5 Places We Want To See

 “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:19‬


If you’ve been following our blog for any time at all, you’ve probably seen that our favorite place to be on the planet is our home here in the Appalachian foothills.  But, one thing we love to do is travel.  I guess you can say we are wanderlusts at heart!  But it hasn’t always been that way…

When Butch and I married, I had only been to three states, and he had been to maybe six or seven. The opportunity to see the world was only a dream. In those days, the possibility of traveling beyond the borders of a few southeastern states was believed to only be attainable by the wealthy. This world is a big place, and I am so grateful for the privilege of placing our feet on five continents and forty one countries. Travel has expanded our horizons, helped us understand different cultures, and enabled us to get a glimpse of what others may face in their everyday living.

 We have been most fortunate to see as much as we have…with much, much more in God’s big world to see!  We have made a short list of five places that we still hope to travel and thought we would share those with you.  These photos have been pulled from my Pinterest board, 5 Continents (My Travels), but we hope to snap our own photos in these beautiful places soon!

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1. Australia

Who wouldn’t love a trip Down Under?  Specifically the Outback, Uluru (the famous sandstone monolith), the Great Barrier Reef (can be seen from outer space) and the largest city, Sydney!  G’day mate!




2. Vienna, Austria

Butch and I love music – so of course Vienna, the City of Music, is on our list!  With its imperial palaces, numerous museums, variety of architectural styles, and storied Viennese cafes, we hope to experience all of its old world charm!


3. New England in Autumn

Hopefully this fall, this dream will become a reality!  We hope to fly to Boston and rent a car then drive to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine to take in the gorgeous fall foliage!



4.  Normandy, France

We have been wanting to travel, for quite some time, to the region of Normandy for its historical importance (WWII beachheads), rolling countryside, bustling market towns, and of course, its fine cheeses, butter, brioches, and pastries!

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5. Budapest, Hungary*

Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest, Hungary rounds out our list. Seven bridges cross the Danube River in Budapest…meaning a river cruise on the Danube might be in our future plans! We have never taken a river cruise, so we would love to hear about your experiences!


What about you?  Do you have travel plans?
If you could choose anywhere on the map to travel, where would it be?

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  1. Antonella says:

    Ohh si cara Pam..adoro il New England in autunno..ma prima o poi riuscirò ad andarci!
    Grazie Pam per i tuoi bellissimi post che mi illuminano la giornata.

  2. 41 countries is just amazing Pam, such a great total!! Australia is on our wish list too, as is New England in the Fall – so keen to do that sometime. We’ve visited Vienna, it is just gorgeous and Normandy is wonderful too – we have a trip planned there in summer this year. We have so many places in your wonderful country that we want to see….. the list is ever growing!!

    • Pam Richardson says:

      Joy, I am sorry I hit sent before I finished! You have so much experience traveling in Europe, I love reading your posts! The USA is a beautiful country. Most visitors only visit the large cities and miss out on the beauty of the country!

  3. Alice says:

    My husband and I took a river cruise on a Viking flat boat from Basil Switzerland to Amsterdam and it was wonderful. We were treated like kings and Queens and the food was outstanding. The chef was French, the food French, and the people on the cruise with us were the most fun ever. The portions of food were small, thank goodness, as it was very rich and filling. We visited all of the castles and old Towns along the way. We toured the famous chocolate factory and came out with boxes of chocolate for gifts. Our suite was fabulous also. We had fresh flowers and fruit placed in our suite every day. One day I sat on the balcony and drew scenes as we passed by. Lovely! Our daughter went with us and we all hated to leave the ship. When we disembarked we looked back and said we would love to do that again. You won’t be disappointed.

    • Pam Richardson says:

      Alice, thank you for giving us your review of Viking! It sounds fabulous! We have been on 4 European ocean cruises with Oceania and our experiences have been superb! We were told about Scenic River Cruises from a fellow traveler, but we don’t know anyone personally who has been. Your trip sounds perfect! Have a beautiful weekend!

  4. My husband and I have been on 3 Viking River cruises. Our very favorite was the Grand European which is a fifteen day cruise that goes from Budapest to Amsterdam.. The boat, staff, tours (well everything) were absolutely wonderful!!!! I loved Budapest and would recommend cruising the Danube (an eight day cruise) if you didn’t want to go on the Grand European.

    • Pam Richardson says:

      Anne Marie, thank you so much for your valuable information about Viking. I have done quite a bit of research on river cruise lines and they get great reviews. We have had wonderful experiences with Oceania European cruises and want the same level of river cruise! You have helped me so much and thanks for responding! Blessings, Pam

  5. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    All great selections Pam. I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing the fall foliage when I lived in Ny many years ago. Definitely worth it, as are your other selections.

    • Pam Richardson says:

      Thanks, Mary! Maybe, we can get to New England this coming fall! We love to travel but my husband and I have our elderly Dads that we see about and it has been a little harder to get away! We are blessed to still have them! Wishing you a lovely week!

  6. Jann Olson says:

    Pam, hubby and I love to travel as well. We have been to Austria and it was fabulous! Just visited New England last fall and oh boy it was gorgeous. Loved every minute of it! Our youngest daughter is in Australia working right now and we are thinking of going there this summer. We’ll see. If not, it’s on my list as well. I also want to go to France so badly! Our daughter also spent some time in Hungary and loved it. Isn’t it amazing the things you can see and learn traveling the world? Love it!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Everyday Living says:

      Jann, what a perfect opportunity to get to Australia! We have been to Paris and the South of France, both so lovely! We plan to visit New England this fall!

  7. What beautiful pictures of the places you want to visit. I would also love to travel to New England in the fall and that has been a dream for years. I saw a little of early fall one September but I want to see prime time.
    We’ve visited the beachheads in Normandy on a day trip from Paris but I’d like to see the entire area and do a little brocante shopping along the way.
    I love to travel but we don’t have any plans right now. I have many pictures of our last trip to France still yet to post.
    I finished my post on my Garden Club meeting yesterday finally.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Carol Cook says:

    What great choices – we did the fall leaves in New England in 2004 and it was a fabulous vacation.

    We each need 18 more states to see all 50, but not the same 18. We mostly have “in the middle” left and I’m not sure we will finish. And, we each picked 5 countries we want to see because we are realizing we won’t finish that list either. Again, we have each seen parts of Europe, but not the same. My top 3 left are Spain, Portugal and Italy.

    I hope to see posts of your next journey soon.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

    • Everyday Living says:

      Thanks, Carol! Traveling is so much fun! We have been to Italy 3 times and I could go every year! The older we get, we know we don’t have forever to make it to the wonderful places we want to visit!

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