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1. Posted by SuperBrat (Full Member 107 posts) 11y

Loads of travellers I've met always have stories aplenty of their all time favourite destination. Some places stayed close to their hearts solely because of the people, others because the beauty of the place itself, others because of the food, the good diving and the list goes on.

And it makes me wonder if there is that ONE place on this planet we have all been to at some point in our lives, and thought, "Yes, this is where I want to live." And what was it that made us think that?

Bali tops my list for now. Its just beautiful - places, people, food, everything. Where's your heaven on earth?

2. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

That is such a hard question to answer, but here goes.
Piso Livadi on the east coast of Paros in the Cycladic island of Greece.
Great weather (at least in early September for the 4 times I've been there), little village with a gorgeous fishing harbour and restaurants on the waterfront, views over the narrow strait to Naxos, great beaches close by, Greek food (OH YUM!!!), local wines and retsina, slow slow pace of life, lovely people and great music.
If not, Ayi Ana which is opposite Piso Livadi on the island of Naxos.
Lotus-eating at it's best.
I could also include Nusa Lembongan just off Bali, Gili Meno (off NW coast of Lombok), Hania (Chania) in far western Crete, Kalbarri in NW western australia and maybe Hoi An in Vietnam.
I intend retiring in about 5 years and spending 4 months in Perth (summer of course), 4 months in the Med and 4 months in Asia.
Bring it on!!!


3. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 11y

Quoting cobbana

Piso Livadi on the east coast of Paros in the Cycladic island of Greece.

This made me laugh... I remember me and my husband coming here in June this year, having driven around half of Paros to find a place which didn't feel so touristy. Piso Livadi had been recommended by many and we were so disappointed when se got there as the whole place seemed so artificial... we were ready to give up the whole island and were in such a bad mood

And then thankfully we found Molos Beach about 25 km away. Just a beach and a taverna with rooms which we rented from an old lovely lady who only spoke greek - we had found our heaven for a week! Beautiful weather and surroundings, snorkling and a trip to a bakery with gorgeous cakes every day, yay

4. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Where I live is my personnal paradise right now. Everytime I step out my door it brings a smile to my face, even when Im pissed. In Switzerland there are a couple others. Driving from Luzern to Brunnen along Hwy 4a which runs the banks of Vierwaldst├Ądttersee (Lake Lucerne), through towns and small farm communities. Also the drive from Bern to Vallis through Berner Oberland. Another is on Marmara Island Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara about a 4 hour boat (or 2 hour super hydrofoil) ride south of Istanbul. A good hike up the central mountain there is an old abandoned NATO communications base and hundreds of wild horses running around.

5. Posted by s_hoot (Respected Member 497 posts) 11y

When I think of the most heavnly place i have been too so far in my travels it would have to be Interlaken, Switzerland. For anyone who has ever been there would agree with me, it is the most beautiful little mountain town, situated between two large lakes with a river running through it to connect the two, water the colour of heaven itslef, very very blue due to the runnoff of minerals from the mountains towering like skyscrapers all around the whole city, the cleanest place i have ever been to and most unique designs in houses and business district. I cant think of a more beatiful place.

6. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

unfortunatley i havent been to enough places to say for sure. but as of right now, its probably boston. or bar harbor.. or montreal. montreal was amazing.... but right now, i love my hometown in long island. really just becuase of all the people i love all the people i know there. its too hard to decide. i have the feeling that ireland or scotland will be my heaven on earth.. but i wont know until i go there! gosh i didnt think it was gonna be this long of a post. so...

7. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

I have 3 heavens on Earth:

1. The islas de Rosarion off the coast of Colombia
2. High up in the Alpes somewhere in Switzerland or Austria
3. At my desk at my PC using the internet

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting SuperBrat

And it makes me wonder if there is that ONE place on this planet we have all been to at some point in our lives, and thought, "Yes, this is where I want to live." And what was it that made us think that?

I almost did move to Denver, Colorado. Decent sized city but with a touch of wild in it. Mountains nice and close for tons of outdoor fun. Good international airport with lots of connections for easy travel. (And there was a girl there, too, at the time)... The only problem was that the job market there dried up, and the job I was going to disappeared. However, if this is "heaven" then I wouldn't need to work, right?

In my bank robber fantasies (you know the ones, where you make some big score like $250 million and have to hide out somewhere) I always see myself building a chalet on a lake in the Lake District of the Andes mountains in Chile. Going into town once a week to stock up at the market, growing a beard and learning enough Spanish so that eventually my language (and my fake passport which I purchase with some of the bank robbery money) means people think I'm local.


9. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

You must have your Greek islands mixed up.
I first slept on Logares beach at Piso Livadi back in 1975, and after 30 years and 4 more trips through the Cyclades, the changes to the village are very small compared to other Greek islands. It still has the charm it had all those years ago.
Perhaps it was the wrong time of the month.
I always do Greece and the islands starting very early September.
Most of the Tommy tourists have gone, the weather is still great and the prices for accomodation and food have dropped substantially.
You should go to Zakynthos for the real thing.
Shops selling the Sun, Star and daily Mirror newspapers from the UK with the usual crass headlines, page 3 topless tarts and football, bloody boring football. Every English pub showing endless fixtures from the Premier league (or some bloody football league in Europe). Stout english yeomanry wearing Beckham football shirts accompanied by their even stouter wives and bawling children, most of them also wearing Beckham football shirts.
Restaurants advertising Ulster breakfasts and Theakstone's Old Peculiar. I have a great photo of a menu board, advertising Liver & Onions with real Bisto gravy, 3 pounds 35 pence or 65 drachma.
You couldn't get a plate of calimari for love nort money, lass.
If a Greek island has an airport big enough to take charter flights, give it the body swerve!!!!


10. Posted by zeisha (Budding Member 715 posts) 11y

My heaven on earth would be
1) The Himaalayas in my own country India.
2)The Alps in Switzerland.
3)New zealand