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Hey everyone  

Today I'm linking up with Rachel @ Just Peachy for Top 5 Tuesday: Vacations! Now, I don't know if it's just me - but I am beyond ready for spring/summer now - and with those seasons comes a vacation - yay!

To be perfectly honest I haven't really travelled as much as I would have like due to the fact that we have a villa in Spain so we spent practically every holiday there - which was awesome don't get me wrong but it didn't really satisfy my wanderlust much. So I'm going to be including some of my fave places that I've been to and some that are on my list to visit in the (hopefully near) future :)

1) Spain: This was the vacation spot of my childhood - literally every holiday was spent their; it now feels like home-from-home! I can't say how much I love this resort: for a start the weather is awesome (what more do you need, haha?!), the golf facilities are bar-none - seriously the best I have seen (the South course is my fave because the 18th hole is right in front of the Hotel Principe Felipe, but the North course definitely has the best views!) I love how self-contained it is, literally you don't need to go off site if you don't want to - the restaurants are all lovely (Casa Victor is my personal fave, we may or may not have ate at that restaurant 7/14 nights on one holiday!). I'd definitely recommend this destination to any golf/sport lovers or anyone who just wants to chill out in the sun in luxury for a while!
View of the resort
Ma trying to be artistic with her photo taking :P
View of one of the golf courses

The bf & I outside the hotel for New Year '09

2) Egypt: I went on a Nile Cruise in Egypt a couple of years ago and I ended up leaving with a mixed view :S I loved the actual cruise itself, the staff on the boat were all lovely and very accommodating  and the history side of the holiday was awesome - we toured so many temples and visited The Valley of the Kings (our Egyptologist guide was the best! - my fave moment of the trip was when we went on a little boat and Bob (the egyptologist) pulled me up to the edge to do the classic Titanic pose - hilarious (if a little scary!) but unfortunately Ma was in charge of the camera so all I have to remember the moment by is a picture of my feet!) and I am really interested in Egyptian history so the trip was amazing for me. Ma however was not so interested in the history side of things but she loved chilling on the boat in the sun. My only problems with this was that it was waaay too hot (note: don't go in July unless you want to melt!) and also every time we left the boat traders would just come up to you and start badgering you to buy things - I found it a little uncomfortable and intrusive if I'm honest. But overall, it was a really good 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip :)

First Day - what you can't see is the load of
people trying to hassle me into buying
stuff to the left - which is why I'm so tense haha
Egyptian night - hilarious!
3) Poland: I went to Poland with high school and it was such an interesting holiday; I'd never really thought of going to Poland for a vacation - I don't know why, but I'd definitely go back! The main focus of the trip was obviously to visit the concentration camps and learn more about the holocaust so that made the trip incredibly memorable and moving. I honestly didn't think that I'd be as affected as I was - it was definitely a life-changing experience and one I think everyone should take part in. We stayed in Krakow and did lots of classic tourist-y things; we visited a salt mine which was pretty awesome because there's an entire church made of salt that you can actually get married in (pretty awesome!). We also saw the Krakow dragon - this statue thing that we breathes fire. Krakow would definitely feature on my list of places to visit again - I'd like to go back and tour things on my own; you know, without the constraints of being in a school group. 

The streets of Krakow
The Krakow Dragon

4) New York: I've wanted to visit NY City for as long as I can remember. I just think that it's one of those places you have to visit in your lifetime; to window shop on Fifth Avenue, have a picnic in Central Park, sit on the steps of the Met with a takeout coffee (living out Gossip Girl haha), go to Grand Central,.....There's a million things I want to do when I eventually go to NYC!

5) Charleston: For some reason, last summer I got obsessed with the South - the places, the style, the music, just everything! Now it was hard decided whether to add Charleston or Louisville to this list but Charleston clinched in simply because of the architecture and landscape - it just looks perfect in every way! I'd love to go and visit Middleton Place, wander around the Kingstreet shopping district and chillax at Folly Beach :)

Have any of you been to Charleston or NYC - is it really as awesome as I think it is? Where's your fave vacation destination?
aHm xoxo