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Old 04-13-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Stonehenge.
For a lot of people, it's just a pile of rocks. But for me it was evocative and magical.
Ditto...especially as seen from the approaching road. The illusion of incredible height is amazing!
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:47 PM
 
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Ditto...especially as seen from the approaching road. The illusion of incredible height is amazing!
Re Stonehenge. No, I couldn't get over the traffic whizzing by on both sides and the fence a few feet from the stonehenge. It's not because I didn't see the historical and mystical value, it was just the setting. If it were out in the middle of nowhere in a natural setting it would be more appreciated.
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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I think the view from the Eiffel Tower in Paris and from the Empire State Building in New York City. First I did not know if its worth to wait and pay for, but both views and buildings are amazing.
Ditto the Eiffel Tower!

Also Vegas... as someone else mentioned. I'm not a gambler or a drinker or even a clubber, bar-hopper or partier - but I still had an amazing time in Vegas - WITH my elementary school aged kids even! My kids tell me all the time that they want to go back! I do, too!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Re Stonehenge. No, I couldn't get over the traffic whizzing by on both sides and the fence a few feet from the stonehenge. It's not because I didn't see the historical and mystical value, it was just the setting. If it were out in the middle of nowhere in a natural setting it would be more appreciated.
Poor Stonehenge is so sad compared to how it was.

I grew up round there and although I've lived abroad, am not too far from there now.

I used to picnic among the stones before there was any wire round the circle and it wasn't crowded, and with no visitor centre.

That's progress for you.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Poor Stonehenge is so sad compared to how it was.

I grew up round there and although I've lived abroad, am not too far from there now.

I used to picnic among the stones before there was any wire round the circle and it wasn't crowded, and with no visitor centre.
Yes, I first visited it in the early 70's before the fence and the visitor center.
We hitchhiked there.
I've been there twice since, and agree that now with the traffic and the fence the setting is not quite the same.
But all it takes is a bit of imagination. Of course, there is Avebury, which has much to offer as well.
I guess you just have to get into the historical aspect. Visiting the Forum or the Colisseum in Rome, you can hear all sorts of urban noises, and see those fake gladiator guys, but this did not diminish my enjoyment of those ancient sites.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Cobb County, Georgia
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Yeah I would also say Vegas is a fun spot. I can give you an opposite, I went to Cozumel and I expected it to be great and I hated it and will not go back. Major let down to me.
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Yeah I would also say Vegas is a fun spot. I can give you an opposite, I went to Cozumel and I expected it to be great and I hated it and will not go back. Major let down to me.

Cozumel is on the small side - I have heard that Cancun is a better vacation spot.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:38 PM
 
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Cozumel is on the small side - I have heard that Cancun is a better vacation spot.
Try Cabo San Lucas!
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Old 04-16-2009, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Mississauga
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Cambodia..

Amazing food, people and culture. By Western standards they are poor - but i have never seen so many smiling happy faces! Angkor Wat and the surrounding ancient cities of the Khmer empire are extraordinary for those interested in civilization and history. There is nothing like flying through the streets of Phnom Penh on a moto like everyone else...
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Old 04-18-2009, 02:16 AM
 
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Hawaii, which I thought would be overly touristy but is indeed mostly a natural paradise.

Yosemite takes the cake however. I love national parks but thought the crowds would make it unworthy. Turns out you just gotta be the early bird, and it's more spectacular than any pic can show. I went three years in a row.
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