What is Your Favorite Place(s) to Visit?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-06-07 20:06:01 -0500
Started 2012-05-30 20:50:43 -0500

Being in a relaxed state of mind does wonders for your health.

Stress free (or at least, reduced stress) situations can help you manage your diabetes, a visit to you favorite place can help you to clear your mind and relax.

My favorite place to relax, besides parks and the library, is New York City.

Manhattan, the "Big Apple!"

I love visiting the city, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, visiting Battery Park City overlooking the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, The South Street Seaport, The New York Botanical Gardens as well as the Empire State Building never cease to fascinate me!

I never run out of places to go, or things to see, no matter how many times I go there.

I cannot wait until the Freedon Tower is completed and opened…even with the crowds and the excitement of NYC, my stress level is so low that I don't even worry about my blood glucose level rising, i'm always too busy enjoying myself!

What is your favorite place to visit, your place of solitude, the place that makes you happy and stress free?


54 replies

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-03 19:09:51 -0500 Report

Any where there are flowers, sun and a book or my family:) Just LOVE it and feel totally relaxed.

MAYS 2012-06-05 21:16:20 -0500 Report

Flowers for a lovely lady…rest, relaxation, a good book and family!
It's always good to see a response from you!

Setzer 2012-06-03 16:25:48 -0500 Report

I like to visit VA. Flying there from CA and I hate flying so much, it's worth it though.

MAYS 2012-06-05 21:10:44 -0500 Report

I hate flying also, but we do what we must do, when it's necessary…
If visiting VA helps to relieve some stress, or makes you happy, I agree that it's worth flying to get there!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-02 06:05:18 -0500 Report

I am lucky I live in a place where I can destress and be happy. I find the mountains very relaxing, I like to walk deep into the mountains sit on this top and look out at the endless beauty around me. Pine trees carefully plotted, and a small meadow where wild flowers grow. I love the smell of pine trees. I love sitting in my porches and watching hummingbirds come to life as they squabble for their right to drink. Life is so good and each day brings another chance to live it to the fullest. Time is precious since you can never get it back, but finding time to relax for people with diabetes is a MUST!

MAYS 2012-06-03 11:01:58 -0500 Report

Very well stated!
I agree with you 100%, how about posting a few photographs of the mountains here on this site for other family members to enjoy?

nzingha 2012-06-04 11:49:11 -0500 Report

I LIKE THIS DISCUSSION..i have been staying away from DC as i find it so stressful sometimes to hear the horror stories and my docs have warned me to stay away from stress..it has made me sick!…
so i welcome this question …here's my contribution…i like travelling generally…so anywhere that's new and interesting I love to visit and to explore and i love taking pictures to have the memories and to share with others. i love mountains and the ocean and i love old buildings.my favourite thing tho is people watching. i could sit for hours and watch people …that to me is the most interesting thing in this life!

MAYS 2012-06-05 21:03:00 -0500 Report

Please don't stay away from DC..your input is always appreciated as are you!
Tell us about your travels, your photos and your methods of de-stressing.
Your thoughts and ideas would make a welcome discussion!

nzingha 2012-06-06 04:26:50 -0500 Report

oh boy if i ever start writing.. i may never stop..so much to tell..lol . my whole life is already on FB and here i want to still keep a reasonably low profile… i am still learning to de-stress.. i have to if i want to stay alive because diabetes and stress are big enemies as i have proven…lol

MAYS 2012-06-06 11:04:07 -0500 Report

Have you ever thought of documenting your travels for future generations to enjoy?…Just a thought!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-01 20:41:25 -0500 Report

Babi Yar Park near where I live is including some metal from the World Trade Center in their memorial. I am looking forwarded to seeing it when they complete their renovation of the park.
I spent many hours waiting near the Brookln Bridge for super sacks of cocoa beans to be loaded into my husband's semi. I haven't been back to NYC since a a couple of years before Sept. 11th. It felt like it had happened in my own backyard.

MAYS 2012-06-03 10:59:09 -0500 Report

There are many local parks near me that have pieces from the ruins of the World Trade Center disaster…Hoboken, Harrison, Jersey City (NJ).
I believe that almost everyone in the USA felt as though it happened in their very own back yard..it felt strange for me to look in the direction of the WTC and not see them there on the horizon…very strange indeed…now as I look at the near completion of the Freedom Tower on the horizon, I feel a great deal of excitement for it's completion…been to the Reflection Pools where the towers once stood, I get a feeling of emptiness when I'm there.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-01 13:23:09 -0500 Report

There is a small private island off of nassau in the bahamas..For a very resonable price, they take no more then 50 people out to, and turn you loose for the day..I could spend the rest of my life there

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-01 12:36:08 -0500 Report

Near a fllower with a bee.

jayabee52 2012-06-03 00:37:05 -0500 Report

I love watching them too, but I thought that was because I was a beekeeper in my youth. If I had the space to set up hives and the strength to muscle the full hives out I would love to still be keeping bees. But alas, my strength is pretty much gone and my balance is too, so probably is not a good idea for me now.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-03 00:47:26 -0500 Report

Watching them in other people's gardens is enough work for me. I loved working in my garden. I would not have been able to maintain it any more now though. We both can just laze around and watch the busy ones toil.

pixsidust 2012-05-31 18:53:09 -0500 Report

I love the Boston area, oceans, sand between my toes and even the open spaces of grain waving like a green or yellow oceans in Iowa.

I am fascinated with the history of Boston and nearby cities. My family tree is historical. My grandpa is a descendant of Robert Treat Paine of the Declaration of Independence. My Diabetic grandpa looked like him… really looked like him.

My Grandma's family were French Huguenots that came with the Dutch to this country and wrote inflammatory letters against the English. So much is preserved in that area. I am amazed buildings from the 1700's are still in use in daily life. Other cities would have torn them down

MAYS 2012-05-31 19:46:30 -0500 Report

That's wonderful!
Just imagine walking the very streets and routes that your ancestors walked.
You are correct, many historical buildings are being torn down because they don't fit in with the modern decor…it's sad that history is so quickly discarded!
Are you documenting your family history for future generations?

pixsidust 2012-06-01 21:44:03 -0500 Report

We have the entire family tree with all branches from 1651 all the way up to my mother. The French side of my family fled persecution in France and went to England. He then met his wife got married in St Mary's of Alderberry built by Christopher Wren and where Churchill gave his Iron Curtain speech. That church has been transported and rebuilt brick by brick to Fulton, Mo. Isn't that amazing? I have copies of wills, land tracts and the buttons off my Great Great Grandfathers Civil war uniform. Grand Army of the Republic. His brother died in the battle of Shiloh and he survived with a wound to the shoulder that they used a silk scarf to clean it pulling it through. His wife was much younger than himself. I have a picture of her holding me as a new born and she in her 90's

Caliafiosgram62 2012-05-31 18:04:20 -0500 Report

Oceanside at dawn in Wells Beach Maine. It's calming and the sun coming up is downright breathtaking. I never tire of it.

MAYS 2012-05-31 18:19:03 -0500 Report

How can anyone not enjoy a sunrise, or for that matter a sunset?
Breathtaking is an understatement, I cannot imagine the calm, and the beauty that you witness, continue to enjoy this…how about posting some photos?

jimmuel 2012-05-31 15:10:48 -0500 Report

I've got two places that I like to relax an destress,first is I take a walk in the woods an find a spot to set an think or read a good crime noval,the second I do everychance I get is to go to a lake or river an take the boat out an anchore it an set an fish an think about life has to offer

MAYS 2012-05-31 18:04:51 -0500 Report

I love walking in the park, or the woods especially during the Autumn season.
I agree with you about thinking about life, and what it has to offer.
I see that you are a mystery \ crime novel reader, may I ask what is your favorite novel, or who is your favorite author?

jimmuel 2012-06-01 00:30:01 -0500 Report

I have 3 favorets,my first choice if i have to pick would be James Patterson any of his novels,im in the middle of lifeguard,then it would be Patricia Cromwell,i just finished her novel, trace,then the third would be Dan brown,I like all of his novels so far anyway.do you read

Nick1962 2012-05-31 14:50:12 -0500 Report

Basically for me anyplace with water – lake, fountain, you name it - but I have warm memories of many places. A chilly, snowy evening in Chicago on a bench in Grant Park (with a snuggly companion) staring out at the skyline and snow-covered fountain, lake Michigan at our backs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-31 13:11:10 -0500 Report

Mays I live in a city so visiting another one isn't relaxing for me. I am too busy trying to see everything. I love Manhattan's theaters,restaurants and the shopping. However, my all time favorite place to relax is on a Cruise Ship or anywhere near the water. The Wal-Mart close to my house is on the point of a river. Going in an out of the store is so relaxing. You can see the city skyline and the lights reflecting off the water at night is beautiful. I took a photo of Carnivals Pride as it was leaving port and turned it into wallpaper for my phone.

I don't think I will ever visit Freedom Tower, or the Vietnam Memorial wall. After visiting Alcatrez, Slave prisons and the Queens Staircase in the Bahama's, The Arizona and Punchbowl Cemetary in Hawaii, I find those places too depressing.

MAYS 2012-05-31 17:38:13 -0500 Report

I do understand your point of view on visiting certain places, but I look for the history in places that I visit as well as where I live.
I can only imagine the view of your city"s skyline on the water, it must be breathtaking!
And I can only imagine the serenity of taking a cruise aboard a ship, this is something that I must really consider someday.
Have you posted any of your photos here on DC?

jayabee52 2012-05-31 12:58:24 -0500 Report

What helps me to de stress is not so much a place, but an activity.

My favorite thing to do is to DANCE! I have a lot of different dances I do and I get the endorphins going so much that I forget my burning neuropathy in my feet.

It also keeps my mind active and is good for my cardiovascular system as well.

So I go to a whole other place but do it mentally when I am dancing.

MAYS 2012-05-31 17:22:15 -0500 Report

Well said James!
What is your favorite dance, if I may ask?

jayabee52 2012-05-31 23:31:47 -0500 Report

I guess if I had to name one it wouild be the "east coast swing" aka "Jitterbug". I also really like square dancing and "Contra" (parent dance to Square).

JSJB 2012-05-31 03:44:48 -0500 Report

Traveling, there are so many places I've been to that I can not call one of them a favorite place but if I had to choose one it would be the Black Hills of S.D.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-31 18:31:13 -0500 Report

JS I went to Denver and to Silver City via the Oh My God Rd. which takes you over the mountain. To stand on the ground and look up at 60 ft pines is one thing. Being above them is totally different especially on a road that was basically built as a mining road for horses. You have to pull over to let a car pass and there are no guardrails. I swear as a passenger had I opened my door the first step would have taken me down the side of the mountain. The view was spectacular. We also went to Valley of the Gods and saw amazing rock formations and the Continental Divide where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet and flow in opposite directions. The Atlantic flow west and the Pacific flows east. Beautiful even in May with snow on the ground.

JSJB 2012-06-02 14:01:37 -0500 Report

Planning another trip next June 2013 Leaving on the 1st and returning to Pa whenever.

MAYS 2012-05-31 11:36:10 -0500 Report

Have you ever kept a log (written or photographic) of the places that you have visited?
I am sure that you must have some rather impressive stories to tell concerning all that you have seen!


Caroltoo 2012-05-30 22:43:50 -0500 Report

I enjoy a calming hike up to Manoa Falls or a stroll around Enchanted Lake where I live. I like to sit under a tree on the grass and read a favorite book while sipping a glass of white wine. I enjoy hearing the bird calls across the lake, seeing the herons and stilt legs fly over with their sweeping wingspread. I love the quiet of a moonlit night with moon and stars reflecting across the lake and the occasional insomniac frog croaking in the rushes. I love the vivid colors of the trees and flowers and the exotic scents of foods from many different lands. I love the warmth and frienship of the people.

I also love to feel the energy on the Waikiki Beach Beachwalk and hear the laughter of our visitors against the soughing of the wind in the palms and the sound of the surf. I love to watch the torch lighters run down the walk lighting the Tiki torches while I sit quietly eating coconut shrimp and sipping an ice cold drink.

I love the fact that I'm not visiting, I'm living in my favorite place. I love life and living.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-31 13:02:42 -0500 Report

Carol I loved Waikki Beach. I didn't see the torch lighters but I did get to see them at Paradise cove. That beach has wonderful energy. Especially with Diamond Head in your view. We went on a Booze Cruise and watched the sun set was beautiful.

JSJB 2012-06-02 14:03:19 -0500 Report

My mother like to travel and when aske about Hawaii her reply "When they build a road" didn't like flying or cruising.

Caroltoo 2012-06-02 14:57:34 -0500 Report

Sounds like my sister … afraid to fly, can't afford a cruise, hasn't ben to visit in 20+ years.

Caroltoo 2012-05-31 13:07:32 -0500 Report

Definitely a not-to-miss experience. I've wanted to go out for the sunset cruise again, but it just isn't the right timing for Wayne and I'd feel bad leaving him behind because of how much he has always enjoyed the water. That really is my issue, not his; he would encourage me to do so. Timing just isn't right yet.

MAYS 2012-05-31 11:41:08 -0500 Report

Isn't it wonderful to have such a place at your disposal whenever you want to enjoy it!
Have you ever taken any photos of the beauties of nature that you enjoy?
I agree with you concerning life and living, life is so easy to love once you began to enjoy it and all that it has to offer!


Caroltoo 2012-05-31 13:04:21 -0500 Report

Take a look at my photos on DC, CC, or AC (they aren't all the same). Many are mine, some are professional shots. Yes, it is truly a blessing to live here.