I love water. All kinds. Sea, ocean, lake, river or pool, looking at water gives me energy. The still surface makes me feel calm, the running course makes me feel dynamic. The colors and reflections inspire me. The magic of the places leaves me a desire to go back.
Five random places, all of them connected to water, where I would like to go back.
Fjords of Norway – Paradise
Even though I am a sea lover, my paradise is not a beach. But there is water, of course. My paradise are the fjords of Norway.
Geiranger was the first fjord to leave me a breath taking impression. We took a boat that left us in the middle of the fjord, at sea level. We hiked for a couple of hours non-stop, until we reached the top, where we took a break to rest and admire the landscape. Waw. The other side of the fjord was deep green, with some thin waterfalls, and the water was deep blue. It was majestic.
I have been back to Norway, I have visited other fjords, both in summer and winter, and I would go back again and again. I am addicted to this wonderful combination of mountains and sea, deep forests and charming villages, colors and reflections.
Iguazú Falls – Power
Have you ever felt like a small ant in front of the power of nature? Iguazú Falls made me feel this way. The falls are on the border between Argentina (Iguazú) and Brazil (Iguaçu), and can be visited from both sides of the river. We decided to go to the Argentinean side, because we heard it is larger and has better sightseeing.
There are several trails that allow to see the waterfalls from above and from below. It is a wonderful, breathtaking, amazing natural site. It is tropical. It is well indicated. It is surrounded by deep forest. And the best of it is Devil’s Throat (Garganta de Diablo), the most impressive fall, where the power of nature shows up as a spectacular combination of water, movement, sound and wind.
Tal Mahal – Beauty
Usually I do not feel very impressed in front of monuments, but Taj Mahal is pure beauty. The mausoleum constructed by emperor Shah Jahan in honor to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, is built with white marble and combines elements from Persian and Indian architecture styles. It is difficult to describe with words how the colors and effect change during the day.
In the morning, it wakes up surrounded by fog, which gives it an unreal, magic atmosphere. The sun comes up and follows the channel placed in front of the monument, in which it is reflected. Time goes on, fog disappears and the Taj Mahal is reflected, with all its majesty, on the water of the channel.
Fint Oasis – Enchanted
We were told that Fint means ‘hidden’, and it is called like this because it is hidden in a valley (yes… there are oasis in the mountains!). Fint oasis is located in the Atlas mountains, in Morocco. We saw it for the first time from the hills, and from that point of view, it reminded me of the enchanted valley of the film ‘Land before time’.
It is a small paradise of water and palms, with a small village next to it. Days start early in the oasis, when women go to the communitarian ovens to bake the bread. They all work on the crop fields, either by collecting the dates from the palms, either by carrying the fruits back to the village with the donkeys. The habitants are very hospitable and can play amazing spontaneous music.
Barcelona – Home
Barcelona is the city where I was born and where I will always go back. I grew up there and abandoned her when I was 20, like a rebel teenager that wanted to see the world. Some years later, and after having travelled a lot, I have realized something: some relations get worse over time and distance, but instead of that, my relation with Barcelona has improved.
Now I see Barcelona with different eyes. I have learned to appreciate its architecture and its good public transport network. I like the hidden corners where there are no tourists. Specially, I love its closeness to the sea, the walks along the harbor, the sights of the boats. I miss it when I am not there and feel happy every time I go back.
Which are the places you have visited where you would like to go back? Do they have something in common?
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