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Johnny Vander m
07-29-2005, 07:34 PM
Vacation time again, I mean a real one, not to Ohio or Pensacola as I always do. This time going back to the most beautiful place I have ever been to, The Isle of Capri off Naples Italy. Been there twice and will also stop in Rome for a few days. Anyone ever been to The Isle of Capri? If so, have you ever seen anything like it before?

creek14
07-29-2005, 08:19 PM
Vacation time again, I mean a real one, not to Ohio or Pensacola as I always do. This time going back to the most beautiful place I have ever been to, The Isle of Capri off Naples Italy. Been there twice and will also stop in Rome for a few days. Anyone ever been to The Isle of Capri? If so, have you ever seen anything like it before?
I was there in nineteen hundred and seventy four. And yes, it was beautiful. I loved Rome too. I was in awe of the things you can see there. Simply amazing.

And that's where this Italian guy walked up to me and said "American woman?" I said yes. He said "very tall". I said yes. He said "do you want to go to bed with me?"

No, I'm not telling you what I said. :evil:

Have fun on your trip!!

RBA
07-29-2005, 08:21 PM
Rome is great. Never been to the Isle of Capri. But I have been to Naples and it's an armpit.

Johnny Vander m
07-29-2005, 08:29 PM
Creek, maybe I will run into this guys wife or girlfriend and she will ask me the same thing, and of course I will be like you, mum on the subject. ;)

RBA, agree Naples is the armpit, was stationed there in the Navy and it is worse now. Man if you were in Naples you should have went on over to Capri. I also want to go to Pompi (sp) this time, never went there before. Italy, so much too see, never enough time.

alex trevino
07-29-2005, 09:22 PM
Ko Samui, Thailand
Hawaii
Interlacken Switzerland
Auruba
Bavaria (just not munich)

Cities
1. coppenhagen Denmark
2. Paris
3. san Francisco
4. Chaing mai Thailand
5. Boston

RFS62
07-29-2005, 09:30 PM
I was there in nineteen hundred and seventy four. And yes, it was beautiful. I loved Rome too. I was in awe of the things you can see there. Simply amazing.

And that's where this Italian guy walked up to me and said "American woman?" I said yes. He said "very tall". I said yes. He said "do you want to go to bed with me?"

No, I'm not telling you what I said. :evil:

Have fun on your trip!!


The 70's rawked.

The golden age of nookie

Johnny Vander m
07-29-2005, 09:36 PM
In the USA, San Francisco, yes. Boston? I don't know about that, lots of history but beautiful? That was our home port for our ship, hated that town, very unfriendly people. Never saw any beauty in it. After San Francisco, there is no comp' but San Daigo, Seattle are nice cities. The armpit of America of course is El Paso.

RBA
07-29-2005, 09:36 PM
Yosemite National Park

http://www.vision.caltech.edu/koller/Images/Yosemite.jpg

RFS62
07-29-2005, 09:38 PM
I agree that San Francisco is the most beautiful city in America.

I love that whole area, from Big Sur to Bodega Bay

Johnny Vander m
07-29-2005, 09:39 PM
Yosemite National Park

http://www.vision.caltech.edu/koller/Images/Yosemite.jpg

Got to agree there. All the National Parks are beautiful, I like the Smokies as my favorite.

RosieRed
07-29-2005, 10:04 PM
Antarctica.

OK, so I haven't been there. Yet. But I think it's beautiful.

http://www.uncw.edu/tc/antarcticalive/pages/berg001.jpg

http://www.alumni.psu.edu/travel/scrapbook/2002scrapbooks/antarctica/images/6_ushuaiasunset_psd.jpg

http://www.tamug.tamu.edu/labb/antarctica/greatwhitesouth/color/ZNocti_SKY_close.jpg

http://www.k7k.poznan.pl/html/antarktyda/ANTARCTICA%2052.jpg

marcshoe
07-29-2005, 10:19 PM
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite's the most beautiful place I've been; I can't speak beyond that. I think California on the whole was breathtaking (I've also done the Big Sur drive).

San Francisco reminded me of Sydney, another beautiful city (with great beaches). And even if it's overcrowded, nothing compares with the cognitive dissonance experienced when I first glimpsed the Grand Canyon.

Reds/Flyers Fan
07-30-2005, 10:28 PM
Most beautiful cities that I have been to:

Paris
San Francisco
Vienna
Rome/Vatican City
Monte Carlo

Most beautiful areas:

Zion National Park, Utah
Swiss Alps
Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Coco Cay, Bahamas
Lake Superior

westofyou
07-30-2005, 10:44 PM
San Francisco is ok... for a city, Yosemite is nice (I prefer Sequoia myself)

I like Moab and canyonlands the best though... then Maui or Kaui.

marcshoe
07-30-2005, 11:56 PM
I haven't been to Utah yet (except for whatever part of the Kayenta to Monument Valley drive takes you there). I'd planned a trip for this summer, but it didn't work out.

I'm working on next year.

macro
07-31-2005, 12:03 AM
How much does a trip to Rome set one back? I've always wanted to go, but figured it would be too expensive.

halcyon
07-31-2005, 06:40 PM
I post this message from Cody, Wyoming. I do not nominate this area, but I will nominate Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons where I've spent the last few days. I'm going to return there tomorrow. Its quite stunning.

westofyou
07-31-2005, 06:42 PM
I post this message from Cody, Wyoming. I do not nominate this area, but I will nominate Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons where I've spent the last few days. I'm going to return there tomorrow. Its quite stunning.

Great area, the Tetons more so for me than Yellowstone though.... but yellowstone is breathtaking too.

jmcclain19
07-31-2005, 07:05 PM
I'd say the Grand Canyon. Pictures in no way do the place justice. I've been half a dozen times and I never tire of it.

westofyou
07-31-2005, 07:14 PM
I'd say the Grand Canyon. Pictures in no way do the place justice. I've been half a dozen times and I never tire of it.

The desert is a mistress with a million looks.

alex trevino
07-31-2005, 07:17 PM
The desert is a mistress with a million looks.

I would add Bryce cayon Utah...the Grand cayon is beautiful but the crowds keep me away...I agree about the desert...never been to antartica but I am sure it is awesome

westofyou
07-31-2005, 07:19 PM
I camped at Bryce once, tented up in the pitch black, came out and saw something like this.

Great Place.

http://www.brycecanyonresort.com/photo-gallery/bryce-canyon-springsnow.jpg

alex trevino
07-31-2005, 07:22 PM
How much does a trip to Rome set one back? I've always wanted to go, but figured it would be too expensive.

My wife and I were suppose to go to Rome on August 5th...we are splitting up instead...nothing like a divorce to screw up your vacation plans. Anyway the airfare non-stop from cincinnati was $950...Hotels roughly $100 a night...Been to europe but never to Italy...guess that will have to wait for another day...After the divorce is final I feel a trip to Bangkok coming on.

REDREAD
07-31-2005, 10:39 PM
After the divorce is final I feel a trip to Bangkok coming on.

Man, sorry to hear about your divorce, but I'm glad you still have your sense of humor. :)

Northern Dancer
07-31-2005, 11:22 PM
Fell in love with Jasper National Park as well as the townsite when I was there a few years ago. I know where I want to retire to. :D

I'll be heading down to South Dakota in a week to visit the Badlands/Devils Tower area and take in a couple of Northern League games in Sioux Falls and Sioux City. So I'll see how impressed I am of that area.
(Before us Canucks are required to have a passport to visit the States and gas prices get any higher than they are now.) :p:

halcyon
08-01-2005, 12:08 AM
Great area, the Tetons more so for me than Yellowstone though.... but yellowstone is breathtaking too.

We're heading back into Yellowstone to finish up tomorrow. And Jackson Hole/Tetons the day after that before we get ready to fly back to VA. We took a 10 mile float trip down the Snake River a few days ago, which was phenomenal. Just outta curiosity tho, why do you prefer the Tetons over Yellowstone? Hikes? General Views? Or something else?

marcshoe
08-01-2005, 12:11 AM
The current issue of National Geographic Traveler rates North America's national parks based mostly on their condition. Most of the top spots are taken up by the Canadian parks, largely due to Canada having a mandate to protect nature first, while the USNPS has a dual mandate to protect nature while promoting outdoor recreation.

I've researched some of the parks mentioned, and from the photos they are beautiful spots that I am not at all familiar with. Jasper. Kootenay/Yoho. Waterton Lakes (on the back side of Glacier National Park.

More places to add to my dream itenerary. I won't live long enough for all I want to see.

westofyou
08-01-2005, 12:59 AM
We're heading back into Yellowstone to finish up tomorrow. And Jackson Hole/Tetons the day after that before we get ready to fly back to VA. We took a 10 mile float trip down the Snake River a few days ago, which was phenomenal. Just outta curiosity tho, why do you prefer the Tetons over Yellowstone? Hikes? General Views? Or something else?

YS can be a bit crowded, the place is huge, but I did prefer the Tetons for views and the day hikes I did there. I like the Alpine nature of mountains I guess, Mineral King in the Sierra is my favorite place that has that quality.

Banff was really great for that too.

Rojo
08-01-2005, 12:54 PM
Glad to see San Francisco and Yosemite get so many nods. After a soul-crushing, foggy summer I need the little reminder that California is a special place.

As for Yosemite, I'll be more specific and nominate Tuolumne Meadows. Its like the Platonic ideal of natural settings.

westofyou
08-01-2005, 01:38 PM
As for Yosemite, I'll be more specific and nominate Tuolumne Meadows. Its like the Platonic ideal of natural settings.

Me as well, The Valley floor is nice, but crowded and slammed with civilaization. The outer reaches are my prefred destination.

This is why I tend to like BLM land over park land, mostly the same without facilities and crowds.

Rojo
08-01-2005, 01:41 PM
Me as well, The Valley floor is nice, but crowded and slammed with civilaization. The outer reaches are my prefred destination.


I've never even been to the vallye floor but I love the northern slice. Actually, just north of the park's boundary is the Sonora Pass and it's one of the most incredibly places I've ever seen.

rdiersin
08-01-2005, 02:40 PM
The nice part about the grand canyon and bryce canyon is that they can be part of the same trip. Also, the road from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO is absolutely beautiful. I've never taken the train, but the drive is just great.

westofyou
08-01-2005, 02:45 PM
Durango, CO to Silverton, CO is absolutely beautiful.

Yeah it's a beauty, some scary roads too.

A couple of years ago in October I drove to Moab from Portland, over to Durango, up to Yellowstone and then back through Idaho. I got to Moab and had 4 days alone with my bike, then my wife flew in and we continued on. Great time of year for all those areas.

GIK
08-01-2005, 02:48 PM
http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/frary/Northwest_Images/bellingham_bay.jpg

rdiersin
08-01-2005, 02:51 PM
Yeah it's a beauty, some scary roads too.

A couple of years ago in October I drove to Moab from Portland, over to Durango, up to Yellowstone and then back through Idaho. I got to Moab and had 4 days alone with my bike, then my wife flew in and we continued on. Great time of year for all those areas.

That would be a great trip, WOY. Actually, I would have to list the Portland area in the prettiest places I have ever visited as well. I was there for a conference about 2 months ago, and had time to go to the coast one day, and then make a trip to Mt Hood and while along the way take in the Columbia River Gorge and some of the falls along that route. Some nice little hikes. Not bad for only having 2 days.

westofyou
08-01-2005, 02:58 PM
That would be a great trip, WOY. Actually, I would have to list the Portland area in the prettiest places I have ever visited as well. I was there for a conference about 2 months ago, and had time to go to the coast one day, and then make a trip to Mt Hood and while along the way take in the Columbia River Gorge and some of the falls along that route. Some nice little hikes. Not bad for only having 2 days.

Yeah it is, I'm trying to get away this week and go riding on Mt Hood. If all goes as expected I can get that in tommorrow.

The trail will look like this

http://www.rvcaravantours.com/All%20Website%20Photos/All%20Photos%20-%20Mt%20Hood/Original%20-%20Mt%20Hood%202000/Mt.%20Hood%20Pond%201.JPG

Blimpie
08-01-2005, 03:34 PM
I camped at Bryce once, tented up in the pitch black, came out and saw something like this.

Great Place.

http://www.brycecanyonresort.com/photo-gallery/bryce-canyon-springsnow.jpgGlad to know you are not a sleepwalker....ouch!

Dan
08-03-2005, 06:32 AM
About 10 years ago I was able to visit a place. Many hiking trips were taken. The (unfortunately, rather poor quality) picture you see is from one of those trips. On another hike, my group went up the side of a hill, and when we got to the top, it was like the world opened up and looking out you could see nothing but mountains in every direction, of every color. The single most beautiful sight I've ever had, and it's still etched in my memory as if it happened yesterday.

The place is Alaska, my friends. And if you ever get the chance to go there, you go there. Nothing else will ever come close.

Northern Dancer
08-28-2005, 01:07 AM
Hmmm, time to dust this thread off a bit.

Got back from the Black Hills as well as northeast Wyoming last week. Gorgeous area. I especially loved the Wyoming countryside, especially along Hwy 24. Not so much Devils Tower itself (although its impressive), but the whole setting. I wanted to stop and take a picture at every vantage point. I really felt I was in the old west.
The area north of Belle Fouche, South Dakota was pretty desolate however. Impressive in its own way, but depressing if you're not in the right frame of mind (my wife gave way tears a couple of times along the stretch, although in here defense, she was really tired at the time. :cry: ) Nothing but bleak open prairie and buttes.

Next time I'm in Wyoming, I'll be heading to Yellowstone for sure.

Edit: Shame I cannot show some pictures. :(

RedsBaron
08-28-2005, 06:59 AM
The nice part about the grand canyon and bryce canyon is that they can be part of the same trip. Also, the road from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO is absolutely beautiful. I've never taken the train, but the drive is just great.
My wife and I, pre-kids, drove to The Grand Canyon in 1990. Words cannot express how awesome it was, nor can mere photographs-it has to be seen.
I also agree about the drive around Durango. After going through Monument Valley and feeling as if I was in a John Ford directed western starring John Wayne, we drove to Durango, and then on to Grand Junction, CO-breathtaking scenery. I'd still like to ride the train.
San Francisco is the most beautiful city I've ever been in.
I also agree with my near namesake in the prior post. I was in the Black Hills and eastern Wyoming in 1979 and loved the area. I just wish I had been able to go on to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.

MWM
08-28-2005, 10:25 AM
Teton National Park gets the nod for me. I've been there four times and am in awe every time. The drive into Jackson Hole from either the west or the south is the most beautiful drive possible as it follows right along the snake river. I've been there in the winter, fall, and spring. The fall there is amazing.

Bryce canyon is close. When I was 13, my family went on the second of two vacations we ever went on. We drove (our entire family of 6) from Cincinnati to Los Angeles to visit with my dad's sister and her family. It was an awesome vacation. When we were driving home, we planned on taking a week and going north into yellowstone, etc... We stopped to visit Bryce and when we got about 2 miles away, our van lost all its oil pressure. Turn out the head gasket was blown. They had to tow the van clear to Provo, Utah where were stuck for 5 days in a crappy hotel and didn't get to see anything else the entire trip because we had to go straight home once the van was fixed. Actually, the Provo area wasn't that bad. We hiked up Mt. Timpanogas one day which was beautiful. Then we hiked up some mountain with a big Y painted on it.

Those pics of Bryce bring it all back.

westofyou
08-28-2005, 10:37 AM
Hmmm, time to dust this thread off a bit.

Got back from the Black Hills as well as northeast Wyoming last week. Gorgeous area. I especially loved the Wyoming countryside, especially along Hwy 24. Not so much Devils Tower itself (although its impressive), but the whole setting. I wanted to stop and take a picture at every vantage point. I really felt I was in the old west.
The area north of Belle Fouche, South Dakota was pretty desolate however. Impressive in its own way, but depressing if you're not in the right frame of mind (my wife gave way tears a couple of times along the stretch, although in here defense, she was really tired at the time. :cry: ) Nothing but bleak open prairie and buttes.

Next time I'm in Wyoming, I'll be heading to Yellowstone for sure.

Edit: Shame I cannot show some pictures. :(

I love the black hills, I went there a couple of years ago... hiked up Bear Butte in the middle of the prarie, stayed in Badlands too.

Didn't make me misty though... the plains gives me the chills.

FWIW there is a great book on the plains called "Great Plains" by Ian Frazier.. it's an essay type of book about diffrent areas from the Dakotas down to Oklahoma. Really good stuff.


The wife and I our planning a jaunt down the Oregon coast and down into Redwood National Park in thhe next few weeks. The Coast here is rugged and beautiful, and Redwood has the 330 foot tall trees.

When you stand next to a tree like this you know you're small.

http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parkphotos/acf9a%2Ejpg

Northern Dancer
08-28-2005, 04:53 PM
....I also agree with my near namesake in the prior post....
Yikes! I had no idea there was already a long standing member with a "Red(s)Baron" moniker, otherwise I would have selected something else. Sorry 'bout that.

I choose "RedBaron" because that was my nickname as a kid (as it rhymes with my first name). Oh well.

RFS62
08-28-2005, 05:09 PM
When you stand next to a tree like this you know you're small.

http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parkphotos/acf9a%2Ejpg



Wow, a picture of Danny Graves next to a tomato plant.

westofyou
08-28-2005, 05:15 PM
Wow, a picture of Danny Graves next to a tomato plant.

Danny introduces himself to a new teammate and his wife.

http://www.scifi.com/freezone/landofgiants/giants.jpg

RedsBaron
08-28-2005, 09:04 PM
Yikes! I had no idea there was already a long standing member with a "Red(s)Baron" moniker, otherwise I would have selected something else. Sorry 'bout that.


No problem. However if I ever really start a string of political posts here you run the risk of getting some negative rep points if others confuse you with me! ;)

cincinnati chili
08-28-2005, 09:27 PM
Dowtown Detroit?

http://www.mith2.umd.edu/digdir/students/jchuang/research/images/riot7.gif


(angry PM to follow from GIK in 10 minutes)

Rychian
08-30-2005, 09:05 AM
The most beautiful place on earth to me is a little hard to get to, but thats the point. 2 hours north east of Duluth Minnesota is a town called Ely, Minnesota. I have been there 5 times, canoeing, camping, portaging, and soaking it in. It is my place. You can go into the american side (boundary waters national park) or the Canadian side (Quetico National Park);. I prefer canadas side, it is less crowded. The water is so clean you can drink out of the lakes. You all must go there.

Tom.