My 7 Places I Must See Before I Die!

Ever have a place or places you MUST SEE before you die?

Well I am sure we all do! I have been thinking a lot about travel lately mostly because if I were wanting to travel right now it just could not happen. Isn't that just the way of it you always want what you can't have?

So to ease my need to travel I thought how about make me a list of places I really really want to see! 

That way when I can travel I have a nice little list and can just plan accordingly!

What can I say I am a list maker!

So here they are places I just have to see!!!!

These places are in no particular order!

Hore Abbey, County Tipperary, Ireland

If your idea of "intimate" doesn't include a guided tour with 50 of your closest friends, then top off your visit to the Rock of Cashel with a trip to nearby Hore Abbey. This gorgeous deserted ruin has no tour guides, no crowds, and no entrance fee. On most days, it's just you, the ghosts, and maybe a stray dog or two. Very much worth the visit.

Hore Abbey is distinctive among Irish Cistercian monasteries in that the cloister lies to the north. The siting of the Abbey, with the Rock of Cashel close by to the north, may explain this departure from the usual arrangement.

It is also has some amazing history and intrigue!!! Hore Abbey (sometimes known as St.Mary's) is a ruined Cistercian monastery near the Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland. The former Benedictine abbey at Hore was given to the Cistercians by Archbishop David MacCearbhaill (in 1270), who later entered the monastery. He endowed the Abbey generously with land, mills and other benefices previously belonging to the town. A story that is much cited by tour-guides is that he evicted the Benedictines after a dream that they were about to kill him. This is unlikely to be true and probably arises from the Archbishop's 'interference' with the commerce of the city of Cashel. His disfavour of the established orders in Cashel certainly caused local resentment. He was resented by some of the towns-people, being considered too much in favour of the Irish by the more Anglicised. This is evident in the objection by the thirty-eight local brewers to the levy of two flagons out of every brewing and in the murder of two monks who were visiting the town. Money, hate, religion, and murder all the things to make your imagination fly while you are there! Not to mention the lack of crowds. That is totally not cool for me!

Well I'll be honest pretty much all of Ireland is the place I want to visit but this in one in particular!

Fairy Pools of Scotland

At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle.
These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.

The walk to the pools uses the same route there and back. The complete return distance to the first main waterfall and pool is 2.4km, with the average time to complete the walk being 40 minutes (with no stops). Most people will spend some time working their way up the river from the first waterfall exploring the different pools.

Now my bestie Nicole has a list a mile long because she is a historian and this is her area of expertise so I am sure if ever I get to go with her she will drag me all over this country and makes sure I do not miss one corner or interest!

Garajonay National Park, Canary Islands

I am sure you are noticing a theme of places that I want to visit are mostly rural and scenic and this is also one of them!

The real treasure to be found in La Gomera is its dense, intense green laurel forests, which crown the centre rim of the island. The laurisilva, which grew in abundance millions of years ago, are now few and far between and found in only a few places in the world. One of these places is in the Canary Islands, and in particular in the protected 4,000 hectare Garajonay National Park, a place where natures continues to reign.

Hello Kitty Land, Japan

Well this one kind of comes out of left field in comparison to the last few but I have always been a big fan of Hello Kitty! Even when my brother is not sure what to get me for my birthday or Christmas he knows Hello Kitty is going to Thrill me!

Opened on December 7, 1990, the theme park is run by the Sanrio company, and hosts various musicals, restaurants, attractions, and theme rides using popular characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Jewelpet, and many more. While many of these attractions are only in Japanese, Puroland attracts many visitors from overseas because of the worldwide popularity of these characters. Puroland also has an extensive gift shop selling Sanrio character merchandise. Tourists visiting during the summer will be able to see fireworks on a daily basis. It includes a boat ride similar to Disneyland's It's a Small Worldin which Cinnamorroll leads riders to a party being held by Hello Kitty, passing through the homes of several Sanrio characters, including Keroppi's pond and Badtz Maru's cave. Visitors can also tour Kitty's house which includes Renaissance style portraits of her family, fancy furniture and a bath-tub shaped like her face, and displays of her purses and jewelry. Her computer and television are also in her head shape. There are three live theaters and one film theater. It also includes attraction areas themed to candy, ice cream, bread, juice, and chocolate factories.

Le Moulin du Roc, France

Now most people stay at a hotel and then go see other places but this is one hotel that I want to see and stay at!

This charming French country side hotel – Le Moulin du Roc, built on the site of a seventeenth century stone mill, has some marvelous gardens, pathways, footbridges, and romantic staircases, which seem like something taken out of a fairy tale. They’re so beautiful that they don’t seem real, and yet they are, and a good thing too, as they are one of the most important and attractive features of this hotel. It is located on the banks of the Dronne River, in Dordogne, France.

The pool, surrounded by beautiful gardens and lavender flowers, looks very refreshing and tempting.

But it’s not only its exterior that’s idyllic, since in its interior we find 15 bedrooms where we see a very classic and romantic décor, something that takes us back in time to past eras where carved wood, lace, wallpaper, and thick picture frames were the norm in décor. Added to this, we can find wonderful natural stone walls and thick exposed ceiling beams traversing the entire space, giving it a magical and charming touch.

Castle Hill, New Zealand

Called Castle Hill, the area is a high country station – a station is a large farm area dedicated to the grazing of sheep and cattle – in New Zealand’s South Island. Looking like the ruins of a castle, and hence the name, the hill is a popular climbing and bouldering spot for New Zealand’s rock climbers.

In 2002 the Dalai Lama visited the south island of New Zealand. Apparently he didn’t like the energy in the nearby town of Christchurch (whose church is made from rock quarried from the boulders) and he was taken to the boulder field. He was so taken by the landscape, and his spiritual experience there he named the area a “Spiritual Center of the Universe”.

The area got some world exposure when nearby Flock Hill station was used for the filming of the climactic battle scenes of the 2005 movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Mrs. Chippy Monument, New Zealand

Ok I am a cat lover and just to amuse my brother I had to put one thing in here that involved a cat!

Early polar exploration was a lonely business where sailors would be stuck on their ships for months, subsisting on barely edible rations among some of the world’s most inhospitable climates. However the Shackleton expedition was made just a bit brighter by the presence of the ship’s cat, Mrs. Chippy.

Harry McNeish was a carpenter on Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition to Antarctica, as well as a member of the long journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia to look for help and rescue for the rest of the expedition members. He was also known as the caretaker of Mrs. Chippy, the cat that accompanied the men until the Endurance became trapped in pack ice.  

To honor the brave kitty, the New Zealand Antarctic Society added a bronze statue of Mrs. Chippy to McNeish’s grave in 2004, seen as she would usually lounge on his bed onboard the ship.

Now this is just a starters list! There were so many suggestions that were given to me and I still have to research them all to really see if it is somewhere I would like! Not to diminish them but we all have our own favorite cups of tea!

 

Now all of you go forth and get thee to a travel agent and book thee a trip! While you are at it buy a ticket for me too!!!