This week’s round of SSS is an attraction I have actually visited. It was many, many years ago but I still remember it. Back when I worked in the travel industry I had an opportunity to go an a “familiarization trip” or “fam trip” as industry insiders call it. Myself and other travel agents from Ontario headed to Copenhagen, Denmark. My first fam trip it was. One that I still recall with a smile. One of the attractions we were to see on several occasions as we had special passes was Tivoli Gardens – an amusement park filled with rides, shows, gardens, restaurants and music! It was fun and I do remember the fun house and the roller coaster most clearly. Despite the fact that it rained much on our trip I was able to visit the park a couple times. Tivoli spelled backwards is I LOV IT ! I certainly did.
Opened in August of 1843, Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world and is the second most popular seasonal theme park around. Architecturally it retains some old charm and is filled with gardens and fountains. At night it is light up with over 100,000 amazing lights in its 21 acres. It maintains three seasons to visit: summer, Hallowe’en and Christmas.
Twinkling Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
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I am not a die-hard hiker. Heck I rarely hike at all but am willing to do a nice trail that is a couple hours. I am much more a city girl. But there are many souls who love all that a challenging trek brings them – a stunning challenge in a dramatic natural playground. A definite area of beauty is Patagonia. A glacier filled area that spans the southern tips of both Chile and Argentina, Patagonia has the Patagonian Andes mountains, grasslands, deserts and glaciers. It is here that there are numerous treks that draw the adventuring souls. One of them is the Fitzroy Trek in Argentina. The trek is named so as there are majestic views of Monte Fitz Roy that rises upwards of 1,828.8 m/6,000 ft from the glacier’s base. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, 2 – 5 day treks are available around the base of Fitz Roy, as well as daily hikes and combining excursions with the Torres de Paine W trek in Chile. The options for all the hiking enthusiasts are varied and amazing, no doubt.
Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina
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Yesterday evening I booked my ONE WAY flight to Ontario where I will start the first leg of my RTW trip. I will spend some time in the town I grew up in (Thunder Bay) visiting with my parents, one of my dearest and closest friends and extended family and friends. It is a great start to this amazing time I have ahead of me. I think it has taken me all of this 24 hour period to have it sink in that I am doing this. I imagined that when I gave my notice at work it would all start changing. Ends up it is the booking of the flight plus a day that has my heart soaring a bit higher and my imagination viewing the world as it is in my mind. As the day has progressed my soul has been lifting. I have thought much of my other best friends right here in Greater Vancouver. Of my sister and how a part of this trip will be with her. And then to the amount of things I need to do (gulp!). Stress that I have not even saved nearly the amount of money I had hoped to. Excitement that I will go anyway. As my friend Suzy B once said (along these lines) that you can not wait until you have enough money to live life because you never will so do it anyway and be grateful for what you have and can do. She told me that years and years ago. It has stuck with me ever since. I also see that now I am going to be selfish. I am focusing primarily on myself and this trip. I am by nature, job and choice a caretaker (even my personality type on the Myers-Briggs test is a “caregiver” ESFJ). Of course I am selfish now and again (probably more in the thoughts of my friends – LOL) but now I am truly going to focus on this trip, ask opinions, change my mind of where to go a million times and talk non-stop. The excitement is starting to sink in! Be warned my good friends, be warned. :-P
Moody, majestic, jagged, remote, stunning – all these words play around my head when I think of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Although I have never been (yet) I imagine its beauty is remarkable. Although I may think it remote, the opposite is true. Found in the Inner Hebrides of the Scottish Highlands it is in fact a grandly popular tourist destination. It’s uneven topography with moors, cliffs and lochs make it popular with hikers. Additionally it could be a dream for a photographer. Add some museums, ’round island boat trips, bed and breakfasts and warm people (town of Portree is the largest) and you have a memorable trip. Access to the island from the mainland is easy along the Skye Bridge. Ferry routes are an added option as well.
Elgol Beach looking northwest across Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
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