5 After 5, Unique Places Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 of your favorite sauces or condiments and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And if you've posted your own 5 After 5 list on your blog, I've turned this series into a link party - so be sure to get your own 5 things added below (or leave your answers in today's comments if you're not a blogger).  I loved reading everyone's comments from last week and I really can't wait to see what you share today!

List 5 Unique Places You've Visited

I am passionate about travel and have been to some incredible places in the world, but these five are some of the more unique spots I've ventured to:

1.  St. Anthony Bight, Newfoundland

You can't get much more remote than this tiny spot on the map - it's difficult for me to find another person who's been to Newfoundland (even amongst Canadians!), much less to this northernmost tip of the island. 

The bustling metropolis that is St. Anthony Bight

2.  Koper, Slovenia

This port town doesn't have many sights to boast about, but I'll never forget wandering the narrow passages of the quiet village with G on our honeymoon - still able to communicate in Italian, but surprised at the mafioso stories a crusty old gentleman with an especially bulbous nose regaled us with at dinnertime.

Despite the chilly drizzle, we enjoyed exploring this town.

3.  Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve, Alachua County, Florida

The true swamp for the UF Gators, this diverse conservation area was our home base during a spring break camping trip a couple of years ago.  It's one of those spots that seems incredibly far from civilization, even though the interstate is less than ten miles away.

This camping experience led me to write my Backcountry Bob's Law post...

4.  Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Florida

Known as the "Amazon of North America," you can only get to this linear swamp forest nestled smack in the thick of the Everglades by traversing a narrow, dusty road lined with more gators than tire tracks.  I wouldn't say it's one of the most beautiful places I've been, but the amount of wildlife you'll encounter here is just incredible.

Swamp stork...

5.  Rowchoish bothy along the West Highland Way, Scotland

I could have chosen almost any point along this path, but this spot seemed especially desolate to me and was perfect for a mid-day rest.

Perhaps this plant in the foreground is the source of one of my favorite smells...

For next week:

List 5 Messy Things You Enjoy

Even a neat freak like me can learn to love the messy things in life sometimes.  I can't wait to see what you come up with when you channel your inner Oscar (the Grouch)!

What's your list?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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