If you are a creative mind or your Significant Other is in the writing biz, you are probably familiar with the ups and downs of the artistic personality. Take a look at me for example: I usually have about 8 – 12 mood swings a day, from being totally inspired to the edge of putting my head through the wall, I’m one with a thousand emotions wrapped up in a sentimental soul. I have my moments of rationality of course, but I am either passionate about something or don’t really care at all. It’s actually not as bad as it sounds, believe me, I get on well with people very easily, it’s just hard to keep up with my fierce enthusiasm sometimes and I’m absolutely useless when It comes to being practical. Nevertheless, just like many, I love travelling and take great pleasure in discovering faraway lands. And what would be the most desirable destinations of a poet/writer/journalist? Here’s the TOP 4 for me!
1. Larnaca, Cyprus
Located in the southern coast of the island, Larnaca is the third biggest city of Cyprus. The whole town looks like a movie set: palm trees and archaic ruins everywhere. Not just this city in particular, but the whole country offers a really unique cultural experience: besides being a former British colony, the cultural differences between Greek Cypriots in the south and the Turkish Republic of the northern part also provide a remarkable experience to visitors. Walk down the sandy beaches, enjoy the salty air and the rich heritage of an extraordinary historical background. Nice people, great food, European-like atmosphere with a twist: you have to visit Cyprus at least once in a lifetime, but you’ll probably want to return later on, too!
2. Bonnieux, France
Paris is a wonderful place to be, but if you would like to take your notes – or surprise your writer partner with a magical trip – and start looking for inspiration, the French countryside spoils you with picturesque sceneries to make you feel like your hands are glued to the keyboard. Ridley Scott’s movie, A Good Year was filmed in the Luberon, just about a mile from the enchanting town of Bonnieux. And yes, you will have some fine wine varieties to try, while nibbling on the delicately made, famous French cheese kinds. Let’s set off right now, shall we?
3. Bournemouth, England
London is a great place to be, one of my personal favourites! But when I was living under the grey clouds of the United Kingdom, I also got to see a bit of the countryside. Bournemouth is the largest city of Dorset, laying by the coastline of the English Channel. If you are fed up with the busy metropolitan lifestyle, this is a perfect getaway: rent a little shack, cosy up with a blanket and some coffee – or rather tea if you want to be completely authentic– and enjoy the view of the huge chalk hills, the salty scent the wind carries and the sheltering warmth away from the rainy days.
4. Los Angeles, USA
I know, it’s quite a cliché, but what can steal your heart quicker than the City of Angels? I would love to take some days off and spend countless hours just watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean until the Sun goes down and emerges again on the bright horizon. If you’re a fan of the series Californication, starring David Duchovny as a writer in a major creative crisis, you know what I’m talking about here!