Have you ever wished you could escape to an all pink whimsical wonderland? Have you ever wished such a place even existed? Welcome to dreams of Fuji Shibazakura — a springtime flower festival. In Japan, at the foot of the infamous Mt. Fuji, lies a breathtaking 2.4-hectare flower field where you can be surrounded by nearly 800,000 pink flowers, known as “shibazakura.” Surely, the flower festival is a surreal experience and a must-see for both nature aficionados and those who love all things pink!
You might be thinking of water — a tidal wave, a rippling lake, a rhythmic river. However, all of the above qualities echo in the gorgeous spirals and formations of Antelope Canyon, found in Navajo Nation, Arizona.
Remarkably clean, safe, and spacious, New Zealand is known for being exceptionally tourist-friendly. You can’t go anywhere farther than 75 miles from a beach, and coffee and wine flows as abundantly as the ocean among New Zealanders. But for all of its alluring familiarities, this California-sized island holds many beautifully strange treasures.
Exotic white sand? So passé. You don’t have to travel across the world to see surreal locales in technicolor palettes — we’ve got some hidden gems right here at home in the USA. This week’s royal shades of purple and pink are located at Pfeiffer Beach, a local favorite along the Big Sur mountain range in California.
I could name tons of conventionally beautiful bodies of salt water that I’d love to dip my feet into: The Dead Sea, The Great Lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and so on. Salt flats, however, are an entirely different story — an otherworldly natural confection. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, spanning over 4,000 square miles in Bolivia. Among cacti-lined islands and flamingo populations, the snow-white sea of salt looks as if it came straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. But this scene is no mirage- it’s a very real place that won’t disappear if you pinch yourself.
Guest Post by Jackie Dorey
This week’s dreamy wonder of the world is not a specific location we could wander around on our next vacation, but I’d certainly love to if I could. Modest rocks on the outside and glimmering caverns on the inside, geodes are truly hidden gems. I can’t help but wish I could shrink down to the size of a pebble and explore the complex worlds of geodes from the inside like Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic Schoolbus.”
Sometimes, when I’m trying to find the dreamiest places on earth to feature here, my astonishment is a bit more reserved and polite. You know — in that way where you’re like “wow, I can’t believe this place exists on earth,” but it’s not entirely a sublime experience and you’re also like “well, of course it would.” Like, “this place is amazing, but not stretching any realms of possibility — it’s just really beautiful.”
That is so not the case here. There is nothing reserved about the pinkness of the Pink Lake. It isn’t politely pink. It isn’t “pink when you fiddle with the hue/saturation levels.” It is real, honest to goodness, cotton candy pink — “naturally fuschia,” which is a strange and beautiful phrase. It literally seems like a figment (pigment?) of the imagination, but there is a “pink lake” on this green earth, and the water is legitimately this Barbie-Dream-House, cupcake-icing, nauseatingly cute shade of pink.
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There’s a hidden gem in Madrid’s largest park — the Crystal Palace, or “Palacio de Cristal.” The imposing structure is built almost entirely of glass on an iron framework. Decorative ceramic inlays add embellishment to its columns and facades. At its feet, steps lead down to a reflective lake. Rainbows refract and light up its various domed rooms.
The Palacio de Cristal is unquestionably beautiful — but where did it come from? What was the inspiration behind its striking design?
Pamukkale literally means “cotton castle” in Turkish, and it’s easy to see why — this geological wonder is famous for its pillowy rock structures and spectacular, pastel springs. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the landscape has been a tourist attraction for literal centuries, back when it was home to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis.
Egypt isn’t just home to pyramids and hieroglyphics. Beautiful and rich as the presence of ancient art there is, it would be unfortunate to overlook the region for its equally stunning natural features. Today, we’re dreaming about one of Egypt’s natural treasures – the White Desert. Continue reading