Day 5: Five places you want to visit
I'm assuming this is places I've never been before. And I'm putting this behind cuts because there's pictures...
Japan is by far at the top of my want to visit list, but if I don't make it anywhere else in the country, I want it to be Hokkaido. Specifically, in the winter. It's beautiful all year round, but in February, they have the Sapporo Snow Festival, which I've been obsessed with since first seeing some pictures of it a few years ago. I mean, look at these...
Aren't those stunning? How could I not go?
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
While I'm not a huge history buff--I have to be specifically interested in a place or period to care--I am completely and utterly entranced by Native American cultures. It stems back a long way. My dad wrote about a lot of them when I was little (I always assumed it was because his great-grandmother had been Cherokee), and I was exposed to it when we lived in Arizona. Then, after my parents' divorce, we moved to a part of Michigan that had an active reservation. While I'm such a mutt, my connection is tenuous at best, it's never diminished my fascination. Mesa Verde has a ton of well-preserved archaeological sites I'm dying to see up close.
Alaskan Northern Lights
I'm not keen on the idea of a cruise (unless it's a yacht in the Mediterranean), but I am panting over the possibility of going on an Alaskan cruise to see the Northern Lights. I'd love to do Alaska all around, actually. It's one of those places that intrigues me to no end, and this natural phenomenon seems too beautiful to miss.
I have been in love with ancient cultures since I was very young. It began with my obsession with Greek and Roman mythology. I got to go to Greece for my honeymoon (otherwise that would be number one on this list), and we tried to go when we were living in the UK, but all signs pointed that Rome was very unfriendly in regards to small children, so it never happened. I want to rectify that. I need to see the Coliseum and the Sistine Chapel (which yes, is in Vatican City, but I'm including that) and so much more.
Great Wall of China
A few years ago, Craig's aunt walked the Great Wall of China with a group of friends, and ever since, I've been eager to see it. I want to go to China for other reasons, but the history and scope of this is too compelling not to top that particular list.