful with clear, turquoise waters and pastel houses of pink, yellow, green, and blue. Bermudians are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet!

Bermuda is a tiny island about 700 miles off the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s location makes for beautiful summer weather, but also puts it at risk for hurricanes. Choose your dates carefully, if you plan to visit!

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Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

My husband and I visited this tiny resort town just as it was beginning to be known as “a place to go” on the Yucatan peninsula in the early 90’s.  It was quaint and still a little bit rough at the time, although the resort was beautiful and all-inclusive (the only all-inclusive resort we’ve been to). We went with another couple that we knew well. We visited the ruins at Tulum, went snorkeling at Xel Ha Park and visited Xcaret. I can tell you that even back then, they were concerned about the effect sunscreen was having on the sea-life and banned anyone from getting in the waters if a certain type of sunscreen was used. My friend and I sat in the shade when our husband’s snorkeled. Iguanas came right up to our beach chairs to visit! It was cool!

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The Netherlands

In 2016, I had the chance to visit The Hague (Den Haag) in The Netherlands with my son. He was presenting at a conference there and invited me to tag along. It was a wonderful trip and a special time for us.  I would love to return to this country full of working windmills, solar power, bike riders, and tasty licorice! Since we were only there for five days, we visited many of the museums in The Hague and took a day trip to Delft where the famous Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer lived and worked. One of the highlights of my trip was getting to see Vermeer’s painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665).  Some of the churches in Holland, such as, Ould Kerk (old church), the one that Vermeer was buried in 1675, date back to the 11th century!

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Ould Kerk, Delft, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016

I consider myself lucky to have visited these places in my life. I like to learn about the place, the people, and their culture. The history is amazing in some of the cities like Delft and countries like Bermuda.  I hope to be able to return to some of them again.

What’s Next?

But, I also have a bucket list of other places I’d like to visit. I’d like to visit Scotland, while my husband would like to visit Ireland. So, we’ll have to do both. And, then, while we’re there, I figure that England is a necessary stop! Or, perhaps that will have to be broken up into three different trips.

We’ve talked about going to Australia or New Zealand, Switzerland, and Italy to name a few. It will be interesting to see where we choose to go next. Our time to travel is coming.

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I know that visits to our own National Parks is high on the list.

But, the one nice thing about going away that is constant is that you find there is no place like home.

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