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Old 12-11-2017, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I'm spoiled for choice, but for me it was the first time walking into Red Square in Moscow.


To have the sun setting over St. Basils and to take in what, for the majority of my life, was the central hub of danger in the world. The beauty, the gravitas, the everything was unbelievable. I've been back, and while not as awe inducing as the first time, the sense of history is palpable.



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Old 12-11-2017, 01:11 PM
 
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Sunrise over Positano, Italy
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: NY/LA
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Kayaking through the Amazon rainforest.
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:22 PM
 
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Hmm. I don't think I can pick an absolute favorite, so I'll go with the last one that I had. I was in southern Brazil, north of Rio a bit. My wife's uncle has a house overlooking a river that you can go boating on. This is a pretty private area, there are only about 10 houses situated in the area, which is probably 10-15 square miles.

The house is about 1000 ft above the water line, and the river itself is extremely smooth and calm, because it's surrounded by hills and there's very little wind to disturb the water. The river had always been there, but several years ago, Brazil built a hydroelectric dam on it. This had the effect of raising the water level about 25-30 ft. So, there is no "shoreline" to speak of... you see the grassy hills, and then there's water. With the river so smooth, it looks like a mirror, and you see the green grass, blue sky, and all the wild flowers, purples, orange, and red ones that Brazil is known for are reflected on the surface of the water, and it's just amazing how tranquil it was.

We took a ton of pictures, none of them came close to doing it justice. Later that trip we also took the trolley up to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, and while it also has amazing views, I honestly think the view on the river was better.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Gallatin, TN
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Machu Picchu - being one of the first groups to walk through the ruins that day made it feel like we were the only ones there. Spent the whole day soaking in the history and culture. Fog burned off after about 11 to let us take postcard quality photos. Just wish I'd been able to hike Wayna Picchu (the mountain behind the city that's in most photos).
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:55 PM
 
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taking in the view from Hurricane Ridge was an OMG moment!
Yes, this. And on the day of my visit the temperature, humidity and wind speed were optimal....

But: I arrived with no expectations so it was a total surprise.

The place that met/exceeded my expectations was the Pvitlice Lakes in Croatia.

Second place is Cinque Terre, Italy.
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:07 PM
 
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Standing by the Museum Of Natural History in Red Square the first time I saw St Basils Cathedral. No picture can do it justice and it's even more beautiful on a snowy night.

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Old 12-11-2017, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Where are the Exumas? I've never heard of them.


Exuma Islands, Bahamas
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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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.
What an amazing place, isn't it?

For natural wonder, it was the night sky from the desert after I left the western rim of the Grand Canyon. There was zero light pollution. You don't see stars like that in New Jersey. I was awestruck.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Exuma Islands, Bahamas
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Standing by the Museum Of Natural History in Red Square the first time I saw St Basils Cathedral. No picture can do it justice and it's even more beautiful on a snowy night.
Beautiful.
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