Bunny is lucky to have been around the block a few times. Here is a selection of her most favourite travel experiences in the world - restricted to those that are not X rated...
The easiest snorkelling Bunny has experienced anywhere in the world. The reefs throughout the Maldives have suffered from coral bleaching but the marine life is still amazing. If you choose your island wisely, you can snorkel from our own porch and bump into a turtle 30 seconds later! The drop-offs can also be incredible, making you feel like you’re diving through a National Geographic documentary.
On a crisp sunny January day many years ago, Bunny did a four-hour hike on the Simatai section of the Great Wall of China. There were absolutely no other people (or bunnies!) around which made the experience magical.
When do you know that something’s not going quite to the plan? It’s when your kayaking guide on the Zambezi River gets visibly scared about the close proximity of an angry hippo. It’s moments like this in your inflatable kayak when you feel very small and vulnerable indeed. But the main thing is that you went, you saw and you conquered, and have the bragging rights afterwards.
Bunny doesn’t think there are many holidays that can top the experience of chartering your own yacht in the tranquil waters of the Grenadines in the Caribbean Sea. Sailing through the aquamarine bays, stopping by deserted islands, strolling on the palm-fringed beaches, snorkelling with turtles and downing cocktails at sundown on a hammock on deck - what could be better than that?
Snorkelling in the Maldives, sailing in the Grenadines and hiking on the Great Wall of China
This is just as fabulous as it sounds! Bunny’s choice was the Arctic Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos near Rovaniem in Finland. She stayed only one night but was lucky to be woken by the Aurora alarm just after midnight for a spectacular show of the Northern Lights. After she had taken enough pictures outdoors, she climbed back into her comfy bed and admired the show until she fell asleep again.
Bunny travelled to Uganda specifically to see the mountain gorillas. She took permits for two days in a row, to make sure she would get her dose. And what an experience it was! Seeing those gentle giants up close, just admiring their beauty, strength and grace, Bunny felt very privileged.
The Sahara is vast and mysterious. Bunny has only tasted a small morsel of the Sahara magic but she thinks she got the tastiest bite. Staying at Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp, she was able to enjoy the silence and the beauty of the endlessly shifting sand dunes, whilst sleeping in a luxury tent, eating gorgeous food and downing glass after glass of tasty local wine by the fire while star-gazing in the evenings.
Bunny’s most memorable stay in Japan happened in a Buddhist temple on sacred Mount Koya to the north of Osaka. The tranquility of the place, combined with traditional Japanese-style accommodation, delicious vegetarian food prepared by the monks, and cold beer readily available from the vending machine down the temple hall was a winning recipe for Bunny.
Bunny loves the Dead Sea! She has visited three times, on both the Israeli and Jordanian sides. Her favourite experiences have been in the winter, when the place is practically deserted, with no other people or bunnies around. The water is still warm and the atmosphere a little eerie.
Arctic Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos in Finland, mountain gorilla in Uganda and drinking Moroccan wine in the Sahara
This is pretty scary and exhilarating at the same time. Bridge Climb Sydney will keep you safe and secure at all times, but there are some hair-raising moments. The views at the top, particularly of the Opera House, are unbeatable. Too bad you are not allowed to take your own camera with you for security reasons.
Bunny spent three nights in the fabulous bungalows of Ceylon Tea Trails in Sri Lanka. It was oh so indulgent! Her particular favourites were the sumptuous colonial-style afternoon tea moments, with delicious tea, cakes, cookies and scones galore. She got so stuffed each time that she barely managed her scented afternoon baths afterwards. Oh, the tough life.
Kitted up in a dry suit and drifting between the tectonic plates of North America and Europe in ice-cold, crystal clear water that is pure enough to drink, Bunny’s snorkelling experience at the Silfra fissure was out of this world. Although extremely cold, it was very much worth the risk of potential death by hypothermia.
Granada is one of Bunny’s favourite cities in Europe - probably because it doesn’t feel European at all. Hopping around in the old Muslim quarter, Albayzín, had a distinctive Middle Eastern feel. And the Alhambra itself… it is one of those “must see” attractions that should be on everyone’s bucket list, Bunny thinks.
It is a widely-known fact that the Amalfi Coast in Italy has absolutely gorgeous scenery. What is less known is that the coast is best admired from above, from the excellent and aptly-named hiking route: the Path of the Gods. It is an approximately 3-hour hike with amazing views all along the way.
The Alhambra, Sri Lankan tea trails and the Path of Gods on the Amalfi coast
Bunny has a love-hate relationship with Moscow. However, the one place she has always loved is Red Square. She can stand there for hours and just feel the weight of Russian history all around her. The most magical moments happen in winter, when heavy snow flakes start falling from the sky and (most) people hurry indoors, leaving the square relatively empty, save for Lenin. You can always count on his company.
This little fairy-tale town was built around a 13th century castle in South Bohemia. It has Renaissance architecture, lovely cobbled streets, quaint houses, picturesque alleyways and droves of tourists… Bunny enjoyed a delightful stay there as part of her Bohemia tour and engaged in some intensive beer-tasting activities in town.
After several days of rain, the gorgeous sunny day, the exquisite seaside setting, the delicious food and the best possible company would have already been enough… But then there was also a guest appearance by a whale, clearly visible from Bunny’s picnic spot. The lighthouse picnic is her fondest memory from Canada.
Bunny’s favourite Miami hotel, Como by Metropolitan, has an amazing rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi. Bunny loves to hang out there at sunset, admiring the views of the South Beach, ocean liners in the distance and the colours of the sky as the sun goes down. This scene never gets old.
Jokulsarlon is one of Bunny’s favourite places in the world. Yes, it might be approximately 20C degrees too cold for her liking at any time of the year but it is achingly beautiful. She just loves to hop along the shore, gawking at the icebergs and admiring their amazing shades of blue and turquoise glistering in the sunlight.
Como Metropolitan Miami rooftop jacuzzi, lighthouse picnic in Newfoundland and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland
This is one of Mr. Bunny’s favourite experiences. He loves snorkelling and he loves caves. What could be better than combining the two? The water in the cenotes, which are underground sink holes found (among other places) in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is amazingly clear. The atmosphere is almost otherworldly, particularly if you happen to hit the right spots at the right time, without the tour groups and other annoying people.
It is probably not one of Bunny’s most ecologically conscious moments but she did thoroughly enjoy her stay at Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter. There was a whole lot of sand and even more luxury. The private plunge pool under the star-lit desert sky was just something else.
The Darvaza gas crater is definitely the most intriguing sight in Turkmenistan. It is a huge 20-metre burning gas crater in the middle of the Karakum desert, a result of a Soviet drilling accident in the 1970s. It is a spooky place, particularly at night. It is also very remote, with no facilities whatsoever, but still worth the long drive from the capital Ashgabat.
Cycling along the famous Donau river in the Wachau valley of Austria on a sunny summer day is a wonderful experience. The views of the picturesque towns and vineyards are stunning and the cycling is flat and easy. And at the end of the route, there is always delicious wine waiting for a weary cyclist…
On Bunny’s first ever safari, in Tsavo National Park in Kenya, a herd of elephants emerged from nowhere in the cover of darkness to drink from the watering hole built next to the lodge she was staying at. She can still remember the shivers that ran through her spine for the next 15 minutes while the herd gorged on the cool water just meters from her. There’s nothing like experiencing a close encounter with wildlife for the first time.
The Darwaza gas crater, Wachau Valley in Austria and a close encounter with an African elephant
Tobago Cays Marine Park in St. Vincent and the Grenadines comprises five gorgeous uninhabited cays, amazingly clear turquoise water, beautiful beaches, shallow coral reefs, colourful fish and a friendly population of sea turtles. It is a snorkeler’s paradise. Bunny has visited three times and absolutely loves swimming with the turtles there.
Four days of hiking in the mountains, approximately the distance of a marathon, at an altitude of up to four kilometres, without shower facilities. This was the deal and still Bunny signed up, young and foolish as she was. She is happy to report that the end reward, the mysterious lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, basking in the morning sunlight, was totally worth the trouble.
Nobody does wellness hotels better than Austrians. Bunny has enjoyed dozens of amazing weekends in different wellness hotels all around Austria. They are sleek and modern. The facilities are topnotch, the food is delicious and healthy and the spa complexes are the best she has experienced anywhere in the world. Only the service is sometimes, well, very Austrian.
There is a safari experience and then there is a safari experience in a private game reserve in South Africa - something else altogether! Luxuriating in the middle of the game reserve, being pampered and plied with drinks from dusk until dawn, whilst observing the most amazing and intimate wildlife moments in the world. Truly unforgettable.
Can one visit Tokyo and not do karaoke? Apparently not. Bunny’s shy and has zero singing skills so she decided to go heavy on the drinks and music, performing a drunken duet of Metallica’s Enter Sandman with Mr. Bunny. Let’s just say the applause were not deafening.
Tobago Cays Marine park, Machu Picchu and Bunny at Dulini lodge in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in South Africa
This is cave-dwelling on another level. Sextantio le Grotte Della Civita in a restored ancient cave complex, transformed into an amazing boutique hotel in Matera, Italy. Think meticulously preserved stone walls and floors, rustic furniture, candle lit spaces and indulgent baths in a luxurious stand-alone tub in the middle of the room. Needless to say, Bunny loved this place!
Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva... The names alone evoke exotic visions. Bunny loves them all and has visited multiple times. It is like stepping back in time, despite the growing popularity of tourism. Uzbekistan may not be the easiest country to visit but the sights are certainly rewarding.
Tikal, a large city and ceremonial centre of the ancient Maya civilization in Guatemala, is an imposing sight. There are massive Mayan temples and steep pyramids surrounded by thick jungle and interesting wildlife. You can climb one of the pyramids and the views from the top are incredible.
What to do in a massive foreign capital city if you are a vegetarian and want to check out the local food scene but don’t speak the language? You go on a food tour with a local guide and visit all kinds of back-alley establishments and eat weird-looking fare that you are told is vegetarian. A delicious experience!
Lake Bohinj in the Triglav National Park in Slovenia may not be as famous as Lake Bled but it has plenty of charms in its own right. The lake may not have a church in the middle of it but it has tranquility and a sense of remoteness missing from Lake Bled. Bunny loved hiking at Lake Bohinj!
Cave hotel in Matera, Silk Road city of Khiva in Uzbekistan and Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala
Dolomites is Bunny’s hiking paradise! Gorgeous views abound and the actual hiking is quite easy and flat. The paths are well-marked, the mountains impressive, the sun shining and the food Italian. What’s not to like?
The archeological complex of Orhei Vechi in Moldova is a fascinating site close to the capital of Chisinau. Bunny adored the Eastern Orthodoxy monastery carved into a gigantic limestone cliff above a scenic river. A handful of monks still live in this tiny, tranquil place with a splendid view of the river and its surrounding countryside.
Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars in Grand Cayman, can be quite a circus if you get there when it is busy. Bunny made sure she was there before the cruise ships hordes arrived and enjoyed an hour of amazing playtime alone with dozens of friendly stingrays.
Yes, it is cheesy but it is also a lot of fun. Mr. Bunny had the best day of his life immersed in all things Star Wars, taking a trip down memory lane. Bunny enjoyed and dreaded the rides in equal measure.
Finland is (often) hell during winter time and heaven during summer. There is no cleaner air or more beautiful, peaceful surroundings than at a Finnish lakeside summer cottage in July. And blissful long summer days there always end with sauna and a cold beer. Bunny heaven!
Hiking in Dolomites, Stingray City in Grand Cayman and summer cottage life in Finland
Bunny went on an early morning sailing trip on the Li River in Yangshuo, China. Bunny not only had the whole boat to herself and her companion, but also almost the whole river. The fairy-tale scenery surrounding her was unreal.
Bunny loves the look of Moroccan Riads! When she visited Marrakech, she had a difficult time choosing her hotels due to the abundance of possibilities. Her chosen Riads, La Sultana and Kniza, were the epitomes of Moroccan luxury and service.
For this trip, the ever-reliable Turkmenistan Airlines was 10 hours late landing at Armritsar in Northern India. At one point, Bunny was worried that she would completely miss the main attraction, the Golden Temple, as she only had one day to spare in the city. Luckily the temple is open 24h a day. Bunny’s eventual visit happened late in the evening, with mist and darkness surrounding the beautiful and mysterious complex. Bunny was totally mesmerised.
Not brave enough to take in the sights by hot air balloon, Bunny settled for touring Cappadocia’s otherworldly scenery by foot and car. The area’s natural wonders, particularly the fairy chimneys, and staying in a lovely cave hotel made a big impression on Bunny.
Venice is simply too busy for Bunny in the summer months. She loves to go there in winter instead. It’s quiet, it’s atmospheric and it’s gorgeous. If you are lucky, there is sunshine, empty streets and the kind of magic that is impossible to find during the busier summer months. Venice is also perfect for photography in winter time.
River cruising in China, Riyad Kniza in Marrakech and winter time Venice
The London Eye is pretty impressive at any time but go at sunset and opt for the ride including prosecco. You avoid the queues and enjoy the beautiful London skyline with a glass of bubbly at hand. Bunny had a swell time.
This is one of the most luxurious and fabulous things Bunny has ever done. Three days across South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, being plied with cocktails and delicious food in the vintage luxury train of the Rovos Rail.
Bunny is not much of a driver. She hated driving in LA and could not get out of the city fast enough. But once she hit the Pacific Coast Highway she was in heaven. The views! The feeling! The relative emptiness! This is America at its best, if you ask Bunny.
This is Croatia’s most popular tourist destination and deservedly so. Try and visit outside the busy season to avoid the worst of the crowds. The waters are impossibly green and turquoise and you feel like you’re in a different world altogether.
OK, let's admit it: Bunny may have been motivated to visit Liechtenstein mainly to score a new country on her travel list but she ended up being very impressed with this tiny country. Staying in the lovely Parkhotel Sonnenhof, she was able to hike around castles during the day and enjoy the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant in the evenings.
The London Eye, Rovos Rail in South Africa and scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway in California
Bunny has visited Amsterdam a few times and never tires of just strolling around this beautiful city. Not one for the special “cafe culture” on offer, Bunny is happy to drink, dine and shop to her heart’s content.
This was Bunny’s favourite sight in Sri Lanka. Dambulla includes five different cave temples, with more than 150 Buddha images between them. Some of the Buddha statues are gigantic and they all represent various epochs of the Sinhalese culture. The carvings and paintings are intricate and the caves have a beautiful atmosphere.
Some Caribbean cruises have a dubious reputation and sometimes they can be bad. You just have to know how to do it right. Book with MSC Divina and reserve a place in the Yacht Club. Yes, you will pay considerably more but you will be cruising in a ship within a ship, with exclusive amenities, butler service, unlimited drinks, fabulous dinners, beautiful cabin facilities, preferential treatment when entering and leaving the ship… It really is the better kind of cruising.
Located on the Corniche of Qatar’s capital, Doha, the Museum of Islamic Art is gorgeous inside and out. The architecture of the building is stunning and the collection of islamic art inside is world class and beautifully arranged. Bunny doesn’t normally go museum crazy but she really enjoyed her visit to this spectacular exhibition.
La Digue has one of Bunny’s all-time favourite beaches: Anse Source d’Argent. The imposing granite formations have made this beach the perennial star of many travel brochures and advertisements. And it is stunning. La Digue itself is a charming island where most transportation is still done by bicycle. It is quiet, gorgeous and safe to cycle around the tiny island.
The Dambulla Cave Temple, Museum of Islamic Art and cruising aboard MSC Divina
Picturesque squares, beer, lovely cobbled streets, beer, well-preserved medieval buildings, beer, pretty canals, beer, delicious chocolate… Did Bunny mention the beer already? Bruges is Bunny’s favourite Belgian town and as she spent more than three years living in the country she should know. And if you are wondering about the beer: you’ll never go wrong with Leffe Blonde.
Singapore skyline is truly a marvel. And no less so when enjoyed from a magnificent rooftop infinity pool, with a tasty cocktail in hand. Bunny loved her stay at the Fullerton Bay Hotel.
Bunny hates all religions (almost) equally but absolutely adores the most religious city in the world. Jerusalem is just bewildering! Bunny cannot get enough of the church bells and calls for prayer, the exotic hats and weird garments, the fervour, the history, the madness of it all. And she keeps returning to Jerusalem, a city which never ceases to amaze her…
Central Hotel and Cafe in the Vesterbro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, has only one room above an equally tiny cafe downstairs. Bunny felt very special staying the night in the quaint room with plenty of thoughtful details and hidden charms. And the staff downstairs could not have been nicer.
St. Lucia’s has two distinctive mountainous volcanic plugs, Pitons, that tower over most photos taken on this Caribbean island. When Bunny visited, she knew immediately that she had to climb to the top of one them. The ascent looks impossibly steep when you admire it from afar but it is totally doable. And the views at the summit are worth all the sweat and trouble.
Bunny's favourite experiences from Jerusalem to Copenhagen to St. Lucia
Bunny is yet to embark on a full island-hopping tour of Greece but she has had some tasters of the islands on a couple of trips. The white-washed houses, the simple but elegant style, the deep blue sea, the grilled halloumi cheese… She cannot wait to spend a longer time in Greece!
Bunny has only been to Vegas once. She decided to live large and put aside five dollars for some reckless gambling in Bellagio where she was staying. The excitement didn’t last very long but she was happy to have saved her money for more worthy purposes later on the trip. Bunny thinks Vegas is overrated but you have to go there yourself to be able to say that…
This was a surprising highlight on Bunny’s visit to Cyprus. Some of the old churches were difficult to find and some had locked doors for which you had to go searching for keys, but all of them were incredibly atmospheric and had fabulous frescoes. The best part was the serenity - there were no tourist busses in sight, particularly since Bunny travelled off-season.
Grenada is full of gorgeous beaches and small islands. Bunny’s favourite is Sandy Island, off the coast of Carriacou, one of the sister islands making up Grenada. Sandy Island is an idyllic sandbank with palm trees and gorgeous snorkelling. It is totally deserted most of time, except for pelicans, so come here with a picnic basket and enjoy your Robinson Crusoe moment in style.
Once upon a time, when the Bunnies were still kind of romantic, they opted for a candle-light dinner for two in the Wiener Riesenrad - Vienna’s famous Ferris Wheel. Dining at 65 metres above the ground in a moving ferris wheel at night was a very special experience indeed. The food and service were not bad either.
Island-hopping in Greece, gambling in Las Vegas and having a picnic on a deserted island in Grenada
Visiting Petra is an unforgettable experience at any time of the day, but especially the candle-lit night tour. It is incredible! With 1,500 candles lit up in the Siq and the Treasury, the atmosphere is magical. Just make sure there are not too many Italians in your group because it seems they cannot shut up for a second.
After some arduous hiking in the Omani desert, Bunny made her way to a nightclub in the capital, Muscat. There she was, momentarily lost, standing in a nightclub in Muscat, with a beer in hand, listening to a local band covering a Metallica song. This must be globalisation, she thought.
Hungarian wine is surprisingly good! Particularly the whites and sparkling wines. Bunny has had excellent wine-tasting experiences both in the small Somlo wine region and in Etyek, just a stone’s throw from Budapest. The countryside with its quaint houses and cute gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of wine exploration in the Hungarian style.
Chobe National Park in Botswana's far northeastern corner is easily accessible from Zambia on a day trip. Bunny did just that and experienced wildlife galore, including elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes and more during her memorable day in Botswana.
Bunny is not much of a camper, unless we are talking about luxury tents in the desert or in private game reserves in Africa. She recently made an exception to this rule and went on a real camping adventure in Fjord Norway. It was just two nights in a tent, whilst kayaking and hiking through her days and she loved the experience. Washing in the sea and drinking water from waterfalls was something new for her. And the red wine, generously poured by her hosts during the fire side dinners in the evenings, made sleeping in real tents actually bearable.
Wine-tasting in rural Hungary, wildlife gawking in Botswana and kayaking in Norway
Yes, it is that famous bar from the film Lost in Translation. It has an amazing view, live jazz and a lot of sophistication. And you can channel your inner Scarlett Johansson downing those deliciously overpriced cocktails on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt hotel. A must do in Tokyo.
A gorgeous deserted sandy beach, wind in your hair, a beautiful horse galloping underneath you on the shoreline… That, plus an additional entertainment provided by your friend constantly falling off his horse. Hilarious and exhilarating at the same time.
This is the world’s largest religious monument. Bunny took two days to go through the main sights in a tuk-tuk, with a guidebook at hand. And it was so much more than the Tomb Raider vision she had had in her mind!
Staying in the luxury lodge Maliba inside the Tsehlanyane National Park in Northern Lesotho was a memorable experience for Bunny. She went horse-riding in the beautiful rugged terrain and did not see a soul. She also did a 6-hour hike in the mountains in glorious sunshine that nearly killed her in the end.
Walking around Stone Town in Zanzibar feels like stepping back in time. Lime-washed buildings, rich cultural heritage, old colonial vibes, the smell of spices, the colours, the vibrant energy, the markets, the architecture… Stone Town simply oozes that exoticism that Bunny adores.
Exploring Angkor Wat, admiring Zanzibar and hiking in Lesotho
Climbing inside one of the pyramids in Egypt is actually quite a claustrophobic experience. Bunny much prefers admiring them from outside. There is something quite majestic about them, despite all the surrounding tourist circus.
Staying in the gorgeous Como Shambhala Estate in the jungle just outside Ubud in Bali, Bunny enjoyed the best yoga and spa treatments of her life. The estate just oozes well-being, natural beauty, tranquility and balance - with a hefty price tag to boot.
Bicycle is a great way to get around charming Luang Prabang in Laos. It is relatively flat and not quite as chaotic as one would expect. Bunny thoroughly enjoyed cycling down small alleys and along the beautiful Mekong river.
Lazing by the picture-perfect pool at Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia, a cool cocktail in hand, admiring the spray raising from the nearby Victoria Falls, whilst zebras were grazing nearby, Bunny thought she was a very lucky Bunny indeed. This thought soon gave way to more mundane pondering, but the moment still stays with her.
Bunny had the rare opportunity of seeing a green turtle laying eggs at night in Selingan island in the Turtle Island Park in Sabah, Malaysia. She also witnessed the release of some hatched baby turtles into the sea and bewildered at their 1/1000 chance of surviving to adulthood.
At the Como Shambhala Estate in Bali, Giza Pyramids in Egypt and Victoria Falls in Zambia
Truth be told, Bunny had a terrible hangover when snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She ended up having to return to the boat early, spending the rest of the trip puking. It was an experience nevertheless. Oh, those wildly stupid days of her youth…
Out of principle, Bunny never visits any zoos, most of them would just make her incredibly sad anyway. Who wants to see sad captive animals in (often) miserable conditions? Things are very different at Arashiyama monkey park near Kyoto. It is a mountain side where the snow monkeys roam free and the human visitors coming to admire them are in cages instead. Brilliant!
It is sometimes said that the Kyrgyz people were born on a horse. The best way to see the country is on horseback, following the ancient way of life of these nomadic people. Bunny’s horseback riding expedition in Kyrgyzstan lasted only for two days but she got a nice taste of the mountains and scenery. She simply must to return one day to stay in a yurt!
Staying in a secluded eco lodge, appropriately named El Silencio, in a private cloud forest reserve in Costa Rica has been one of Bunny’s most tranquil travel experiences. The peace and quiet, the excellent food, the majestic nature surrounding you… Simply divine.
Do you sense a theme to some of Bunny’s best travel experiences? Bunny gets slightly intoxicated at times… On this occasion, doing so made it easier to absorb the bloody past of the Catholic religion. The Vatican is impressive in any case, and even more so when you enter slightly tipsy.
A snow monkey in Japan, horse-riding in Kyrgyzstan and enjoying the silence in Costa Rica
Horse-riding on the beach is lovely but horse-riding in the sea is even better - at least for the rider, not so much for the poor horse, Bunny suspects. Her exhilarating experience on a remote beach in Jamaica was organised by a small locally operated business so the Bunnies had the beach to themselves.
San Sebastian doesn’t get its culinary reputation for no reason. Even as a vegetarian, Bunny had the best tapas ever wandering around the best pintxo bars in the city some years ago. The beer was not bad either…
Bunny has spent a fair amount of time in Kazakhstan and one of her favourite places is the Big Almaty Lake just outside the former capital. The surrounding mountains and the turquoise water of the scenic lake are something to see.
Belize may well be a haven for sea kayaking but Bunny’s best canoeing experience happened in a pitch black cave at Barton Creek, near San Ignacio. Drifting past ancient Mayan artefacts, remains of human skulls and imposing stalactites and stalagmites in an eerie cave, lit up only by the guide’s flashlight… Bunny may or may not have been a bit spooked a couple of times but she would go again tomorrow in a heartbeat.
Bunny hated wearing the damn head scarf but had no other option if she wanted to explore fascinating Iran. Believe it or not, there’s even a Wikileaks cable about Bunny’s visit to Iran! But good luck googling for it. :)
Bunny’s highlight of Germany has been soaking up the artsy and funky atmosphere in Berlin, from art exhibitions to beer gardens to rooftop cocktail bars. She thinks Berlin oozes uber cool.
Bunny's extraordinary experiences in Kazakhstan, Belize and Iran
Bunny’s fondest memory from the small Caribbean island of Dominica is her hike under the rainforest canopy, scrambling over rocks and boulders and making a number of river crossings, to arrive at beautiful waterfalls in the jungle. Swimming in the cool waterfalls at the end of the hike was heavenly.
Tajikistan is probably not at the top of many people’s bucket list but there is some amazing hiking in this remote Central Asian country. Bunny has only dabbled the hiking scene in Tajikistan but she was impressed with the remoteness and unspoilt beauty of it all. You get the place to yourself, and what you may lack in amenities and decent (vegetarian!) food, you win in solitude, natural beauty and peace.
Bunny went kayaking in Gozo, Malta’s tinier island, with a local guide on a gorgeous sunny September day. Mostof the tourist hordes had left Malta by that time and Bunny could enjoy kayaking in the Mediterranean's crystal blue waters in relative peace and quiet. The highlights were the fascinating (and tight!) sea caves and a well-deserved swim in the gorgeous Blue Lagoon at the end of the outing.
The famous Old Bridge, Mostar’s Stari Most, is a major tourist draw in Bosnia-Herzegovina. As a consequence, the ambience in this historical town often resembles a circus the closer you are to the bridge. Bunny advises to go outside the busy season and stay the night - the town and the bridge are best enjoyed late in the evening or early in the morning when the hordes are not around and the atmosphere is just right.
It is a different feeling altogether when you embark on a safari on foot, rather than in the safety of a jeep, no matter how open the vehicle is. Bunny has done a walking safari only once, in Zimbabwe but remains proud of herself to this day.
Swimming in waterfalls in Dominica, sea kayaking in Malta and photographing the Stari Most in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Tulum is one of Bunny’s favourite places in the world. The beach is amazing, the food is divine, the Margaritas delicious, the yoga, the colours, the cenotes, the everything… It is a happy place that she keeps returning to, hopefully still many times to come.
Bunny may be an atheist but she still thinks Jesus was pretty cool. Visiting his birthplace in Bethlehem was a special occasion. Much to the horror of Mr. Bunny, she also managed to snap a selfie with good old baby Jesus when no other tourists were around.
When Bunny did Provence a couple of years ago, she did it in style. She rented a gorgeous (and remote) pool villa for the whole Bunny family as a base for exploring the region and having some fun together. It was a glorious spring week, with roses blooming in the villa garden and the cyprus-lined heated pool in heavy use by the cocktail-loving Bunny family.
This is the one and only time Bunny has downed a pint of Guinness in her life. And it tasted.. alright. It’s just one of those things you need to do in Dublin, apparently. The sun was shining, there was outdoor seating in the pub and the birds were probably singing.
Bunny loves Georgian food! Eating delicious Georgian dinner with local wine in the gorgeous Rooms Hotel in Kazbegi, after an exhilarating hike to the Gergeti Trinity Church earlier in the day, was Bunny’s highlight in the country. The Caucasus mountains provide a stunning background to this special place, replete with good food and wine.
Drinking wine in Provence, doing yoga in Tulum and hiking in the Kazbegi Mountains