And if that is true, then the following five places are like opium on crack!
Here are my Top 5 places to go before you die.
5.) Beartooth Mountains — Red Lodge, Montana — Late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt calls the Beartooth Highway, “the most beautiful drive in America.” Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is only open each year only from mid May through mid October, weather conditions permitting.
My oldest daughter and I backpacked and dived in a glacier lake in these mountains a few years ago. Extraordinary beauty! Be sure to stay in quaint Red Lodge and have a hamburger at the nearby Grizzly Bar in Roscoe.
4.) Little Palm Island — Little Torch Key, Florida — The most romantic place I’ve been on earth.
Imagine your own (1 of only 14) private thatched roof bungalow suite with outdoor shower, your own private beach with hammock, key deer gently nuzzling as you lay in the sun, raising a flag on the beach to signal a discreet employee to bring you a refreshing drink, a zen garden, lavender scented refreshing towels placed on your face while swimming in the pool, impeccable cuisine, enjoying dinner at a table placed in the ocean surf served by waiters wading with rolled up linen pants as the sun sets, mosquito nets swathing the bungalow bedroom of your dreams, being greeted with the phrase, “the only rule is there are no rules,”—and that is only the beginning.
3.) Hamilton Island — Great Barrier Reef, Australia — Yes, I love islands. Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.
Did I mention the Great Barrier Reef?
2.) Oxford, England — Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. You haven’t really lived until you walk down a narrow winding Oxford cobblestone street as a cacophony of bells ring out in exultation.
A trip would not be complete without sitting in the worn bench of the Eagle & Child Pub just as C.S. Lewis and Tolkien did as their Inklings debated and read their latest writings, visiting the Bodleian Library, the Pitt Rivers Museum ( three floors of curious artefacts contained in glass display cabinets – including masks, magic, musical instruments and shrunken heads housed in a haunting period atmosphere. Tip: Most visitors don’t notice the drawers underneath many of the cabinets that can be opened to display more hidden treasures,) climbing the Carfax Tower for a vista of the city’s famous spires, snapping a photo of Hartford Bridge, marveling at Salvador Dali’s illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland at Christ Church, and I could go on and on.
1.) Asolo, Italy — Nestled amid an enchanting hillscape (as only Italy can do hillscapes,) Asolo is the loveliest village in a country that abounds with lovely villages. As you gasp at the views from the verdant gardens of the Villa Cipriani, once the home of poet Robert Browning and the gardens where Titian painted, you realize why this village is called the City of a Hundred Horizons.
Dining in quaint enotecas, wine bars, weekend festivals, buying fresh cheeses and olives for a picnic and steep walk to the historic village castle which crowns the peak of the village, leisurely coffee at a table covered with checkered tablecloths as you people watch in the city square, a visit to nearby Venice, and fresh pasta with white truffles during season topped off with a regional Amarone wine are only a few of the reasons that Asolo, Italy is my top place to go before you die.
Did I mention white truffles at the Cipriani?
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