Greetings, readers. This is a top ten list of cities I have visited in my 40+ years of life. When I was younger, my family and I traveled throughout the United States and the world. I was lucky enough to see many beautiful cities. Here are my top ten.
#10 Washington, D.C. Twenty or thirty years ago my mother, father, and I traveled to Washington, D.C. because my father had to give a lecture at Georgetown University. While Pop, as I called him, taught, Mom and I went to the museums, walked past the White House, and drove past the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Very, very, impressive.
#9 Amsterdam, Holland. Though it is a modern city now, my family and I didn’t have to travel very far to see those wonderful windmills. As an added bonus, we were there when the tulips were in full bloom.
#8 The Caribbean. Georgia, my wife at the time, and I took a wonderful ten-day cruise in 2005. We visited Labadee, Haiti; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios Jamaica; and Freeport, Bahamas.
#7 Waterville, Maine. This is the town that is prominent in my two books, and is the nearest big town to Bear Spring Camps, my wonderful vacation spot of 40 years.
#6 Gottlieben, Switzerland. The Drakensberg Castle, a wonderful castle hotel on the banks of the Rhine River, provided my family and me a wonderful vacation when I was a child.
#5 Los Angeles, California. I was there three times in my life so far. Twice to visit my Aunt Marilyn and once to visit my then mother-in-law. All three trips were wonderful.
#4 New York City, New York. Though I’ve never been there on New Year’s Eve – I want to be though at least once in my life – when I did visit the city, the sheer size and complexity made me take it in like a little boy looking at a lit-up Christmas tree. I was completely in awe. And yes, we did see the World Trade Center towers.
#3 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was born there but moved to my current locale when I was three years old. Only having visited it a handful of times, I just know its general layout. It is a beautiful small city.
#2 Amarillo, Texas. My wife at the time, Georgia, and I were traveling across country when her truck broke down in Amarillo. We spent a couple of nights there and were amazed of not only the beauty of the city but the hospitality of the people.
#1 Rome, Italy. I was lucky enough to visit it twice in my lifetime. The churches, the Coliseum, and the Vatican make a trip to Rome a truly once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend it.
Until tomorrow, when we put our third blog entry for the week up, have a great day, take care, and happy reading.