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10 Most Beautiful Place in the World to Wae Up In..

Another travel list from Lonely Planet in my inbox today. This time it is the 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World to Wake Up In. Tell me if they are yours or if they missed a few...


Even if you’re not a morning person, opening your eyes in a fresh destination is guaranteed to give an extra kick to your spirits. And when you’re surrounded by lotus ponds, mountain-filled horizons, a symphony of fountains, or views of minarets, the sound of the alarm clock is the sweetest thing you’ll ever hear. Here are some of the world’s loveliest wake-up calls.

1. Maui, USA

As if the murmuring waves, frolicking whales, waterfalls and jungles outside your door weren’t enough to get you throwing back the covers, Maui also serves up some of Hawaii’s best vistas. Try out sunrise over the volcanic crater at Haleakalā National Park or from the spectacular road to Hana.

2. İstanbul, Turkey

There are few things more magical than getting up on a rooftop before dawn to listen to this city wake. As the mournful cries of the muezzins issuing the call to prayer weave over one another and the sky lightens behind the minarets, you’ll be working up an appetite for a sumptuous Turkish breakfast to fuel your perfect İstanbul day.

3. Queensland, Australia

The top corner of Australia basks in 300 days of sunshine a year, so there’s a fine chance of being greeted by a stunning blue sky when you open your eyes. Continue the theme with a trip into the forest to look for glowingly blue butterflies or a snorkel in brilliant blue seas.

4. Paris, France

Waking with your beloved in this grand romantic film set of a city still just can’t be beat. And whatever time you drag yourself from those tangled sheets, Paris will be looking its best (hell, even the streetlamps are picture-perfect). What will you share for breakfast? A baguette or a brulée?

5. Big Sur, USA

You’ll sleep so well in these laidback parts that it’s easy to wake up smiling – and if you’re here in fog season, dawn can be one golden glow. Keep yourself smirking with a pastry from the Big Sur bakery (with hummingbird floor show!) or a saunter through the redwood forest.

6. Mendoza, Argentina

You might be waking up slow here after an evening sampling the famous wines of this sophisticated desert city. But with fountains in just about every plaza, chances are you’ll be surfacing to the soothing sound of burbling water. (Make sure to have a glass by your bed!)

7. Mumbai, India

This brash, breakneck city shows another face at dawn. With the sun rising in a rosy, hazy bubble over the sea, it’s time to head to Sassoon Docks to see a fishing scene virtually unchanged for centuries (just don’t get in the way of the fisherfolk!). Cap off your morning with a stroll through Colaba to see the pastel Art Deco buildings take the light, and a spicy chai on Arthur Bunder Road.

8. Hong Kong, China

Waking up in Hong Kong can be any kind of beautiful you want it to be. Like it pacy? Kick yourself out of bed to join the buzzing streets and track down something fishy and spicy for breakfast. Like it lyrical? Start slow with dawn tai chi and a tram to the top of Victoria Peak to take in the early morning views.

9. Rocky Mountains, USA

Heady alpine air, adventure sports, majestic peaks looming on the skyline – a week or two here and you’ll be so fizzing with health you’ll fairly spring from the pillow. Ever hear of a Rocky Mountain high? You’re about to wake up to one.

10. Bali, Indonesia

It’s a crowded little paradise, but it’s still possible to find your own special corner to watch the rising sun paint the rice paddies pink and lavender. And there’s nothing quite so sweet as spending the morning lushing around with a lover amongst the lotus flowers of the island’s upmarket spas and resorts.


All of these places sound great I would have to add sunrise over Mt. Fuji or Mt. Sinai...or dawn  in the Greek Isles (although I imagine sunset must be even better!) or perhaps a 'special' villa by Lake Como *cough* *cough*

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or perhaps a 'special' villa by Lake Como *cough* *cough*

*rolls eyes* I swear if we ever did see J-Mo's place I'd go up and knock on the door, say "Here take her.", hand you over, then boat away.

Edited at 2010-12-09 05:58 pm (UTC)
Omgs that J-Mo icon is soooo James Bond like!

Never get rid of you...what would I do without my bff?!?! It's just that wouldn't have to hear about the villa and Lake Como anymore...lol
MENDOZA, ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, I MUST get the Lonely Planet Guide to Argentina! I LOVE this series of travel books! In fact, the last time I was in Chapters (it was December 1st, the day I left for Europe) I remember a table full of Lonely Planet guides for sale cheap. They were probably last year's guides, but still...it's worth it. I can't remember how much they were, but the discount was pretty good.

I could definitely add Bilbao, Spain to that list. :)

I just want to go to Argentina, PERIOD. Everywhere in Argentina sounds beautiful...Buenos Aires and all its neighbourhoods,the lake distric, Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego, Iguassu Falls...I'd love to go there (and Uruguay) right around this time of year as it will be wonderfully sunny and warm. I must check out the Lonely Planet guides as well. I just love travel books in general.

Have you been to Argentina yet?
I know! Argentina just seems so incredibly romantic...all the history and the movies I've seen just make me want to go there too.

But I know Buenos Aires is so expensive. So I think I would probably go to Montevideo and from there visit B.A. And I'd also like to go up north to Tucuman. It's interested me ever since I heard the Mercedes Sosa song Luna Tucumana. It's the kind of folk song that gets into your soul and haunts you. (Although I like the way Atahualpa Yupanqui sings it the best.)♥
Buenos Aires isn't that expensive compared to a lot of popular vacation spots. Of course it is more expensive than the typical southern sun destinations but not nearly as expensive as going to the UK, France or Italy. Why are you on the webnow ? Shouldn't you be enjoying the night life in Berlin (you are still in Berlin right?)
Hahahaha! Good question! Well, I have been getting up early so that my friend here and I can go sightseeing during the day. The past two days have been snowing heavily but we still went out to the Christmas markets and walked a LOT. On Wednesday (my first whole day here) we went to the Brandenburg Gate. Today we walked around Alexanderplatz and went shopping at a mall called Alexa that is pretty big, with all the modern shops. Then after stopping at Starbucks for a coffee we had to leave because my pal had a doctor's appointment. Also, last night we stayed up late to watch the Copa Sudamericana final, which Independiente won. We are both so tired today that we decided to call it an early night. I had dinner at the hotel restaurant and am watching some of the CL football matches in my room and spending time on the computer. I was just thinking about doing some reading and then calling it a night!

Hahahaha...not too exciting, eh? Welcome to my life.XDDDD
So much too do when you are on vacation. It is a bit of a respite to be able to go on the internet or just sit and watch some football games for a few hours. It does give you a break from all the sightseeing and shopping which can be exciting but tiring at the same time. Sounds like you'll need a vacation when you get back from your vacation...LOL