I love traveling, and I was blessed to visit so many places around the world, and there are definitely more than 5 places I want to go back to, but these 5 cities are absolutely my favourite ones.
- Kyoto Japan
The amazing place I visited in 2017 was Kyoto – Japan’s most beautiful city, not the largest city in the country, but it has a lot to keep you occupied when you visit. I was lucky to visit it with my good friend Petra. We made lots of good memories which will last lifetime.
Kyoto is located in the Kansai region of western Japan, around 2.5 hours from Tokyo, and about 30 minutes by train from Osaka. From countless glamorous shrines and temples to green landfills and incredible restaurants. You will never get bored if you love to visit a traditional temples, try a delicious food and admire the architecture which is best seen while walking.
Kyoto is, without a doubt, one of the Japan’s jewels. Filled with beautiful parks and gardens, markets, shopping, countless temples and delicious food to try, it’s definitely somewhere you need several days to properly enjoy.
From all of the landmarks here that I visited, Higashiyama is one I remember the most – located in the east side of the Kyoto city center, is one of Kyoto’s most popular areas. I enjoyed many notable shrines and temples, including Kiyomizu Temple with a stage that juts from the mountain; Kennin Temple, Japan’s oldest Zen temple.
Another place you must visit is Arashiyama where I enjoyed most the walking paths that cut through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride. Don’t forget to visit Nishiki Market which is an arcade with around 1300 years of history. Today, you’ll find around 130 stores here, try amazing food and buy suveniries.
And of course Kyoto gardens are also very splendid and enticed me with its beauty.
2. Machu Picchu
I visited Machu Picchu in May 2018 and I fallen in love. It was on on my bucket list so as soon as my friends gave me the green light to plan it I went for it. It’s just an incredible place.
The Inca architecture, the views, dramatic landscape situated at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca.
The trip was so extraordinary that I decided to write a separated blog post about it, so if you are intrested please be patient it will be uploaded soon:)
- Rio de Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro was on the most beautiful places I traveled first to. It was over 10 years ago, but remember as was it yesterday. I visited this beautiful city during my honeymoon travel with my husband Ricardo.
Rio is known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City), which certainly earned its title. I loved the morning walks by the mouth of a bay harbor, sun bedding on white-sand beaches surrounded by green mountains. Rio de Janeiro boasts dramatic views from nearly every angle. From the slopes of Corcovado Mountain, we admired the striking 125-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer, who overlooks Rio’s pristine beaches. My favourite beaches are Copacabana and Ipanema, where you’ll admire the picture-perfect backdrop that has attracted Cariocas (native Brazilians born in Rio de Janeiro) and visitors alike for more than 500 years.
Apart of delicious food, pristine beaches, sunny weather, and friendly locals – another captivating thing about Rio is Samba music. I enjoyed passing by through crowded bars where beats of samba were lifting the area.
Definitely must visit, you will be fascinated with this beautiful city.(Sorry don’t have any photos)
Singapore captures the vision of spotless streets and busy skyline. From trendy, sleek restaurants scattered around the city to the beauty of the town. Everything amazed me!
When I arrived in Singapore city with my friends on our team holidays in October I felt impressed with the beautiful airport and how everything was organised. First what I noticed was the cutting edge of architecture. Iconic structures like Marina Bay Sands, the super trees of Gardens by the Bay, the Durian, and the ArtScience Museum were designed to grab all my attention.
Although Singapore is a tiny island nation in Southeast Asia its become one of the world’s most prosperous countries with breathing architecture. I loved visiting colourful neighbourhoods like Little India, Chinatown, Arab Street, and Kampong Glam, all within the span of half an hour.
This balance of modernity and cultural preservation is what makes Singapore so fascinating.
- Kuala Lumpur:
When it comes to sights and things do in Kuala Lumpur, the top attractions of Kuala Lumpur include historic monuments and buildings, futuristic and modern skyscrapers, colourful mosques, shrines and temples, green and lush parks and jungle areas, huge shopping malls, bustling street markets, and a lively nightlife of cool pubs and bars.
I visited this beautiful place during my trip to Singapore in October, as always want to visit it and thought being that close I can’t miss it. It was my solo trip and I felt very safe being alone there as the people of Kuala Lumpur are very friendly and speak excellent English.
For me, the Petronas Towers was the most impressive and coolest thing in KL! It is awesome! It is a spectacular sight both in daylight and after dark, and with its 452 meter high structures the Petronas Towers are visible from all over Kuala Lumpur!
I was also lucky to visit the spectacular Batu Caves just outside of KL. It is a massive cathedral-like cave Hindu temple with walls that stretch almost to the sky, with birds flying high above, and wild monkeys running up its rock faced walls.
I loved Batu Caves and it is definitely one of the highlights of Kuala Lumpur. But be prepared to walk 272 steps to get to the cave, it`s a good exercise!
I really enjoy writing this post—thinking about all that beautiful places, passing through the photographs and writing all that. Hope you enjoy it too! Let me know by commenting below what you think of visiting this awesome places?