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    Feb 22, 2008 9:49 PM GMT
    I am essentially a waterman at heart. My favorite places in the world are beaches or islands (The Isle of Skye, The Island of Naxos, The Seychelles, L Champlain, Cape Hatteras, Baja). The best things in my life have happened there on or near the water.

    Now I am falling in love with Ipanema - god what beautiful place. Incredibly friendly - and beautiful - people. The beach is freaking unbelievable.

    I have never seen such a epicurean banquet of multi racial eye candy on one beach. Some of the women sunning themselves along the Posto Novo are almost enough to make me turn straight. The men have got to be some of the most beautiful in the world.

    Next weekend we are stopping off in Miami, on the way home, for the Winter Party. Friends invited us to stay with them. Anyone else going?

    Going anywhere interesting lately? Someplace you really enjoyed? Have a special place that touches your soul?
  • GQjock

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    Feb 23, 2008 12:50 PM GMT
    I am pretty much in love with water too
    Born in NYC I've never ventured much from any coastline
    I've been in Boston Baltimore LA and now in Miami

    I love seeing the mountains and pretty much anything different the places that stick out in my mind are

    Venice, Italy a magical place for me
    I'm a big history buff too

    Yosemite, CA The mountains and the cliffs are just awesome

    Santorini, Greece without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on earth
    Atlantis blown to smithereens

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    Feb 23, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Positano, Italy. Not a great sunning beach place but it's a hilly village on the water, and about a 30 minute hydrofoil ride from Capri. Splurge and stay at Le Sirenuse at least for a bit.

    I'm not a big believer in expatriotism, but for Positano, I could be tempted (smile).
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    Feb 23, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    I grew up in NC, so spent a lot of time on Cape Hatteras. It's awesome too.
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    Feb 23, 2008 7:41 PM GMT
    My last trip was to Bali. While some may say it's over-touristified, for me, not so. Kuta may be the main attraction but I found it stuffy, got tired of it after 2 hours, but next door in Seminyak was simply a wonderful nightclubbing experience, scuba was decent and while kayaking along the Ayung River, you'd see massive rock carvings depicting Hindu epics on sheer volcanic rock.

    Paris is great, fond memories of the city, as is London, and even after a few trips, I'm still not sick of it yet.

    Singapore is nice, good architecture, good nightlife, good shopping, akin to Hong Kong and Bangkok, but with less of a language barrier.

    Still love New Zealand. Green everywhere, and while my trips were always filled with sleet rain, they were fun, and Auckland is fun to explore by foot, and Rotorua can be amazing once you get the hang of the rotten egg smell of sulfur.
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    Feb 23, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    My family had a summer home right on the beach on the Jersey Shore. And while I loved spending childhood summers by the ocean, I really don't miss the ocean or being on the East Coast. The slower pace of rural Iowa suits me just fine, and if I need to see water, I can look out the window:

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    Feb 23, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    Ha !!! I love the water too !!! my places are all on/in connected rivers. Inland though !!! I loved Paris and London !!! I could go there 3 times a year to each and not get bored, I think my favorite beach though would have to be the Horse shoe shaped ( I forgot the spanish name for it- Loquio (cannot spell it) Its lined with coconut palms with a small creek/Lagoon coming into it, and we had it almost to ourselves. Another Beauty is the Cumberland Island Georgia, so so private, not exotic though but you will see wild horses running along the beach splashing in the water. I also loved the City Center of Brussels, a beautifull little Village of Brugge, belgium, I could live there !!! Monocco was gorgeous, Another place I could live is along the Italian Riviera overlooking the Mediteranian, But Florence has my heart !!!! also loved the coastline scenes of Ireland, everythings so green !!! I must travel to some of these Island place you more experienced travelors have told about !!! sounds wonderfull.
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    Feb 23, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    I guess I'm a land and city person at heart. My favorite vacations have been in Europe--starting out in a city like Paris or Berlin or London and then exploring the countryside over the course of a week. We did an Alaskan cruise last fall that was spectacular, but it wasn't so much for the location (which was, indeed, lovely from the view of the ship) as much as it was for the total isolation that a cruise can provide. I didn't check email or phone the office for an entire week--we read, walking our miles every day on the promenade deck, had lovely meals, and just enjoyed each other's company.
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    Feb 23, 2008 8:44 PM GMT
    Growing up airline brats, my brothers and I had to travel almost all the time. My tally to date is 123 countries - some of which I loved - some I did not even like. Many times I would rather have been allowed to stay home and do regular things like ride my bike with my friends.

    Of all the places I love, one that I go back to over and over is the Cote d' Azur in what used to be called the French Riviera. Capri, Corsica, Sardinia, St. Tropez - the blue Mediterranean - are some of most welcoming places for me. One of my favorite old hotels is the Hotel Du Cap in Cap d'Antibes. There is a special villa I ask for each time I go. Guys I have taken over there never fail to be amazed.

    Most of you guys have places you like to return to - but this is mine!
  • Squarejaw

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    Feb 23, 2008 9:03 PM GMT
    Soooo pissed off! I was in Rio for Canival this year, and the rain kept the men away from the Ipanema beaches.
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    Feb 23, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    I grew up in the Texas Hill Country on the shore of a beautiful lake and I too feel a lifelong connection to water.

    I lived in Venice Italy for two years where I loved to spend time on the lagoon. I know beautiful places in the northern lagoon for swimming in warm water.

    My big passion is sailing and I have a 24m maxi-class racing/blue water cruiser. I have been lucky enough to see many ports and had a high point when I circumnavigated the entire Italian peninsula from Venice up to Trieste, down the Istrian coast, across to the Tremiti, Brindisi, all around Sicily, up the Tyrrenian sea, Capri, Istria, Napoli, and all of Liguria to Genoa where my boat sleeps at night.

    I also love the mountains and we live at the foothills of the Alps. My partner and I go hiking and skiing and we especially enjoy the mountains in the spring and summer when we can go with the dogs and find out of the way spots.

    Of course I am a city boy by choice and I love the big cities where I have lived (L.A., New York, and London) and the ones I visit often Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Delhi, Hong Kong, Tokyo.

    For beautiful men I share the opinion that Brasil has the best gene pool. In Europe I think the winners are Hungary, Spain, and Portugal.

    I just got back from India and the Rajput men of Rajasthan take my breath away.

    I could go on and on because I love to travel.

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    Terry
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    Feb 25, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    My namesakes were North Sea fishermen from Lowestoft, England so I am naturally drawn to the Ocean. The Family Cottage overlooks the Bay of Fundy, we love going their for one week every year. When I was a kid I would spend the whole summer there, no TV, no radio and no newspaper. They were some of the happiest moments of my childhood (see below)!

    My partner and I like history and art so Europe has been a very popular destination (Paris, London, Italy).

    We have also been to Barbados (loved it), the Dominican (did not like it much) and Hawaii for two weeks in 1998 (loved it).

    Hope to go back to Italy and to Australia/New Zealand in the next couple of years.

    Family Cottage, Grand Manan Island, NB(built 1907)
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    Where I want my ashes scattered, Southwest Head, Grand Manan Island, NB

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  • zakariahzol

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    Mar 23, 2008 9:41 AM GMT
    As far as beaches is concern , it got to be Casuarina Beach, Northern Teritory Australia for me. The water is blue, sun shinning, the beach is wide/vast and very few people . And on top of all, is nudist and gay friendly. I was naked for the first time in my life (in public) there. Shame about the salt water crocodile and the box jelly fish.