Nearly Everyone Gets Twitterpated In The Springtime
The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the neighbourhood tweens are loitering in your driveway. It's time for a springtime getaway!
Spring is one of my favourite seasons. Not just for the flowers on trees and the baby ducks in the lake, but for the rain and the dewy morning smell and not having to use my car's ice-scraper for several months.
I do have a springtime confession to make. I hate Easter. It's my least favourite holiday. I hate Easter like Chandler hates Thanksgiving (not for the same reasons, obviously).
But everything else about spring I adore.
The most beautiful springtime scene I've ever seen was in Northern Quebec where we would visit my Grandfather when I was little. In my hunt for a springtime that compares, I've compiled a list of lesser-appreciated but just as gorgeous springtime destinations.
First, of course...
Far away from the tourist metropolis that is Montreal (still love you, M-town), Northern Quebec is dotted with tiny communities between which you'll find blossoming flowers, blueberries fresh for the picking, and you might, maybe, may even spot the Northern lights.
My grandfather lived in a region called the Abitibi (he moved, he's still alive. "Grandfather lived" can sound a little bit misleading), in a town of somewhere between 30-50 citizens (I really don't think I'm exaggerating, here. Mom? Confirmation?) called Rapide-Danseur.
There was a church and a thrift shop and not much else. It made for perfect springtimes playing Pooh Sticks on the bridge, helping my grandmother with her garden, and refusing to eat anything that came from said garden.
In case you don't know what Pooh sticks is...
I was going to write the most basic of rules to the game, but, upon Googling it, I've discovered there's actually a World Pooh Sticks Championship! Find out all about it here at the World Pooh Sticks Championship website.
Finland's Eastern Lapland
Finland is, in my most of the time humble-ish opinion, underrated. Often compared to Norway, Sweden, and the like, Finland is swimming with fewer tourists, more lakes, and a slew of wild reindeer!
Bonus points because Finland's Country outline on the map looks like a little snail.
The East is beautiful with lots of lakes. I suggest going as far North as you can (though the further North you get, the later spring arrives) so that you might get to see the wild reindeer enjoying the fruits of spring!
Again, if you play your cards right with the Aurora Borealis gods, you might, maybe, may just catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights (the N.L. are so in right now, aren't they?).
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia is the new Croatia and Switzerland. It's just as beautiful, just as quaint and lovely and picturesque, but it hasn't hit its tourism stride quite yet.
So, you'll find cheaper and quieter places to enjoy the spring, and no one will be trying to sell you selfie-sticks or 10$ bottles of water.
Now, you can probably visit anywhere in Slovenia and find a lovely springtime scene, but Lake Bled is particularly stunning (though, for an under-appreciated Country, this is probably its most touristy spot).
The author of Slovenia's national anthem, France Preseren once wrote this about Lake Bled:
"No, Carniola has no prettier scene
Than this, resembling Paradise serene"
Pretty Much Anywhere In Scotland
I'm Scottish on my mother's side. We wear kilts at our weddings, full-bodied farmer-style long-underwear, and I think my great uncle can play the bagpipes (Mom? Confirmation?).
I really wanted to get a little more specific with this post, but I think all of Scotland has varied and equally beautiful areas to appreciate in the springtime.
Bonus points because there will probably be lambs all over the place!
The landscape will be blanketed in flowers no matter where you go, and the towns and cities come to life in the spring! There'll be no shortage of festivals, music, and you can't miss the Highland Games!
If you haven't been to the South of France yet, go! Go now!
Springtime is the perfect time to see this beautiful region not only because of the flowers and perfect temperatures but because you'll still be there in the low season to appreciate the quiet beauty of Provence before it gets...less quiet.
Don't underestimate Provence. It's kind of like the California of France, in the best possible way. You can experience warm, glittering beaches, sleepy old-towns, vineyard visits, and the foothills of the Alps all in a day's hard touristing.
Visit one (or all!) of the region's capital R Romantic small towns in the springtime for petals dropping all over the place, bright, sun-kissed architecture, and wishing you were a French novelist from the past. Live out your own 'Midnight in Paris' dreams.
Yes, we should all see Japan's famous springtime cherry blossoms at some point in our lives and no, I'm not saying that Japan and China are one in the same. But, in lieu of those cherry blossoms, I suggest something entirely different!
China's southern city of Guilin is breathtaking for it's dramatic limestone hills and lakes that were once moats guarding the city in Medieval times.
In springtime the hills come alive, the rivers flow, and you can tour it all by boat!
Guilin is a relatively touristy destination, as it makes for a hub at the center of lesser-known destinations in the region. However, some say the area is past its prime, and you might find yourself with plenty of peace and quiet there in the springtime.
New York City
I know, I know, New York city is the opposite of nature, and springtime is mostly about nature, right?
You can get your fill of picturesque fallen petals, tree tunnels, and ducklings by spending some time in Central Park (or the Brooklyn Botanical Garden OR the Macy's flower parade!) in the spring, but don't miss the rest of what the city has to offer.
New Yorkers LOVE spring, and I can't think of a better reason to visit a place in the springtime than if the locals are just as excited to be there as you.
Where will you be spending spring this year? We'll be here in Ontario and then heading to Door County, Wisconsin for the springy months!
Here's hoping you get some springtime inspiration from this post. If you aren't able to take a trip, let us know how you'll be experiencing springtime where you live!
As always, thanks for reading, and don't forget to follow the sloth!
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