5 After 5, Beautiful 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 pets that you've had 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 Beautiful Places You've Been

Gee whiz, what kind of crazy was I thinking in coming up with this topic?  I guess what was in my brain was, "Oh, I've been to lots of beautiful places, so this will be an easy post to do."

Wrong.  The problem is, I've been to so many beautiful places, I had an incredibly difficult time narrowing down this list to just five.  

Whittle I did, though, and I've even put them in ascending order - so that means my #5 is really my #1.

I also realized that I can easily waste away an entire afternoon looking through travel photographs...Gv's actually built an entire compound on the floor in the family room for all of her stuffed animals, with each one tucked into a baby blanket and with a book at their side.  Poor girl.  I'd better go read her a book or something...

1.  The Smoky Mountains

They might not be the most majestic peaks around, but there's certainly something beautiful about a sunset view from an isolated mountaintop in the midst of this rainforest range. 

2.  Tulip Fields in The Netherlands

It's pretty much impossible for a photo to convey the explosion of color that stretches as far as the eye can see, but if you look carefully, you'll find that this little sliver of a view showcases row upon row of vibrant blooms - every line of color is a different type of tulip!

3.  The Bavarian Alps

When your visit is filled with constant flurries of snow swirling around your head, you're lucky to be able to make out anything in any photo you take.  A glimpse of Neuschwanstein Castle is all this picture affords, but the imposing mountain views surrounding the photographer were almost too beautiful to describe.  I could go back here to wander the local mountain paths again and again.

4.  The Amalfi Coast

You don't have to have a belly full of pasta or a wine glass in your hand to appreciate the beauty of this spot.  It does, however, add to the experience greatly to loll about with a simple picnic of wine, cheese, and fresh bread while perched over these aquamarine waters.

5.  Lake Bled

Hands down, this is easily the most beautiful place I've been.  And yes, this photo is real.  Just ask G - the most patient man on all the earth who, while strolling around the lake with a wife who stopped every five inches to "take a picture from this view, because it's even more amazing than the last" agreed to take future trips to destinations such as this, despite the realization that he'd not be able to walk a foot without another pause to "capture this one!"

For next week:

List 5 Book Series That You Loved as a Child

I'm pretty sure I'll regret choosing this topic when I try and narrow down my list to write my post next week, but since I can already think of at least four of these that top my all-time favorites list, I'm feeling pretty confident it will be easier than today.

I can't wait to see what yours will be!

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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