Travel + Bucket List = Trucket List
Ever since I watched the made-for-television movie The Wedding, starring Ms. Halle Berry, I always fantasized about going to Martha’s Vineyard.
Imagine strolling on a street painted with houses painted in beautiful pastel hues. Maybe standing over on the cliffs overlooking the sea interests you more. The fresh ocean air and the smell of the sand and moss is so enticing.
When I found out as a child that I was German from my maternal lineage I felt as if there was a gravitational pull for me to learn all I could about Germany. Whenever I had a school assignment in Geography or History class, it was about Germany.
I took German in college, I struggled, but I took the courses. I love German food and beer! One of the top places for me to visit is specifically Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. Rumor has it that in the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. My parents met in Frankfurt, Germany. Everything I knew of Germany is old and majestic, but if you look at photos now, the cities are full of bustle and hustle and beautiful modern architecture.
One of the top destinations to visit in Frankfurt is The Römerberg (The Roman Mountain). This is the heart of the city and has been the centre of the old town since the high middle ages. You will find city hall there.
Let’s not forget about Oktoberfest. This has been on my bucket list since high school. The attraction of a huge drinking fest, yes of course. Contrary to popular belief Oktoberfest lasts for 16 days, in Munich, starting in late September and ending in the first weekend of October.
Oktoberfest dates back as far as the year 1810 for the celebration of the marriage King Ludwig I and Princess Therese. When I think of Germany I think of rich culture, delicious food, and amazing views.
In a much colder climate than Texas Iceland is next up on my list of places to discover. The most sparsely populated country in Europe formally became a democratic country under no imperial rule in 1944. Iceland is volcanically active as well.
The earliest settlers documented arrived in 874 A.D. Interesting tidbit, Iceland recently suffered a financial depression in 2008 and miraculously recovered with rush in tourism. One of my favorite bands hails from Iceland, Of Monsters and Men. Among the many beautiful landscapes to find is Aldeyjarfoss. According to the locals this waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall on the river Skjalfandafljot. Have you ever enjoyed a geothermal spar? I have! Outside of Salt Lake City, Utah (that’s for another post at a later time). They are incredibly relaxing and soothing. One of Iceland’s largest attractions is The Blue Lagoon (Bláa lónið).
NASA predicts that this winter the Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights) will be at their highest intensity level! I can only imagine being left speechless and awestruck at the beautiful sight of the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights can be seen from Northern Canada, most of Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden! I’ve read your best chances to see this spectacular wonder is either late September or late March (the equinoxes during these months are most conducive to visibility).