This guest post comes from BLDG 25 Blog contributor FP Naomi.
An acknowledged wanderluster who itches for travel at every turn, I’ve been building my road trip bucket list for some time now. Scratched in pencil, deep in a notebook, a few particular journeys top the list. With so many dream-like destinations, it’s been a task to narrow down. Traveling by car is a special kind of journey, and the places you choose to do so should be well-selected.
Let me take you through a couple of the journeys I plan to conquer. The things I dream of seeing from the open road, the stories I plan to relive…
Amsterdam –> Naaldwijk
Miles and miles of flowers, where beauty punches you in the face. That’s how I envision a trip along the Bloeman route. The journey from Amsterdam, south, takes you through the famous flower farms of the Netherlands. You think of the Dutch, and tulips flood your brain. But much more than that blooms here. Crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, dahlias, lilies…every color of nature takes over. It’s a flat scene, allowing the view to stretch on for days. Windmills jut out at varying points, and small historic towns sprinkle themselves along the way. Whispering mentions of farmers with stands on the road, who will decorate your car with whatever flower is currently in bloom, have been heard. If you’d like, you can stop at renowned gardens such as Keukenhof and the Botanical Garden in Lieden. For sheer gluttony of beauty, this road trip tops my list.
Portland –> Seattle –> Vancouver
The northwest has always called to me, but I’ve yet to venture through its expanses. I envision a land of snow-capped mountains and age-old pine trees grazing the clouds. The sun sets both in the sky and in reflective water that lines the valleys. Nightfall brings crispness, and the morning welcomes you with thick billows of fog. You can stop at Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, or the Vancouver Rockies to experience the picturesque scenes. Amidst the beauty and outdoor opportunities are these progressive cities that people have gathered in to create distinct cultures. Each has a laid back air that I must experience. I imagine going there and never feeling rushed. With wineries and breweries lining the route, you can stop and leisurely enjoy a craft drink. All the while, if you ever think back to something stressful, you can just stare out over jaw-dropping landscapes that fill you with calm.
Munich –> Florence
This stretch of road makes the charts for very personal reasons. It so happens that my father did this journey before meeting my mother for the very first time. He was making the voyage with a mutual friend, and she (not having known) mapped out the route for them. He and his friend sped from Munich, through the Brenner Pass, into Italy’s German region, and down to Florence.
He was heading to find the love of his life. I think of him young, confused in life, and ignorant to the fact that everything was about to change. This particular stretch of the Alps, known as the Dolomites, is famous for its pink glow at sunset. The route also happens to meander through Verona, home to Romeo & Juliet. I can’t help but think, how appropriate? Surrounded by pink, the color of love, and driving through the most romantic city in the world — on his way to meet his wife. Perhaps the journey can change my life just as significantly.
Now your turn. What nooks and crannies of the world are you going to fit into your lifetime? Or even better – where have you been that everyone else should fit into theirs? We all want to hear!
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