Saturday, 2 February 2013

Eat Pray Love

Recently whilst reading about Vix’s amazing adventures in Goa, she wrote how the only place that she feels most alive is in India – and this really got me thinking. Where do I feel most alive? Am I even close to finding true paradise?

Although I am not well travelled in regards countries and continents, I do have places that can instantly transport me back to happy times and provide me with that everlasting longing to go back...

1. Paris
I spent my whole life dreaming of Paris, this huge part of me had this burning desire to visit one day. I grew up idolising Joey Potter and Carrie Bradshaw who themselves dreamed of the city, and this made me incredibly intrigued as I’d always strongly related to their ambitions.

I collected all sorts of Paris memorabilia – even though I’d never stepped foot into the border of France. I was besotted with images of the Eiffel tower and studied the French language at GCSE. All this concluded: I was always destined to visit one day.

Last March I was whisked away to Paris by my Mr – he obviously knew how much Paris meant to me, and all of the dreams I had stored. The single most significant day of my life occurred at the very top of the Eiffel Tower and for this reason alone I believe a part of my heart will always belong in Paris.

When you dream of visiting somewhere for so long, and it not only lives up to every expectation, but also surprises you in ways you didn’t think were possible, it leaves you completely and utterly fulfilled.

2. Brighton
Brighton is my ultimate escape. I feel a whole different me when in Brighton, I feel culturally richer and more confident than I ever do in everyday life, I never need worry about being me.

Deep down I knew all along it was my kind of place – from swooning over Sugarush, I just knew. My trips to Brighton have confirmed a love I knew all along: the culture, the mods, the rockers, the VWs, the vintage, the retro - all in one fabulous home.

3. To be discovered...
This one is blank, because there is a part of me desperately wanting more miles, more countries and ultimately more travel in my life. We’ll have to see where this takes me.

Where are your top 3 destinations?

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  1. What a fab read, Alice! I'm so glad Paris exceeded your expectations. It's been years since I was last there and I'm always afraid to return to places I went to a long, long time ago in case my happy memories are shattered.
    Brighton is wonderful, too. Cosmopolitan, broad minded and vibrant, it doesn't feel like England at all!
    I'm afraid India's spoilt me, everywhere I've visited since (even Brazil) feels regimented and stifling, there's nowhere else in the world with so much colour.
    Top 3 destinations? Tricky!
    I'll have to say India, Greece & the Glastonbury Festival! xxx

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  2. I always love your Brighton posts! It is still on my must visit list! Paris looks so gorgeous as well! I think my favourite holiday believe it or not was the one we had in the Yorkshire Dales!! I love the English Country side so much <3 xxx

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  3. This is a great post Alice! I would love to visit paris one day. I also really love Brighton as its such an exciting place full of such interesting shops and cafes. I am not sure where my top destinations are but I certainly always feel very relaxed and at home by the sea xx

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  4. I loved this post Alice. To be honest I have trouble finding such 'at homeness' anywhere. I would have to cite the depths of the countryside, somewhere with wild flowers and a blue sky. I'm still searching.

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  5. My top 3 are Sissi, Blackpool... I'm not sure on the third. lovely moulin rouge picture btw xx

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  6. This is a lovely post. I often feel more at home when I'm away from home, if that makes sense. I think my top 3 places are Greenwich Village in new york, as I spent my childhood summers rollerblading around there while my dad worked there for a few years; the great wall of china as I was completely blown away in awe at its beauty and size, and surrey where I grew up and will always have wonderful memories of my grandparents xxx

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  7. Argh I so want to visit Brighton, it looks lovely! I love New York, I wanted to go for so long and when I finally did I thought it would likely not live up to my expectations but it really did, I can't wait to go back :)

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  8. Aww gosh, I would LOVE to visit Paris one day! It looks stunning <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  9. I love this post. Travel (near and far) is so important to me... I find that there's something so relaxing about being physically removed from your everyday life (all the little problems seem so much less significant...). Top three destinations.... Probably anywhere by the sea in the UK (a rough, choppy sea); Berlin (I just loved everything about it and I'm desperate to go back); Moscow (I'd wanted to go for ages and I felt so proud of myself for making it there and enjoying it on my own). I could go on all day about this... xxx

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  10. I love this post.
    My favourite 3 destinations that I've been to would be New York, Rome and California (I can't wittle cali down, because I loved bass lake, san diego, vegas, and san fran so much)
    xxx
    www.jaymieocallaghan.blogspot.com

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