What up guys! Danielle here for day eight of the 15 day writing challenge! Just wanna say how lovely I think this new feature is, it really gives me a chance to let my creativity shine! Sometimes it's hard to find new inspiration for things, and Articles helps me let my ideas flow effortlessly. Today's challenge is "favorite destinations" and while I would love to be a seasoned world traveler, I'm not. I've never left the States, and I haven't left the east coast in about fifteen years, if not longer. I absolutely long to travel: I would love to take a road trip across the grand ol' USA, and my heart belongs to Italy, The Netherlands, Brazil, Greece, Japan and France. So today I guess I'll just talk about the places I've been and want to go.

1. Oneonta, New York

This lovely little college town in upstate New York was one of my favorite place to visit on my grand college tour. Literally meaning "city of the hills", Oneonta is known for its gorgeous hill and mountain views, cute and quiet main street and inventing cold cheese pizza.

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2. Cooperstown, New York

Cooperstown is where the Baseball Hall of Fame is, and its quirky main street is full of baseball museums, shops and memorabilia. In addition, it has a beautiful lake, residential streets and hiking areas and a view of the mountains.

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3. East Hampton, New York

Want something a little more suburban upper class? The Hamptons are for you! Pristine streets, tons of history, gorgeous beaches, stunning houses you can only dream of and high end shopping await you at the end of Long Island.

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4. Montauk, New York

Dubbed "The end of the island", Montauk is my personal favorite summer destination. It has beautiful beaches, lovely nature and wildlife, hiking trails, a lighthouse, great eateries, tons of adorable local shops and huge rocks and cliffs to climb at the absolute tip of Long Island.

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5. Hartford, Connecticut

Another town I visited on my college tours, Hartford has to easily be one of the prettiest places to visit in the fall time. The weather is crisp and just right, the trees are a golden and red sheen, and the town and its people are friendly and welcoming. I can't wait to go back and do some apple picking!

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Now for some places I want to go so very badly.

6. Milan, Italy

The fashion capital of the world! The food! The art! The culture! Italy is the place I want to go the absolute most and the top city on that list is Milano. I hope to study abroad there next year!

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7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is a country alive with culture, art, music and color. I would love to go to Brazil one summer and experience all the festivals and carnivals that really make the city glow with uniqueness and creativity.

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8. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is much like my home city of New York- it is full of a variety of culture, art, fashion and language. It is busy, fast, bright and always buzzing. But as much as I would love to visit the city, I would also love to visit the more natural parts of Japan- the mountains, the rolling hills, the cherry blossom trees, the flower gardens. My top destination, though, is the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.

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9. Santorini, Greece

To me, Santorini seems to be the height of luxury. The crystal clear waters, the crisp white buildings, the architecture, the food, the art. I would love to explore all of Greece but from an outsider's perspective, Santorini seems to be the perfect place to start.

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10. Paris, France

The most romantic city in the world. A mecca of art, culture, poetry, food. The place visionaries like Picasso, Hemingway, Woolf, Fitzgerald and Stein would meet and collaborate. So much art was created and is housed here. The architecture, music, language are some of the most beautiful in the world. Sigh. Oh, just to sit in a cafe and muse as they did.

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Something I've always found interesting is the other places in the world. The ones that aren't as well known, well traveled, well visited, crowded. Yes, everyone wants to go to Paris, but how many want to go to Burgundy? Milan is beautiful, but let's take a trip to Bologna! Once I'm done going to all the big places, I want to roam the tiny towns, the cities that are small but old and rich with history, or new and burgeoning with life. Maybe they're known for their antique shop instead of being the meeting place of some of literature's greatest minds. And that's okay. There's so much more to the world.
Where's your favorite places in the world? What cities and countries are you dying to visit? Let me know!

Ciao, au revoir, tchau, sayonara, antio sas, and goodbye,
Danielle