Holidays are what you make them. For some people, the idea of a holiday is purely to get away. Once there, they’re not so fussy about what they are going to do. As far as they’re concerned, a week by the pool is holiday enough. For others, there is no point in going away unless you’re going to absorb something of the culture. Why get on a plane if you could just spend the whole week in some spa resort?
Most of us, reading that comparison, would agree that we fall into the former category. One of the best things about travel, for many of us, is moving among the locals in the destination of our choice; seeing the place in its truest form. That’s the reason these places are on my Top 10 list. But sometimes, also, you want to take a few moments out. There’s such a thing as getting over-stimulated, after all.
No matter where you go, what city you are in and how busy it is, there’s always a little refuge you can go to. You can take a breath, maybe have a bite to eat and absorb what you’ve seen. This article is about some of those spots in some of the world’s finest cities.
London: Fenton House Gardens
London is the city break that all tourists must make at least once in their lives. In many ways the cradle of modern Western civilization, it’s where so much of European history can be traced back to. See the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace – just some of the jewels in the crown. Indeed, one of them even houses the Crown Jewels.
If you want to try somewhere quiet, Fenton House Gardens is a great spot. Located in Hampstead, the gardens are beautiful and peaceful. The house itself is well worth seeing too, as is the famous Hampstead Heath.
Delhi: Humayun’s Tomb
As India has increased its economic activity, its capital has grown more and more modern. Much like London, it is now a place where great modernity sits alongside tradition and history. Take the time to shop in the street markets and eat in the upscale traditional restaurants.
Above all, if you’re in Delhi, you must visit Humayun’s Tomb. Beautiful and peaceful, it’s a popular spot for young couples wanting to escape the crowds. Alight at Pragati Maidan – the nearest metro station to India Gate – and it’s a ten-minute cab ride away.
Tokyo: Yoyogi Park
A visit to Tokyo takes you into a city where futurism is almost a religion. This is a Mecca for anyone with a love of gadgets and technology, and your credit card will take some punishment if you come for a break. However, if you fancy a little down time to eat your lunch undisturbed, Yoyogi Park is the place. In 1964, it was the Olympic Village. In 2020, it will host some events at the next games. At present, it’s a nice spot to kick back and relax.
Going on holiday doesn’t have to be about getting away from it all or throwing yourself into the swing of things. It can be both. Most of the best holidays are – so take the chance to experience both the heart and the eye of the storm.
As always, thank you for visiting and have a great day!
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