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of any one specialty item, what would it be?

For example, the cathedrals of Europe, the wines of France, bbq of the USA deep south, the Camino de Santiago (although would you call this a specialty tour-hiking day after day?)...

Off the top of my head, a cheese tour of one area in France would be eclectic and interesting to me.  I feel a little funny saying it because I've never heard of anyone doing it, but it sounds tasty! 

The savory snack thread had me thinking about cheese...lol

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I want to go to the Jelly Belly factory.🙂

My DH would saw breweries and or cigar factories or maybe baseball stadiums.

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I have no desire at all to go to NYC (I don't like big cities), but just this morning I learned there is an AKC Museum of the Dog. I'd LOVE to go there. I know that's not a tour, just one place. But still . . . 

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18 minutes ago, City Mouse said:

I want to go to the Jelly Belly factory.🙂

My DH would saw breweries and or cigar factories or maybe baseball stadiums.

Ooh! My BIL would love the Jelly Belly factory...off to research.

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15 minutes ago, Pawz4me said:

I have no desire at all to go to NYC (I don't like big cities), but just this morning I learned there is an AKC Museum of the Dog. I'd LOVE to go there. I know that's not a tour, just one place. But still . . . 

Yeah, ya like what ya like, right!?!  Your dog avatar is super cute.

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I'd love to go whale watching off the east or west coast of North America, or perhaps off the coast of Scotland.

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4 minutes ago, wintermom said:

I'd love to go whale watching off the east or west coast of North America, or perhaps off the coast of Scotland.

That sounds majestic and peaceful. 

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Just now, ChrisB said:

That sounds majestic and peaceful. 

I thought so, too. I'd never heard of it much before, but there seem to be several places to do it now. I don't live near an ocean, so it would also mean a trip to the ocean, which is really exciting as well. I love beachcombing and eating seafood.

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16 minutes ago, wintermom said:

I thought so, too. I'd never heard of it much before, but there seem to be several places to do it now. I don't live near an ocean, so it would also mean a trip to the ocean, which is really exciting as well. I love beachcombing and eating seafood.

I could go for crab and lobster in Maine/east coast! I have all things culinary on my brain. 😄

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I'd like to do a Viking tour of Scandinavia.

Would also love to visit Day's End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland.

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15 minutes ago, Selkie said:

I'd like to do a Viking tour of Scandinavia.

Would also love to visit Day's End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland.

What is a 'viking tour?'  See open air historic viking towns/building and ships? 

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1 minute ago, wintermom said:

What is a 'viking tour?'  See open air historic viking towns/building and ships? 

Just a phrase I made up for a tour of historical sites and museums.

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I'd be very happy to take a tour of chocolate making establishments (particularly if samples were to be had)!

Regards,

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1 hour ago, Selkie said:

I'd like to do a Viking tour of Scandinavia.

Would also love to visit Day's End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland.

I think it might be enjoyable to take boat day trips into some of the fjords-picturesque. 

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51 minutes ago, Kareni said:

I'd be very happy to take a tour of chocolate making establishments (particularly if samples were to be had)!

Regards,

Kareni

Good. I'm coming with you! I mean, it's Chocolate!

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So many!

I think my first choice would be a Patagonia trek.  Oh my, I just spent too much time looking at different itineraries and the spectacular scenery. I better do this one quick though, because my knees give me more and more trouble every year when I hike downhill.  

Then, when I can't taking hiking vacations anymore, I'd love one or more of those European river cruises, visiting multiple countries,  or  the Russian one on the Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow. My parents actually did a "bike and barge" canal cruise in Holland that sounded fantastic, and as it was during tulip time, was stunningly beautiful as well. Bikes are not so hard on knees, and they offer electric-assist for a (IMO) well worth it upcharge...

I'm supposed to be working on taxes, and I keep looking at gorgeous waterfalls/mountains/lakes instead!

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I'd like to tour the museums that house the crown jewels of the European monarchies/former monarchies.

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1 hour ago, Karen A said:

So many!

I think my first choice would be a Patagonia trek.  Oh my, I just spent too much time looking at different itineraries and the spectacular scenery. I better do this one quick though, because my knees give me more and more trouble every year when I hike downhill.  

Then, when I can't taking hiking vacations anymore, I'd love one or more of those European river cruises, visiting multiple countries,  or  the Russian one on the Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow. My parents actually did a "bike and barge" canal cruise in Holland that sounded fantastic, and as it was during tulip time, was stunningly beautiful as well. Bikes are not so hard on knees, and they offer electric-assist for a (IMO) well worth it upcharge...

I'm supposed to be working on taxes, and I keep looking at gorgeous waterfalls/mountains/lakes instead!

Ha, a nice distraction to dream!!

Maybe it's watching PBS shows with the Vikings cruise commercials, cruising down the Danube sounds wonderful. Russia has an appeal, too.

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1 hour ago, MrsMommy said:

I'd like to tour the museums that house the crown jewels of the European monarchies/former monarchies.

Wouldn't that be wonderful to see how opulent they were!

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Two of the places I've always wanted to see are the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, and Petra.  So, could I take a world tour of ancient buildings hewn from rock.  I'm not even sure what other places qualify.  I guess I could just say made from rock, and go see the pyramids in both Egypt and the Yucatan.  

If you need a tour that's somewhat realistic, assuming no kids, or covid, or knee issues or civil war, I could just do Ethiopian churches.  Or churches of the horn of Africa, because I think Eritrea would be awesome too.

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2 hours ago, Kareni said:

I'd be very happy to take a tour of chocolate making establishments (particularly if samples were to be had)!

Regards,

Kareni

Particularly if?  I think that a sample fee chocolate tour would frustrate the heck out of me.  I'd say "only if samples . . . " 

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On 5/25/2020 at 2:27 PM, ChrisB said:

of any one specialty item, what would it be?

For example, the cathedrals of Europe, the wines of France, bbq of the USA deep south, the Camino de Santiago (although would you call this a specialty tour-hiking day after day?)...

Off the top of my head, a cheese tour of one area in France would be eclectic and interesting to me.  I feel a little funny saying it because I've never heard of anyone doing it, but it sounds tasty! 

The savory snack thread had me thinking about cheese...lol

I will cheese tour with you!  That sounds better than wine country.  I like wine but I LOVE cheese.

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I've always longed to do one of the great British gardens tours.

Vineyard tours, ahhhhhh.

Totally different and markedly less pleasant vein, but having visited a handful of historically relevant prisons, I think I'd.... "enjoy" is not the right word, but "get a lot out of" a world tour through the lens of different nations' prisons.

 

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I want a caves of the world tour. I love caves. I could see a million of them.

Cheeses of France sounds pretty darn good too though. How about a tour of the best noodles in Asia. I'd do that. 

I'd do a tour of weird museums in general. Like, the weird museums of Paris. I'd do that tour.

My grandparents took a "garden tour" of England and Scotland eons ago. My grandmother loved it. She talked about it all the time. From her telling it sounded like they really did just see gardens.

 

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Me: World mountains

Hubby: Culinary tour of Louisiana

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I'd do a tour of archeological sites. Better yet I'd spend a few days working at each.

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I’m thinking mountains and waterfalls of any big, gorgeous variety. But now that I know there’s such a thing as garden tours of England and Scotland? Yes, please! I would LOVE that. 

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On 5/25/2020 at 2:49 PM, Karen A said:

So many!

I think my first choice would be a Patagonia trek.  Oh my, I just spent too much time looking at different itineraries and the spectacular scenery. I better do this one quick though, because my knees give me more and more trouble every year when I hike downhill.  

Then, when I can't taking hiking vacations anymore, I'd love one or more of those European river cruises, visiting multiple countries,  or  the Russian one on the Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow. My parents actually did a "bike and barge" canal cruise in Holland that sounded fantastic, and as it was during tulip time, was stunningly beautiful as well. Bikes are not so hard on knees, and they offer electric-assist for a (IMO) well worth it upcharge...

I'm supposed to be working on taxes, and I keep looking at gorgeous waterfalls/mountains/lakes instead!

The bike and barge cruse canal sounds amazing to me. Mine would be something bike related. Not long distance biking where you are carrying all of your gear, but more tour biking to see sites in both the country and city. We almost always do a bike tour first thing when we visit a new city, and I’ve loved every single one of them.

My next choice would probably be food related. Maybe something like local snacks, street food, or simple, local cuisine. When we travel, I always like finding the inexpensive, local favorites. So a tour around those would be great. Ice cream would be another. We did our own version of that one when we backpacked through Europe right after college graduation. Also, watching Vivian Howard’s new show on PBS made me long for a dumpling tour. 

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1 hour ago, Pam in CT said:

I've always longed to do one of the great British gardens tours.

Vineyard tours, ahhhhhh.

Totally different and markedly less pleasant vein, but having visited a handful of historically relevant prisons, I think I'd.... "enjoy" is not the right word, but "get a lot out of" a world tour through the lens of different nations' prisons.

 

I know what you mean about the prison tours. They’ve all left a huge impression on me.

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re Robben Island

8 hours ago, CuriousMomof3 said:

Can I come on the prison tours?  I've always wanted to see Robben Island and the gulags in Siberia.

 

 

That's one of the ones we saw.  It was a long time ago and the first one I ever visited -- just the very beginning of still-in-progress processing, but here are my pictures and reactions from the time.

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On 5/25/2020 at 4:17 PM, Kareni said:

I'd be very happy to take a tour of chocolate making establishments (particularly if samples were to be had)!

Regards,

Kareni

We have one called Pure Imagination in Ohio and the guy really is like Willy Wonka. :biggrin:

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I'd like to see the penguins of the antarctic, but I don't think my stomach could handle the trip, lol.

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10 hours ago, maize said:

I'd do a tour of archeological sites. Better yet I'd spend a few days working at each.

I can hook you up...😊

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On 5/25/2020 at 6:05 PM, CuriousMomof3 said:

Two of the places I've always wanted to see are the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, and Petra.  So, could I take a world tour of ancient buildings hewn from rock.  I'm not even sure what other places qualify.  I guess I could just say made from rock, and go see the pyramids in both Egypt and the Yucatan.  

If you need a tour that's somewhat realistic, assuming no kids, or covid, or knee issues or civil war, I could just do Ethiopian churches.  Or churches of the horn of Africa, because I think Eritrea would be awesome too.

Oh, I like these! Don't know enough about them so it'd be interesting to learn more.

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18 hours ago, KungFuPanda said:

I will cheese tour with you!  That sounds better than wine country.  I like wine but I LOVE cheese.

Yeah, I know! We have friends that are super into wine, but I'd just take the cheese. 

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17 hours ago, Pam in CT said:

I've always longed to do one of the great British gardens tours.

Vineyard tours, ahhhhhh.

Totally different and markedly less pleasant vein, but having visited a handful of historically relevant prisons, I think I'd.... "enjoy" is not the right word, but "get a lot out of" a world tour through the lens of different nations' prisons.

Or maybe multiple tours of world gardens...that would be very interesting!  But I could go strictly British, too.

I'd go with you on the prison tour. That would be interesting but "heavy".

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18 hours ago, Farrar said:

I want a caves of the world tour. I love caves. I could see a million of them.

Cheeses of France sounds pretty darn good too though. How about a tour of the best noodles in Asia. I'd do that. 

I'd do a tour of weird museums in general. Like, the weird museums of Paris. I'd do that tour.

My grandparents took a "garden tour" of England and Scotland eons ago. My grandmother loved it. She talked about it all the time. From her telling it sounded like they really did just see gardens.

When I was a young teen, my parents took us to Mammoth Cave in KY, and I learned to appreciated the wonder of caves. It could be that the temp was around 100 degrees, and the cave was a cool 55. loved that! Just as long as it doesn't feel claustrophobic... But the crystals, beautiful.

Sign me up for the noodle tour! I love to try different flavors. Asian and Middle Eastern flavors/spices have spectacular depth.

I have a sister that loves to do bizarre museums big and small. She gets a kick out of it! It's like the bizarre collections reflecting the insides of a quarky mind...lol

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17 hours ago, Slache said:

Me: World mountains

Hubby: Culinary tour of Louisiana

Same sister that likes bizarre museums also lives in LA. We went to a shrimp and crawdad boil at a friend's house that was super fun and delicious. Great experience! 

World mountains would be quite the accomplishment!

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17 hours ago, maize said:

I'd do a tour of archeological sites. Better yet I'd spend a few days working at each.

Working it a few days would make it even better, agree. 

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17 hours ago, mmasc said:

I’m thinking mountains and waterfalls of any big, gorgeous variety. But now that I know there’s such a thing as garden tours of England and Scotland? Yes, please! I would LOVE that. 

Waterfalls!! I didn't think of those, but that sounds calm and wonder at the creation of nature. I'm in!

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16 hours ago, Frances said:

The bike and barge cruse canal sounds amazing to me. Mine would be something bike related. Not long distance biking where you are carrying all of your gear, but more tour biking to see sites in both the country and city. We almost always do a bike tour first thing when we visit a new city, and I’ve loved every single one of them.

My next choice would probably be food related. Maybe something like local snacks, street food, or simple, local cuisine. When we travel, I always like finding the inexpensive, local favorites. So a tour around those would be great. Ice cream would be another. We did our own version of that one when we backpacked through Europe right after college graduation. Also, watching Vivian Howard’s new show on PBS made me long for a dumpling tour. 

PBS get's you every time!...lol  I watched Vivian Howard's new show (Somewhere South?), and it had me thinking about simple, local cuisines.  I learned quite a bit in her porridge(?) segment about growing and cooking rice in the deep south, knowledge about growing/cooking brought over from African slaves.  Simple food, done well. 

I'm sure there's a Vikings Cruise tour (PBS commercial, again) tailored made for your bike/barge cruise.  Those commercials make me dream of romantic Europe.  Fields of tulips...

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16 hours ago, rebcoola said:

If we are talking tours than some soft of distillery tour of Scotland.

I'm in! But I'm such a lightweight, I don't think I'd get very far in the tasting. Scotland and Ireland are on my bucket list of places to visit--I've got many. 

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7 hours ago, Pam in CT said:

re Robben Island

That's one of the ones we saw.  It was a long time ago and the first one I ever visited -- just the very beginning of still-in-progress processing, but here are my pictures and reactions from the time.

Thanks for sharing! Our glimpse through your eyes...

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7 hours ago, PeterPan said:

We have one called Pure Imagination in Ohio and the guy really is like Willy Wonka. :biggrin:

I'm going to look into this! I grew up in OH just south of Columbus and frequently visit family there so we might just have to work it into our schedule somehow.  Thanks for the tip!

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Ah..nice topic. I have a bucket list of travel, things to do. Some we have already done. 

Nature: See lions in the wild. go on an African safari, see the Great Barrier Reef, possibly polar bears. We have a list of animals and sea creatures we want to see in the wild. We've already seen wild tigers, elephants, done whale watching off the coast of Catalina and though not in a natural setting, but sea world behind the scenes tour,  touched a dolphin and a penguin 

Mountains : Drive through the Alps. Done driving and seeing major parts of the Himalayas.

Natural Phenomenon: See a Glacier, Northern Lights. Want to stand on the shores of all 5 oceans, so far Pacific, Atlantic and Indian. Already seen Niagra and several waterfalls in my native country.

Homes of authors: Quite a few on the list. Visited the Austen, Bronte, Beatrix Potter and Shakespeare. 

Culinary Tour: Pretty much any country. I want to eat my way around the world. 😄. Already visited several, but not a culinary tour. 

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7 hours ago, PeterPan said:

I'd like to see the penguins of the antarctic, but I don't think my stomach could handle the trip, lol.

That would be quite the experience. Mine might not handle the trip either if I didn't freeze first...lol

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27 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

Same sister that likes bizarre museums also lives in LA. We went to a shrimp and crawdad boil at a friend's house that was super fun and delicious. Great experience! 

World mountains would be quite the accomplishment!

I didn't say anything about climbing them! I did Mount St Helens and it was awful. It's been 2 years and I've barely left the house since. I'm still recovering.

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1 minute ago, Slache said:

I didn't say anything about climbing them! I did Mount St Helens and it was awful. It's been 2 years and I've barely left the house since. I'm still recovering.

Wowsers. We *flew* mt st helens, and that was amazing. Seemed like it would be a long walk and right before we were there a dude had fallen into the caldera when he leaned backward to have his picture taken.

Come to think of it, we flew (again, in a tiny, NOISY plane) when we did Denali. I guess I like shorter hikes, lol.

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