I'm thinking country-wise or city-wise, however, if you'd like to talk about a nifty little bar you've been to that no one else really knows about, that would be cool too.
Very cool and truly interesting. I wonder if it will ever be safe enough to get there in my lifetime - probably notNapCat said:I lived in Persia (Iran) for two years before the fall of the Shah. I had shipped a Land Rover and was fortunate to travel the entire country to experience 3000 years of history. Visiting PERSEPOLIS, the palace built by Darius and destroyed by Alexander the Great may have been the highlight of my lifetime.
I would love to see this, but I doubt it will ever happen with politics the way they are. I'm grateful I was able to go to Egypt before things got really scary there.NapCat said:I lived in Persia (Iran) for two years before the fall of the Shah. I had shipped a Land Rover and was fortunate to travel the entire country to experience 3000 years of history. Visiting PERSEPOLIS, the palace built by Darius and destroyed by Alexander the Great may have been the highlight of my lifetime.
Here are photos to go with the above. You'll have to figure out which ones are which!The Hooded Claw said:Here are a couple....
In Central New Mexico there are a lot of amazing things that are easy to get to and not terribly expensive:
The Bandera Ice Cave--I visited in May, and it was ninety degrees outside, but inside this cave in pumice on the side of an extinct volcano, it was below freezing and there was a huge pool of ice. The volcanic rock is such a good insulator, it has stayed frozen for several thousand years! I wouldn't have believed it without seeing it.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. If you go in late November or in December, you have a chance to see huge masses of migrating geese and cranes. If you arrive in early morning, the geese take off in huge masses, and it is spectacular. I've done this in three different years it is so adddictive to see. I've had over 10,000 geese taking off twenty five feet over my head when the wind was right. The noise was deafening! An amazing spectacle.
Inscription Rock, El Morro. A landmark natural tower of rock with a reliable spring at its base that was a stopping point for hundreds of travelers and explorers as Spanish and Americans entered the area. MAny of them carved their names or stories on the rock. Fascinating to see.
Further afield, London and England/Britain in general are great. A genuine different country with its own culture, yet monolingual Americans can order a meal and read street signs without tears. And there is history everywhere. I remember stepping outside the dorm we stayed at in Oxford and seeing a sign on a house that casually mentioned that Edmund Halley (the comet guy) had lived and worked there.
I don't think I'd go there now, but Tunisia is amazing. Huge Roman ruins sitting unattended by the side of the road. We visited a Roman frontier fort in the sand dunes of the Sahara. I hate to think what the poor German slobs who enlisted thought of it after the North European forests they'd left behind.