I didn’t know what to expect weeks before my trip to Cape Town in South Africa. I had mixed emotions and like what I normally do before traveling, I lower my expectations.
I did my research about South Africa. I looked at pictures, read its history and browsed some personal experiences of people who have been there in the internet. With only a week to go around Cape Town, I did my usual top 10 list of where to go, what to do and which ones must see. Table Mountain ranked number 1 on my itinerary which I based on the many personal accounts of people from travel sites and blogs. What I read excite me. The Table Mountain grew on me as the day drew nearer to my trip to Cape Town.
The Table Mountain is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, I have been to the 2 others on the list (Underground River in Puerto Princessa in my country the Philippines and Halong Bay in Vietnam). The Table Mountain definitely deserved its spot in this prestigious list though (I believe) there are just so many that should have been included or the list does not just consist of 7 (make it 12 or something!).
This captivating mountain which I found absolutely remarkable and nothing like I’ve seen before became the backdrop of my stay in Cape Town.
Cape Town is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world and South Africa is on my top 7 list of the world’s most picturesque countries.
The Chocolate Hills are in the Visayan Island of Bohol in the Philippines. These hills turn into brown during the summer months which resembles, yes, chocolates. There are more than a hundred of them scattered as far as the eye can see which is truly a magnificent landscape to behold. These hills were under water millions of years ago as shown by the fossilized sea creatures found on its summit.
When I thought of Australia, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbor Bridge always come into my mind. These two landmarks have always been on my list of must-see places. I have never realized that just a few miles outside the charming city of Sydney is the spectacular Blue Mountains, it is listed on one of my favorite coffee table books, 501 must-visit destinations!
It was a blessing to see the Blue Mountains on a spur-of the moment decision of my traveling group to hire a bus and head towards one of Australia’s national parks.. These mountains are part of the Great Dividing Range which stretches from Melbourne to Cairns.
I marveled at this scenery for hours.
The Blue Mountains National Park is a wonderful place for walking, climbing and abseiling. This place is designated as a World Heritage Site in 2000 and is now a well-protected forest reserve. What a wanderful experience !
Every so often, people ask me of the most beautiful place that I have ever been in the Philippines and I always respond without batting an eyelash, BATANES !
A trip to Batanes was yet another dream come true. It was a dream because of all the 7, 107 islands in the Philippines, Batanes is perhaps the farthest yet most amazing destination.
Batanes is the northernmost part of the Philippines, it is also the smallest both in population and in land area.
On a clear day, a tour around the island can take about a day, but with a place like this, you would wish that the day never ends.
The best way to see the islands is to dilly dally, enjoy and savor each passing moment, simply speaking just let the day pass and do not rush.
Batanes is a gateway to typhoons that visit the archipelago without fail every year.
The best time to visit Batanes is during the Philippine summer months (March to May). You may enjoy a winter climate from December to February while it is safe to travel and the skies are mostly clear from March to April. Plan your next trip to Batanes and see the ultimate marvels of nature in this tiny island North of the Philippines. I know I did !