Three Places

theplacesIt is the last Tuesday of another month which means it is time for our Themed Travel Tuesday post.  Do not worry, you can still link up with any travel posts if you do not have one that fits the theme.  It is also our last week with our amazing Travel Tuesday cohosts, Tina and Melanie.  They have gone above and beyond over the last three months and this link up would not be what it is today without them.  The next Travel Tuesday co-hosts will be announced further along in this post.  But first lets talk about themes! This month’s prompt stated:

“Share three places… the place you have been that you have loved the most, the place you cannot wait to visit and something about the place you live in.”

Naples, Italy | A piece of my heart will always be in bella Napoli, Italia. I moved there when I was in fourth grade (US) for three years and for another few years when I was in 9th grade. With my nomadic upbringing people ask me where I consider ‘home’ and Naples has always been a place close to my lips in response. I was so happy to return there in the summer of 2012, bringing with my husband for the first time. We had been married for nine years at that point and together for eleven and he had not yet seen where I had ‘grown up’. Some day soon I cannot wait to bring our sons there, to meet my familia and friends, and to eat all the amazing food we miss so much.

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China | While I have been to Asia, I have not yet been to China and it is on my wanderlust list. Since my husband has learned Mandarin, I have wanted us to go where he could use the language. I would love to not limit ourselves to a vacation of several days or a couple of weeks, and go for a few months. I am even open to any opportunities that would take us to live there. I will say that learning Mandarin has been intimidating to me. The boys and I are now trying to learn it on our own at home. I know it would be so much easier if we were in country, forced to use it daily and to be immersed in our every day lives. Being a foodie, I would jump at the chance to fly there today just to try so many different foods I have seen from television programmes filmed in China. It is a whole new world that I have not yet been and so it definitely is on my list of places I ‘cannot wait to visit’ one day. Until then I travel vicariously through bloggers who link up weekly with us like my Travel Tuesday spotlight for the week, Jenna, who is currently teaching in China.


Bath, England | For the last fourteen months the city of Bath in Somerset has been our home. As the months go by we find ourselves slowly becoming more settled and feeling more and more at ‘home’. Bath is a beautiful city of history and culture and for us it has become a special location. For the first time in my life I do not have a reason to move from here in the next couple of years. The reason I have always moved has been either because of the military or school. Neither is a factor and both my husband and I are now in jobs we both love. We have started finding a place in the community by being involved in the community theatre. We are both currently in the rehearsal stage of second show each since moving to Bath. When we are not at work, rehearsal, or the kids are not in school we find so many great things to do in the area. Including but not limited to visiting nearby towns, country walks in the countryside, kayaking down the canals, sightseeing in Bath, and trying out new places to eat. As a nomadic person I look forward to seeing how I feel in another fourteen months and if this could be a city we could definitely start putting down roots.

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I would love to hear about your three places!
Make sure to link up with your posts below and comment here to tell me about it!


 When I first started participating in Travel Tuesday it was hosted by the charismatic blogger, Helene. When she stopped doing it I was really gutted as I loved the link up.  So alongside fellow expat Belinda we started it up again.  Since those early days I have begun a way to get more people involved with having co-hosts that join in on three-month terms.  I had started it with the idea of having one person to replace the open co-host spot, but ended up selecting two instead.  Today I happy to announce I am continuing to let Travel Tuesday evolve and will be announcing three co-hosts for the months of May, June and July.  Melanie and Tina helped me select individuals who have actively participated in our link ups over the last three months and who have shown to show their enthusiasm to other bloggers who link up for Travel Tuesday.


A big welcome to Kiki, Van, and Sammy to Travel Tuesday! We all look forward to having you on board for the next three months.  Please look out for an email from me which will be going out later today.  Again I would like to say thank you to Melanie and Tina who have been just amazing and so much fun over the last three months.  You constantly remind me how amazing this blogging community is and I am truly blessed to count you as friends.

Ready to link up?

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere! 2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Melanie, and Tina in a link! 3. LINKUP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the cohosts blogs, and visit around!



1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future linkups! 2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in! 3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!

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  • VanBerry @ On the Road again

    Thank you Bonnie, Melanie and Tina for choosing us three! I’ve really enjoyed TravelTuesday over the last couple of months and look forward to being a part of it in the future! :)

  • Cynthia

    I LOVE this prompt idea– reading other peoples’ 3 places is so much fun and you really feel like you know something about what really drives them. It was interesting to hear about your places and Bath looks lovely– it’s great you’ve settled somewhere that you feel you could bring up your family and be a part of community theater! (I miss that so much!)

  • Food Booze & Baggage

    Italy is my place to visit next for today’s post! China would be quite the adventure, and a bit challenging I’m sure. Bath looks/sounds lovely.

  • Sammy Dorn

    Oh this is awesome!!! Thanks for naming me a co-host. Looking forward to your email 😀

  • Kaelene Spence

    I am so excited thanks so much for choosing me as the one of the co-host alongside some wonderful bloggers! I am looking forward to more travel Tuesday fun!

    • Sammy Dorn

      Oh, you! You’re wonderful!

  • Tracy O’Neill

    I love this prompt! I didn’t really have the time to add a post this week, but I couldn’t resist. What a fun theme this month!

  • Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust

    Great prompt for today’s Travel Tuesday! I loved reading your 3 places! I really must think long and hard about mine – there are so many wonderful places I’ve fallen in love with while visiting and I feel like there is still so much of the world I can’t wait to see :) This prompt really helps fuel my wanderlust!

  • globetrotterjen

    thanks so much for featuring me; ive just added my own post to the link up and will check out lots later!

  • Lindsay W

    Super impressed about the Mandarin. I’ve always wanted to visit China, but only just got the urge to learn the language now that my brother is engage to a girl originally from China. With the exception of her sister, her whole family speaks limited English. But the Mandarin sounds so beautiful when the speak it!

  • ThriftyGypsy87

    Love the list! Can’t wait to see Napoli this summer. I will probably be humming Sinatra’s “That’s Amore” song the whole time I’m there. 😉 Just stumbled across the Travel Tuesday theme this past week and wrote a piece but didn’t link it up (oops!). Maybe next time!

  • Bronwyn Joy

    Teaching in China sounds like a good option to contemplate. We did it for six months and would recommend it to anyone. Of course, the longer/the more teaching experience the better!

  • AmyMacWorld

    I love this idea! I’m still doing an A to Z Challenge and I just could not make my post fit the theme…but I might borrow this idea later :) Bath looks beautiful, how nice that you like it enough to stay there for awhile!

  • Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    Bath looks like a perfect place for a weekend!

  • Justin and Lauren

    Bath looks like an awesome place! I’d also love to visit China. And Italy is going to be our next big vacation! Great choices :)