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2022 had me visiting 12 countries with St. Kitts being the sole new entry. We saw a lot, had some great meals, and are looking forward to exploring even more in 2023. It’s hard to pick what was best since we enjoyed so many things for different reasons, but here are five that stood out.
My five favorite sites seen in 2022:
5. Sky Garden (London, UK)
London’s highest public garden offers incredible, 360-degree views of the Thames River and the city’s skyline. Access is free, but must be booked in advance. Sky Garden was designed by award-winning landscape architecture firm Gillespies. It features two restaurants and a bar. We had a delicious lunch at Darwin Brasserie. Tip: if you can’t get a ticket to the garden, book a dining reservation. This lets you cut the line and still access the garden.
Address: 1, Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF, United Kingdom
4. Baker Beach (San Francisco, CA)
It’s a hike down a windy trail to get to the beach. Once you arrive, there is no better place to take photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. Baker Beach is great for catching some rays and relaxing (sans a bathing suit if you want as the north side is clothing optional).
Address: 1770 Gibson Rd. San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
3. Valley of the Temples (Agrigento, Italy)
Agrigento was founded in 581 BC by Greek colonists from Rhodes and Crete. The Greek monuments found in the Valley of the Temples are wonderfully preserved and maintained. The area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Agrigento offers access to some of the best Greek relics outside of the country. It’s definitely worth spending a few hours here, but it will be hot. The area is open, dry, and in the summer pretty sweltering.
Address: 92100 Agrigento, Free municipal consortium of Agrigento, Italy
2. Seville Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See (commonly known as Seville Cathedral) is the fourth-largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church. It was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and this is where you’ll find Christopher Columbus’ impressive tomb. It’s a huge space and takes some time to wander through.
Address: Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
1. The Blue Grotto
We had an amazing day at sea when we chartered a boat to go to Capri. The highlight of the day was the sea cave known as the Blue Grotto. Sunlight passes through an underwater opening and creates a stunning azure blue reflection that illuminates the cave. You’ll save time heading in on boat before queuing up to take one of the smaller boat rides into the cavern. The line from those visiting Capri by land can get exceedingly long.
Address: Anacapri; (NA, Campania, Italy)
Anthony’s Take: These are just five of many places we saw in 2022. These stood out for their beauty and the memories have stayed with us. Looking forward to exploring a lot more of the world in 2023.
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