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Old 12-10-2017, 03:45 PM
 
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Riding an elephant bareback in the jungle at an Elephant Sanctuary in Luang Prabang, Laos. While there, enjoying the infinity pool with mountain backdrop at a beautiful hotel on the shore on the Mekong River. Bliss!
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Old 12-10-2017, 03:47 PM
 
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Really tough choice. I guess today at least, I’d pick Chartres Cathedral. Best house of worship I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot. Gorgeous stained glass and sculpture. Great tour, too — the guy giving it back them never gave the same one twice, and it was wonderful both times.
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Old 12-10-2017, 03:52 PM
 
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I go with no expectations. Everything and anything that happens on vacation is part of the experience. Guess I'm simpleminded because it takes so little to delight me. It might be a bug I never saw before or a shy child peeking at me from behind his mother's skirt.


There are virtually thousands of little moments from my vacations that have enriched my life. I keep most of my travels open-ended so that I'm not dictated to by matters of lodging and transportation. Being retired helps. I can linger where I'm delighted and leave what's not as pleasant to me.


Of course the "big stuff" that everyone goes to see is an added bonus. Many times I am disappointed to discover it has been Disney-fied, commercialized.


I really like to try to experience everything in gestalts - the big picture, the context. When I do that there are always surprises. For me, without the culture, the history, the geography and the people the experience becomes more shallow.
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Old 12-10-2017, 04:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Winter snow at the Grand Canyon; Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo in Peru; a certain 5th century church in Italy that was the most spiritual and serene place I’ve been; the desert night sky in New Mexico.
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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China. I had no desire to ever go and a friend dragged me to run a half marathon on the Great Wall. The entire experience was amazing see such a different culture and architecture. Made me want to see he rest of the world. Now all I have to do is win the lottery.
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:12 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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Being close enough to a lava flow to feel the heat and listen to the "scream" as the lava hit the sea. I cried.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Winterpeg
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Seeing Halley's comet from the Atacama desert in Chile. March 1986. First time I'd seen the southern hemisphere sky. It was mind blowing.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:57 PM
 
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The Roman Forum
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Old 12-10-2017, 11:02 PM
 
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When I went zip lining in CR, going up to 50-55 MPH and seeing the views that I saw---was totally worth ditching my husband, who is afraid of heights, and going alone.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:25 AM
 
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Sainte-Chappell’s on the Ile de la Cite’ in Paris, France. I sat there for hours, looking at the stained glass as the sunlight moved across.
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