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About jeffergray

  • Last trip
    Seattle, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, the Columbia Gorge, Crater Lake, & the Oregon coast
  • Next trip
    Glacier NP, and then on to Jasper/Banff?
  • Favorite destinations
    Can you visit Italy, Greece, and Turkey too many times?
  • Destination wishlist
    Syria, Yemen, and SE Turkey (when conditions permit); Inner Asia (Xinjiang to Samarkand)
  • Best travel tip
    I treat my trips as a learning experience. I read relevant books (history/travel/fiction) before going, and take along books that relate to the place I'm visiting to read during the trip. I also enjoy watching movies that were filmed where I'm going before I leave.
  • Favorite hotel
    La Sirenuse in Positano on the Amalfi Coast
  • Favorite restaurant
    The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michael's, Maryland
  • Never travels without
    a Blue Guide, if there's one that covers my destination; otherwise, love the Moon Guide series or the Explorer's Guides
  • All-time best travel moment
    An impossible question, producing a 13-way tie:

    (1) seeing the Parthenon the first time on the evening I arrived in Athens;

    (2) surveying the hills of Turkish Anatolia stretching into infinity from the acropolis at Pergamum;

    (3) hiking from Vicenza into the countryside on a rainy day to see Palladio's Villa Rotonda;

    (4) emerging from the train station and seeing Venice spread out like a stage set;

    (5) taking the path uphill to Mad Ludwig's castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, and emerging from the forest to see the ivory keep towering above, with wisps of fog swirling around it;

    (6) walking from the train station into the countryside and stumbling across the pilgrimage path leading to the baroque church of Vierzehnheiligen in Germany;

    (7) sailing up the Nile from Luxor to a small Egyptian village on a felucca with a group of friends on Christmas Day, 1979;

    (8) taking a bus from Amman down into the Great Rift Valley to the Allenby Bridge crossing, and then coming around the ridge at Bethany and seeing the Ottoman walls, the Dome of the Rock, and the rest of Jerusalem draped across its hills;

    (9) crossing the rain-swollen Brahmaputra River in a small motor launch to visit the Tibetan monastery of Samye;

    (10) unexpectedly running across a village harvest festival in the Tibetan highlands near the Yamdrok Tso;

    (11) having the bus driver on a run from Erzurum to Kars in eastern Turkey insist on giving me the front seat on the right so I could enjoy an unobstructed view through the front picture window;

    (12) walking through the Alhambra very late on an April afternoon when the tour buses had all departed and the place was empty and quiet except for the water gurgling in the fountains;

    (13) seeing Denali National Park on a beautiful, clear day -- something that happens about once a week.
  • Interests and hobbies
    Reading and writing history; travel photography
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