Bran Castle

Bran Castle is in Romania on the border of Transylvania, and is commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”.

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While they are not identical, the inspiration is not a far stretch. Therefore, Bran Castle has accepted the nickname of Dracula’s Castle. The castle was actually put up for sale in 2014 for an estimated $80 million dollars. The owners have kept up the Dracula theme with each room. The castle is also a museum to some Romanians. It is said that Bran Castle could be the best landmark in Romania. What do you think? Do you think Bran castle could be the inspiration for Dracula?

Below is a picture from Dracula

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And this is Bran Castle…

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If you want more information about Bran Castle, see Dracula’s Castle’ for sale in Transylvania by the International Business Times.

It would be so fascinating to see Bran castle in Romania. As you can probably tell, I love castles. They are just so fascinating and impressive. In those times, castles were a symbol of importance and power, but to me they are so incredibly beautiful. Seeing the differences of just the castles in my blog is impressive.

Throughout my blog, I have told you about a few of the places I would love to visit. You may have noticed how many of the places involve castles, rich culture and are packed with history. I believe that places, whether it be a landmark, a city, or an entire island –  have individual voices and they tell their own stories.

The places I have shared with you speak the loudest to me. What places speak to you?

One day I will go to Bran Castle, and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

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Brussels

Brussels is an amazing city filled with history and charm. It started out as a small town, and is now the center of European politics.

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One of the many things I find so interesting about Brussels is that there is a major divide in languages – between dutch and French speakers. There are three regions of Brussels that cater to Dutch, French, or Bilingual speakers. This reminds me a little bit of some neighborhoods around the U.S. as well. It seems to be that people generally bond together with their own. I wonder if this is how these regions came about? All the dutch speakers moved where they could understand their neighbors, as did the French speakers, and Voila!

Fun fact! Brussels is made up of 27% foreigners. How exciting is that? Not only is the city so beautiful and historic, there is no telling what type of people you will get to meet and what cultures you will be able to experience.

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In addition to all the history and culture, is the food. They are famous for waffles, chocolate, and beer. That should really be all that my post said. Waffles, chocolate and beer – sold!

One day I will go to Brussels, and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Mount Emei, China

The scenic area of Mount Emei, China is home to the sacred Leshan giant Buddha.

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Mount Emei is also home to the first Buddhist temple built in the 1st century C.E., and is considered part of the Sichuan Province. The giant buddha that draws tourists and buddhists from around the world, was carved out of a hillside in the 8th century C.E. and it looks down over the confluence of three rivers.  This buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, and stands a t 71 meters tall.

In addition to the Buddha, Mount Emei has an incredibly diverse vegetation and some of the threes are over 1,000 years old!

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How amazing would it be to see the place that introduced Buddhism into China? While I am not a Buddhist, I  very much enjoy the study of religions and history (of course).  This mountain is not the home to over 3o temples build within hillsides.

Mont Emei is protected and managed by the General Administrativ Plan of Mount Emei which follows the government’s regulations on scenery areas. Just thinking about all the history and sacred temples just blows my mind.

If you would like much more information on Mount Emei, click here.

One day I will go to Mount Emei, and I hope it is better than my imaginary adventure.

North Brother Island

I would love to vista North Brother Island on the East River of New York. The island used to be Riverside Hospital, for patients with infectious deceases, such as Small Pox. The island has been deserted since the 1960’s when the hospital was forced to close.

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The island was bought in 2007 and is now designated as a bird sanctuary. Even though the island is owned by the city, none of the old building have been torn down. The island is slowly taking back over. Pictures such as the one below, make it seem as though everybody just picked up and left, leaving everything behind.

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All of the books were left behind, the furniture, everything. I think that this would be an amazing place to visit. It is a prime example of what nature can do when humanity steps out of the way. Even though North Brother Island used to be greatly inhabited, once it was deserted, nature began to reclaim the land.

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Riverside hospital housed patients with Small Pox, drug addictions, and it seems like anybody that posed a potential threat to the health of others. Seeing an island so close to the hustle and bustle of New York that is completely deserted; it is incredibly intriguing. If you want to learn more about North Brother Island, see Getting Lost on North Brother Island.

One day I will go to North Brother Island, and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Ireland

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I want to go on a tour of castles in Ireland. I would love to experience Ireland, on my own but also through the help of a tour if that makes any sense. There is a tour called, Castle’s of Ireland self-drive tour, that allows you to do just that. You drive yourself to and from each destination and then a tour guide details the castle and its history. Besides places I want to go, history is certainly a common denominator all of my blog posts. I am sorry, I just cannot help it. Know that people once lived in these medieval castles just blows my mind. I wonder about all details of their lives, and compare them to my own. How different would my life be if I lived in a castle during that time?

Here is a map of where the tour takes you:

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To me, this vacation would be a dream come true. The ability to drive and see this much of Ireland while on the way to yet another castle! Wow.If you want information about this tour, click here. I use the fact that I am part Irish to facilitate my obsession with castles and Ireland. I know that I have more pictures in this post than my others, but Ireland is just so beautiful and I cannot wait to show you. Imagine living here:

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I will leave you with this, just think about it for a second, what would your life be like if you lived in the castle shown above? What would you do each morning and evening?

One day I will go to Ireland and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Greece

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about Greece is the ocean, mountains, and shopping the local markets. The first time I realized that I wanted to go to Greece was when I watched the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Hilarious, I know. But I was in high school and I loved Blake Lively. Anyways, when I saw Greece, I was hooked.

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Not only is Greece beautiful, but it is full of history. Which, if you have read any of my previous blogs, you already know that I love history. If I can get rich, historical information and the ocean, that’s the dream. Here are just a few of the historical sites in Greece:

I am not exactly sure how long I would have to stay in Greece to fully appreciate and experience all of its history, but there is no amount that would be too long. I would love to stay in Greece for many months, just absorbing and exploring. Writing this blog has
re-fueled my burning desire to go to Greece.

One day I will go to Greece and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Tikal

I have always been fascinated with the Mayan ruins. I think it may be a trending topic, that I love history and mysteries. My husband is an accountant and does not enjoy history nearly as much as I. Imagine my shock and disappointment when I realized that he has already been here! His mother was born and raised in Guatemala and he was taken the Tikal on a trip back to see family. We have decided to also make this trip next year, I am so excited!

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Just seeing the picture above excites my imagination. What really went on here, how was their culture? I have learned a little bit about the Mayan culture, but how much were we actually right about? For example, the image below blows my mind. How were the able to construct such an amazing temple in their time? My husband says that when you are walking up the steps to this temple, you have to walk sideways because the stairs are so shallow. I know that from skeletal remains it has been determined that the Mayans were smaller than we are today. Which again raises the question, how did they create this temple?

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One day I will see the Mayan ruins and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Alcatraz Island

Lately I have been oddly fascinated with Alcatraz Island. I have been watching a documentary about the three men who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962. The three men were Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris. There was a fourth man, Allen West who claims to be the mastermind behind the escape, but was left behind.

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How can the mastermind be dumb enough to be left behind? I believe that he got the group together and said that they were going to plan an escape, but that Frank Morris was indeed the mastermind. The plan was ingenious. They were able to create fake heads out of toilet paper, glue and paint.

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They used the fake heads to fool the guards doing the nightly patrols. This gave them from 9.30 PM until 5:30 AM to escape from Alcatraz and make is safely to Angle Island. They even collected rain jackets from other inmates to create a raft. Nobody has ever seen these three men again. Debris from their makeshift lifeboat was found through San Francisco Bay, but this could very well have been to distract the FBI from searching on land.

The only thing from the three men was a postcard to the police saying, “hahaha, we made it” and it was signed, Frank, John, and Clarence. This postcard was never proven  to be from the three escapees, and to this day, nobody knows for certain if they survived their escape from Alcatraz.

Anyways, if you can’t tell already, I love all the history that comes from Alcatraz. The fact that this prison is secluded on an island almost 2 miles off the coast of San Francisco is immensely intriguing to me. San Francisco is such a huge city, and tourist destination, but less than 2 miles away is this famous maximum security prison.

One day I will tour Alcatraz and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Fiji

If I had unlimited funds, I would move to Fiji. Fiji is so remote and exotic, a perfect place to forget about the small things and truly focus on the important things in life. I think about all the hustle and bustle of life as a wife, daughter, student, friend, and a  Technical Writer, and I just wonder how to simplify life. It is easy to look at the lives of other people and show them how to get their life back to basics, but it is much harder to do that on your own.

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Living in Fiji, a large portion of the homes do not have electricity the same way we do in the United States. Some of the houses have none at all, some have a very limited amount of solar panels, and some also have generators for emergencies when a few hours of light is necessary.

Of course there are some amazing homes in Fiji, where people have created their dream oasis on the island. For me, moving to Fiji would be about finding what is really important and learning how to survive with my own ideals and wishes. Looking to buy homes in Fiji was astounding. A lot of the descriptions list the fruit trees and the vegetables already growing on the land. Being able to wake up in the morning, looking out at the ocean and then going to pick fresh fruit from your own tree…sounds perfect.

One day I will go to Fiji and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.

Australia

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Australia is one of the first places I want to visit. As you can see from the picture above, the wildlife there is amazing!  Most of Australia’s fauna and flora cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Taking a backpacking trip through Australia would be surreal. Although I love the city life, one of my favorite things about Australia is that vegetation covers about 91% of the country. The reason that so much of Australia can still be covered in vegetation is because 80% of the population lives within about 63 miles from the coast. This means that the center of Australia is largely vegetation and free from human interference. I think that having a life full of a busy ocean living, and then the option to retreat into the rainforest for some relaxation, from the beach. Yeah, who needs relaxation from the beach? I am not sure, but if you did, the rainforest would welcome you. large_detailed_wildlife_map_of_australia_1

Another wonderful thing about Australia is the diversity of the cultures. There are over 200 different languages spoken in Australia, including 45 indigenous languages. I have lived my whole life never leaving the United States, not really ever leaving the East Coast. I crave the diversity of new places and new experiences. Australia day is a celebration of the diversity and the acceptance of all ethnicities and political viewpoints. Australia was the second country in the world to given women the right to vote in 1902. 

Do you know what the capital of Australia is? Well, I will give you a hint. It is not Sydney or Melbourne. The answer is Canberra. Sydney and Melbourne kept arguing about which city should become the capital, and to stop the arguing, Canberra was selected to be the capital.  I loved the Tasmanian devil cartoon character as a child. I remember discovering that Tasmania was a real place, and I have been dreaming about it since. It is a small island, about 35,000 sq miles, off the coast of Australia. 

One day I will go to Australia and I hope it’s better than my imaginary adventure.