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
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.
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.
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 .
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)
Only seven (7) for me...
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!
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".
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...
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.
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....
And.... it's only $75,000 (well, it starts at that amount, I'm sure it's much more), but don't be cheap!!!!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.