2. FIRENZE, ITALIA (Florence, Italy): This is where I lived and studied abroad for a semester of college. I still miss it every day and will always consider it a second home. The art history, food, culture and beauty of this incredible city can't be beat. This is also where I rekindled my love for reading, with weekly stops into my favorite used bookshop ever.
4. OUTER BANKS, NC: My husband introduced me to this place on our "mini-moon" and I immediately fell in love. This northern coast of NC is so relaxed, the beaches are perfect and it has become our go-to summer vacation destination.
7. WASHINGTON, DC: Although I've lived in the DC area for close to 8 years, I am still in awe every time I see the skyline, walk past the White House or see the thousands of cherry blossoms each spring. There's really no place like it, with a mix of politics, professionals, history, culture, great food, and entertainment.
9. NICE, FRANCE: Although I just visited for a day during my time abroad, the largest city on the Côte d'Azur has stuck with me. One of my favorite afternoons ever was spent here and I will forever be amoreaux (in love) with this place.
11. NEW YORK, NY: My mom's side of the family comes from NYC, so I've always loved "the city that never sleeps". The hustle and bustle make you feel energized and there's always something to do, eat or see at anytime. Although I have never lived there, my college internship and multiple visits to see friends, have allowed me to see beyond the touristy spots. Whether brunching on the Upper West Side, checking out the shops on 5th Ave or spending an afternoon with a picnic in Central Park, I always love spending time in the city.
13. QUEBEC CITY, CANADA: Obviously you know I'm Irish, but I'm also French Canadian. My family came from France via Quebec, so naturally I was drawn to this city in the north. The history and old world feel give Quebec City that "je ne sais quoi". Not only that, but the food is hearty and delicious, especially if you can make it to a sugar shack (maple syrup).
15. GRANBY, CO: I was lucky enough to spend a week here for work (on a ranch!) and I honestly didn't want to leave. The view was so incredible, that I made it a point have my coffee with the sunrise every morning I was there.