My favorite spot on the planet
This is a big statement from someone who lives to travel. There is nothing that makes me happier than to explore new places and cultures and soak up experiences.
But after a full year of traveling whenever and wherever we wanted, I was reassured that my favorite place on the planet is standing right next to this column with that view.
That is Michelangelo’s tomb inside Santa Croce, the Church of the Holy Cross, in Florence.
I love Michelangelo and I love historical churches with gothic architecture. But this is not the prettiest, most ornate or most interesting church I’ve ever visited. It does, however, represent the thing I love most about travel.
It embodies the experiences that I’ve spent my life chasing, that shape my decisions.
Standing in front of that tomb, surrounded by tombs of other great men like Dante Alighieri, Niccolo Machiavelli and Galileo Galilei, is an experience like no other. Maybe, if I breath deep enough, I’ll soak in some of the magic that lingers from the bodies buried there. Maybe I’ll understand a little more about Italy, about art, about life.
Or maybe not.
What I do know is that I’m better for having been there; for having seen it; for allowing myself to be moved by something; for believing in something; and for putting in the effort to be there, hoping that the experience is worth it. And it is, 100 percent.
This is my happy place.
The church is filled with stunning artifacts, architectural details and stained glass windows. Here are a few more photos of my favorite place on earth.
Clearly, it’s a beautiful building, but it pales in comparison to some of the other churches I’ve seen. That’s OK because it’s not about that. It’s about the feeling I have here and that is the reason I travel.
Where’s your happy place? Comment below and thanks for reading!