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Aug 23rd, 2005, 10:32 PM
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I agree with you Nukesafe, and thanks to Uncleart's thread maybe we can all remember it! In fact after I got home today, later I found I had to go do some small grocery shopping. I took my neighbor with me and before the grocery shopping we checked out some new businesses that have opened up. Nothing historical or earthshattering by any means but we both realized how often we just do what we have to do without any attention to our surrondings.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 12:00 AM
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Although I am not currently living in my "home' town I do recall a television series filming there as they arrived in on their yacht, it was a stunning shot coming into Campbeltown Loch on the Mull of Kintyre but unfortunetly for them they arrived on a Wednesday afternoon when, as the custom goes, all the shops were shut and hardly anyone was about! Since then more businesses have opted to stay open.
It is a beautiful place, so green with such array of scenery and wondeful people (mostly!). The Wee Toon is currently awaiting the finishing of a new complex with pool, library, gym and cafe - a much needed boost. But for countryside living it is adorable and I see it every time I return home, it puts a lump in my throat.
No matter how far I travel, or where I have lived, Scotlands different scenery is still top notch and maybe its bred in the bone but the sound of the pipes is a piece of heaven to some of us. sigh....
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Aug 24th, 2005, 02:29 AM
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I love your OP!
I've lived in New York for 20 plus years, and am moved by your wonderful description of one of our treasures, the Union Square farmer's market, and another of our treasures, the ebb and flow of street life we have that is like nowhere else. Thank you for that and for the great idea you brought up, of seeing your town like a tourist... You have the heart of a true traveler!

Even after all these years, there are surprises, and I still get a kick out of showing friends other places my secret corners of this city. So we sort of become underground tourists! .

The Empire State Building is near my office, and I can see it from the window, so I watch the sun turn it from silver to gold as the day passes.

Yesterday at lunch I walked along the street and and saw:

A group of teenage girls break-dancing for a music video,

a shoe repair place where the Russian guy makes beautiful bespoke leather boots out of a little room in the back,

another shop almost next door, where there is a Cuban man who makes hand-rolled cigars.

On a side street,, a tiny coffee shop where you can still get a real espresso from an elderly man who makes it with a machine that is as old as he is.

Policemen on horseback, soldiers with rifles.

The "partybike", pedaled by 6 people sitting in a circle,

Bryant Park, with it's little Carousel, roaming chairs, and office workers sprawling all over the "meadow" some with their shorts off, or skirts rolled uo past the knees to soak up the sun. Underneath that lawn, there are the vaults of the NY Library, holding thousands of rare books....

People holding hands, arguing, hugging, ignoring each other, helping each other, pushing, laughing, looking confused and alive!

Kate, so true. Strolling through London on that day must have been amazing.

Powell, I appreciate your thoughts, and remember so clearly the day of 9/11. You're right, it's hard to philosophize about that event.

I was downtown also, and remember the sparkling brilliant sunshine, the stange silence and dust, and the tidal wave of love that swept over the whole city, us afloat together until we could stand up again. Time really froze, and we all had our priorities set absolutely straight. I'm so glad you daughter made it.

Countless spontaneous acts of kindness passed between us all. I know that I fell in love with NY anew during those days.

I was in a friend's loft on West Broadway about a week later. They had evacuated, all their stuff ws covered with that horrific dust, and we were trying to straighten things out somewhat. It took 6 weeks until they could return home with their 3-year old son, because, as we all knew, the dust in the air was toxic.

We heard noise, looked out the window, and were amazed to see crowds of people, some pushing babies in strollers, coming out of the subway and heading down West Broadway carrying cameras. Then we knew that there would be a whole new kind of tourist coming for awhile.


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Aug 24th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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Yes, I do. And once about 8 years ago I actually lived for about a month in downtown Chicago as a sort of test to see if I would want to buy into a project (gutted and redone building that had been business-related and was changing to condos). The building is across the street from the Art Institute. Living there all the time and being a tourist or visitor are entirely different.

But now I either do it alone or with a woman friend or relative at least once a year for 3 to 4 days. I enjoy being a tourist immensely as there is so much to see, do and change is always occurring here as well. The last few times I have stayed by the Chicago River and gone in both directions.

A big disappointment to me and I have tried so hard to remedy it but with little success, is the fact that I have many people (intelligent, fun-loving, witty, etc.etc.)whom I adore but who refuse to go downtown for any reason whatsoever. My best friend and surrogate mother is one. She hates it and hasn't been downtown in almost 20 years since the time I took her to Les Mis. during its first running. My guy dislikes downtown also and will only go with me under duress.

This coming year I plan to go during the winter months and take a winter delight hotel package. There are many advantages when the crowds are less, especially in the museums. I also plan to get back to the Botanical Gardens this Fall in Glencoe. I live so far from there that it is easier for me to get to Michigan, so I have to make an effort. It's one of the features outside of the downtown area that is worth a special mention to the tourists interested, as is Brookfield Zoo.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 12:25 PM
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Unless tourist would be interested in "The world of Coke" museum or Gone with Wind Museum, which I would not be interested in hometown or tourist, there is nothing much to see in a city as big as Atlanta.

I have been interested in a home exchange, we have a large house, but cannot imagine that anyone would want to visit Atlanta. I could not imagine trying to make a list of the "must sees".

It is a decent place to live but I wouldn't want to visit.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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ggnga, are you kidding!!! I was in Atlanta this last April for the very first time and I absolutely loved Atlanta! OWJ invited me and I can honestly say that there was not enough time to see everything she wanted to show me. You have a beautiful city (I stayed in Buckhead btw).
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I try to, but I don't succeed. In summer everywhere I go in downtown Munich the tourists are. They don't know where to go just standing in everyones way, when people need to go to work. The places they go are the most boring in town. Who would spend an evening in the Hofbräuhaus and it's far to expensive anyway. And it's only frequented by tourists. It must be Fodors, who only give this bad advice on where to go?? ;-) The last time at the Deutsches Museum was 20 years ago. I autum there is Oktoberfest, the noise in front of my flat. The crowded subway, nothing but loud drunk tourists every day around you after 9 hours of work.

I am trying to get two weeks off during Oktoberfest, just to be able to get away. If I were a tourist im my town, I wouldn't come back after my first visit, although Munich is the best place to be.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 01:16 PM
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Art, thank you for your OP. The imagery is wonderful.

Having lived in downtown Chicago for 16 years, I still do "tourist weekends" to branch out and take advantage of what a great city it is.

JJ, I would be happy to meet you for drinks downtown so you don't have to go solo. A mini-GTG (or others might be interested). The winter time is just about my favorite in the city, too. So much to do and see.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 01:51 PM
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Sure will do! I'm serious. January sounds good and I'll look for dates soon. Maybe we can do tapas.

On Oct. 1, 2005 I've gotten 5 females in my family to do ONE downtown day and theatre; it's a miracle. It will be grand-daughter's first time at live theatre other than ballet.

But I've lost myself in the Art Institute for an entire day and also wandering the stores and Cultural Center without being at all lonely. The Harold Washington Museum is sure worth a gander also, so I always take a ride to the top garden room and relax up there for awhile, if I am quite walked out.

I'll post for a GTG so keep looking. Maybe swalter815, Vittrad and a couple others will join us.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Sometimes I see tourists in San Francisco taking pictures... I stop to see what is it so attractive to them... and I don't see it!

But I still love the city, and it's fun to pretend to be a tourist here. And it's easy! For example, once my husband said: today we're going to an exotic country. And he took me... to China-town!!

And with so many activities and plays and good weather how can you stay at home on weekends?
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Aug 24th, 2005, 04:47 PM
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I was recently thinkinbg about this as I read a trip reveiw. I live outside of Boston, and I love Boston. This summer we have taken weekend trips to Cape Cod and enjoyed the lovely beaches and sea food. Then we went to North East Maine. WOW is it beautiful! We stayed in B&B's, eating lobster and drinking beer outside in restaurants on different harbours. Aracdia national park is bereathtaking. I often go into the NOrth End of Boston and buy my Italian goodies and have a nice lunch or cappichino. Walking around the Boston commons and gardens is so relaxing. I love having a drink at the Armani cafe and going into the stores I can not afford. It is delightful walking along the Charles and watching the sail boats. So when I read the fabulous trip reports and know that I am in Boston for the summer, I think, how lucky can you get.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 06:01 PM
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We just moved (and retired) so we are able to learn our new hometown (Durham/Chapel Hill NC) as if we were tourists. It is so much fun.

We lived just about half way between Washington, DC and Baltimore for 27 years and raised our two children there. My husband had been born in DC, but I'm originally from Chicago. So we did a lot in DC because it was so easy (and so much was/still is FREE) and in the last five years we got more into Baltimore as well. I think our experiences traveling elsewhere pushed us into a more eyes-open to exploring our "hometown" particularly once we were through being Mom & Dad (and soccer team manager, t-ball coach, diving judge, community theater family-performers, gymnastics club PR, high school sports fans, choral concert attenders, and car pool drivers extraordinare).

We are soooooo lucky to have so much open to us. Just today we traveled about 20 miles down the road to an outstanding pottery gallery (and purchased a wonderful piece to display in our new NC home). Can't wait to entertain friends from Maryland to show off our beautiful new hometown. (Already had our NYC daughter down for a week, but she went to school down here so it was almost like coming "home" again for her to some extent.)

We are incredibly fortunate. Tomorrow is another new adventure.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 10:41 PM
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Heather and the rest of the folks from Chicago-Please include me in your lists for any Chicago get together? Thanks!
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Aug 25th, 2005, 12:48 AM
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I do it all the time.
Every time we have visitors, we take them on a hop on/hop off bus tour.
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Aug 25th, 2005, 06:23 AM
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Look for a GTG Chicago heading on a thread during the month of October.

The GTG would be in the daytime as I know that distance is a factor with many and some years ago when they tried it, that was the only time that "worked". And it would probably be on a Saturday - too many couldn't get off from work on other days when it was tried before registration. We are all workers here, I think, or at least 75%-80% of us are.

The timing will be winter months and most probably Jan. or Feb. When the winter delights offer start to be advertised maybe we can get more exact timing and input. And dutyfree, I am keeping a list so we can alert all.

Swalter815, I hope you are still traveling then! And of course we will probably hit a blizzard, but I don't think that will stop many of us.

Maybe we could aim at one of the last two Saturdays in Jan.? And then if those don't work, maybe later. Any input or ideas are appreciated. Sorry for hijacking the thread.

In relating to the OP's question. My town, Tinley Park, has exchange programs with Budingen Germany and Mallow Ireland. When those groups (large, LARGE) come to live in our homes, we take them everywhere in Northern IL- so I guess we are tourists as well at those times.

Always summer, of course.
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