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From all your travels what would you suggest as your top three experiences?

From all your travels what would you suggest as your top three experiences?

Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:37 AM
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Nance thanks a lot, on Kauai this summer with niece would love to show here this stuff, Now that I know what it is

Uhuh: real bummer but I always take in the stars of vacations

Everyone else these are really moving and interesting, keep em coming
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:38 AM
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Not really on my travels but driving home from Montana in Southern Alberta, saw the most incredible northern lights. They were so spectacular that most cars had pulled off the highway to watch. Simply beautiful and so still that night.

First time to Angel Falls many years ago, incredible scenery.

New Zealand, all of it.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:40 AM
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I love reading all the answers to this thread. This is what travel is about for me. I will never forget going out west for the first time. Until I was 16, I had never been west of the Mississippi. I went to AZ to spend my last summer before graduation with my sister. She took me to the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon and driving through the switchbacks in Sedona. For a young woman who was used to pine forests as far as the eye can see, it was breathtaking. That is when the travel bug bit me for the first time.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 10:16 AM
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1. Top of Ankor Wat at sunset
2. Hiking down the Canyon to Phantom Ranch
3. Corfu 40 years ago when it was unspoiled and incredibly inexpensive and we were young and broke
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 10:28 AM
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1. Cairo, Egypt
2. Beijing, China
3. Hong Kong
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 10:53 AM
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1. Mount Whitney, Alaska. Flying in a small plane near the base of Mount Whitney with sheer rock walls 5,000 feet high surrounding us and then flying into the "auditorium" area where 7-10 glaciers met.
2. Maui, HI. Three whales about 100 ft from shore playing for about an hour at sun down. Residents of Maui said that they had never seen the whales so close to the shore.
3. Lake Louise, Banff, Canada. Arriving at Lake Louise when I was 10 years old and thinking "this is what heaven is going to look like!".
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 10:53 AM
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For Sarah. Don't know if you found it yet, but the website I was telling you about is heavens-above.com. Poor spelling in my prior post!
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:05 AM
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I'm not really a world traveler, but here goes:

(1) Washington, D.C. - I think I learned more and experienced more during my week's stay than any other time in my life.

(2) Germany (I was an exchange student, so am cheating a little here.) - One of the highlights of my time there was a weekend stay in the castle hotel Trendelburg - I felt like a princess!

(3) Key West - Good food, GREAT hotel (The Marquesa), laid-back atmosphere and a little history - I was in heaven.

 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:10 AM
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1. Swimming with the sea lions and penguins in the Galapagos Islands.

2. Sunrise at Maccu Piccu in Peru.

3. Shark dive in Tahiti.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:32 AM
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How are you cheating Marie many of us got our first great taste of travel through exchange programs. I pleasantly remember calling my sister from a London call box that I could not shake the dream like feeling I had. Not being able to put my new environment into a context I understood I had this strange sensation for the first few days that I was in a dream. I no longer get that feeling but will always remember my first trip abroad.

That was a great memory for me. You probably had plenty in Germany that were closely connected with your age and innocence and it all counts!
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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I agree with X. I count my military time as travel. After all, that is why I joined, to see the world. I now can travel on my own, but as a young woman in the 70's, I could not have possibly afforded to travel to all of the places that Uncle Sam sent me!
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:47 AM
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nycer,
When did they move Mt. Whitney from Southern California to Alaska?!?
This I gotta see. No wonder it was interesting.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:54 AM
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xxx
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where did sam send you Nance?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 11:56 AM
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Mt. Whitney, Mt McKinley they're all alike?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 12:00 PM
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1. bribing a cop in Morocco not to give me a ticket 2. bribing an airport customs guy in Morocco to let me exchange for dollars 3. bribing our maids for more toliet paper and soap - which they delived while my partner was the process of her morning ritual. Good trip, memorable.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 12:13 PM
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Paul- when did they move Mt. Whitney from Central California to Southern California?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 12:29 PM
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1. Turning a 3-day business trip to Antwerp into a 10-day tour of Belgium (and day trip to Paris) for me AND my wife.

2. Seeing the Sistine Chapel and the Colloseum in the same day.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 12:56 PM
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thx nance I forwarded that link to 3 people
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 01:04 PM
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Here are my three:
I was on a big Mediterranean ferry coming from Crete back to Athens. It was night and the seating areas were packed. I went up on the deck where the skies were clear under a full moon. Off in the distance though, was the most incredible lightning storm. Sheets of lightning flashed from the top of the sky down to the water, and the thunder roared and cracked almost continuosly. It went on for nearly an hour, then disappeared. Just magical....
In the early 90's there was a total solareclipse In Hawaii. I really, really wanted to go to the Big Island (from Honolulu)for prime viewing, but all the flights were full when I finally called to book. My only option was to join a friend who was flying over in another friend's four-seater plane. Now, I HATE flying, and usually won't go except in big jumbo jets, so you have to imagine how scared I was when we took off at 3 in the morning. Once we got up in the air though, I decided that it was out of my control and I was going to sit back and enjoy. It was awesome! It was a totally clear night with no wind and billions of stars reflecting in the ocean below. When we arrrive, we scooted in between all the Lear Jets and went out to a big lava field. The eclipse was incredible, despite the fact a cloud blocked it just as the diamond ring appeared. Felt like I was in another realm. (on the way home, the flight was bumpy and I got very sick, but I ignore that part of the day!)

My third great experience would be a day that my girlfriend and I jumped on a water taxi in Bankok. We rode out in the country for about an hour trying to figure out how to signal to get off, hoping there would be a return taxi. We watched the locals from the stilt houses bathing in the water, doing laundry, etc. We finally got off, and met a cute monk on the return boat. He was fascinated by my 6'2" girlfriend and ended up taking us all over the city, then back to his temple for dinner. As we walked thru his neighborhood, parents would spot us, then run grab their kids to look, calling Falang (foreigner)! The entire temple joined for for dinner, then walked us down to the docks to catch a water taxi home.
I know you said three, but I have to mention these: An totally unexpected 3 day trip to Kyoto with my husband last fall/ the Sydney harbour Bridge climb/ horseback riding as a family in the wilds of Canada, and..... okay, I'll stop!
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 01:32 PM
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going to a cremation ceremony in bali

snorkeling at the great barrier reef

sunset/sunrise at monument valley
 

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