Wanderlust Series – Interview with Carole from Berkeley and Beyond

Carole Terwilliger Meyers is a native San Franciscan and the author of eighteen books.  An active freelancer, her articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers, and she maintains four blogs and two websites.  Ms. Meyers is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and resides in Berkeley, California. You can connect with Carole through Berkeley and Beyond ,Facebook ,Google+ ,Instagram, Pinterest,Twitter and Youtube.

What Place Do You Often Revisit?

Hampstead, England

What is it About This Particular City or Country (s) That Holds a Piece of Your Heart?

It was one of the first places I visited in Europe. I stayed there for a few days with a friend in a wonderful old house overlooking Hampstead Heath.

Is it a Feeling of Trying to Recreate Moments from Visiting the City (Listed Above)?

Please Elaborate; For Instance, in visiting Paris I may try and recreate the moments of getting lost with friends I met through Busabout. I remember we tried to find the Sacre Coeur late at night and upon finding it, we climbed to the top of the steps, sat down and drank from a bottle of wine as well as ate the baguette we brought along with us. Perfect ending to getting lost since we got the best view of the city below us.

When I first returned, I was trying to recapture my original experience. But it had changed and many places were gone. Now, I return to see what is new and to keep in touch with what is old. Hampstead is a suburb of London, which I have visited many times, and I have returned here on every visit to London save one.

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What Are Your Reasons for Exploring New Cities Over Revisiting the Same One Again and Again?

I love the excitement of seeing a new city, but I also enjoy the layering of understanding that occurs when I revisit a city I’ve been to before.

In Exploring New Cities; How do You Decide Which Places to Visit?

I have no forumula. I decide based on what has fallen in my lap and what I am interested by.

Do You Want to Visit New Cities Because it Would be a New Experience for You?

Please Elaborate; For Instance, do you visit the Cinque Terre in Italy so that you can walk through all five villages having never experienced it before since this would be your first time visiting them.

Absolutely. In fact, Cinque Terre in Italy is a group of villages I’d like to visit because I’ve heard so much about them and would like to spend time there.