5 travelling Kiwis and 5 of their favourite places to travel to
5 Kiwis walk into a blog post, there’s the one with love of exotic Morocco, the one who loves the sunshine of Portugal, the one that’s not sure the cause of her love for Japan, the Asia explorer and the African wildlife lover.
What better way to end a month of kiwifootprint celebrations than to gather 5 Kiwi’s and ask them where their favourite place is that their footprints have taken them? Today’s post is brought to you with the help of Tania, Nicole, Jessi and Emma. I hope you are as inspired as I am by these fantastic places!
A favourite place to travel to: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kiwi footprints made by: Nicole Bass
Blogging at: www.alifelessbeige.com
Friendly locals and the combination of culture, history and ancient architecture makes Siem Reap one of my favourite places to travel to. Even being Cambodia’s main tourist hub, it surprisingly manages to still have a sleepy charm. You can watch the sunrise over the impressive and iconic Angkor Wat, or see local monks wander amongst the twisted Banyon tree roots that have taken over many of the ruins that remain from once magnificent temples. Each temple is beautiful and unique with its size and detailing. After spending the days sightseeing by tuk-tuk, the famous Pub Street entertains tourists at night with its many bars and restaurants. You can also choose to watch graceful Apsara dancers, relax with a local massage, or for the non-ticklish, enjoy a famous fish massage.
A favourite place to travel to: Japan
Kiwi footprints made by: Emma Creese
Blogging at: www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.com
A few years ago we were lucky enough explore Japan for 10 days. Whilst there we managed to to travel on the beautiful bullet trains to see Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara & Hiroshima. Staying with friends and we were lucky enough to experience a Japanese New Year, a(nother) Christmas Day with expat friends, see Mount Fuji, try real Sushi, wander through mystical Bhuddist temples, meet Harijuku boys and Geisha girls, and eat piped hot food from Vending Machines. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was that I fell in love with, but everyone one we know has fallen for they mystical charms of the Japanese Isles and we can’t wait to return.
A favourite place to travel to: Morocco
Kiwi footprints made by: Tania Bearsley
Blogging at: 3KiwisInLondon
We visited Morocco with our 15 year old. Losing ourselves in the headiness of Marrakesh Souq lanes of leather, silver and pottery. Drove over the High Atlas Mountains, intrigued by the nomadic Berber tents. Visited Aït Benhaddou, one of the most exotic and best-preserved Kasbah’s in the entire Atlas region. Stayed at a Riad on an orange grove. Celebrated New Year in a Berber tent resplendent in regal green and red adorned with Moroccan lamps and carpets, dined on couscous and tagine, dancing the night away to a Berber band. Fell in love with Essaouria, a coastal town steeped in history. Haggled for carpets, visited argan oil collectives, saffron farms, saw goats in trees, heard Arabic, Berber and French spoken around us. A journey which we still all speak about 5 years on – a time of exploration and experience, in an exotic land.
A favourite place to travel to: Lisbon, Portugal
Kiwi footprints made by: Jessica Phillips
Blogging at: www.twofeet-oneworld.com
One of my main motivations in flying the coop from Kiwiland to London last year was to squeeze in lots of travel, and my long weekend in Lisbon has been one of my favourite trips so far. I loved the city’s variety, from panoramic views of the city atop Castelo San Jorge to visiting the beachside suburbs of Cascais and Belém to dip my toes in the chilly Atlantic and munch on the national delicacy of pastéis de nata. My favourite outing was to the Alfama, the village-like part of Lisbon where colourful washing hung between tiled buildings above elderly men chatting in the sunshine. I loved how Lisbon was compact enough that I could get a great sense of it in just four days, but so rich in history and culture that there’s plenty more I could explore next time I’m there.
A favourite place to travel to: Kenya, Africa
Kiwi footprints made by: Ngaire Ackerley (yes I had to put my own two cents worth in!)
Blogging at: http://kiwifootprints.com
Photography portfolio at: http://designack.com
Lions, Rhino, Water Buffalo, Leopards, Giraffes, Zebra, Baboons and so much more is what makes Kenya one of my favourite places to travel to. It’s hard to define between all the African countries, but Kenya holds a special place in my heart. Lake Nakuru National Park was the most incredible spot for wildlife watching and catching a glimpse of the ‘Big 5’. The landscapes are beautiful with places like ‘Baboon Cliff’ that overlooks the entire national park and lake. Animals roam free and happy in the peace and quiet. For anyone considering Africa, I can’t recommend Kenya and the other East African countries enough.
Thank you all for participating in my celebrations of kiwifootprints.com turning 1 this month! I hope you all enjoyed the blog posts and ‘Photo of the Day”s. What were your favourites?