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Apr 6th, 2006, 08:02 AM
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Without a doubt, thats why I've been six times since Oct 2003, its nine weeks until I go again, and I just confirmed space at Mala Mala for next January and Mombo next September.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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Matt, there's a big world out there.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 11:05 AM
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Apr 6th, 2006, 11:39 AM
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At this point in time, my best trips rank roughly like this:

#1 Africa - South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

#2 Brazil - Rio and the Amazon

#3 Alaska - cruise on Princess followed by 4 days in Vancouver and Victoria

#4 Toss up between Italy (Rome and the Amalfi Coast) and cross country train trip to California, up the coast to Seattle, on to Yellowstone and then Rocky Mountain National Park.

Of course, there are so many other wonderful places on my list. I suspect that Australia and New Zealand will be there after July.

I am lucky as a high school counselor to be able to travel quite a bit (of course being in schools doesn't pay enough to travel to all of the exotic places I would like to go, but I do what I can). We usually do a spring break trip and then a summer trip of about 3 weeks.

The remainder of my "off" time is spent in my other favorite place in the world - the coast of Maine. We have a mobile home right by the shore that we go to for a week at Christmas and for about a month in the summer. My parents live there year round and so it is a partial visit of family and parital relaxation - lobster, sailing, boating, reading, etc.
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Apr 6th, 2006, 11:57 AM
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jcasale, do you have any recommendations for Maine. I am embarrassed to admit that, even though I live in NY and have been many times to lots of foreign countries, I haven't been to Maine (or Vermont), and I plan to rectify that this summer. I have not been to 9 states, but I will visit South Dakota next weekend, and would like to visit Maine/Vermont in July, probably driving up from NY, and visiting the Maine coast, and driving via Vermont on the return. Any tips (especially lobster shacks) would be welcome.

Thanks, Michael
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Apr 6th, 2006, 12:17 PM
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jcasale,

Any wildlife viewing recommendations for Maine? Feel free to email me personally since we are straying from Africa. Thank you.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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Thit cho and Lynn,
My mom lives full time and sis has a weekend place in Ogunquit on the coast. I'm embarassed to say however, that I don't know of any lobster shacks because we cook them at home. Ogunquit is a beautiful place though, with a mile long pristine beach and a very pretty cliff walk. There's many excellant owner operated intimate resturants and B+B/Inns. I'll be happy to give specifics if interested.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 06:57 AM
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Thanks Sherry!
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Apr 7th, 2006, 07:03 AM
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lynn, I'll e -u if ok.
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Apr 7th, 2006, 07:39 PM
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Years ago my husband and I took a 5 day bicycle/windjammer cruise in Penobscot Bay in Maine. We would sail to different islands, then put ashore and bike around the island. It was probably one of the most fun holidays we've ever had. I think it was through Vermont Country Cyclers. (I don't think the company exists anymore.) The schooner we were on was the American Eagle (out of Rockland, I think).
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Apr 7th, 2006, 08:06 PM
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Nevermind, sounds like a delightful trip.
Cybor, please email me if you wish.
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Apr 11th, 2006, 12:36 AM
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Oooh, an old thread resurrected! I must now add Antarctica to my list as it's simply an incredible place to visit and one I long to return to, as I do to those parts of Africa I have visited.

If you do visit Antarctica, PLEASE find time to include South Georgia as well as the Antarctic Peninsula as SG is where it's at for the wildlife - Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain rank amongst the top 3 wildlife experiences in the world, for me.
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Apr 11th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Can't really answer this since I live in Africa. Great continent though, and so diverse.
My top three would be :
Mali for its culture
Congo for its music and wildness (not to mention craziness)
Namibi for its deserts

Countries to avoid:
Sudan
Sudan
and Sudan

If interested in Africa, go to www.jeremierita.canalblog.com

Worldwide, my favourites:
China,
Nepal
Chile
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Apr 11th, 2006, 02:28 PM
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Africa touches me to the core of my being! The "Africa Experience" that most of us have felt is indescribable to anyone who hasn't been there. I would say that my two favorite places in Africa are:

Botswana - The absolute wildness of the place is fantastic! I still dream of the night when I lay in my tent, watching a full moon come up over the flooded Delta.

Tanzania - The relative ease of traveling the Northern Circuit and profusion of wildlife here can't be beat. I also enjoy the warm and gracious Tanzanian people.

Other non-African favorites:

The Oregon Coast - One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world!

Little Cayman - World-class scuba diving.

Italy - Food, Food, and Food!

Egypt - The thrill of standing next before a Pyramid or Abu Simbel stays with me.
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Apr 11th, 2006, 03:03 PM
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If I were somehow prevented from ever visiting any place in the world again, with the exception of Africa, I'd be disappointed.

If I were somehow prevented from ever returning to Africa, but had access to the entire rest of the world, I'd be devasted.
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Apr 11th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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...whatever that is as well as devasTAted.
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Apr 12th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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Hello everyone!

This is a very interesting thread. My husband and I love to travel ..so far we have covered most of the northeast by road - MA, VT, NH, ME, CT and NY of course considering we live in NY. I love New England in the Fall. For Maine, we went to Bar Harbor and did a lot of hiking out there. The coastline out there is so different.

So finally, this year circumstances have become conducive (economically!) to travel abroad ..and we chose Africa (Tanzania to be precise)!! We are leaving next month and are very excited about the trip. It's our first big adventure!

Anyways, I am already planning our next vacation this year. I will be able to get 11 days off either during Thanksgiving or Christmas time and would love to do some travelling within the US ..

Would like your expert opinions on the following options keeping in mind the time of year we will be travelling.

- California Wine Country Road Trip
- Arizona, Utah, Desert Road Trip
- US Virgin Islands / Puerto Rico??

Any other suggestions!?? We are looking for something "off of the beaten path". We don't hv kids yet .. and want to do something that we wouldn't be able to do once we settle down!

And, thanks a bunch guys ..this thread has already started my thinking about a vacation in Peru + Galapagos Islands next year!

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Apr 13th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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Jeremie,
It may seem obvious, but what was so difficult about Sudan? I am especially interested because you are experienced with travel to more 'difficult' places.
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Apr 13th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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I can heartily recommend wine country at any time of the year, in Nov, Dec you do stand the chance of rain, but quite often we have beautiful sunny days with the temp in the high 60's and even low 70's. Hotel accomodations are much easier to get then, you can just walk into restaurants (not the French Laundry) and the tasting rooms are quiter, meaning you get a more relaxed, personal experience.
I may be biased in this recommendation.

If you plan on visiting Napa and Sonoma and want some more ideas, e-mail on [email protected]
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Apr 15th, 2006, 06:00 AM
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hi, havent read all this but-i am bewitched by africa. she refuses to let go since 1999. so much so-my life is about to turn upside down-and hurting some people here along the way.i hope to be in kenya at some point.that should be enough honesty i think.
thx, d
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