2008 Top Five - Favourite Places
I normally do a January review thingy, best bits etc but like Rob in Nick Hornby's High Fidelity
I've always been a bit of a top 5 kind of person. So this year that's what I'll do instead. Beginning a short mini-series of 2008 Chicago Addick
Top 5's I'll start with my Top 5 favourite places
:1) The Grand Canyon
A previous visit due to poor weather and visibility did not by any stretch of the imagination do this staggering monument justice and I am so glad I got another opportunity to go. The day at the Grand Canyon in May will long live in the memory and being allowed to co-pilot the little 7-seater Cessna back the 100 miles to Sedona airport was an absolute thrill, even though for the last 20 minutes I thought I was going to be sick. We were so lucky that just the two of us had booked the trip for that day, and I will be forever grateful to our superb guide and pilot (and flying instructor) Chris for allowing me the chance of a free lesson.
Grand Canyon2) Charleston, South Carolina
Many cities in America lack identity and history but not Charleston. It is a fabulous walking city steeped in tragic and magical history. Charleston played a significant role in what America is today, but sadly at one point in history the city was disfigured and scarred but it came back fighting like all good things do.
Charleston3) Sedona, Arizona
The wild west. Driving into Sedona is something else. At every turn there are huge mesa's of rocks so red they look like they are bleeding. Stop dreaming of Cowboys, Indians, vortexes, unimaginable sunsets and heavenly juicy pork ribs. Go to Sedona.
4) Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
The most famous and biggest beach in Bermuda, yet on a warm Sunday evening one christens the pink sands with their very own footprints. A stunning beach with large rocks at either end acting like craggy bookends. Pinch and remind myself that I now live here.
Horseshoe5) Park City, Utah
At 7,500 feet this old mining town woke up one morning and realised it sat below stunning snow-topped mountains. Now an artsy and cool centre for skiiers, hikers, hippies, actors and foodies.Park City