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Blue Ivy Carter, put these travel spots on your bucket list

January 09, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The Blue Hole of Belize, as seen from an aerial photograph.
The Blue Hole of Belize, as seen from an aerial photograph. (U.S. Geological Survey )

Baby girl Blue Ivy Carter was welcomed to the world Sunday by parents Beyonce and Jay-Z -- and an avalanche of tweets about her unusual name. Early Twitter messages mistakenly reversed it to Ivy Blue (and I'm ignoring those with the hashtag #NamesBetterThanBlueIvy).

Here are some amazing places that share Blue Ivy's first name and would be perfect for a visit -- after she learns to walk.

--Blue Hole of Belize: There are other blue holes in the world, but this one has always snagged the title the "great" Blue Hole. It's on the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, which has become a diving magnet, and measures about 1,000 feet in diameter and 412 feet deep.

--Blue Mountains of Australia: Just 40 miles from Sydney is an impressive mountain chain with a high point of just more than 3,000 feet. Katoomba is the cool place to stay while exploring the bush, gorges and national parks in the area. Here's what Lonely Planet says about the name: "The slate-coloured haze that gives the mountains their name comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by eucalyptus trees."

--Blue Zone areas: This isn't a single destination but rather several areas of the world where explorer and educator Dan Buettner found the happy confluence of diet, lifestyle and old age. Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; and even Loma Linda in Southern California are some of the spots to visit -- and learn.

--Blue City of Jodhpur, India: The blue here refers to houses painted an intense blue in the Meherangarh Fort section of Jodhpur, the second-largest city in Rajasthan. 

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