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@jessal3 @Lori Jessica, wow! That sounds incredible. Did you see the pandas? :)
While you're in Paris, see the Notre Dame cathedral. It's nicer *laugh* :) I remember when we got there, we'd been walking for HOURS and I looked up, thought "Yep, that's it, looks like a giant erector set. Can we go to sleep now?"

3 years, 8 months ago on Where have you Traveled?

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@bcromlish A girl I know who interns at the National Tiger Sanctuary here in Missouri went to Austrailia for school this past semester and hasn't come back yet. She's posted a lot of pictures, etc. and shared a lot of her experiences on her facebook page. I actually wonder if she'll come home. I would LOVE to go to Australia. That's a heck of a flight, though *laugh*

3 years, 8 months ago on Where have you Traveled?

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@Lori @JimK @LFJeremy Lori, it's hard to say. Since I was only 15 when I went to most of them, not only do I not remember a lot *laugh* but it was a different experience than when I went to Greece and Turkey 10 years ago as an adult. I adored Germany the most of all the places at 15, but I suspect it was the familiarity of it. My mom's background is German, the towns around us are German heritage, so it had a lot of things I recognized more by "feeling similar", not so much actually "being similar". I'd also had a year of high school German at that point. (I only wish I remembered some of it!)
No one take offense at this, but at 15, my impressions of:
England - very friendly, wonderful history, beautiful countryside, quaint towns
Scotland - wet (it was the only days it rained the whole month!)
France - snooty, self-important people in Paris, pretty countryside, but not very friendly people, don't try and speak the language...even if you are fluent... if you aren't French
Italy - crowded, rude and yet friendly at the same time -very weird combo, dirty, wonderful architecture!
Germany - friendly, made you feel welcome and at home no matter where you were, adored it when you tried to speak German with them (even when really wrong *laugh*)
Austria & Switzerland - much the same as Germany, very scenic, friendly
Netherlands - incredibly friendly, though we were with my chaperone's relatives the whole time. Yes, they do have wooden shoes..and they wear them! and everyone rides a bike wherever they go in town.

3 years, 8 months ago on Where have you Traveled?

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@JimK @Lori @LFJeremy Jim, I went to Ephesus back in 2001, to Mary's home. I took my mom on a cruise from Athens to Istanbul. It was quite something. Of course, it rained that day, but it was still interesting to see. We also visited Rhodes, Crete, and Delphi. It was an amazing trip. My mom had never been outside the country before.
I've been very lucky. I went on a month long European trip when I was 15 with a friend and her parents. We did England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. At 15, it was QUITE the eye opener. I don't think I appreciated it as much then, but it was also very fast. It's hard to appreciate anything at that quick a pace.
I've also gone to many parts of the US, most recently San Francisco. Some other places, San Diego, Atlanta, Memphis, DC (all to see pandas :) ), Florida a few times, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Texas. Quite a few other states in there as well. I think the upper East coast and the upper West coast are about the only contential places I haven't been. I love to travel. I just wish I did better with it! *laugh* I can't seem to get anything to take care of the terrible motion sickness. (the cruise was NOT a lot of fun for me!) I do much better when I can drive there.
I really want to go to China and see the pandas there! I just love to see new things.

3 years, 8 months ago on Where have you Traveled?

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I'm going to put my tree up today! It's a process. First, you have to let the cat climb in and out of the bag for a few days, then he "helps" put it up. I just hope I can find the tree skirt!!

3 years, 10 months ago on What Things are on Your Holiday To Do List?

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