Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Five: Grand Tour

One of our original ring members, jo(e), wrote yesterday about a trip she and her sisters are taking overseas with their parents, to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Many other RevGals are headed for the Festival of Homiletics in the coming week (click here for information on a RevGals meetup!!).

In honor of these upcoming trips, herewith your Grand Tour Friday Five.
Name five places that fall into the following categories:

1) Favorite Destination -- someplace you've visited once or often and would gladly go again
Oh my! I feel that I came late to travelling life, but the past few years have taken me to some truly wonderful places. How to choose between Connemara with my parents, Venice with Hattie Gandhi Iceland with Hugger Steward? New Orleans was a delight as well - which I'm longing to revisit.
But my time in India in 2006 was of a different order. It planted something in me which has transformed the way in which I look at the world. I had just a month, in one small corner of a vast country which is many different experiences rolled into one. How could I not long to return for more? It's part of me now, and I left a bit of my heart there in exchange.
And of course there is Cambridge, the most beautiful city in the world, which I'm happily planning to re-visit often over the next three years, what with HS and Mr Giraffe's Best Friend and all...

2)Unfavorite Destination -- someplace you wish you had never been (and why)
The concrete nightmare that so much of Tenereife has become.We "won" a holiday there a few years ago, but even the knowledge that our accommodation was free (flights, food etc were a different matter - and yes, it was a Time Share sales ploy - which we were dotty not to resist) could not make me enjoy being there. The worst thing was the realisation that this was a rather beautiful island - until the tourists arrived. So sad to find ourselves part of the wrecking party.

3) Fantasy Destination -- someplace to visit if cost and/or time did not matter
(Apart from a long long stay in India, that is?)
I long to go to the Galapagos (almost as an antithesis to the Teneriefe experience, in that the human impact on those islands remains minimal)

4) Fictional Destination -- someplace from a book or movie or other art or media form you would love to visit, although it exists only in imagination

Narnia of course. Though I'm not sure it exists only in imagination...I want to sail on the Dawn Treader and reach the utmost run barefoot on the grass by Cair explore the caves where Father Time sleeps.

5) Funny Destination -- the funniest place name you've ever visited or want to visit

Sandy Balls perhaps?
Though it lacks the charm of Rime Intrinsica (which is apparently to be found among the Dorset delights of the Wriggle Valley, - down the road from the Piddle valley...oh joy!).

Oh I have truly itchy feet but the furthest I'm heading in the near future is the Grand Union Canal. There's such alot of wonderful world out there. As well as HS in Tanzania, I've been talking on facebook this morning to a godson who has probably travelled more since he left school last summer than I have since I left the womb. Dreaming happily here...


Joan Calvin said...

Oh! India is the place I would most like to return too!

Songbird said...

I said Middle-earth, but the utter East sounds sweet, too, very sweet.

The Swandive said...

#5 - Tee hee hee hee ~snickers~ tee hee hee. So funny!

RevDrKate said...

I am running home to pack right now! I want to go on all these adventures with you.

Sandy Balls and Piddle Valley work neighbors do wonder why I am alone in my office laughing....LOUD!

Certified Healing Coach said...

I've never been to New Orleans but would like to go sometime. Maybe during Mardi Gras!

*giggles at Sandy Balls & Piddle Valley*


Teri said...

I feel jealous about your time in India! It topped my list of places to go ASAP.

Good call on Narnia...

SpiritMists said...

Oooh, your post made me want to travel! Nice play!

cheesehead said...

India must have been for you what China was to me.

Great play!

LutheranChik said...

As recent adoptive parents of a puppy, we're well acquainted with Wriggle and Piddle valleys! LOL

We had our own timeshare nightmare in Orlando, Florida -- one of FT's relatives lent us his timeshare, but didn't fully warn us of the hard sell we were going to get, every single day, by the resort staff. We had a lovely unit (better appointed in some respects than the interior of our home!) with all sorts of recreational activities on property, but we stayed away from the resort for most of our vacation largely because of the ever-present salespeople.

Diane said...

I want to go to Narnia, too!

Ruby said...

Just get yourself back to the U.S. very soon!

RevAnne said...

Wow--you've been way more places than I have. I want to go to Narnia, too, and I love your #5.