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I have been to 15 of 25 as shown below:
#1, #3, #5, #6, #7, #8, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #21, #22, #23, #25
That is a wonderful accomplishment!
Have only been to 6!
# 5, 9,12,19,21,23!
Am surprised the Eiffel Tower is not on the list?
Good stuff jasper. The 15 of course is only the tip of the iceberg for you.
I too have only been to 6. #5,8,9,12,20,21 .
Got a few (like Sydney) on my list, so I need to keep saving.
Let's see if we can do all 25 as a team of Insiders. Let's go Insiders, jump in and punch our team travel card.
I must say that some of these places, I have no desire to go.
However, the list is what it is!
Hope we can get all 25 mentioned on MRI!
been to 9
Congratulations, that is most impressive!
I've visited 7 of them (8, 9, 12, 14, 17, 21, and 25), basically the sites in the US, Australia, the Great Wall, and the church in Russia. As I started through the list, I thought I would be lucky to find even one I have seen.
I've been to 9:
#9 and #21... don't get out much I guess
I've been fortunate enough to get to 6:
#9, #12, #19, #21, #22 and #23. Not surprised that The Golden Gate Bridge shows up on just about every Insiders list.
Wow, there are some fabulous places to visit on the list. I have only been to three: #5, #12 and #18.
Ok, so we still need #10 Croatia, #11 Rangoon Myanmar, and #24 Golden Temple India.
sg1974 ask the gondolier to keep on paddling across the Adriatic
brightlybob surely you've negotiated contracts with the Burma/Myanmar intellectual property issue
dejamo has been at the site in India but unfortunately it was in a Hilton ashram, so that may not qualify.
Where's fschumpert and newhiltonmembr when you need them - let's go Insiders, three more and we're all eligible for the Tell Arne points and The Surprise Party contests!
erc, thought this had been answered, but here's my list - 5, 9, 12, 18, 19, 21
It was a Marriott property (back in the day when I used to stay at Marriotts).
It was near the US Consulate in Anna Salai, but cant remember the name of it.......
Well that's too bad, but barrpat saved us with her stay. Speaking of stays, it looks like I won't be traveling to Croatia to finish our Insider card, and courtesy of iah's good pals at UAL, I may not be traveling anywhere across the pond. Holy cow, they broke my heart this week by wiping out almost all of their miles saver awards (especially the non-stops) to Brussels, so now courtesy of pluto, I know how to get around by bus, but not how to get there. It will kill me to have to, must I say it?, buy the doggone tickets!
I had been tracking lovely, beautiful non-stop saver award flights for four weeks (waiting for my upcoming dates) only to have defeat snatched from the jaws of victory (and with the US/Portugal game, it's too much man, too much), but I digress, good to hear from you dejamo .
I did nothing, nooooothing, this time!! Oh yeah, my pals.
Very impressive jasper100. Sadly, I've been to only six (5-9-12-18-19-21).
Did you happen to notice fschumpert while you were at these spots ?
You'll will now enjoy an erc-free time period as I adjust to the new changes on the Marriott.com reservations. Those wascally wabbits, always trying to keep us deal finders off balance, have rearranged a lot of their info (at least on my Commodore computer) such as:
Photos (now up in the name banner - good for overall feel of the property)
Maps and transportation (now in the Local Area segment - good for parking rates and airport transportation)
Fact Sheet (now in Our Hotel - good for CL or not and how many floors)
this means I'll have to postpone my VCR programming lessons and invest the time instead in learning the new matrix and all of its machinations
I just noticed. It's entirely possible I guess we crossed paths. Good luck in your adjustments.
Me? I probably was at overlook of Golden Gate singing with Tony Bennett, "I left my heart in San Francisco"
Only seven (7) for me...
If you can get over the trauma of what happened, go back to Ephesus. It is absolutely amazing!
ProfChiara, don't worry - it's not the trauma, it's just that I haven't had the chance to get back yet...
All things in time!
I agree when we got off the bus and looked down the via in Ephesus was truly amazing . also realize that 2 thousand years ago it was water front nearby now several miles away
It is probably one of the best maintained sites in the ancient world, and if you go on a tour you can visit the supposed place of the Virgin Mary's last days (if all works well the first or last photo). The rest are of the city, including the amazing Library of Celsius, and the latrines, where slaves were sent an hour before their masters arose to warm up the pot, so to speak .
But, prof, didn't the 1950 papal bull, "Munificentissimus Deus", decree during the 1st Vatican Council that Mary was bodily assumed into heaven, a dogma of the R.C.C. by Pope Pius XII: "that the immaculate Mother of God, Mary "Semper Virgo", when the course of her earthly life was run, was assumed in body and soul to heavenly glory." Why then the need for an earthly tomb?
Did I say tomb? I meant where she is supposed to have lived the rest of her days before the Assumption. But there's a lot of controversy and historical skepticism about any possible place because there is no evidence. But it is not far from the Greek island of Patmos and the Cave of St John the Divine, where he wrote the Book of Revelation.
I stand corrected; you did say "last days" - perhaps she was "lifted up" outside this place? Regarding The Apostle John, tradition holds that he was buried on Patmus, but then there are some who think perhaps he was on Patmus for a while, but then died in Ephesus, I've read. And, then, there's the mysticism of the last days of the Apostle Paul, who reportedly was beheaded in Rome and his head bounced three times along the Apian Way and at each bounce a spring of water erupted. I'll stick with the unilateral authority of the Bible, rather than the "traditions of men".
Wonderful pics Prof.
Hopefully I'll have more soon. I leave today for Santorini!
Safe travels Prof, what a beautiful spot on the sea and a spot I do hope to visit one day.
Thanks, IAHFLYR! I have been twice on my short Louis cruises but each stop was less than two hours and all went to Oia. I'll be staying in Imerovigli, known for its sunsets over the volcano crater, and plan to visit the two archaeological sites of Ancient Thera and Akrotiri as well as the archaeological museums. Aside from that, there is the hotel pool...and volcanic beaches...
Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
Welcome to the MI gang....you seemed to have slipped in under the RADAR so to speak!! Nice to have ya to help us with our whining and such as well as share in your travel experiences.
Thanks for the warm welcome, iahflyr! I'm happy to be here and excited to join the conversation.
2, 5, 12, 18, 21, 25, check.
6, 7, 10, 13, 15, 20 and 23 are high on my list. The way things have been going lately, I hope that #13 doesn't end up like the Great Pyramids and the Nile, with uncertainty of safe travels in the unforeseeable future.
Seven for me.... #s 2,9,12,14,17,21,and 25.
I have my sights on 1,3,5,11,13,20,22, and 23.
I am interested in #1 as well, however while I would enjoy doing the historical research (presently reading a book titled, '1491,' which I started - 6 months ago ), I would want someone else to sort the travel logistics. I am entirely unfamiliar with the area (all of SA for that matter) and it tires me just to think about working that puzzle. This is what makes websites like Insiders so great. We can share our work with each other.
Well, if you're looking for someone else to sort out the travel logistics, and you wanted to bang through much of the list rather quickly, here's your trip....
Around the World by Private Jet | National Geographic Expeditions
And.... it's only $75,000 (well, it starts at that amount, I'm sure it's much more), but don't be cheap!!!!
This is actually a pretty good looking trip!
75 people on a plane built for over 200+, with deluxe seating rows of two. Meals and hotels, it really sounds great. However, if things don't go as "Dreamed", it could be a long, long, 24 days!
Thanks for sharing!
All this cerebral talk is hurting my head today, need more "meds"
WOWser! Don't know how you found that, but it looks pretty amazing. (Perhaps if I just added one more year to my sentence, I'd about have it covered!!!)
pluto77, OMG did you really write WOWser.....really!!!!!! You must be related to Mrs. IAH as she uses that phrase and many others that are similar. WOWsers.
Yes, I probably say all kinds of things that I shouldn't (shhhh, she and I are secret members of the Ya Ya.)
Yes, our Insider friends are always at the ready.
I have been to 8 of the 25...#4, #5, #9, #12, #16, #19, #20 and #21!!!!
I have been to 8 of them. 5,9,12,18,19,21,22,23. I didn't understand the criteria for this list and surprised that some of the iconic sites I would expect to see are missing. There are a number listed that I would still like to see and others, not so much. I will take the Eiffel Tower, the CN Tower, Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, Neuschwantstein, the Coliseum and some others I have seen over some of the top 25 listed. They need a top 100, I guess. Which ones do you think should have been on here?
Agree with you!
Your Eiffel Tower and other list is for me as well. Have been to all of those places and really don't feel "Adventuresome" enough to ever even, want to go to some of the "Top 25"!
Looks like I will have to find a "New List"?
That's a great question, Maui. The list appears to include only manmade structures.
I would add Tenochtitlan and Chichen Itza for starters. Also, the Terracotta Army in Xi'an and perhaps the Forbidden City in Beijing. There are many remarkable structures, both new and old that are not included. The Dubai Water Fountain is a pretty amazing technological feature. Add the manmade island Palm Juhmeira. Mont Saint Michel. Bodiam Castle in Sussex. St. Vitus Cathedral.
It would be interesting to know how the list was compiled. Why for instance, did the Golden Gate Bridge make it, while other amazing bridges, like Millau Viaduct, Pont du Gard, Akashi, Øresund Bridge (Sweden), Langkawi (Malaysia, but you'll never see me on it!), and Seto not make the cut?
Three... the three in the US.
Gettysburg National Military Park -- as a history buff, absolutely fascinating.
Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool -- once again, history buff
Golden Gate Bridge -- When in San Francisco... right?
I, too, am surprised what made the list. As much as I loved Gettysburg and try to get there every few years, I don't see how it made the Top 25 IN THE WORLD, when the Statue of Liberty is missing.
Sadly, just 12 and 25 for me... I agree with gone2maui though. The Eiffel Tower and Colosseum should definitely be on that list, among others.
All except, #6, #7, and #10.
All hail to Barrpat, who reigns supreme! That's just astounding, BP. I can just imagine all of the places that you've been that are NOT on the list. (It's good to be you! )
Do you see yourself ever visiting Cambodia or Croatia?
Southeast Asia(Cambodia too) planned for 2015. Croatia will have to convince one of my girlfriends to take the journey with me as my hubby thinks he is not interested.
Both of those destinations are high on my bucket list. How will you fly to Cambodia (which airline, port, etc.)?
Delta(transfer to Korean) into PHN. March 2015. Looking forward to the adventure. Taking a family member along who served there and finally is willing to go back and try to conquer bad memories.
Thanks for the information, Barrpat. Early Spring makes sense now that I think about it (to avoid the worst heat as well as typhoon season.) I would enjoy reading a trip report after you return. I hope you have a terrific time, and best wishes to your relative for getting those demons exorcised, and please thank him/her for me for serving our country.
hi all from athens awaiting the flight to santorini. alitalia did it again and i got about six hours of real sleep after a great meal. my favorite on the list, if i remember correctly, is #4 cordoba, hands down. but i think they were perhaps consciously editing since the valley p'f the kings, the great sphinx, pyramids, etc did not make the list (unless i remember wrong -- working on a tablet drives me nuts even if it easier thru security.
Have a wonderful trip!
Please send photo's and share stories with us!
Are you saying you "Like" Alitalia? Have never flown them, but if it is as nice as you indicate, maybe I will try them!
Keep on keepin on Prof.....enjoy it all.
I've flown Alitalia twice within Europe. They're fine (said the ever and always economy class flyer). I would imagine that they would be a good fit if you are a Delta FF, since they're also SkyTeam.
I have thrown in with American. For now (primarily because of where one of my daughters lives.) Unfortunately, they aren't partners with Air France (also SkyTeam). Also, since I fly more miles on Qantas and Alaska combined than AF, it makes sense for me to go OneWorld. I am missing flying the AF and LH A380's, though. We're flying AA to CDG next year. Looking forward to checking out the Triple Seven.
You'll get a full report on the LH Giant soon enough!!
Later this summer
I only got 2. And if I didn't live near SF it would have been even worse. I do a ton of travelling, but my boss tends to send me places where no one else wants to go.
Tell the boss to come along maybe you'll better trips!
Only 3 for me, 12, 14 and 21.
Wow I knew that I probably had not been to many but I have only been to two. #12 and #21.
Only two for me as well (9 and 12). But I've also stood in the jaws of the world's largest muskellunge at the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin. Now that's a landmark.
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