Thursday, October 4, 2012


Friday Daydreamin': My Top 3 Travel Memories

Happy Friday friends! Time for Friday Daydreamin'! My favorite day of the week as I get to armchair vacation through all of your lovely photos!!

Recently, I was tagged in a fun Blogger Relay - My Top 3 Travel Memories - by Leigh over at Budget Traveler's Sandbox.  We are on the Blue team for the relay - Woo Hoo!

As much as I have enjoyed traveling all my life, I didn't really focus on it as much as I have in the past decade.  And to narrow down my top 3 was difficult.  I have seen some pretty exquisite stuff and had many a moment of awe as I looked at something historical.  However, I went with my Top 3 Travel Moments that impacted me the most, that choked me up, and that will stay with me for a lifetime.
1. Rome - Sistine Chapel -  In 2007, my husband & I traveled to Italy.  We saw so many incredible things on that trip - the Leaning Tower of Pisa, David, the Colosseum.... But the ONE thing that made that trip even more incredible was our private tour of the Sistine Chapel.  It has to be one of the most beautiful sites in the world.  Knowing the painstaking work that Michelangelo underwent to create that masterpiece (I know my history) made it even more special. 
2. Magic Kingdom - Wishes -  In 2005, my husband & I took our then 4 year old daughter to the big DW.  It was a whirlwind trip and the first of it's kind.  We had no idea what to expect - the lines,  the crowds, the excitement, the fun.  We basked in her perpetual glow, thrilled to have made her so happy to have taken her to Disney World.  The last evening, as she sat on my husband's shoulders watching (in my opinion) the best fireworks show, Wishes, she was so very happy.  We were so very happy - and I was overcome with happiness at being a mom.  A simple moment, but a memorable one nonetheless.
3. London - Abbey Road - I love England and we had a fantastic week there in 2008.  We saw so much history while we were there from Churchill's Bunker to the Tower of London.  We saw pomp & circumstance with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace....twice.  We shopped at Harrod's and watched World Cup soccer at a pub.  We had a ball. But the one moment that we will always remember - walking across Abbey Road, made famous by the Beatles' Album cover of the same name.  I am a HUGE Beatles fan, so I made my hubby take the Tube to Abbey Rd.  And it just so happened, four of us, all strangers, walked across the road at the perfect time to take this shot.  Not quite a duplicate of the album, but it was fun!!

This was way too much fun!!  I am passing the baton over to Lisa from Gone with the Family!

In the meantime, link up your Friday Daydreams here - post a favorite vacation picture and link up your post below.  Spend some time visiting the links and enjoy some fantastic vacation locals along the way.

Hungry for more travel photo adventures? Please visit Travel Photo Thursday from Budget Travelers Sandbox and Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


Mary {The World Is A Book} said...

Beautiful Top 3 Travel memories, Becca! I've always admired that Sistine chapel picture you took. Italy, London and WDW are surely memorable places. I love the smiles the two of you have on that Dumbo picture. Way cool Abbey Road pix!

Lisa said...

Those are some great travel memories and I LOVE that Abbey Road pic!! I'm going to have to do some thinking to come up with my top 3 - thanks for thinking of me! :)

Jessica said...

I love how happy you look in that last picture!

Audrey | That Backpacker said...

I haven't made it to Italy yet, but the Sistine Chapel is high on my list. I really enjoy art and architecture when I travel, and this is one masterpiece I can't wait to see for myself! ;)

Cathy Sweeney said...

It really is tough coming up with a top 3 favorites list, isn't it? I had the same problem. But your selections are very cool! You know, I've never been to Abbey Road, even though I've been London several time & like the Beatles! Time to change that!

Michele @ Malaysian Meanders said...

How do you score a private tour of the Sistine Chapel? That sounds so incredibly interesting. No wonder it's a top pick!

Steve said...

Yeah, private tour of the Sistine Chapel probably better rank #1, but my favorite is your Abbey Road pic. I'm guessing nobody who doesn't absolutely have to drives down that road. It must be an absolute pain to have to wait for massive amounts of pedestrians to cross, four at a time.

Tonya said...

I loved reading about your favorite travel memories. What a difficult task to narrow your list of favorites to three! Wow, I commend you.

I grew up listening to the Beatles. My dad was a huge fan and last week I caught my 19 year old teaching the Yellow Submarine to some guests at our home. My daughter and I are going to try to visit the Strawberry Fields in Central Park next week. Not sure if we'll fit it in, but its on the list.

Michael Figueiredo (StruxTravel) said...

What great memories! I remember when I saw the Sistine Chapel. They were just finishing up the huge restoration when I was there. I couldn't believe how huge (and colorful) it was!

Nancie said...

Great memories Becca. I visited the Sistine Chapel just after it was restored in 1995, and loved it! Thanks for joining the Blue Team.

nomadic translator said...

like you, I thoroughly enjoyed the Sistine Chapel and Rome. I didn't have as much fun in England… Maybe because I was and there'll during the World Cup nor did I see many of the historical sites ;)

and Disney World… Of course Disney World is such a happy place! :D I still remember my first visit like it was yesterday. I was 8 years old, and so so so ecstatic :) just like your little kid.

These shots made me smile and I could see the happiness through your writing and the shots themselves. Thanks for the good vibes! I needed that today

- Maria Alexandra