Elisa's Daily Scoop
Best Places to Spend...Christmas
For some reason, yesterday felt like Sunday all day and today feels like Monday to me.
I think it's because on Sunday we went to the barn and that is usually a "Saturday" thing, so it knocked off my internal clock a bit.
What I can say is that today is an ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS day!! I'm writing to you from Riverhead, Long Island at none other than the Tanger Outlets.
Yes, the girls officially started their riding camp for August. We are going a little lighter this month than July. They'll only be riding for 2 days per week instead of the full four like last month.
We decided that the consistency was very important to let them NOT riding for the full month. They have made incredible progress, so it would be ashamed if they didn't build upon it.
They of course, were stoked, and that always makes me happy.
Being a travel blogger does not only involve writing about my own travel experiences, but also includes staying abreast of the cool and exciting travel stuff that other travel writers do and report.
Well, while most of us are currently sweating and trying to stay cool with the August heat, Travel & Leisure just published an article about the Best Places to Spend Christmas!
Sounds nutty, but think about it, the holiday season is only 4 months away and the sooner you book your destination, the better chances you have to get a good deal and secure availability.
I must say, some are more exotic than I expected to read about.
Out of their List of 28, here are my Top 8 Picks...
1. Trømso, Norway
If you are looking for a snowy getaway and one of the best glimpses of the Northern Lights, this could be your dream holiday vacay.
For the adventurer in you, there’s dogsledding, great food, and a mountaintop cable car. Of course, the "day" is only a few hours, but the nighttime sky is spectacular!
2. Prague, Czech Republic
One of my all-time favorite cities in the world!! I've visited this amazing storybook-like city twice and would go back in an instant.
However, neither of my visits were during Christmas time (though I did go during Easter, which was very special!). Considering the quaintness of the Old Town on a "normal" day, I can only imagine the dreaminess at Christmastime!
3. Lapland, Finland
A 90-minute flight from Helsinki is Urho Kekkonen National Park, which, from all photos appears to be quite a winter wonderland!
Imagine taking a reindeer-pulled sled ride or cross-country skiing on the Saariselkä trails? Wow - that sounds spectacular!
4. Zurich, Switzerland
Another one of my favorite countries, Switzerland is home to the city of Zurich, which is home to a display of 12,000 crystal lights that marks the beginning of the holiday season on November 21st.
Places to see in this Alpine city include the galleries on Rämistrasse, and the Conelli Christmas Circus, as well as to take in a holiday concert in the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church.
5. Reykjavík, Iceland
If you can bear little daylight (only four-hours daily) but are all about seeing the greenish glow of the aurora borealis illuminate the nighttime sky, this is the holiday trip for you.
Reykjavik also boasts the Statues of the 12 Yule Lads, (the Icelandic version of Santa Claus), which fill the city during Christmas time.
6. Boston, Massachusetts
If you are looking to stay closer to home, Boston is one of those quintessential holiday towns.
This historic city officially kicks off the holiday season at the annual holiday lighting ceremony on Boston Common, when Boston's mayor sets off the sparkling lights on the Christmas tree and 80+ other trees.
Skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common at dusk is like being part of a Christmas card painting!
7. Vienna, Austria
Ah, Vienna - one of the most beautiful and historic cities in all of Europe - at least, it's one of my favorites.
Again, I've only had the pleasure to visit in the warm weather. But, what a transformation the winter and holiday season make with crystal outdoor chandeliers sparkling and holiday decorations. Shopping is abundant with the city's three outdoor Christkindlmarkts, filled with an array of vendors selling everything from ornaments to spiced mulled wine, or glühwein.
8. Quebec City, Canada
A little taste of Europe just north of the U.S. border, Quebec City and its 16th- and 17th-century stone houses, and cobblestone streets are abundant with Christmas cheer and tons of snow!
For Travel & Leisure's full list, CLICK HERE.
Well, my dear peeps, I'll have another full day out here on Eastern Long Island tomorrow as the girls ride yet again for the week.
The rest of my day is going to be doing some research on colleges...yes...that specialize in careers in horse riding training. We'll see what we come up with!!
Have a fun day!
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