CALM AMONG THE STORM: PEACEFUL SPOTS IN THE WORLD’S BUSIEST CITIES

CALM AMONG THE STORM: PEACEFUL SPOTS IN THE WORLD’S BUSIEST CITIES

Hello, everyone!

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 

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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 

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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 

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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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37 Comments

  1. Eirini
    October 12, 2016 / 12:54 am

    Wonderful suggestions Helene! I would love to visit the Crown Jewels. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Anda
    October 12, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I have always wanted to visit Tokyo, i think i am going to check out Yoyogi park once i am there. Great tips!

    • October 17, 2016 / 12:58 am

      Tokyo is on my Top Ten travel list! Thank you for stopping by Anda!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:00 am

      Thank you so much dear Tina! Glad you liked the post and the pictures! Have a great week ahead!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:02 am

      Thank you for your kind comment Sonja! Have a great week ahead!

  3. October 12, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    I’ve never even heard of Fenton house garden and it’s so close to me! Will check it out. Ree Love30

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:04 am

      You better do Ree, it looks so beautiful and peaceful! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. October 12, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Great post! I’ve been to Narita Japan but I’ve always wanted to visit Tokyo. I’ve heard great things about Tokyo and wouldn’t want to miss going to the Yoyogi park in the summer.

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:06 am

      Thank you dear! Tokyo is a must for me too, hope you can visit it very soon. Have a great week!

  5. October 13, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Im from India and I have never been to Humayun’s Tomb!! I missed it!! Next time when Im back in India!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:07 am

      You are welcome and thank you for stopping by Fazeela!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Glad you liked the photos Alexandra. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. October 13, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    What beautiful places, I’ve been to london and not been to the Fenton Gardens. Also one day hope to go to Japan and India they are such amazing places 🙂

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:10 am

      They are all in my top Ten list, hope to visit them soon. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. October 14, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    What an awesome post! I enjoyed reading it – it motivates me to head over to Central Park, NYC. 🙂

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:14 am

      So glad you liked Jocelyn and thank you for stopping by! Wish i could be in Central Park this Autumn!

  8. October 14, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I love to travel, but I also love peaceful environments! Over stimulation is definitely something I have to take into account when travelling! Thank you fot this post!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:15 am

      You are welcome and thank you for stopping by Danielle!

  9. October 14, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I love to travel, but also have to worry about over-stimulation quite a bit! Thank you for this post!

  10. October 15, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    I am speechless! Would love to travel all around the world but somehow I often cancel plans. Sad, right? Anyways, I think London Tokyo and Delhi are places you must visit once in your life!

    • October 17, 2016 / 1:17 am

      Thank you for your kind comment dear! Thank you for stopping by!

  11. November 13, 2016 / 12:10 am

    Love all the pictures, awesome post my dear.

  12. July 3, 2017 / 11:31 am

    This really made me want to go back to london! I love your blog theme btw! Looks really professional and put together!!

  13. July 3, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Lovely suggestions, planning on going to London soon, will visit the Fenton gardens, looks too beautiful.

  14. July 3, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I’ve been to Humyun’s Tomb in Delhi, India. Its a beautiful place to spend your day, one of the best places in the city. I like to include other two sites into my travel bucket list. Thank You for sharing.

  15. July 3, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I’m always seeking out quiet in the city! I can’t believe I’ve never been to that place in London! Well, that’s my weekend sorted! x

  16. Lea
    July 3, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    I’m visiting London this weekend and I totally gonna suggest the Fenton House Gardens to my family. Thanks for the post, these are some really great places!
    Lea, xx
    asnippetoflife.com

  17. July 3, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I’ve only been to the airport in London so I didn’t get to see outside but I really want to experience the city. I’ll check out Fenton House Gardens if I ever return there.

  18. July 4, 2017 / 12:46 am

    I have always wanted to travel to Japan for reasons you stated. Along with other picture I’ve seen the park looks beautiful. I cannot wait to cross this visit off my bucket list.

  19. Tereza
    July 4, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love this post Helene, it’s beautiful! I’ve found so many places like this in Prague – it’s full of them! They are all hidden in tiny alleys and crooked side streets which makes them even more magical! x

  20. July 5, 2017 / 1:07 am

    I’m definitely putting Tokyo on my list! great Article!

  21. Jasmin N
    September 1, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Ah what a lovely post! It’s sometimes so hard to find some peace and quiet in the middle of all the busyness!

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