1. Kyoto, Japan
For the first spot I have to pick Kyoto, not because it is one of the most beautiful cities (because it is not), but rather because it is so unique. I have lived in South Korea for almost a year now and I have never seen temples or palaces like ones I saw in Kyoto. They are just so different and cool! You also cannot forget the Geisha's, Japanese Puppet Shows, Castles, Samurai, Hot Springs, Ninjas and more. No other country on Earth has all of these things!
2. The Austrian Alps
The alps are just beautiful - probably the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen. This summer, I took a day to drive through the Western Austrian Alps and I was blown away. It looked as though each mountain could have been a picture on a postcard which makes me envious of the people that live there. Or, perhaps I figured out where I want to end up for retirement...
3. Laax, Switzerland
I had always wanted to go to Switzerland. Every time I flew over the country, I would look down on the mountains and think about how I wanted to travel there. So, when I finally made it out there to ski last winter, I felt like a kid in Disney World. I know it sounds a little cheesy, but I had the biggest smile on my face. Everything there seemed so pure and untouched. I felt like I was in a place where they had filmed movies. It was absolutely gorgeous. I guess if the Austrian Alps do not work out, I could just cross over the border and live out the rest of my retirement days skiing and hiking in Switzerland. I just need to make a lot of money first....
4. Washington D.C.
Always fascinated by foreign countries and cultures, I have tended to neglect my own homeland capital. The Eiffel Tower always seemed more alluring than the Washington Monument, as did the Coliseum and Big Ben. So, I opted for the passport stamping travels instead of making that seven hour drive to visit D.C. However, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The entire city is just cute. There are no tall skyscrapers hovering from above and the buildings are reminiscent of European influence. This big city gives you a comfortable small town feel, and I really loved that.
5. Munich, Germany
It is really hard to give one specific reason why I like Munich. Unlike most, it isn't that I went during Oktoberfest and fell in love with the craziness and German beer; I was actually in Munich during the winter and summer seasons - and I thought that both were great (although obviously the summer is the best). One thing that I really like about Munich is that it is a really pretty city. I am always a sucker for cities that are cute, and like Washington D.C., it is a big city that still gives you a small village type of feel. Also, there are tons of activities you can do around the city like: beer gardens, surfing in the Isar River, hanging out in the parks, eating lots of sausage, biking around the city, taking day trips to the Alps, going to the Bavarian festivals, visiting the museums, learning about the history, visiting the castles, places, ect ect!! Maybe now you have an idea of why this city is so great. But, like most Germans say, you really have to be there to get it.