Flying over the island of Kauai, Hawaii

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The island of Kauai in Hawaii is beyond breathtaking. We knew that if we had to splurge on one helicopter ride of our lives, it had to be over Kauai.

It is hard to recapitulate in words the landscape that we saw during our 1 hour helicopter ride, but it was nothing short of majestic. The Na Pali coast on the north was my highlight of the scenic flight, and boy did it blow us away. It might seem familiar as the setting for one of the earlier Jurassic Park movies. The cliff faces are distinctive and unmistakable, and resemble the buttresses of cathedrals you would see in Europe. Talking about art imitating nature possibly?

The Waimea Canyon on the west is equally stunning and in contrast to the rest of the island. This canyon, also known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ stood out in deep orange hues, peppered with lush greenery.

And let’s not dismiss the countless waterfalls that flow through the island. One an average day, hundreds of waterfalls can be seen coursing through the landscape of this garden island as they call it. I’ve never been a huge fan of waterfalls, but the waterfalls on Kauai are quite a sight to behold.

 

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Le Mont Saint Michel

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Visiting Le Mont Saint Michel has been high on our to do list since we first embarked on our travels around Europe. This man made wonder is a sight to behold. Le Mont Saint Michel was built to be a beacon of hope to pilgrims all around the world since ancient Roman times and to this day attracts busloads of tourists who are intrigued by the history or just splendid architecture. The abbey perched on the top of the island is worth a meander around, but what really stayed with us was the view of Mont Saint Michel from afar. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

A Greek Paradise

 

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In short, Santorini is an island for lovers, posers and sun revellers. Honeymooners, newlyweds (literally, as some choose to say ‘I do’ on this island), couples both young and old flock to this magical island to bask in the glow of love and sunshine.  The blue domed churches which I’ve seen countless of times in pictures appear even more enchanting when seen right before my eyes that a million photos were in order. Everyone had the same idea, so popular picture spots often had a queue to get your turn for a picture.

And the caldera was truly breathtaking. That was the icing on the cake that we did not see happen. I knew about the charming buildings and churches, but oh my, the caldera catapulted Santorini into the top spot of the most naturally beautiful places we’ve seen.