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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.

Ha! I don't think I'd ever recover or be in shape enough to even climb the "little" ones.  Hat-tip for climbing Mt St Helens!!

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1 minute ago, PeterPan said:

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.

I was a chicken. No falling for me.

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3 minutes ago, PeterPan said:

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.

Well, we did almost get eaten by an 800 pound cougar, but turned out to be a chocolate lab.

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15 minutes ago, Dreamergal said:

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. 

Yeah, Monday felt like a ruminating day for me. It was chilly and rainy and CV....needed to dream and possibly get some great ideas from all y'all.

We've done some traveling, but there's soooo much to see. DH says he'd like to explore the monasteries of Bavaria and Austria. Why that specific area? Don't know, just wants to.  We've done the cathedral/church thing so he'd like to branch out.

ETA:  And, I also want to eat my way around the world. 👍 I might try a cricket but no rodents or equally unable-to-stomach items.

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6 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

Yeah, Monday felt like a ruminating day for me. It was chilly and rainy and CV....needed to dream and possibly get some great ideas from all y'all.

We've done some traveling, but there's soooo much to see. DH says he'd like to explore the monasteries of Bavaria and Austria. Why that specific area? Don't know, just wants to.  We've done the cathedral/church thing so he'd like to branch out.

ETA:  And, I also want to eat my way around the world. 👍 I might try a cricket but no rodents or equally unable-to-stomach items.

What we love to see on travel is unique to all of us I guess. We've done the Taj Mahal, the fortresses, the palaces and also the Stately homes in the UK. Crown Jewels was quite disappointing in person for me. They seemed much prettier in the pictures. So too was Chatsworth (the Pride and Prejudice BBC House) got quite bored. I really have no art appreciation bone at all in my body so great paintings are better seen in pictures, not museums for me though I like Science and Natural History type museums. So I guess I am a neanderthal that does not appreciate history or art. 😊

But food is literally my love language. I don't want to eat Bizzare Foods like Andrew Zimmerman 🤣, more Anthony Bourdain style. Go to a place and have a local take you around to little markets, eat a home cooked meal, specialities that only locals know. I really miss Bourdain for his show, he had a wonderful way of appreciating food. 

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I would love local food and/or local beer tours that are strongly associated with geographic areas.. 

Like you said....BBQ of the South

Tex-Mex

Authentic Mexican (but on US side of border- I don't have a passport)

Maybe Little Italy or Chinatown

Seafood in North Atlantic states

I think I could go on and on and on. Haha

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All the Cool Places It Talks about in SotW Tour

Waterfalls of the World Tour

Famous Places in Literature Tour - things like Baker Street in London, the Bastille, Huck Finn's Mississippi River, etc

Places Jesus Walked Tour

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I love bears and would love to see all the different types in the wild. I would start with Kodiak Island in Alaska. 

Easier and more realistic - tour Lincoln sites - his childhood home, museums, etc.. 

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21 hours ago, Dreamergal said:

What we love to see on travel is unique to all of us I guess. We've done the Taj Mahal, the fortresses, the palaces and also the Stately homes in the UK. Crown Jewels was quite disappointing in person for me. They seemed much prettier in the pictures. So too was Chatsworth (the Pride and Prejudice BBC House) got quite bored. I really have no art appreciation bone at all in my body so great paintings are better seen in pictures, not museums for me though I like Science and Natural History type museums. So I guess I am a neanderthal that does not appreciate history or art. 😊

But food is literally my love language. I don't want to eat Bizzare Foods like Andrew Zimmerman 🤣, more Anthony Bourdain style. Go to a place and have a local take you around to little markets, eat a home cooked meal, specialities that only locals know. I really miss Bourdain for his show, he had a wonderful way of appreciating food. 

I would love to see the Taj Mahal. That may have to go on my list. And maybe the palaces/stately homes of the UK.

Now see, I do love the art museums, the Prado in Madrid or Vatican museums being two of my favorites, but sometimes those need to be taken in small, slow bites to truly appreciate. (hard to do when you have travel time constraints.)  Or walk through at a moderate pace until something strikes you and then pause and observe. Or get an automated tour that tells you of the most notable things... If I don't do one of these, I get stimuli overload.  It's the "fun" of art to see what resonates with each person.

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20 hours ago, Tap said:

I would love local food and/or local beer tours that are strongly associated with geographic areas.. 

Like you said....BBQ of the South

Tex-Mex

Authentic Mexican (but on US side of border- I don't have a passport)

Maybe Little Italy or Chinatown

Seafood in North Atlantic states

I think I could go on and on and on. Haha

There's something about immersing oneself in a local culture that makes you appreciate the uniqueness and sensible simplicities of life, and food plays a major part.  So you'll get to eat your way around the States! Plenty to eat...I'm in!

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7 minutes ago, ChrisB said:

I would love to see the Taj Mahal. That may have to go on my list. And maybe the palaces/stately homes of the UK.

Now see, I do love the art museums, the Prado in Madrid or Vatican museums being two of my favorites, but sometimes those need to be taken in small, slow bites to truly appreciate. (hard to do when you have travel time constraints.)  Or walk through at a moderate pace until something strikes you and then pause and observe. Or get an automated tour that tells you of the most notable things... If I don't do one of these, I get stimuli overload.  It's the "fun" of art to see what resonates with each person.

It is the crowds that get to me. Everyone takes a nice, pretty picture of the Taj sitting on that bench Princess Diana sat all alone. But there is a huge crowd of people jostling around just waiting for you to move so they can sit there. Even the crown jewels was such a disappointment for me because you basically are standing on a moving walkway. I could not look at anything, we were moving so fast. I would rather look at costume jewelry representations of the crown jewels to actually see what it looked like instead of taking a blink and miss tour or even a picture. Chatsworth house was also that, so disappointing and I had built it up in my head as Pemberly. Last but not least, the Louvre. I just could not appreciate the paintings or see anything because it was crowded, people were moving. I love to go to museums because I want to look at things at my leisure. I remember looking at Mona Lisa a bit closer though and wondering what was so special about it. ☺️. I guess I am a neanderthal who cannot appreciate art. 

But I have been for instance to the Jane Austen house. It has pieces of jewelry owned by her, You can see her handwriting. She apparently wrote Emma there. I lingered a lot there because it was not so crowded. Jane Austen was one of my gateway authors to English Literature and books, so she has always been someone beloved to me. To just go to a place where she lived was just amazing to me. I guess we all love what speaks to us. 

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18 hours ago, Momto6inIN said:

Sign me up for:

All the Cool Places It Talks about in SotW Tour

Waterfalls of the World Tour

Famous Places in Literature Tour - things like Baker Street in London, the Bastille, Huck Finn's Mississippi River, etc

Places Jesus Walked Tour

Me too! 

Traveling puts things in prospective for me. First time in Europe I realized how close everything is.  When you grow up studying years of European history that spans over several leaders, years, and events, you start to think it's a large geographical area. For me it was like each country was the size of the US. (not quite, but still big) But after visiting, it was like moving from one state to the next--much closer than in my head.

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Hubby is a foodie... I just want to be on an uncrowded beach.  We both love history and balance our trips between lots of history and the beach. 

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https://www.gq.com/story/best-hot-springs-in-the-world

"Hot springs tour around the world" is what came to my mind with this topic. Perhaps because I am currently elevating my very swollen feet. A kind friend delivered Epsom salt this evening so I can take a soothing soak.

This thread had me stop and reflect on how fortunate I have been over the years to see so much of the world. Growing up in a military family was not easy, but I did get to see a Viking museum and the fjords of Norway, castles and cathedrals all over Europe, the excavated ruins of Pompeii, cliff dwellings and caves in New Mexico, waterfalls and black sands in Hawaii, and so much amazing food.  I have always been an avid museum fan, and have visited hundreds! In college (even though I was an econ major) I took a museum studies class that took us behind the scenes of different museums each week. Fascinating! 

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On 5/28/2020 at 6:19 PM, QueenCat said:

Hubby is a foodie... I just want to be on an uncrowded beach.  We both love history and balance our trips between lots of history and the beach. 

You had me at food and beach! Comforting things.

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On 5/28/2020 at 9:21 PM, slackermom said:

https://www.gq.com/story/best-hot-springs-in-the-world

"Hot springs tour around the world" is what came to my mind with this topic. Perhaps because I am currently elevating my very swollen feet. A kind friend delivered Epsom salt this evening so I can take a soothing soak.

This thread had me stop and reflect on how fortunate I have been over the years to see so much of the world. Growing up in a military family was not easy, but I did get to see a Viking museum and the fjords of Norway, castles and cathedrals all over Europe, the excavated ruins of Pompeii, cliff dwellings and caves in New Mexico, waterfalls and black sands in Hawaii, and so much amazing food.  I have always been an avid museum fan, and have visited hundreds! In college (even though I was an econ major) I took a museum studies class that took us behind the scenes of different museums each week. Fascinating! 

Although I'm not as well traveled as your amazing list, I agree that I've been fortunate to go and see where and what I have.  Hot springs sound fabulous! 

ETA:  And, a few on that list are right here in the States, fairly easy to get to.

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On 5/28/2020 at 9:32 PM, alisoncooks said:

I'd have to think a bit about what I'd like....but I can tell ya: DH would probably like a Diners, Drive-ins & Dives road trip! He loves Guy Fieri, lol, and is always saying he'd like to eat at some of these places from the show. 😋 

That would be a fun tour. I always wonder about the undeserved hype for some of those places, but I'd try it out. 

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You guys!! My computer must have been listening to me b/c I saw an ad for Swiss Raclette melted cheese and touring their facilities in Switzerland on it. Delicious looking!

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DH and I went to Alaska last year and he caught a quick glimpse of the Northern Lights. So now we have plans to take a Northern Lights tour in the future. We'd love to see the Northern Lights from a few different places. We'd also like to cross the Arctic Circle while we're at it.

 

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I would take a Breads of the World tour, to eat and learn to bake the different types of bread that different places specialize in. I would start in France, move through Europe, then on to the rest of the world. If no bread is available, I’ll take noodles or whatever is the carb du jour.

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16 minutes ago, emba56 said:

I would take a Breads of the World tour, to eat and learn to bake the different types of bread that different places specialize in. I would start in France, move through Europe, then on to the rest of the world. If no bread is available, I’ll take noodles or whatever is the carb du jour.

Can I combine your bread tour with a flight of olive oil?  I’d love to do a tasting of really good oils. Heck, I like the regular grocery store stuff. The fancy stuff must be amazing!

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I almost got to take the trip I was hoping for: Tiger Cruise on a carrier. We had it all planned, but then at the last moment the XO couldn't decide when dd was heading back to the carrier from the USNS Bridge. A Tiger Cruise is when you pick up your relative's carrier in HI and then transit back to the States, in this case, San Diego. You stay in the berthing (dd had a pretty nice stateroom at that point), and get to watch from Vulture's Row, etc. This deployment won't have TCs. Bummer. 

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10 hours ago, KungFuPanda said:

Can I combine your bread tour with a flight of olive oil?  I’d love to do a tasting of really good oils. Heck, I like the regular grocery store stuff. The fancy stuff must be amazing!

Oooohhhh ..... an olive oil tour. I am so there.

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Beautiful bookstores of the world.

I'll also hop on board the bread & olive oil tour. And the chocolates tour. Actually, I think just sign me up for a tour of vacation tours, please. 😉 

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On 5/30/2020 at 7:23 PM, scbusf said:

DH and I went to Alaska last year and he caught a quick glimpse of the Northern Lights. So now we have plans to take a Northern Lights tour in the future. We'd love to see the Northern Lights from a few different places. We'd also like to cross the Arctic Circle while we're at it.

You could try northern Minnesota. I've seen them there. Beautiful!

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On 5/30/2020 at 10:22 PM, emba56 said:

I would take a Breads of the World tour, to eat and learn to bake the different types of bread that different places specialize in. I would start in France, move through Europe, then on to the rest of the world. If no bread is available, I’ll take noodles or whatever is the carb du jour.

Let's pair that with the olive oil and cheese and chocolate and...notice a trend?!? 👍

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On 5/31/2020 at 1:18 AM, Margaret in CO said:

I almost got to take the trip I was hoping for: Tiger Cruise on a carrier. We had it all planned, but then at the last moment the XO couldn't decide when dd was heading back to the carrier from the USNS Bridge. A Tiger Cruise is when you pick up your relative's carrier in HI and then transit back to the States, in this case, San Diego. You stay in the berthing (dd had a pretty nice stateroom at that point), and get to watch from Vulture's Row, etc. This deployment won't have TCs. Bummer. 

Count me in! I'm not much for big cruises, but this sounds extremely interesting.

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On 5/31/2020 at 9:46 AM, purpleowl said:

Beautiful bookstores of the world.

I'll also hop on board the bread & olive oil tour. And the chocolates tour. Actually, I think just sign me up for a tour of vacation tours, please. 😉 

HA! So true!

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My friend just concluded a tour of all of the presidential libraries.

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On 5/31/2020 at 11:13 AM, angelaguptathomas said:

I'm planning a plantation tour in SC and GA this summer. 

I love the low country in  the sultry still of summer.

This reminds me of childhood, hot, humid, and no A/C, something about the simple life...good memories.  I'd also like to tour the plantations, connection to history.

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