Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil Border

This place is one of great natural beauty and I have been told that it is a place that you would not want to miss seeing before you die which is why I have added it to my bucket list along with liking the lore behind it. The story goes that a god wanted to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, but Naipí was in love with a mortal man named Tarobá. In order to escape from the scorned god the couple planned to run away together and took a canoe down the river. When the god realized what they had done he cut the river in half and condemned the couple to eternally falling down the waterfalls he had created. It is rare to see a place of lure anymore and I feel myself drawn to places such as these because the stories are so interesting and usually tragic that to just be there would be amazing. From the pictures I have seen it is really a beautiful place to visit.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Machu Picchu, Peru

Often referred to as the Lost City Of The Incas, Machu Picchu is a piece of history that is also a very beautiful location in Peru. Building of the location began somewhere around 1400 AD which makes it RIDICULOUSLY old although it was believed to have been abandoned a century later during the Spanish Conquest. A lot of the buildings have been reconstructed to give tourists a general notion of the original structure of the buildings. The important thing about this site is that it was untouched by the Spanish conquest so the original designs were kept in tact and also it is one of the 'new' 7 wonders of the world. I would suggest visiting this location sometime between May and September as that is considered the 'Dry' season although I would still pack some rain boots and an umbrella as it can rain at any time. This location is threatened mainly by tourists and commercialism though the Government fights it at every turn from helicopter landing pads to hotels. Keeping this location the way it was before touched by modern civilization is part of its beauty and charm in my opinion. I would rather have to travel a few hours by car or bus to reach this location than to have the location ruined by a hotel put near it.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Unity, Maine

As my anniversary comes up in a few months I keep finding myself thinking about the place that my husband and I got married(the first picture is the view from the cabin on the lake in Unity where my husband and I spent our honeymoon). It is truly a place to get away from it all. The closest Walmart (or any modern restaurant chain) is over 30 minutes away, but if you are looking for somewhere to relax and take it easy this summer, this is the place for you. My husband's aunt owns a home there that she rents rooms out during the summer and everyone there knows everyone's name and everyone says hello to one another. It is one of those small towns that is great for rest and relaxation. The greatest part (for me) is that there is BARELY any phone signal out there so there will be no persistent work calls to interrupt the beauty of the area. I would suggest waiting to go there until after June because what they call the mud season causes a lot of bugs in that area until the end of June. But during the summer, fall, and winter that area is like something out a picture or a travel magazine without all of the tourists and crowding. It is a true hidden treasure and I would love to go back again and again!