Places to visit across the world

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Feb 08, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    So, I'm starting to think in the long term and about places I'd like to / possibly should visit (and photograph) in my lifetime. My goal is to visit places that have, largely historical, significance for our species. I'm setting a Google map as a reference with place markers, which will put the places into a handy geographical context.

    At this point, I'm relying on Civilization IV (its "Wonders of the world" and religious buildings) and places discussed in books I've read, such as the Olduvai Gorge. I'm also using the UNESCO World Heritage list for suggestions.

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    Do any RJ members have any suggestions of places to go or see?

    Do any of you have any particular places you intend to or would like to visit before your last sunset?
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    Feb 08, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    Stonehenge. It will set your brain running for hours.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 08, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    Grand Canyon here is AZ is pretty spctacular.
  • Hunter9

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    Feb 08, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
    you dont have to go too far to photograph the amazing fjords of norwayicon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 08, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    I'm going to say Belgium, because that pllace is under-visited.

    You can go see Brussels, Brugge, Antwerpen, or Tervuren. Its a great country with some good history.
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    Feb 08, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
    LGWC saidI'm going to say Belgium, because that pllace is under-visited.

    You can go see Brussels, Brugge, Antwerpen, or Tervuren. Its a great country with some good history.


    dont forget Ghent
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    Feb 08, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    Borobudur
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    Feb 08, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth said religious buildings) and places discussed in books I've read, Do any of you have any particular places you intend to or would like to visit before your last sunset?


    Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul).
  • oceanblue

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    Feb 08, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    I would really like to see the Louvre in Paris. The Louvre houses the Mona Lisa and that would be exciting to admire. I also would enoy taking a stroll through the building itself. It's a beautiful palace- I'm sure.
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    Feb 08, 2009 5:31 PM GMT

    Places that I've been and recommend: Turkey, China (esp. Beijing, Hangzhou and Suchow), Taiwan (Taroko Gorge and Tainan); India, Nepal, Indonesia (Bali, Lombok, Yogyokarta), Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu), Vietnam (Halong Bay, Sapa, Hue, the Mekong), Laos, Cambodia (Angkor Wat), Burma, Thailand (Bangkok), Oman (esp the south), Dubai, Japan (Kyoto and the far North), Australia (Barrier Reef), New Zealand (esp South Island), Italy, Spain, Austria, France (Paris, Alsace, Provence), Belgium (esp Bruge), UK (London, Stonehenge, Yorkshire Moors, Lake District, North Wales, far north of Scotland, Isle of Skye), Ireland, Morocco (esp Fez and the Atlas Mountains), Costa Rica, in the US (Maine in summer, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, the Florida Keys, Wyoming, Alaska).

    Places I want to go: Egypt, all over Africa, Chile, Brazil, Belize, Eleuthera, Russia, Iceland, Peru, Ecuador (The Galapagos), Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan.
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    Feb 08, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    If you are looking for religious buildings, it depends which religion interests you most. For Christian Churches, the UK has a variety, in London you'll find St Paul's Cathedral, for a long time the tallest building in the city (but not anymore), Westminster Abbey (over 1,000 years old) Westminster Cathedral (Roman Catholic). In the provinces, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals are worth a visit as York Minster.
    I lived in Jerusalem in Israel for a while in 1994, there are plenty of churches there, especially the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In Bethlehem there is the Church of the Nativity, one of the world's oldest churches. Then in Rome you have St Peters Church at the Vatican.
    On the other hand, if you're looking for natural wonders, the Grand Canyon in Arizona is a must see along with Niagara Falls in Ontario. Or the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, where I learned to snorkel for the first time. Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales is also great to visit.
    This is a big post, and I could go on and on. The subject of travel will always get me going...
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    Feb 08, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    Boy, so many places. I love exploring ancient and historical sites. I'd say of the places I've been, the ones that have impressed me the most are:

    Egypt-Luxor/Islamic Cairo
    Mexico-Mexico City/Teotihuacan/Guanajuato
    Peru-Sacred Valley/Machu Piccu/Amazon Basin/Cuzco
    Ecuador-Galapagos/Quito
    Brazil-Olinda
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Jordan-Wadi Rum/Petra/Jerash
    Lebanon-Qadisha Valley/Byblos/Tripoli/Baalbeck
    Japan-Nara/Tokyo (not ancient or historical--everything was destroyed in WWII, but it's an amazing city)
    Pakistan-Lahore

    There are many more places I've loved, but these are the ones that have stayed with me the most.

    Places I'd like to visit that I've heard or read great things about:

    Mali
    Senegal
    Tanzania
    Namibia
    Syria
    India (a few trips)
    China (also a few trips)
    Sri Lanka
    Vietnam
    Chile (Patagonia)
    Nepal

    and I'm sure there are many incredible places I've forgotten!



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    Feb 08, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    Except... all of the famous places that you've heard of are now enmeshed in standardized concretions of gift shops,idling tourist buses, KFC, Starbucks, McDonalds, and enormous queues of shuffling tourists waiting to buy tickets.

    There's something to be said for just wandering and discovering unsung places.
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    Feb 08, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    One of the most amazing places I've been is Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Especially the temple of Ta Prohm, with the trees and roots growing all over the stones of the temple. Not to mention the people of Cambodia are some of the warmest and welcoming people I've ever met.

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  • calibro

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    Feb 08, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    Kayaking the Fjordlands in the South Island of New Zealand! Actually, the whole country is awesome, but that was my favorite spot.
  • Thirdbeach

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    Feb 08, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    I would recommend going to the Baliem Valley in the central highlands of Paupa, Indonesia.

    It is fascinating to see how the Dani people live. They have kept some of their traditions and beliefs. They will bring out their mummified ancestors to show visitors (for a fee, of course).
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Feb 08, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidExcept... all of the famous places that you've heard of are now enmeshed in standardized concretions of gift shops,idling tourist buses, KFC, Starbucks, McDonalds, and enormous queues of shuffling tourists waiting to buy tickets.

    There's something to be said for just wandering and discovering unsung places.

    I experienced that at the Notre Dame in Paris; the mass of fairly loud tourists cramped the sense of wonder I hoped for in visiting the cathedral. I believe some of the major, significant places aren't that popular yet, however, and haven't suffered from that degree of commercialization. There is also the off-season.

    There are also some anti-commercialization movements, such as the one that got rid of the Starbucks in the Forbidden Palace.
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    Feb 08, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Go to Uganda.

    It is the most beautiful country on earth (arguably).. is the country in which the Nile River originates, so how is that for human/world historical significance?

    From the wilderness and animals, to the people and urban mayhem... Uganda is incredible.. its a visual feast, to say the least.
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    Feb 08, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
    The Great Wall of China truly is amazing. Go in the middle of winter though because the tourists destroy it in summer. If you're willing to wear a jacket, you'll have the wall to yourself. But don't tell anyone. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 08, 2009 8:59 PM GMT
    Russia.
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    Feb 08, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    Hunter9 said
    LGWC saidI'm going to say Belgium, because that pllace is under-visited.

    You can go see Brussels, Brugge, Antwerpen, or Tervuren. Its a great country with some good history.


    dont forget Ghent


    Of course,
    how could I?
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    Feb 09, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    For Americans:

    --Gettysburg, PA

    Unbelievble place if you know a little about history and/or the battle

    For Everyone:

    --RMS Rhone National Park, British Virgin Islands.

    Absolutly beautiful... though it is 40-80 feet below sea-level (depending on where you dive). RMS Rhone sank back in the late 1860's
  • jgymnast733

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    Feb 09, 2009 12:46 AM GMT
    I'v had the pleasure of visiting AUSTRIA [vienna], It was the most beautiful city i'v ever visited. One day i'd love own a home their.icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 26, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    My two friends and I decided that about 30ish we are doing a cross country road trip to all the crazy religious places in the US. Including, but no limited to: The Holy Land Theme Park. The Creationism Museum. A Drive Through Church. A religious service that will involve a preacher driving the demons from me by slapping me in the forehead. I want to see some laying on of snakes, but the girls aren't so sure.

    I would also like to include places like the giant ball of twine and the geographical center of the US, but that's mostly cause I just got done reading Gaiman's American Gods.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 26, 2009 6:55 AM GMT
    Matterych saidMy two friends and I decided that about 30ish we are doing a cross country road trip to all the crazy religious places in the US. Including, but no limited to: The Holy Land Theme Park. The Creationism Museum. A Drive Through Church. A religious service that will involve a preacher driving the demons from me by slapping me in the forehead. I want to see some laying on of snakes, but the girls aren't so sure.

    I would also like to include places like the giant ball of twine and the geographical center of the US, but that's mostly cause I just got done reading Gaiman's American Gods.


    Don't miss those 40-50"s motor lodges on Route 66 !!