Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably got a serious case of the travel bug. I know I do!
When I travel I try my best not to visit the same place twice (variety is the spice of life, amiright?) but I have to admit, there are some places that emit that certain charm that just keep me wanting to come back for more. So here it is; the 3 cities I wouldn’t hesitate to revisit if given the chance.
Long before I started The Runaway Diaries I had the pleasure of visiting this fascinating city. Having studied Russian history in high school and being a shameless fan of the animated movie Anastasia, I couldn’t wait to see what St. Petersburg had to offer.
I expected St. Petersburg to be rich in history and culture but what I didn’t expect however, was the incredible beauty of the city. Now don’t get me wrong, like any city there are some parts that are, dare I say it, kinda ugly. I mean, communist buildings aren’t known for their beauty as they are their oppressive regimes, but for every non-descript grey concrete building, there’s an incredibly stunning one to feast your eyes on.
St. Petersburg has an abundance of palaces and decadent museums with walls lined of gold (seriously, gold). If you ever happen to find yourself in the city, do yourself a huge favour and check out The Hermitage Museum. Not only is it crazy beautiful but it’s also fascinating (and this is coming from someone who isn’t a huge fan of museums). The artwork is gorgeous but in my opinion it pales in comparison to the beauty of the museum itself; it’s one you can’t miss.
The Church of the Saviour on Blood is equally, if not more, impressive than the Hermitage (though they’re so different, it’s difficult to compare!). The interior of the church is made entirely of detailed mosaic. I know that this might not exactly sound exciting but I was lost for words when I visited the church (and let me tell you, it’s not often I’m rendered speechless).
I could go on and on about St. Petersburg and all the things to see and do there but this much I know is true; two days in this incredible city just wasn’t enough and I left hungry to see more of Russia. You can read my two day St. Petersburg guide here!
New York City
This may come as no surprise to many but for those of you who have been lucky enough to visit NYC would probably agree that it has that certain something that makes you want to return again and again. Much like London (my current home), you could live here for years yet still never run out of things to do!
If you ever find yourself in the Big Apple, make sure you allow yourself enough time to do all the touristy stuff (if that’s your thing) but also enough time to wander around and breath in that polluted air, ha.
Nothing beats seeing the panoramic views of New York City from the top of the Rock (Rockefeller) and spending the day in central park. Yep, it’s seriously that big you could easily spend the day there. Also don’t forget to take a stroll around Greenwich village, Chelsea, the Upper East Side and of course, make like Steve and Miranda from none other than Sex and The City and cross Brooklyn Bridge.
Funnily enough, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting NYC twice but I still feel like there are many to-dos that I’ve yet to strike off my list. New York, I have a feeling I’ll be coming back for more sooner rather than later.
I know, I know. This is a total cop out but in my defence, when I was wracking my brain to try and think of another city that I would love to visit again my mind kept wandering back to my home town. And for those of you who need clarification; I’m talking about Perth, Australia, not Perth, Scotland (although that probably went without saying!)
Although I’m incredibly biased, Perth is gorgeous. The Californian style weather is one of Perth’s strongest selling points and although we may have the odd rainy day, you can be almost certain that the sun will come out to play eventually.
Now let’s take a minute to talk about that coastline! When people used to say that Australia had the best beaches I would look at them incredulously and say ‘really?!’ but after having done my fair share of travelling I have to say with 100% certainty that Perth’s beaches are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. You simply can’t beat sitting on Cottesloe beach with a fish and chips in one hand, a cider in the other, watching the sun descend over the Indian Ocean.
If you ever happen to find yourself in the most isolated city in the world (true story), be sure to check out Fremantle. I like to think of Fremantle as Perth’s kooky cousin; it’s pretty, alternative and a little weird in the best way possible. There are some interesting characters wandering the streets of Fremantle as well as a great cafe and food scene. Some of my favourite places to visit are Bib and Tucker for an amazing brunch on the beachfront and Little Creatures Brewery for a pint and fabulous food any time of the day or night.
So there it is; 3 cities I’d return to in a heartbeat! I’d love to hear yours. Leave them in the comments below.