The greatest joy in traveling comes from finding places that don’t feel real.
Whether they are just out of reach of my comfort zone or completely zany in every possible way, our planet is blessed with a myriad of places that feel right out of a fairy tale.
Here are (in no particular order) places that will absolutely blow your mind in this regard.
1. Park Guell (Barcelona, Spain)
Step into the Gaudi-designed Park Guell, and in an instant, you have escaped the bustling street life of one of Spain’s most popular destinations and entered the imagination of both an artist and a visionary. Gaudi has spread his influence throughout the city, from his house that depicts the tale of St. George and the Dragon to the colossal Sagrada Familia church, and his style is prevalent in this magical outdoor space. Adorned with houses that look like they’re made of gingerbread and featuring the famous tiled salamander, the park is a must-see on your trip to Barcelona.
2. Sacre Coeur (Paris, France)
The City of Lights is considered to be one of the most romantic destinations on earth. From the glimmering Eiffel Tower to the impressive galleries at the Louvre, there is no question that Paris is a hub for honeymooners and lovebirds from around the world. In our opinion, one of the city’s most stunning monuments is Sacre Coeur, a cathedral nestled on a hilltop surrounded by charming shops along cobblestone streets. The warm lights of the city glisten like summer fireflies below as the charm of the hill provides the backdrop for a perfect evening with that special someone.
Love Coffee? So why not come to its birthplace. (For many, this reason could supersede all others for a visit!).
Join us on this visual journey to see first hand why having coffee in Ethiopia is an out of the ordinary experience.
Addis Ababa is the city where coffee is called “Buna” and honored majestically. It is the city where a visitor is welcomed with an Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony, which typifies Ethiopian hospitality.
A coffee ceremony which is so Ethiopian and so unique, that it requires having its very own unique coffee pot “Jebena” to roast the coffee beans right on the spot so that Ethiopians’ most valued guests can capture the real essence of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa provides an opportunity to linger over coffee with a three-round affair traditional coffee ceremony.
Addis is a city where you can savor world-class coffee everywhere, lavishly at cafés or
At little traditional coffee shops with all their eloquent pieces.
Addis Ababa is the city that offers superb coffee for less that a dollar.
On the next post, we’ll feature yet another reason to visit Addis. A hint – It is something that is exotic, intriguing and a reason for travel.
This week we are very pleased to bring you a series of photo essays from a part of the world not featured frequently on our site – Africa. We are privileged to have our guest writer Sara Genene bring you the world of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sara, a native of Addis brings you her perspective on the top five reasons to make a visit to her hometown. When I finished looking at her posts, all I wanted to do was board the next flight over.
We hope you enjoy this multi-day journey through Sara’s lens (her words and photos).
Here’s the start of Sara’s invitation to visit her homeland.
Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia. The name Addis Ababa contains two Amharic words, which simply means “New Flower”. Addis Ababa is also referred to as the “Capital City of Africa” because of being a lively nucleus of social, political and economic activity and home to such prominent headquarters as the Organization of African Unity and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. It is the city where you can really capture the essence of Ethiopia and the spirit of Africa in general. Here are the top five reasons why you should visit Addis Ababa.
Reason 1: Witness The Hidden Treasures Of Ethiopia
No matter who you are or where you from, Addis Ababa is the only city in the world where you can visit your ancestors.
Addis Ababa is home to a 3.2 million-year-old fossilized skeleton called “Lucy” (Ethiopians call her “Dinkinesh”) discovered at Hadar in the Awash valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression in 1974.
The Ethiopian National Museum preserves this historical antique along with many other prehistoric discoveries and provides you with a once-in-a-life time opportunity of taking yourself back to the Stone Age.
Ethiopia is ancient and the land of kings and legends.
Addis Ababa is the vibrant city that flaunts compelling Ethiopian history and culture to the world, through many historical Orthodox churches and museums that preserve a wide array of artefacts including an elaborate 1st – Century-AD bronze oil lamp, fascinating 4th- Century – BC rock-hewn chair emblazoned with mythical ibexes and ancient Sabena inscriptions.
Ethiopian art ranging from early (possibly 14th – century) parchment, to 20th – century canvas oil paintings.
Traditional weapons, jewelry, musical instruments, clothing and so many more astonishing testimonies of Ethiopia’s remarkable antiquity.
Stay tuned for the number two reason to visit Addis – (Hint – It’s a beverage!)