2013 has been a year filled with travel moments, of adventures and travel, spending time on the road, hiking and traveling by cars, in buses, by horse and carriage, trains, planes, boats and by chopper. I’ve been traveling locally and I’ve been traveling abroad – for longer and shorter trips.
This is my year, in 13 highly memorable moments of travel:
New York for my birthday in January
Celebrating my birthday in New York with the One and Only: staying at the Hotel Mondrian in the snow covered Soho in January, celebrating at the Four Seasons before after dinner drinks listening to jazz at Bemelman’s was a really memorable night out. This weekend spent in New York in the middle of winter was a cold one, but still a nice one with visits at great restaurants, like breakfast at Baltazar’s, lunch at Asiate and the Waverly Inn. Bringing home the flu, fever and ear infection was just part of the package.
Here are links to some recommended restaurants in New York:
Where to eat in New York and Where to eat in New York for first time visitors
New York blog posts for my Norwegian followers: Vinter i New York, a little something about that particular weekend.
Here’s more: Restauranttips New York, New York. Restauranttips for førstegangs besøkende, Trendy nostalgi i Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Nostalgia i New York, New York for førstegangsreisende and Et sikkert tegn på vår.
Weekend in London with parents
Spending a weekend in London with parents in March, all of us attending the Beatles show “Let it Be” at the Savoy Theatre. I really enjoyed this night out with true fans of the real Beatles of the 60s. Enjoying nice meals out, including a memorable celebration at the Apsley’s and going for walks in Kensington Gardens, window shopping and seeing some of the sights, like the Lichtenstein Exhibition at Tate Modern.
Here are some links to more blog posts about London for my Norwegian readers:
Luksus i en kopp te, På utflukt i storbyen London, Bokshopping i London, London. There’s nothing like Notting Hill På bar i London: 10 stilfulle hotellbarer, Beste frokost i London Se London fra oven Gode restauranter i London, Brixton – Londons karibiske bydel Hackney og Dalston – hipsternes London
By chopper to see the Grand Canyon
Seeing the Grand Canyon by chopper was a once in a lifetime moment! Spending a weekend in Las Vegas, made one of my best travel momens of my life. Not because of the gambling, but because the stay there made my dream to see the Grand Canyon come true. Going by chopper above this huge crater in the middle of desert, landing in the midst of it, standing there in this amazing natural scar of the earth made me fell small, insignificant and amazed by Mother Nature.
Here’s more for my Norwegian readers: Med helikopter til Grand Canyon
Hugging a redwood
Taking a hike in the woods of Muir Woods made me feel small and insignificant, too. The visit in the park was like taking a look at eternity. For these redwoods have been growing here for hundreds of years, growing taller by the year for 600 – 1200 years. Did you know: these trees may grow to be 175 meters tall and 2200 years old (!).
Here’s more for my Norwegian readers: Muir Woods. En opplevelse av evigheten.
A weekend in Paris with my niece
Spending a weekend of quality time with someone you care about is a hightlight in it’s own. This particular weekend was dedicated to my niece at fifteen, a student of the French language. Our plan was to see some of the sights, go shopping and just enjoy ourselves. Visiting the Louvre for the third time, I finally got to see the Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa up close. We visited Tour Eiffel, the Arc Triumph, Champs-Élysées and so much more. We enjoyed profiteroles, crêpes and macarons.
For my Norwegian readers: Livlige St. Germain, Parisernes franske bistro Spise i Paris: bistro, brasserie eller café? Kulturell vår i Paris Topp 15 severdigheter i Paris
Roadtripping Big Sur
A great day spent in rental car, driving through amazing nature, seeing condors, sea lions and elephant seals. Passing by spectacular cliffs, wild nature and beautiful beaches.
And more so: after a day with all these impressions, we stayed in Cambria whale watching at sunset.
Here’s more for my Norwegian readers: California. A Big Sur State of Mind Big Sur Highlights Roadtripping California
Visiting the Sultan’s Harem
Visiting the exotic city of Istanbul, where the West meets the East, where the food is great and the sights are various, spectacular and many. Almost the entire old city of Istanbul is listed on the Unesco World Heritage Site list. One of many highlights was seeing the Harem at the Tokapki Palace, where 300 women once lived to please one and the same man; the Sultan.
Here’s more Istanbul reads for my Norwegian readers:
Istanul. Der øst møter vest, Sightseeing i Istanbul, Restauranttips i Istanbul and Hamam. Tyrkisk bad i Istanbul.
Seeing the Holy Sights of Jerusalem
Arriving in the middle of the night, with no hotel room to rest in, we started sightseeing one early morning at Easter. Visiting the Holy City of three world religions and three major religious sites in one day, made this day one I will never forget.
Read more about sightseeing Jerusalem here: Holy Sights in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Here’s one for my Norwegian readers as well: Jerusalem. Det hellige land.
Visiting the most famous birth place in the world
Visiting Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity is something everyone visiting Israel ought to do.This is where one believes Jesus was born, and the sight of believers of Jesus Christ bending down to touch and kiss the spot of his birth is quite moving.
Read more about the visit here: The most famous birthplace in the world.
For my Norwegian readers, there’s more here: Betlehem. Verdens mest berømte fødested.
Driving through the West Bank
I never expected to be able to see the West Bank going to Israel. But going to Bethlehem on our way to Tel Aviv, we we did a tour of the Palestinian territory together with our Palestinian driver. And this was probably the most educating day of 2013, as we visited the Palestinian side of the separation wall, got to see the graffiti on the walls and witness how the Israeli settlements are expanding on Palestinian territory.
For my Norwegian readers, here’s more: Vestbreddens lange separasjonsmur and Grafitti and street art in Israel.
Spending Easter in Tel Aviv with friends
Tel Aviv, the New York of the Middle East, is a great city to visit. Situated next to the 4 000 year old town of Jaffa, and blessed with a stretch of beach, it attracts visitors on holiday. A city that never sleeps, Tel Aviv offers good restaurants and charming atmosphere.
Here’s more for my Norwegian readers:
Crossing Golden Gate Bridge by bike
Starting off in the foggy centre of San Fransisco, crossing the famous red bridge, and going even further down hill to Sausalito for lunch, was my number one experience visiting San Fransisco this summer. Sipping a glass of white in the sun at lunch at a nice restaurant by the bay, overlooking San Fransisco as the fog was disappearing at distance – unforgettable.
Read more about sightseeing in San Fransisco in Norwegian:
Robbie Williams in concert at the Wembley
Starting off the summer with last years Christmas present from Mr. R, was a great night spent in London with relatives. Enjoying Robbie Williams in concert at the Wembley, knowing that I’d be on the plane the next morning, off for three weeks of roadtripping California: a night to remember.
Here’s my thoughts on the concert in Norwegian: Robbie Williams. The Entertainer.
Hopefully there’s more adventures to come …
Now, these were 13 memories that comes to mind thinking back on my travels in 2013. Yet, there are so many more … You might have read about some of them here on Reiselykke. And now, a new year of travel, adventure and new experiences awaits. Starting the new year traveling, probably wishing the new year welcome with my feet in the sand and my eyes towards the ocean, making plans for 2014 with Mr. R. Who knows what the year of 2014 will bring?
I wish you a great new year, with good health for you and everyone dear to you – and hopefully your wishes, plans and dreams of travel and adventure will come true.