My Favorite Places
“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so we just keep on rolling under the stars.” Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
I was trying to make a list of my favorite places in the world. There were favorite places I went to when I was in college, favorite places I visited in my twenties, favorite places with beaches, favorite islands, favorite places where I fell in love, favorite places I met old friends and favorite places where I made new ones. There were favorite places because of food or shopping. There were favorite places because I had seen something that I had studied in school. There were places where I viewed one of the seven wonders of the worlds, or places I toured from other people’s list of favorite places. There were favorite places for theatre, art, architecture, sports, history, nature or spirituality. There were favorite places where I saw my daughter perform. There were favorite family vacations before that are different from now. There were favorite places that were so strange and favorite places that felt familiar. There were favorite places to be alone, with my family, friends or someone special. There were favorite places because I could check them off on my imaginary list of places I wanted to go to.
There are other lists: the places you are planning to visit, the places you’ve planned trips and cancelled and the places you want to go to in the summer, winter, spring or fall. There are the places that have the perfect hotel and the places that don’t but you go anyway to see something spectacular. There are places you have to go to before you go to other places. There are places you have to go to before you get too old. There are places you will take your kids when they are older. There are lists of places that are too expensive, too remote or too crowded. There are places too overrun by tourists. There are places that everyone you know has been to and places that no one you know has been to. There are places that seemed perfect but weren’t. There are places you never expected to love and you do. There are places you will always remember and places you would like to forget. There are places you want to go back to . There are places that you are afraid to go back to.
There are places you have been on a cruise and wish to go and spend time there. There are places you want to go because there are things you want to see and places that are completely unknown to you. There are places you never expected to be visiting alone. There are places you will go if you meet that perfect someone. There are the places you want to go to because you liked a similar country. There are countries you want to go back to because you have enjoyed what you’ve seen so far. There are the places you want to go to just because, places you have dreamed about for years, and the places that you never have to go to. There is the list of places that you will probably never get to because of all the places you want to go .
Great idea. I haven’t made lists of my favorite places in years. Thanks!
I loved this very, very much. I might be projecting but I think when you were writing about past family vacations, you made a decision to bare some very raw emotion, while still hiding that emotion from those who don’t bother to read carefully. This was a lovely piece, and a clear reminder to get out there and see stuff.
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Thanks Jayne – another delightful and thought provoking piece, you gotta do something with this skill of yours.
I met your blog thru your beautiful pictures in Turkey. I have some friends there whom I met in US when I studied and visited Turkey twice. Besides Turkey, your blog was filled with curious pictures where I have been wanting to visit someday! I felt the same way of what you wrote in “Your Favorite Places”. I felt that I traveled over the world! I’ll visit your blog sometimes to travel the world again:)
Chie comment from Tokyo
Thank you so much for your comment. Besides Turkey, Japan is my most favorite place. I have been there three times. You are lucky to live in such a wonderful place. One of my closest friends lives in Kobe. Best, Jayne
I’m surprised you have been to Japan three times! Where in Japan have you visited other than Kobe? Which place in Japan do you like?
I have been to many places. I love Miajima, Naoshima, Uji and i love the ryokans. i have been to Yufuin in the kyushu islands and somewhere near Hakone where there were only Japanese people. I havent even written about that yet. Im from NY originally so Tokyo and Osaka are very comfortable for me .The trains are overwhelming -luckily I have Japanese friends. It rained everyday in Kyoto and was crowded and I wasnt feeling well there so that is probably my least favorite place. I will have to go back because people love it. I preferred Nara and Kamakura. Here is what ive written so far, if you have time to look. best, jayne
I’m impressed your insight and penetration. You might experience more than I do! Looking forward to reading your blog! Thank you, Jayne.
Thanks I like your blog also. I collect quotes and I took your Picasso one so thanks for that.
Many places, many memories. I drifted away to all the places I’ve been and the long bucket list of places I am longing to visit…..if only life didn’t get in the way!!