Good Night World June 09, 2017 12:00

Wanderlust has me in its grip again. I go through phases when I feel like a flight risk and this is definitely one of those times.

Recently someone told me he’d had the best cherries he’s ever tasted in Italy and brought back some seeds with him to grow here. And that was that! 

First place to start is making a list. My list will always include Italy because it’s the most beautiful place in the world – I’m not biased or anything!

Here are some places on my “to visit” list and of course, joining my love of travel with my love of sleep, how to say goodnight when I get there!

 

Verona

This is one of my favourite cities in Verona and I’ll visit it whenever I can. The first time I went there I came in on the train and you enter the old city through massive archways. It feels like walking into a different time!

Of course there are restaurants galore to choose from and then the Arena which is similar to the Colosseum, just a bit smaller and better preserved. In addition, it’s still used as an entertainment venue.

I had dinner on the square and then popped over to watch a production of La Traviata. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I almost didn’t want to say goodnight.

How to say goodnight in Italian:

Buonanotte

 

Chocolate Hills

In the Bohol district in the Philippines and are a geological formation of around 1500 hills, although no one really knows how many there are.

They’re called the Chocolate Hills because in the dry season the grass on them turns brown, making them look like giant chocolate buttons scattered in the fields.

There are a few legends explaining the origins of the hills, but this was my favourite:

A giant named Arogo who was extremely powerful and youthful fell in love with Aloya, who was a simple mortal. Aloya's death caused Arogo much pain and misery, and in his sorrow he could not stop crying. When his tears dried, the Chocolate Hills were formed.

To get to the best viewpoint requires a hike of 200+ steps, after which you’ll be only too happy to say goodnight:

Saying goodnight in Cebuano:

Maayong Gabii

 

The Cotton Castle: Pumakkale

These unreal looking terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water with a very high mineral content from the hot springs.

People have bathed in them for thousands of years which is evident from the ruins of an ancient spa town, Hierapolis, at the top, and it’s still possible to bathe there today!

Saying goodnight in Turkish after swimming for the whole day:

Lyi Geceler 

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Located in Finnish Lapland, you can spend your day going on husky or reindeer safaris, snowmobiling and then warming up in the world’s largest smoke sauna which has a nearby ice hole for cooling off.

And after a day full of activities, you retire to your thermal glass igloo and lie in bed, hoping for the aurora borealis or Northern lights to appear. The lights are formed from fast-moving, electrically charged particles that emanate from the sun. These are driven towards the Poles by the Earth’s magnetic field and their varying colours are a result of the different gases in the upper atmosphere.

Does it get more romantic than that? A display of lights from the sun to the poles. Sigh.

Finnish goodnight:

Hyvää Yötä

 

Rovinj

I love quaint old towns and Rovinj in Croatia is made up of Venetian-era pastel coloured houses built around a pretty fishing harbour and overlooked by a hilltop church. South of the old town, Zlatni Rt park is planted with pines and cypresses, and criss-crossed by pathways leading to a series of pebble coves where you can swim. Apparently the food is quite good as well.

Spend the day on the beach, wander the streets and have a great dinner.

Saying good night in Croatian:

Laku Noć