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Old 04-28-2019, 11:50 AM
 
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If you want to do an entire city, or even country, that is fine, but I am really interested in specific places in them too.

For example, I love Rome, but my very favorite spot in it is Aqueduct Park. I have always been fascinated by the great aqueducts as the best thing that the Romans produced (and that is saying something). And when you get tired of the grifters and other tourists on the main grid in downtown Rome, you can take a twenty minute metro ride to a free, open park where some of the giant stone arches of the Aqua Claudia remain, and another, smaller but still-functioning aqueduct from the 16th century runs. Almost no tourists...locals playing ball and picnicking on the weekend...you can walk around as you want...and again, it is free! After you watch the sun go down behind the giant ruins, you can go get a gellato at any number of places, but my wife and I like a spot called La Dulce Vida.

About an hour away from me is Santa Cruz, right on Monterrey bay. They have one of the coolest amusement parks in the world- Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk, which has an old-timey feel, but some very good rides, including one of the oldest roller-coasters in America, and some state-of-the-art dark-rides rivaling Disney. Admission is free. If you walk up the road by the beach at night to the light house, you can see the park all lit up in the distance, hear the people on the coaster screaming out of one ear, hear the otters tapping clam shells with the other as you smell the salt-water, and watch the moonlight shimmering on the water. Very good for the soul.

Finally, sitting in the main square in Cuzco, you get an odd feeling that you are sitting in the center of the world, there up in the mountains, seeing the Spanish churches in front of you and knowing that you are surrounded by legendarily magnificent Inca sites such as Sacsyhuman and Tambomachy, maybe ten minutes away.

Just a few of mine. Please share the places that capture your heart and speak you your soul.
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:49 PM
 
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Positano, Italy.
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Old 04-28-2019, 03:30 PM
 
Location: San José, CA
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- Angkor Wat in Cambodia is probably the most magnificent site I've seen on this earth.

- Ciclismo on Sunday's in Mexico City is noteworthy for the sheer amount of free fun you can have with the community.

- Historic sections of Montreal, Havana, and Hanoi all have some of the best architecture I've been around, and I absolutely enjoy being taken back to a different time period.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:57 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Tho a Colorado kid...

The Alps... "The mountain range stretches across 8 different countries: France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria and Slovenia."

Very different each season, each visit to The Alps.

Intriguing. (for me)
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:51 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Northern Wales, UK. Visited 9 years ago, I hope it’s still as quiet and quaint as ever. Lovely people, friendly and cordial. Classic castles, beautiful oceanfront views mixed with newer modern shops. Great restaurants and nice weather. Peaceful and invigorating. Planning to visit again some day.
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:38 AM
 
Location: England
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I pretty much everywhere I've been on my travels. Spain, Greece, Portugal, especially Tunisia. But my favourite place in the world is Las Vegas.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:18 AM
 
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Istanbul, Turkey - such a gorgeous city with unique and amazing architecture and food.


Sintra, Portugal - amazing Moorish Castle and Pena Palace in a beautiful setting.


Big Sur, California - all time favorite coastal scenery.


Canadian Rockies - show me a more photogenic image than Moraine Lake and I'll be quite impressed.


West of Ireland - love it all, from the castles and fortresses to the sea cliffs and ancient structures.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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So far I've loved Belize, Edinburgh, and Cains in Australia. I can't choose a favorite out of these three, but you can keep Hawaii.
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:10 AM
 
Location: Portugal
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Sacré-Cœur in Paris is one of our favorite spots to just sit. The combination of city view and people watching, if weather is nice, is hard to beat.

Parque de Berrio, Medellin. Again people watching this square has musicians, folks hanging out, lots foot traffic from metro, lots places to sit, without the higher seediness factor of nearby Parque San Antonio or the druggies/drunks of Parque Bolivar.

Bagan, Myanamar. Take scooter out at dawn, climb up on temple roof, and watch sun rise over valley with all the temple structures revealed. Could do almost every day.

Iglesia El Rosario, San Salvador. I've seen bigger churches, older churches, gaudier churches, but nothing like this with the colors across the walls and ceiling. Ugly building outside with chaotic city, peaceful inside with glow changing with weather and time of day. Great place to sit.

So many more...
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

Cappadocia, Turkey

Rapallo, Italy

Kimberley region, Western Australia
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