Triple Travel Questionnaire


Haggis McBagpipe
#1
It's coming up on holiday time in a few months, so here are three questions about your experiences in travel:

What is the most wonderful place you've ever visited?

What visited place is a 'return-time-and-time-again' kind of place for you?

Where is your most favourite place to visit within Canada?

. . . and because I can't count, here's question four, of three :

Where do you plan to holiday this year?
 
Dexter Sinister
#2
What is the most wonderful place you've ever visited?

No contest: the pyramids/sphinx site at Giza in Egypt. There are no facilities of any kind there, there are hundreds of aggressive little boys trying to sell you junk, camel rides, and probably their sisters but I didn't understand them well enough to be sure, there are aggressive and officious police, the air is so foully polluted you can taste it, if you take a picture that any of the locals think they might be in they'll swarm you and demand money for it... So will the police. It's no accident that the "helpful vocabulary" listed in Fodor's guide includes the word "emshee," which it says means "go away." The reaction I got the one time I had to use it suggested it means something a little stronger than that.

But...

No video, no picture, no description, can do justice to the heart-stopping immensity and power of the place, so I won't even try. It is stunning, staggering, beyond words; ya gotta see it and walk the roads the Egyptian kings walked 5000 years ago yourself to understand. Go if you get the chance, you'll never regret it. And take twice as many pictures as you think you could ever possibly want.

What visited place is a 'return-time-and-time-again' kind of place for you?

The Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan and Alberta, and South Dakota's Black Hills.

Where is your most favourite place to visit within Canada?

A tossup: Vancouver or Victoria. I'd have answered the previous question with those two as well, but the difference is that Vancouver and Victoria are a lot farther away from me and cost more to get to, so I don't get to 'return-time-and-time-again.' The Cypress Hills and the Black Hills are an easy drive from here.

Where do you plan to holiday this year?

Haven't thought about that yet. Can I get back to you?
 
DasFX
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe


What is the most wonderful place you've ever visited?

What visited place is a 'return-time-and-time-again' kind of place for you?

Where is your most favourite place to visit within Canada?

. . . and because I can't count, here's question four, of three :

Where do you plan to holiday this year?

1) Most wonderful? Can't think of one place. Each place is special.

Most wonderful nature place: Canadian Rockies

Most wonderful modern urban place: Chicago, Il and Singapore

Most wonderful historic urban place: Prague, Czech Republic and Florence, Italy

Most wonderful iconic place: Taj Mahal

2) I try not to go anywhere more than once, although there are places (close to home: Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, etc) I return to. The only place I like going to over and over again is home!

3) In Canada, I still haven't been to NFLD & LAB and SASK, plus the territories. I think all of Canada is great.

4) St. John's Newfoundland for Easter and Australia for a month in August.

P.S. We need a Travel forum on this site. Canadians are among the world's most travelled.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#4
Suggestion definitely under advisement, Das!

You are a well-traveled soul, and your plans for summer sound awesome. I especially agree that the best place to return over and over again is home. I never ever tire of coming home.
 
Sassylassie
#5
My favorite place to visit would be Powell River BC, but I prefer to visit when the Mother-In-Law isn't in the country.

I love Lake Louise and Jasper, avoid the gonda made me bawl like a baby. They had to drug me to get me back down the mountain.

Lets see this Summer I will travel to my back yard/front yard where I will supervise the other half build a fence, paint the house, and plant the veggie gardens.
 
Curiosity
#6
I love to read about other peoples' travels....

I am not a traveller myself - no particular reason - just enjoy other things more.

Most often return travel is Vancouver

Most beautiful places for me, and the only place for me hands down is Big Sur, Carmel, and Esalen.

I hope one day to move there so I can be at home - where I truly feel at home.
 
MMMike
#7
Haven't really travelled much. I was in a big hurry after getting out of school and was soon 'tied' down with wife, kids & career.

I'm planning a trip this summer out to Seattle with the family for my bro's wedding. Going to drive down the west coast to San Francisco, they up through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, then on to Calgary before coming back.

Totally looking forward to it. I'm just going to miss Stampede time, though....
 
Tom Green Fan
#8
What is the most wonderful place you've ever visited?
The Greek Islands

What visited place is a 'return-time-and-time-again' kind of place for you?
Gold Coast (simply because it's only a one-hour drive)

Where is your most favourite place to visit within Canada?
Never been to Canada, but can't wait to get to the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and a remote national park in the north (in summer)

Where do you plan to holiday this year?

Melbourne, and either north Queensland or New Zealand
 
PoisonPete2
#9
MOST WONDERFUL PLACE: Puerto Escondito Mex. when it was a sleepy fishing village welcoming to the hard core surfers. Sleeping in a hammock on a balcony, waking up to help the folks haul the nets to the beach, drinking from a fresh cracked coconut, swimming in clear warm salt water. And the people, so kind

TIME AND TIME AGAIN PLACE would be New Orleans. From the late '60s on. It was a tolerant, kickback partytown in a region of deep racial hatred and exophobia. Wonderful food adventures, music everywhere, always a sence of vitality. Sure gonna miss it.

FAVOURITE CANADIAN SCENE - hmm. Western Alberta foothills into mountains. Great horse riding. Swooshing down the Roger's Pass. So many trees. White knuckling into Golden. Eye popping vistas. And of course the area around Lake Louise. Oh, but there's the Cabot Trail. The Islands of Georgean Bay. The muskag near James Bay. The big sky over the wheatfields in Sask. What a beautiful country.

TRAVEL THIS YEAR - Just back from Venezuela. When the snow melts, a cross-country car ride to seek a new homestead in the Chillawack to Hope area. Starting mid October doing a back-pack through Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.
 
unclepercy
#10
I guess I'm the trailer trash here, because I haven't traveled far and wide. Now, I've come to the point where there are very few places I'd take the trouble to go.

Bestest place I know: Kauai
Return place: NYC
Most hideous: Mexico
Canada: I haven't been to the place I've heard is the best - Banff.
I was impressed with Vancouver though.
Never want to go to: China, Middle East, Russia, India, South America
One place I'd still like to go: Ireland

Uncle
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#11
You guys are all making me want to jump in the car and take off in whatever direction appeals at that moment. Speaking of which, has anybody ever done that? Just taken a driving trip without any destination, no agenda, no plan?
 
Dexter Sinister
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe

... has anybody ever done that? Just taken a driving trip without any destination, no agenda, no plan?

Yeah, a buddy and I did that in the summer of 1969. We were both university students at the time, we quit our summer jobs a couple of weeks earlier than necessary, loaded up a car and headed east, for no particular reason. He had relatives in Winnipeg and friends in Thunder Bay, my parents had spent the summer in Halifax and we met them coming back west in Stratford, Ontario, where my mother's parents lived, we went on to Toronto and Montreal, then headed back to Saskatoon and home, school, etc. Fabulous trip; we slept in the car in the middle of nowhere in northern Ontario, pitched a tent in a gravel pit and discovered in the morning that we'd missed driving into a deep hole by about 15 feet...

I recommend it. Find a buddy, pack up a car, take off in whatever direction appeals to you. You won't be sorry.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Dexter Sinister

Yeah, a buddy and I did that in the summer of 1969. We were both university students at the time, we quit our summer jobs a couple of weeks earlier than necessary, loaded up a car and headed east, for no particular reason. He had relatives in Winnipeg and friends in Thunder Bay, my parents had spent the summer in Halifax and we met them coming back west in Stratford, Ontario, where my mother's parents lived, we went on to Toronto and Montreal, then headed back to Saskatoon and home, school, etc. Fabulous trip; we slept in the car in the middle of nowhere in northern Ontario, pitched a tent in a gravel pit and discovered in the morning that we'd missed driving into a deep hole by about 15 feet...

I recommend it. Find a buddy, pack up a car, take off in whatever direction appeals to you. You won't be sorry.

Ahhhhh yes, 1969, definitely a good year to do that sort of thing. I have done it myself, although much later and for different reasons. In the early 90's, our daughter was going through a rough time of being a teen, so I scooped her away from it all, and we took just such a trip, we got in the car that morning with no idea where we were headed except that it would be stateside. It was a truly crazed ten day journey through several states, a kind of Thelma & Louise thing without the booze, drugs and sex. We had so much fun that we took two more such mother-daughter trips after that. The trips seemed the perfect answer to teenaged angst, I think it was getting away from everything, and she was able to put the job of being cool aside and just act totally nuts.
 
DasFX
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by unclepercy

Never want to go to: China, Middle East, Russia, India, South America

Uncle

Why not?
 
Nuggler
#15
Aww Haggis, now ya made me think..........hurts, dang .....hurts

But wait

The mostest wunnerful place would have to be the Thousand Islands trip we took when I was just a sprout. Stayed in a "rustic" cabin, dad took me fishin, ate in neat places with fish tacked to the wall (assume they was stuffed), went on a big boat and seen lotsa neet things.........Now, back to reality.

Not a world, or even nation traveler. Never really had the urge although the banks and braes of the forefathers and foremothers calls from time ta time....ach.

The place we return to time and time again would be Algonquin Park, and Ontario's Northland, camping, canoeing, sittin on me *** fishin, takin some deep breaths and sort of suckin in the aura of the flora.........and fauna(if ya know what I mean) Guess this would classifiy as most favourite in Canada too.

This year it just might be something new.........Algonquin Park from an entrance (there are several) we haven't did afore.

It's March, the cabin fever is starting to shed with each trip to check on the fishing gear, coleman stove, etc.

Little bit of heaven right here, close.




 
JoeyB
#16
I remember a spur of the moment trip I made back in 98.

I was bored, so I rang a friend up. we were talking for about 4 hours on the fone, and the subject turned to random dares, past and present. within 5 minutes I was packing my backpack (knapsack) and on a train to central station, where I caught a train to sydney (14 hours and 1000km) because I couldnt get a plane for 2 days.
It was the most randomly weird thing I have ever done.
the best part was having a chauffer for 3 days. but never again will I do 14 hours on a train without a sleeping carriage.
 
unclepercy
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by DasFX

Quote: Originally Posted by unclepercy

Never want to go to: China, Middle East, Russia, India, South America

Uncle

Why not?

I'm too old to learn the language, and my neighbor has been multiple times. I respect his opinion that these are places better skipped anyway.

There's no place like home.

Uncle
 
DasFX
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by unclepercy

Quote: Originally Posted by DasFX

Quote: Originally Posted by unclepercy

Never want to go to: China, Middle East, Russia, India, South America

Uncle

Why not?

I'm too old to learn the language, and my neighbor has been multiple times. I respect his opinion that these are places better skipped anyway.

There's no place like home.

Uncle

There are wonderful organized tours to these countries where you don't have to worry about language. Missing these countries means missing almost half the world population and some of the most interesting and fascinating places on earth.

Home is great, but to really appreciate it, you have to leave it.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by DasFX

There are wonderful organized tours to these countries where you don't have to worry about language. Missing these countries means missing almost half the world population and some of the most interesting and fascinating places on earth.

Home is great, but to really appreciate it, you have to leave it.

I agree with this. We traveled around Europe not knowing the languages, but in a way that is part of the fun. People were always gracious about helping with language, and besides, it is surprising what you can do without speaking a word of the language. For example, I had my hair done in Germany, she didn't speak English, I didn't speak German, but with pointing and general gestures we got it figured out and I got a great haircut. As well, we went to an auction conducted entirely in German, we managed to stumble through and even won a bid.

Mind you, now that I'm old as dirt and twice as gritty, I would rather spend holidays on our boat (when we get it, we are between boats right now) than traveling to other countries.
 
JoeyB
#20
You like boats?
This place is just down the road from me:

www.riviera.com.au (external - login to view)

Enjoy.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#21
Hey, JoeyB, thank you for the link, that is a beautiful site with some amazing boats. My idea of a boat, though, is a wood classic, double-ender ex-fishing boat. This is the boat we had when I was a kid, I'd love to get something like this again. She was a beauty!



For me, the wooden boat with a full displacement hull gives a ride (albeit a slow one) that a planing hull can never hope to achieve. While the speedy planing hull zips over the sea beneath it, the displacement hull becomes at one with the sea.

Joey, do you have a boat? We had a 20' Nordica sailboat which we sold in order to make way for a wood ex-fishing boat when we find the right one for us.
 
JoeyB
#22
Personally I don't own one, but there are several in the family, as my grandfather was a keen fisherman. so when I make my way back to visit the relations, there's always a boat laying around to take out. Uncle has a hartely hulled-hamilton Jet, a couple of 18' punts and the grandfathers boats went to his daughter, cos my dad was too far away at the time... one's a 16' planing hull, there's a sabot and someone has the 18' skiff but I don't know who exactly. either way, it's the fishing that we do mostly, so the punts or the planing hull get a workout.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#23
You have a real boating heritage! There is nothing like being out on the water.
 
Jay
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by Haggis McBagpipe

My idea of a boat, though, is a wood classic, double-ender ex-fishing boat. This is the boat we had when I was a kid, I'd love to get something like this again. She was a beauty!


You would think it would cost a mint to buy and keep a boat like that...
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by Jay

You would think it would cost a mint to buy and keep a boat like that...

It's definitely not cheap in upkeep compared to a fiberglass boat, but it isn't really that bad, it's more a matter of staying on top of things, and to do the work yourself. To buy a boat like that, if we can find one in excellent shape, would probably be about $50,000, but I don't mind if it is rough, needing work.

Still, it does get harder and harder to find those old wooden boats. We keep looking, and we will find one, but I have this very bad feeling that we might wind up going the summer without a boat.
 
Jay
#26
Your buying old wooden boats for 50K?

Do you like bridges because I have this bridge for sale just near my house....


Boating is expencive, one of the reasons I don't get involved in the activity. I have a 14 ft aluminum canoe with a 2 hp engine for it. I use it when I go up north.
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Jay

Your buying old wooden boats for 50K?

Do you like bridges because I have this bridge for sale just near my house....


Boating is expencive, one of the reasons I don't get involved in the activity. I have a 14 ft aluminum canoe with a 2 hp engine for it. I use it when I go up north.

I'M not buying a 50k boat, not anywhere close to it, but that's what you can easily pay for one if it is in perfect condition.

Boating is expensive, but it is all relative.
 
Jay
#28
So no deal on the bridge?
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by Jay

So no deal on the bridge?

Oh hell, sure I'll buy the bridge, just send me the bill. I might have to overpay a bit (tax thing) but you can just send me a cheque for the amount of overpayment.
 
JoeyB
#30
you could turn it into a toll bridge, and charge exhorbitant fees for crossing it... or turn it into a tourist attraction... something like "oldest wooden bridge in Canada" and charge even more to stand on it
 

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