Friday, December 9, 2011

10 Loves Friday

I am sure I’ve said this before, but Michael I love to travel. It is one thing that defines us as a couple. We love exploring new places and seeing how others live. I love learning the history of the different countries and what defines them as a country. In honor of that, today I am going to talk about my top 10 travel destinations that we have either been to or would like to travel to. While there are many, many more places than those that I am going to list…these are my top 10 in no particular order.

Italy- #1 Place we want to go! We are both Italian and we would love, love, love to see where we came from.
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Rome, 3,550,900 (metro. area), 2,455,600 (city proper)
Languages:Italian (official); German-, French-, and Slovene-speaking minorities
Ethnicity/race:Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian- and Greek-Italians in the south)
Religions:Roman Catholic approx. 90%, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic

Capital (2003 est.): Canberra, 327,700
Languages:English 79%, native and other languages
Ethnicity/race:Caucasian 92%, Asian 7%, aboriginal and other 1%
Religions:Roman Catholic 26%, Anglican 21%, other Christian 21%, Buddhist 2%, Islam 2%, other 1%, none 15% (2001)

France- I've been there, but I want to experience it with Michael. <3
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Paris, 9,854,000 (metro. area), 2,110,400 (city proper)
Languages:French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects (Provençal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Ethnicity/race:Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Southeast Asian, and Basque minorities
Religions:Roman Catholic 83%–88%, Protestant 2%, Islam 5%–10%, Jewish 1%, unaffiliated 4%

Great Britain- My Nana and Grandpa Pete moved from England in the 50's. I want to explore of my heritage with Michael since I've already been here once before.
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): London, 7,615,000 (metro. area), 7,429,200 (city proper)
Languages:English, Welsh, Scots Gaelic
Ethnicity/race:English 83.6%, Scottish 8.6%, Welsh 4.9%; Northern Irish 2.9%, black 2%, Indian 1.8%, Pakistani 1.3%, mixed 1.2%, other 1.6% (2001)
Religions:Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001)

South Africa-
Administrative capital (2003 est.): Pretoria, 1,541,300 (metro. area), 1,249,700 (city proper); Legislative capital and largest city: Cape Town, 3,140,600 (metro. area), 2,733,000 (city proper). Judicial capital: Bloemfontein, 378,000. No decision has been made to relocate the seat of government. South Africa is demarcated into nine provinces, consisting of the Gauteng, Northern Province, Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu/Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, and Free State. Each province has its own capital
Languages: IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001)
Ethnicity/race: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001)
Religions: Zion Christian 11%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8%, Catholic 7%, Methodist 7%, Dutch Reformed 7%, Anglican 4%, other Christian 36%, Islam 2%, none 15% (2001)

St. Lucia-
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Castries, 60,300
Languages: English (official), French patois
Ethnicity/race: black 82.5%, mixed 11%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1% (2001 census)
Religions: Roman Catholic 68%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 6%, Evangelical 2%, Anglican 2%, other Christian 5%, Rastafarian 2%, none 5% (2001)

Taiwan- I have family here and would love for Michael to see where they live. Last time I was there I was 7 years old.
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Taipei, 7,871,900 (metro. area), 2,722,600 (city proper)
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin, official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects
Ethnicity/race: Taiwanese (including Hakka) 84%, mainland Chinese 14%, aborigine 2%
Religions: mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%

Belize- We went here on our Wedding Cruise, but Michael was injured and we didn't get to see anything. We swore then we would be back!
Capital (2003 est.): Belmopan, 8,700
Languages: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole
Ethnicity/race: mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7%
Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7%, Anglican 5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Mennonite 4%, Methodist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%), none 9%, other 14% (2000)

Dominican Republic-
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Santo Domingo, 2,851,300 (metro. area), 2,252,400 (city proper)
Ethnicity/race:white 16%, black 11%, mixed 73%
Religion:Roman Catholic 95%

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Cairo, 11,146,000 (metro. area), 7,629,866 (city proper)
Languages:Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes
Ethnicity/race:Egyptian 98%, Berber, Nubian, Bedouin, and Beja 1%, Greek, Armenian, other European (primarily Italian and French) 1%
Religions:Islam (mostly Sunni) 90%, Coptic 9%, Christian 1%, other 6%

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