Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going?
by Stacy on Jan 22, 2023
I’ve spent a lot of time at home these past few years, as many of you have as well. However, that is about to change. 2023 promises to be a big year of travel for us and I’d love to share with you some places I’ve been as well as take you along on all of my upcoming travels.
Where I’m Going
We’re heading to Paris and London at the end of this month and could not be more excited! We will be at L’Reserve in Paris, at the suggestion of a dear friend, and will stay at Claridges in London. About 15 years ago, Alberto and I met a guide that proved to be much more than just a tour guide. He will take you through the flea markets of Paris and to all the best local attractions for all the hidden gems and secret spots. On our first Sunday in Paris we cannot wait to reconnect with Riad and see what he has to show us this time around!
This year, we will also be traveling to a private island in Panama in February for a friend’s 60th birthday celebration. There, I plan to learn how to surf in the ocean! Currently, I know how to surf off the back of our surf boat in Montana, so I’m hoping it’s not too different (though I suspect it will be). We also plan to enjoy yoga and swimming near the white sandy beaches as well as lots of games and long meals with good friends.
Also this year, we will be visiting the South which we have not explored a lot of yet. We’re excited to be attending a friend’s wedding at the Montage Palmetto Bluff. During this trip, we will also be adding Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia as stops along the way, as well as a pitstop in Nashville for a few days to discover new music and culture.
Where I’ve Been (and loved!)
The tiniest island in Bali, Indonesia. Of all the Amans we have stayed in, this one holds a special place in our hearts. It’s small, private, and full of monkeys and little huts on the beach. It’s not too fancy and is perfect for us!
India, Ganges River passing through Varanasi
This trip is not for the faint of heart. We tacked it onto a long 18-day trip to India when our daughter was studying abroad, and I was not excited to extend this part of the trip at first. It was an extra flight, up early to catch the sunrise and going to bed late to see the burials and cremations that take place along the river. But, wow it was worth it! This spiritual and mystical part of the trip was one of my most treasured travels. I was mesmerized the entire time.
The rock formations in the hills of Utah are spectacular. A girl’s trip to celebrate a birthday was truly special. These precious rocks are located in the Slot canyons of Utah. The best part is that anyone can see them and walk through the beauty that is nature’s gift to the people. These canyons were formed over millions of years when water rushed through any kind of rock, but especially sandstone or limestone. It takes a very special combination of water and rock for a slot canyon to form, making them somewhat rare overall. The beauty is breathtaking!
Journaling is a trip down memory lane. Having saved notes on all my travels is a treat in reflecting on how lucky I am to have traveled to such rare and beautiful places. I can’t wait to share more with you in upcoming moments about the places I’ve been and the places I’m going!