Is there a place you

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    Aug 21, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    long to get back to?

    A place that touched your soul, and when you left, you left a wee part of you there.

    For me it was the big Island of Hawai'i. My last day there I went to sit in the Japanese garden in Hilo to have my fresh raw fish for lunch, and a tear was to run down my face, at the thought I may never get back there.

    My soul was touched while on the big island, watching the sun set on top of Mauna Kea, the looking at a sky busting with stares.

    How I long to be back to the Big Island Hawai'i.

    I love my country Oz and have never wonted to call another home, and I live in one of the worlds most livable Cities too, but I'm always hearing the Big Island calling me.
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    Aug 21, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    There are many such places for me. I'm sucker for beautiful places. I treasure the memories from exceptional experiences.

    One is the Chapada Diamantina park in Brazil's Bahia state. Very rural, underpopulated, relaxing, tropical, and full of beautiful exotic men.

    Another is White Mountains and High Sierra of California. The Range of Light as John Muir named it has wonderful scenery, solitude, great weather, dramatic mountains.

    Another is Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco. The beauty of the bay and the gleaming city floating on the water, Mediterranean style homes dotting the green hillsides, wildflowers.

    The Western Hills outside Beijing, where I hung out with high school friends around the many historical monuments, and skated on the frozen lakes in winters.

    The awe-inspiring land of Tibet, the eternal city of Istanbul, and Paris are the other most memorable places I've visited, and will be visiting again and again, or maybe move there some day.

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    Aug 21, 2009 8:49 PM GMT
    Back in 2001 I was able to spend a few days in a small village in Provence called Cotignac traveling with my boss and his partner. When we got to the town square I got out looked around, said to my boss "I quit...send my cloths, send the dog, I'm staying right here!".

    It truly was one of the most magical paces I had ever seen. Fields of lavender, olive groves...the Idyllic Provencal cliché...oh yes, and truffles!

    Every morning I would walk down to the pâtisserie in the village for still warm croissants, and espresso.

    At one point in history one of the Louis' built a monastery, and on certain days you can hear the monks singing their Gregorian chants, as it filters from the cliff side down to the village below.

    Someday I will go back....will it hold the same magic for me? Perhaps, but there are so many other places to discover there that I will have many I am sure.

    I have said that I will eventually live in Europe....and the sooner the better as far as I am concerned!

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    Aug 21, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    I know its gritty, over-populated and the weather is gloomy, but I would love to move back to London.
    I did spent 4 years living there doing and undergrad degree and a work visa; I think is one of the most amazing cities in the world. I made great friends and really felt at home almost immediately.
    Hopefully someday I will make it back. If I can ever get my shit together, I really would love to do a grad program there. If I can pull that off and work my ass off, I could find a way to get my visa sponsored to stay and work. Or maybe find me a nice guy to marry.
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    Aug 21, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    CapeAnnAthletic saidSomeday I will go back....will it hold the same magic for me? Perhaps, but there are so many other places to discover there that I will have many I am sure.ph83_cotignac.jpg


    You can wake up a 100,000 days in Provence and it will be magical every single time.
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    Aug 21, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    I so agree with you...everything about it seems so right...the food, the people, the pace (no trash reality TV, no one cares about Brad & Angelina, or the myriad of other useless mind draining crap that this country seems to be obsessed with)...and just about anything you want is a mere train ride away.

    Quand est-ce que je peux me déplacer en Provence ?
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    Aug 21, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    Is it weird if I honestly can't think of any?

    It's not so much a place I want to go back to, but a time. When the world was much simpler, and the backyard was a magical place.
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    Aug 21, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    I heart this thread.

    I long to return to several places...

    London
    Italy (Sorrento, Florence, especially)
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Provincetown, Massachusetts
    Madrid
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    Aug 21, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    Germany. In particular, I wish to once again play the Trost organ at Waltershausen. It's the perfect instrument in every way. Crystal clear counterpoint is easy to coax out of this elegant organ. The sound is not overpowering but still has absolutely majestic sonorities. It is both visual and audible art at its finest. A piece of me will remain there forever...

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    Aug 21, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    Sedative saidIs it weird if I honestly can't think of any?

    It's not so much a place I want to go back to, but a time. When the world was much simpler, and the backyard was a magical place.


    Oh my acre backyard id still a magical place. When we moved into this new house we built almost ten years ago, it was surrounded by nothing but weeds rocks and clay; not anymore. I now have tress, and all my cherry blossoms are about to bloom, as Spring is almost here again.

    I have created a magical place to be when I am not working, it was the one cancellation I had when leaving Hawai'i, was I got to go back home to my dogs and my back yard.
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    CapeAnnAthletic saidBack in 2001 I was able to spend a few days in a small village in Provence called Cotignac traveling with my boss and his partner. When we got to the town square I got out looked around, said to my boss "I quit...send my cloths, send the dog, I'm staying right here!".

    It truly was one of the most magical paces I had ever seen. Fields of lavender, olive groves...the Idyllic Provencal cliché...oh yes, and truffles!

    Every morning I would walk down to the pâtisserie in the village for still warm croissants, and espresso.

    At one point in history one of the Louis' built a monastery, and on certain days you can hear the monks singing their Gregorian chants, as it filters from the cliff side down to the village below.

    Someday I will go back....will it hold the same magic for me? Perhaps, but there are so many other places to discover there that I will have many I am sure.

    I have said that I will eventually live in Europe....and the sooner the better as far as I am concerned!

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    Wow even in that small space I see so much charm and history. I love history, and old architecture, I know I need to get to Europe. The town my forefathers left in Switzerland to come to oz 2001 years ago, is still to this day very much untouched by the modern world; I know I should see this for myself; and Russia too.
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    Aug 21, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    Back to my old apt during my college day in United States. I can still remember the address. 606, Wasthenaw Avenue, Apt 3, Ypsilanti , Michigan.

    Here is where I grow up to be a men, have the best sexual and mind fucking experience of my life, fall in love and where I start working and make money.
    It was 20 years ago, but I can still remember the stuff I have on the wall, my furniture,6 inches black and white TV, portable typewriter and my little aquarium.

    However, I certainly have a better life now, with house in 2 cities and a little hut for getaway in a village . I been all over the world and visit so many places. But the memories of that tiny apartment will never leave me.

    I hope to be able to visit it oneday and relive some of the good times I have there.
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    Aug 21, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    On that trip to Cotignac we stayed at the B&B called Le Haute Comb...sadly it is not there any longer.

    The woman who ran it was a gourmand and after having a discussion with her about truffles one evening with cocktails...she surprised us the next evening with an appetizer of a fresh pastry. Hidden within this glorious golden brown delight was a WHOLE black truffle that she had collected from her property (one for each of us)...my mind goes numb trying to calculate that (at least 7 whole black truffles).

    On top of this the veal chop was served with sauce béarnaise that looked as though it had black olives chopped into it...however, upon closer inspection I realized that it too was black truffles.

    Then there was the cherry tree on the edge of the property that was dripping with ripe cherries...well, I could go on and on.
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    Aug 21, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    Yes, any orphanage in the Philippines tends to have that effect on me.
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    ZiMsTeR saidYes, any orphanage in the Philippines tends to have that effect on me.
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    I have no doubt a place like tis would touch my soul, and a tear would also run down my face.
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    Aug 22, 2009 12:09 AM GMT

    Yes, and we moved back here last year. I'd been away for 35 years.


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    Aug 22, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    With spring almost here, it's almost time I lock myself away in my garden, it's so enjoyable having my very own park to hang in; it makes my soul sing.icon_razz.gif

    Now to be able to spend Winter in Hawai'i, soon will be on the agenda, once I've finished the major landscaping.icon_razz.gificon_cool.gif
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    Aug 26, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
    I LOVED Hawaii! It really was magical. I spent most all of my time in Maui.

    My place is Sag Harbor Long Island New York. I adore that place. The best thing in the world for me is to get up early, go for a long run on Sag Main Beach, go into town afterward and grab a bagal at Bagal Bouy, sit in the part accross the street and watch the Yahts leave and pull into the harbor. Then at night I love to walk down to town and grab an awesome dinner and go shopping at the little boutique stores. I never get tired of it and i describe it as the only place in the world where time stands still because time just doesn't matter when i'm there. I LOVE IT!!!!
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    Aug 26, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    1. Leuven, Belgium - where I lived in the mid 1980s.
    2. A ranch of sorts on the north side of Bastrop, TX, where I once went horseback riding.
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    Aug 26, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    The eastern half of Nantucket, coastal County Galway, Hamilton Pool just west of Austin, the Chisos Basin in Big Bend Nat'l Park, Cuttyhunk Island, Wild Basin preserve in Austin just after a rare snowfall, Great Brook Farm in Carlisle, MA, any rainforest near Vancouver, the La Luz trail east of Albuquerque, Enchanted Rock, the Guadalupe River, and for urban beauty Beacon Hill in Boston.
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    Aug 26, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    Alaska and the Yukon

    Liard Hot Springs, Burwash Landing on Kluane Lake, Valdez, Hatcher Pass

    I don't ever recall feeling as still.
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    Aug 26, 2009 4:03 AM GMT
    My favorite places include:

    The White Mountains of Arizona - especially Big Lake where my extended family and I have camped and fished for a week every summer for over 30 years.

    Vallecito Lake in SW Colorado where my now departed soul mate and I spent so much time together for over 20 years.

    The Big Island of Hawaii - Pahoa and south coast where I have spent so many enjoyable vacations visiting my good friend Keith who lives there.

    And last, but not least, the island of Maui in Hawaii. This has to be the most enchanting place I've ever visited.
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    balou saidAlaska and the Yukon

    Liard Hot Springs, Burwash Landing on Kluane Lake, Valdez, Hatcher Pass

    I don't ever recall feeling as still.


    These places are very cool. Liard Hot Spring at dawn = perfection. My family used to spend a week or so every summer in Valdez, and those little trips are some of my most cherished place-associated memories.
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    Aug 26, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    Salt Spring Island, B.C. Sitting on the end of the dock, my feet dangling in cool water, a breeze cutting through the mid July heat and ruffling the fuzz on my scalp as dozens of dragonflies dance around me to occasionally alight on an ear, knee or outstretched digit. A blunt in one hand, a beer beside me. The most at peace I have ever been.
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    rvdredrocks saidMy favorite places include:

    The White Mountains of Arizona - especially Big Lake where my extended family and I have camped and fished for a week every summer for over 30 years.

    Vallecito Lake in SW Colorado where my now departed soul mate and I spent so much time together for over 20 years.

    The Big Island of Hawaii - Pahoa and south coast where I have spent so many enjoyable vacations visiting my good friend Keith who lives there.

    And last, but not least, the island of Maui in Hawaii. This has to be the most enchanting place I've ever visited.


    I spent a week in Maui, I loved the valley of the kings, and adored Front Street, and survived the Road to Hana. I will go back to Maui on my next trip to Hawai'i, as it's a nice place for a holiday, but the Big Island for me is the more livable. I place I could spend 3 months of the year every year.