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10 Places For 2021: My Wish List

Does what it says on the tin, really. I’m hoping most of this will go from wish list to concrete plans at some point in the year. Dream now, travel later.

10 places I’d like to go in 2021. Some are local, some overseas. I live in hope. Some are re-visits of places I didn’t get enough of and some are new -to -me destinations, or places I never made it to as last year unfolded. Without further ado…

Berlin

I love Berlin and I’m never quite done with her. A return visit is a must. I’ve heard good things about virtual reality attraction Timeride that takes visitors back to the city of the 1980’s. I’ve never yet made it to the Treptower park depsite having it on the list every visit, and the kids tell me there’s an edible cookie dough cafe opened up in their favourite Berlin neighbourhood. Who could resist?

Berlin Views

Vienna

Vienna was planned for Easter 2020. Pandemic happened, we made a decision to postpone. Little did I know quite how long it would be postponed for. Visiting Vienna was inspired by TV series Vienna Blood, where the city itself is character as much as the human cast. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch. Hopefully we’ll get there this year and avoid murder and mayhem in favour of historic coffee houses, pretty streets and a spot of widow shopping at Lena Hoschek. Mr THL hasn’t actually agreed to that last one, but he’ll come along quietly I’m sure.

London

Posted to Wiltshire, I was excited about having London within day trip distance. Thanks to current events, I’ve only made it into the city once to visit the iconic Liberty department store. But that was enough to whet the appetite. From the underground train ride at the Postal Museum to the heady heights of the Sky Garden, I can’t wait to go exploring. Maybe even a theatre trip, if that isn’t too much to hope for?

Things Helen Loves, exterior of Liberty London
Lovely Liberty

Champing

We went Champing last Summer, and loved it. So much so, we’d like to do it all again. And with loads of historic churches to choose from, it’s just a case of which one next. Might be daring and let the kids pick?

Actually not that daring. I’ll create a shortlist and let them have the final pick. Not that there’s a bad choice to be had. Go and visit the lovely folk at Champing.co.uk, you’ll see what I mean. Finish reading this first though, please.

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Church plus camping, Champing.

Ypres

To see the Mennin Gate war memorial, to explore Flanders Field Museum and to attend the Last Post Ceremony. And more importantly, to give the next generation the opportunity to do those things. I went on a school trip to France and Belgium in the last year of high school and it sparked in me a great love of history.

Lest We Forget.

Scottish Road Trip

Despite a year posted in Scotland and despite squeezing in a whistle -stop trip from Edinburgh to Orkney, we just didn’t see enough of the place. I’d love to do a coastal road trip, and maybe spin out to some of the islands. I love reading Annabel’s posts over at The Glasgow Gallivanter, for lots of Scottish seaside inspiration . I’d also love to get back to Glasgow (return visit) and to Aberdeen (first time visit). A posting to the top end of Scotland is never off the cards, a visit would be nice for now but who’s to say where the future will land us?

Things Helen loves, houses with wooden steps to the beach in North Berwick
Scottish Seaside Views in North Berwick.

Welsh Train Trip

Good food and beautiful scenery onboard a train named Gerald. What more could you ask? The ‘Gerald of Wales’ service runs from Cardiff to Holyhead. Business class tickets include food and drink service with meals prepared by the on- board chef. A journey for the Summer months of long, light days to make the most of the views. Since the service ends in Holyhead, you could rail-and-sail and pop over to Dublin *shuffles off to look at ferries*

San Sebastian, Spain

I love beaches, food, graveyards and walking. San Sebastian ticks all the boxes. A coastal city famous for its stunning beaches, home to its own cheesecake, keeper of an intriguing history. Walks galore through and around the city and it even has it’s own legendary location in the form of The English Cemetery. The hillside cemetery is said to be the final resting place of British soldiers who died in the Carlist Wars of the 1830s.

San Sebastian, the perfect adventure.

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San Sebastian Cheesecake (Image via Pinterest)

Kent

A re-visit, we spent a few days in Kent last Summer and just didn’t stay long enough. Beaches, marsh villages, seaside towns, castles, literary links…there’s lots going on. The thing about Kent that most captured me is the fact that it’s bursting at the seams with stories. From rebellious medieval maidens to WW2 heroes , the Garden of England has lots of tales to tell.

Things Helen Loves image of Old Lighthouse Dungeness
A lighthouse in a desert in Kent, but so much more to discover…

Oh, it’s also prime English wine country. Mr THL isn’t a wine lover so he can drive and I’ll sample. How’s that for teamwork?

Guben-Gubin

The Polish-German town of Guben-Gubin is fascinating. Cut in half by the river Neisse, one half is German and the other Polish. Divided by a river, linked by a bridge. The town is now embracing its unique set up and branding itself as ‘Two Town Halls, One Euro Town’. I’d love to see how it works and how different either side is…or isn’t.

Guben/Gubin is also home to the Plastinarium, the place where the processing of exhibits for the Body Worlds is explained and demonstrated. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but having visited Body Worlds in Berlin, I’d like a peek behind the scenes.

Things Helen Loves, Menschen Museum Exhibit
Menschen Museum, Berlin. Part of the Body Worlds exhibition.

A pretty humble list, but realistic given that we’ll probably only have nine months of the year to work with if we’re lucky. The 2020/21 situation has made me appreciate the idea of any adventure, no matter how small.

I also want to make it clear before I sign off that I’m not encouraging anyone to rush into travel. We must wait until it is safe and reasonable to do so. I also know some people have faced real hardship and loss and I don’t make light of that in any way.

But we need hope and to look forward. The travel industry will we recover if we can stay excited and motivated, look towards the day we can travel. We’ll all get through this together if we can be supportive through the rough days and help each keep sight of the brighter days. Let me know what’s on your list, and if you’ve been anywhere on mine please do drop a link below.

Helen x

22 thoughts on “10 Places For 2021: My Wish List

  1. We all need something to look forward to and it’s an eminently doable list particularly since you’re in Wiltshire. My two faves are San Sebastian – there’s loads of posts about it on my blog – and Berlin.

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    1. Oh I’ll look up your San Sebastian post, I’m hoping we can do that one sooner rather than later. The idea of sitting somewhere warm with good food and a long drink is very seductive at the moment.

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    1. I try to be positive, although the last few months have tested me. Quite a few days have ended with gin and chocolate. Every day a fresh start though!

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  2. Vienna is beautiful Helen, I’d like to return as we just spent a day there from Bratislava. I’m quietly confident travel borders will re-open in the coming months and with the pent up desire to travel, hopefully airlines, hotels and attractions will soon bounce back. Hope your week progresses well.

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    1. Oh I do hope so, I just hope some of the smaller hotels and attractions can hang on in there long enough. The apartment we’d booked in Vienna has been great about giving us credit to make a new booking when we can so I’m hopeful. Have a good week.

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  3. I’ll come along to any of those places as they tick all of my boxes. I’ve been wanting to go to the Sky Garden since it opened (actually, I want to eat there as well but so far haven’t found anyone who wants to splurge out like that and if the prices go up any more now I doubt if I will want to either). Don’t forget either, that San Sebastian is the foodie capital of northern Spain – if not the whole of Spain, so you’re in for a treat if you like your food, especially seafood.

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    1. I do like my food, especially sweet things. My waist line is starting to tell tales on me but I don’t think this is the time to diet. Haven’t we all given up enough? I hope you make it to the Sky Garden , maybe just a coffee if the prices are silly!

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  4. I once worked in Liberty’s! Just a couple of weeks, as I recall. I wasn’t terribly employable in those days. Some things never change 🙂 🙂 But I would happily accompany you to Sky Garden. Better yet, San Sebastian. That’s arguably closer to me. And Champing sounds like fun. Why haven’t I heard of this? I hope some of them come true for you, Helen.

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  5. You have quite a list. I find that the planning and research is as enjoyable as the excursion. Have fun dreaming and we’ll look forward to future posts!

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    1. Day dreams are keeping me content until we can actually travel again. Hopefully it will be soon. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment 😊

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  6. What a great list; practical and realistic. A couple of years ago, India would have been top of my travel list but now I can’t wait to go to Brighton and London, let alone France. You have inspired me to produce my own list which may well become a blog post, as long as you don’t mine me ‘copying’ you! I would credit you, of course!

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    1. Go for it, I love reading other people’s lists. I feel the same, that list this time last of year would have been more extravagant. Now I just feel a greater sense of gratitude for any travel at all, and for all the places closer to home.

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  7. What a great list! I really hope you will visit at least half of these wonderful places!
    Berlin is always a very good idea! I am living here already 3,5 years and have found such amazing and tourist-unknown places! If you need more info, tips and want to learn about a few of Berlin’s hidden gems, take a look in my travel guide and feel free to write me, if you ever have a question! 🙂

    https://mysmalltravelguide.com/
    by Sandra Ans ♥

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