Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Top 5

The world is a sight to see. Or more correctly, there are many sights to see in our world.

Question: What are the Top 5 tourist locations you want to see?

Andrew: "They ain't got nuthing over there we ain't got here." Heard that a lot in West Virginia.
1. Space, baby!... I want to see this big blue ball from the great beyond.
2. Rome... Never did get to see the home of the Pope.
3. Hong Kong... Not to be confused with King Kong, Hong Kong looks incredible, but I'd like to do it in style.
4. The American Southwest... I need to do that tour again. I love the West.
5. London... I've seen most of Europe, but not London. I hear it's nice, if you like Indian food.
1. Easter Island (it's always fascinated me)
2. London (much to do and little time to do it)
3. Sydney (to see the toilet flush in the opposite direction... and other things, too)
4. Las Vegas with a side trip to the Grand Canyon (but I am NOT going on the Skywalk!)
5. Russia (most likely Moscow and Saint Petersburg but I'd love to investigate my family's roots in the neighboring regions)
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Tennessee Jed said...

I am going to limit this to places I haven't seen. It is getting harder for me to travel great distance so it is more theoretical.

1) New Zealand - some must play golf courses and a beautiful diverse geography.

2) The Rhone Valley - It's a wine thing

3) The luxury train castle distillery tour from London to Scotland

4) Banff - never got there, but Lake Louise ... what's not to like!

5) Nova Scotia - just never got there

Tennessee Jed said...

P.S. I didn't mention space travel since I decided to limit myself to the practical now. In the future, if space travel were publically available, a different story.

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, I'd love to do space. :)

I love trains too. I hear there is a great train vacation up the Rockies that I'd like to do one day. I've never heard of the London/Scotland thing, but it sounds pretty interesting.

K said...

Andrew: I love trains and traveled extensively across country in a bedroom which was bliss. Then Amtrak took over and redesigned the bedrooms into something cramped and utilitarian. The upper berth was claustrophobic. Still some of the magic remained.

The last trip to Washington DC however was a nightmare. The toilets didn't work, the food was bad and the tracks were so rotten that I felt I was going to be thrown out of bed when the train was at speed. So for my money, train travel in the US died 10 years ago.

Floyd R. Turbo said...

Chile -- from TIerra del Fuego up to Patagonia

a week with at that Thai beach in the Leo movie The Beach -- without the sharks, the drug gangs, or the hippie d-bags -- that place looked decompressing.

Prague, Czach Republic

Nova Scotia

New Zealand too

Kenn Christenson said...

Just about any place in Texas - really loved the trip, there, last year! (And it was in the middle of summer.) :)
Norway - the home of most of my ancestors.
Austria - I hear it's beautiful
Australia - Always wanted to visit there.
Anchorage, AK - almost got a job, there, once. Looks like a beautiful, if cold place to visit/live.

rlaWTX said...

Western Australia
Great Britain
New Zealand
Yellowstone again
maybe even eastern West(by God)Virginia again

When they invent teleportation, then I'll add the Pyramids, Ankor Wat, Taj Mahal, Victoria Falls, and a few other places that I do NOT want to spend any time in the actual country in which the site exists.

Kenn, where'd you visit in Texas?

AndrewPrice said...

K, That's depressing, but not unexpected. Europe did the same thing. In Germany, they used to have these great train cars in the 1970s and 1980s. Then in the 1990s they "upgraded" to these sterile, uncomfortable trains... ruined the experience.

AndrewPrice said...

Floyd, Prague is one of the coolest places I've been. I loved it!

Chile sounds really fascinating too.

AndrewPrice said...

Kenn, Austria is fantastic. Every part of it is gorgeous.

I'd like to see Australia too. What I've seen on film is pretty cool.

AndrewPrice said...

rlaWTX, I agree about the transporter. There are places, like India, I would like to see without actually spending time there.

I loved Yellowstone!

I can't make out that one... West something? Never heard of it.

Anonymous said...

1. London. I'm a serious anglophile, and I've only spent two weeksin London. That is not enough. (I will not make my top five all places in the UK, but suffice it to say, that I'd like to visit them all.)

2. Athens. Because we aren't entirely sure where Odysseus' Ithaca is. Else I'd go there.

3. New Zealand. I watched The Lord of the Rings.

4. Rome. The Romans were not as cool as the Greeks. But I'd still go to see some ancient ruins.

5. Salinas. I really like John Steinbeck. And he makes me want to live in the places he writes about.

I would NEVER get into a transporter. Ever. And that was my opinion BEFORE I watched Star Trek TMP.

(Though I too have places I'd like to see, but not be stuck in. Places in the Middle East, in particular.)

AndrewPrice said...

Goldvermilion, I would love a transporter, but I go with the "you first" theory on that one. :)

I'd like to see Rome very much. Athens would have been more interesting to me 2000 years ago, today it doesn't hold much interest to me.

Tennessee Jed said...

Top 5 places to return to:

1) Maui - hey it is paradise, but it does require a mandatory walletectomy
2)Ireland - there really are no bad spots as long as "the troubles" are dormant. Temple Bar in Dublin is fun, but I really love the southwest best.
3)Yellowstone/Grand Tetons - did this trip in 1959 and will never forgot it.
4) Dover - Just something about those cliffs
5) Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario - took a 2 week canoe trip there once. Truly back to nature

Places you couldn't pay me enough to visit? Mexico and Iran

K said...

Tennessee Jed: Maui - if you live on the desert side of the island it's much cheaper.:)

Anonymous said...

If all transporters are as unpredictably finicky as those on the Enterprise, I'm not sure that the "you first" theory would be a useful safety.

K said...

1. Bikini atoll, Micronesia.
2. Trinity site, New Mexico.
3. National nuclear test site, Nevada.
4. Cannikin test site Amchitka, Alaska.
5. Project Gasbuggy test site Parachute, Colorado.

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, I'd like to see parts of Mexico. I agree about Iran. Never been to Ireland.

AndrewPrice said...

goldvermilion, True. But they used the lowest-bidder to build those.

AndrewPrice said...

K, I'm sensing a pattern. You're big on testing. ;P

Kenn Christenson said...

@ rlaWTX I visited Killeen/Ft. Hood. Really enjoyed the hill country. We drove there all the way from Oregon - so we got to see a lot of scenery.

K said...

... and cherenkov radiation. Such a pretty blue after sunset. :)

tryanmax said...

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

The Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX

"The Wave," Coyote Buttes AZ

Corn Palace, Mitchel, DS

Jazzland/Six Flags, New Orleans, LA

Anonymous said...

Jed -

Sadly, I'm so un-travelled that I had to look up two of the destinations on your list. But I'm in!

Anonymous said...

K -

I was into trains as a kid… but now, not as much. There's a certain old-fashioned romantic appeal that they have but when you take the Amtrak from Orlando to Miami and it takes twice as long as it would if I had just driven it, it tends to ruin the experience!

(True story, sadly. Maybe I just didn't know what to expect.)

Anonymous said...

Floyd -

Prague is definitely on the list!

Anonymous said...

Kenn -

I visited Dallas for the 4th of July one year… even coming from Florida, I could feel the heat. My flight itinerary almost melted to the inside of my pants pocket. I also spent two months in Galveston but I didn't get out much. I'd LOVE to visit Austin one day.

Ditto on everything else you mentioned. Dad talked about a family cruise to Alaska years ago but it has yet to happen.

Anonymous said...

rla -

Yeah, it's a cliche by now but Australia is on the old bucket list. A friend of mine has been wanting to visit ever since I met him.

Anonymous said...

gold -

I had to look it up but Salinas looks quite nice!

Anonymous said...

tryanmax -

So that's the Cadillac Ranch?! I've seen pictures but I guess I never put two and two together.

Kenn Christenson said...


I think the hill country is a bit cooler - it sure was windy, when we were there. (I hear it's windy, there a good chunk of the time, though.)

On our way back, we drove through the Mojave desert - talk about HOT!

Anonymous said...

Japan - I've seen Osaka, Nara and Kyoto and loved and would like to see Tokyo and more of the North (and even go back to the places I visited)
The UK - I love hisotry and would go and visit all the castles and historic sites
USA - NYC, Texas (in winter maybe) and the south, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls etc and some historical sites
Korea - Like Japan, the beauty and the history.
Antarctica - Just to go there.

I'd also like to see Machu Picchu, Angkor and the Pyramids without actually having to go there.

If you like train trips try the Ghan (crosses Australia north to south) or the Indian Pacific (crosses Australia ocean to ocean), my cousin did the Indian Pacific and loved it.


AndrewPrice said...

Scott, When I think of trains in India, I think of ten thousand people hanging from the window and doors.

Is it a big thing for Aussies to tour Australia?

Anonymous said...

It is quite normal for retired people to tour the country and young families to holiday locally. But it isn't really a big thing anymore for the rail trips especially as it involves such long distances. You have to want to do the trip and it takes quite awhile to do it. And the trains are nothing like in India.


AndrewPrice said...

Scott, Oh!! I misread that. I'm sorry. I thought you wanted to take a train across India.

Yeah, I'd love to take a train across Australia. That sounds really great.

We get a lot of people who tour the American West.

Anonymous said...

lol. India is a place I'll happily avoid, I have no real interest in going there or places where I can get sick real easy. Basically most third world countries are off the list.


AndrewPrice said...

Scott, Same here. I have heard nothing about India that makes me want to go there. I would love to see Australia though.

Anonymous said...


As much as you might want to see Australia, I want to see the USA. I suppose you know what you grow up with and want to see something different.


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