Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UBC 20 - GBE2 - Breathless

This is post 20 for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge on  GBE2's prompt  "Breathless"

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away ~ Unknown

So here are some of the moments of my life that took my breath away (in no particular order)

The birth of my kids - they were the sweetest babies I ever saw and they brought and still bring joy to my heart

Paris at Christmas - oh my, that was magical - nearly 20 years ago and I can still hear myself say "OMG this is so beautiful"

The Sistine Chappel - absolutely amazing - I was completely lost for words

Statue of David in Florence - the sheer size of it was astounding 

Inside the Colosseum in Rome - I think I just stood there and stared. Wow what can I say – in it’s time this must have been something magnificent.

Under the Niagara Falls in the maid of the mist – Actually it’s quite scary to hear the thunder of the falls but the ride was so worth it.

First glimpse of the majestic Himalayas – that is a sight to behold. I would love to go back and see them again.

Manali in the Himalayas – I think this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.  I can close my eyes and see the place in my mind – it was so beautiful, it’s imprinted in my mind. 

The Houseboat on Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, India – I was 11 at the time and it was just so different. To my 11 year old mind this was just amazing. And the shikara (boat) ride across the lake with the mountains all around was breathtaking.

Taj Mahal at Agra – one of the 7 wonders of the world – to be experienced as one can’t describe it in words.

Fatehpur Sikri near Agra– Now this was a place that truly amazed me – I enjoyed every moment of it. Our guide was so awesome, one could actually transport oneself to the time of Akbar the Great. If ever you visit India, don’t miss this one.

Marlborough Sounds, South Island, New Zealand – New Zealand has many places that take your breath away including my beautiful city of Wellington, but I chose this one as this was my first view of the South Island from the Interislander ferry and I was just blown away by the views.

Pohutu geyser, mud pools and Waiotapu in Rotorua – the thermal activity in Rotorua is also something one has to see. The Pohutu geyser erupts approximately every 1-1.5 hours so we were lucky to see one eruption that was quite spectacular.

The snow in the freak snowfall we had all over New Zealand. I had so much fun in the snow, I was like a little kid and the views from my house were astounding.

And then there was Donny Osmond … he held my hand for a moment or two while singing Puppy Love at the Wellington concert in 2006 – oh what can I say – my heart stopped beating for that moment.

I’m sure if I spent some more time on this post I would come up with many more breath-taking moments but will have to leave those for another post another day.

Wish you all many awesome moments.

Here are pics of the snow on the hills around Wellington that truly took my breath away.

Warm Regards


  1. This was such a cool list! I loved it!


  2. The second picture is awesome Suzy. And the majestic Himalayas truly breath taking. Cheers, Ruby

  3. Wow...loved your list! I'd love to visit the Himalayas someday! An undoubtedly unforgettable moment for sure! I can relate to the birth of your children...when both of mine finally made their exit and were safely snuggled in my arms they took my breath away too.

    Great post! :)

  4. What a great and varied list! You have seen some remarkable things and now have them in your memory bank for all time. How nice.
    I do NOT share the beauty and adoration of snow, but then I live in Michigan and it interferes with my sitting on the deck in comfort and bathed in sunlight! LOL Not a cold or snow lover at all, but I DO see the fresh and clean look of a freshly fallen snow and for a few moments, I can appreciate the beauty. Then the reality of the cold and the ultimate mess of the melting or needing to be shoveled snow hits me right between the eyes. YUCK.

  5. Nice, Suzy! Thanks for sharing. You are very fortunate to have traveled to some very beautiful places! :)

  6. Wow, you are well traveled. Thank you for letting us travel vicariously through you with this post.

  7. Whoa, need a travel buddy?

  8. I can't add anything not said new the others haven't - great list and pictures.

  9. Thanks Everyone. I have limited internet access but I promise to visit your posts once I'm up and running.
    @Kathy, @Brenda - Glad you liked it.
    @Ruby - Yep, the Himalayas are an awesome sight. The pics here of Wellington were taken from my lounge.
    @Jessica - all babies rock. I hope someday you will get to see the Himalayas.
    @Jo - oh lol, I think I'd have the same reaction if it snowed all the time out here.
    @Beachlover, @Steven - Yes, I'm very grateful that I've had the chance to see so many wonderful places.
    #GPD - oh lol, a travel buddy or two or three or .. would be awesome.

  10. I was totally with you until you got to Donny Osmond. Tee hee. I love the magnificent scenic views.



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