Travel...where have you been, what are some of your favorites, and where do you want to go?

palmerc2

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Travel has been an interest of mine for a long time, and I'm sure it is with others here too.

I personally have been to (highlights are in bold)....

USA - all over
Canada - Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff, Calgary, Montreal
Mexico - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Cholula, Oaxaca City, Puerto Escondido, San Cristobol De Las Casas
Guatemala - Guatemala City, Antigua
Nicaragua - Leon, San Juan Del Sur
Costa Rica - Santa Teresa, San Jose

England - London, Reading, Winchester, Windsor
Sweden - Stockholm, and Malmo
Denmark - Copenhagen
Belgium - Antwerp, Brussels
Netherlands - Amsterdam, Volendam
Germany - Hamburg, Munich
France - Paris
Spain - Seville
Portugal - Porto, Lisbon, Lagos
Czech Republic - Prague
Hungary - Budapest
Bulgaria - Sofia
Turkey - Istanbul

Morocco - Tangier, Chefchaouen, Rabat, Fes, Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Marrakech

Thailand - Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
Vietnam - Saigon, Da Lat, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi
Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi,
Singapore
Indonesia - Jakarta, Lombok, Gili Trawangan, Bali

Australia - Perth, Melbourne, Sydney


Places I'd like to go....
South America - Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina
Europe - Italy, Greece, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, South France, Northern England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Switzerland, Eastern Germany (Berlin), Poland, more of Spain
Africa - South Africa, Mozambique, Senegal, Tunisia
Asia - Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, other parts of Indonesia.
Australia - New Zealand

I'm always looking for new places, so I'm sure when I hear some places here it'll be added to my list!

If you have any questions about the places I've been, let me know and I'll be happy to answer :)
 
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Stefan johansson

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Naturally I seen most of Sweden and Norway,also been to:
Denmark
Finland
Åland ( autonomous Finnish archipelago in Baltic Sea)
Germany (mostly Hamburg,Bremen,Munich and nurnburgring)
Czech Republic (Prague,Posen,Brno)
Spetsbergen (longyearbyen)
Scotland
Soviet Union (Leningrad,now called S:t Petersburg)
 
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Hm.

I'll forego the highlights, for now.

Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales.

France (mostly Paris, also Chartres, Strasbourg).

Belgium (Brussels, a lot), Bruges, Antwerp, WW1 battlefields.

Netherlands: (Amsterdam and elsewhere).

Luxembourg.

Sweden.

Germany.

Italy.

Greece.

Austria.

Poland (almost all of it, a lot).

Czech Republic..(lots of it).

Slovakia.

Greece.

Lithuania (all of it).

Latvia (just Riga).

Estonia (a lot of it).

Russia. (Not just Petersburg & Moscow but other places as well).

Ukraine. (Quite a bit).

Belarus. (Almost all of it).

Croatia (a lot).

Bosnia (a lot).

Kosovo. (Lots)

Macedonia.

Montenegro. (Lots).

Georgia (all of it).

Armenia.

Azerbaijan.

Turkey.

Kyrgyzstan. (Lots).

Afghanistan. (Not just Kabul).

Not sure if this includes everywhere - I realised that I had forgotten Luxembourg and Greece and had to add them.

Travels in the near future will be to the African continent, and maybe, Norway.

Never got to - or needed to - use my visa to Kazakhstan, and merely flew over Iran.
 
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Hm.

I'll forego the highlights, for now.

Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales.

France (mostly Paris, also Chartres, Strasbourg).

Belgium (Brussels, a lot), Bruges, Antwerp, WW1 battlefields.

Netherlands: (Amsterdam and elsewhere).

Sweden.

Germany.

Italy.

Greece.

Austria.

Poland (almost all of it, a lot).

Czech Republic..(lots of it).

Slovakia.

Lithuania (all of it).

Latvia (just Riga).

Estonia (a lot of it).

Russia. (Not just Petersburg & Moscow but other places as well).

Ukraine.

Belarus. (Almost all of it).

Croatia (a lot).

Bosnia (a lot).

Kosovo. (Lots)

Macedonia.

Montenegro.

Georgia( all of it).

Armenia.

Azerbaijan.

Turkey.

Kyrgyzstan. (Lots).

Afghanistan. (Not just Kabul).

Travels in the near future will be to the African continent, and probably Norway.

Never got to - or needed to - use my visa to Kazakhstan, or and merely flew over Iran.
I've been to 9 on your list.
Travelled a lot of Europe as a teenager on family holidays.
Been to the US twice. Chicago to visit family (including a few days in Wisconsin and Florida) and Atlanta for the Olympics where I met my wife.

Off to LA at the end of July and Amsterdam in September. Both for work.
 

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I've been to 9 on your list.
Travelled a lot of Europe as a teenager on family holidays.
Been to the US twice. Chicago to visit family (including a few days in Wisconsin and Florida) and Atlanta for the Olympics where I met my wife.

Off to LA at the end of July and Amsterdam in September. Both for work.
With the exception of Belgium (which means, in this instance, Brussels) almost all of the western European countries were visited on holiday or for leisure or pleasure.

My trips to Eastern Europe were a mixture of work, pleasure and research; however, my trips to the Balkans, Caucasus, former Soviet Union, and central Asia were all work related.
 
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As a member of the Canadian Navy back in the early 50's I got to visit many Pacific ports and a few in the Atlantic via the Panama Canal.
But typical for sailors of the era only got to actually see the bars in the seediest parts of all those ports.
Other then that I've pretty much stayed close to home.
The more I see and hear of today's world the better my back yard looks...:rolleyes:
 
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As a member of the Canadian Navy back in the early 50's I got to visit many Pacific ports and a few in the Atlantic via the Panama Canal.
But typical for sailors of the era only got to actually see the bars in the seediest parts of all those ports.
Other then that I've pretty much stayed close to home.
The more I see and hear of today's world the better my back yard looks...:rolleyes:
I will not argue s**t is f***ed up more so now than ever. In my experience though, what you hear is massively overblown by the media. I've been to some questionable places no doubt. It's my belief danger can find you anywhere, it could happen in Beverly Hills, or Guatemala City. Be smart, and follow your gut. If I listened to the news I'd never leave the front door. I don't really bother myself with viruses either....talk about a massive fear push: zika, swine flu, bird flu...oh brother :rolleyes:
 
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I'm currently in the wonderful city of Seattle on vacation for 5 days visiting my sister with my GF and parents. The weather has been fantastic (so much for that rain stereotype). Highlight was probably having dinner on the 75th floor of Columbia Tower- amazing views (and food). Also rented a sailboat and did some sailing today. Best of all I've successfully been able to avoid work entirely (okay... I confess 2 emails).

I'm going back to Boston tomorrow. It's been a fun trip. It's amazing the lifestyle contrast between the Northeast and Westcoast. Life moves a lot slower here and people are way more laid back.

The girlfriend and I are planning on going to Bermuda later this summer, assuming we can find some extended time off together.
 

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Any place but here or there....
Not much travel outside of the U.S.:

Toronto (which was nice)

I've been to few states / cities within the U.S. (followed Bolt Thrower around in 1991)

Maryland, Colorado, D.C., Pennsylvania.

Plus, Texas & California.

I'd like to go to:

Denmark
Hong Kong
Tokyo
Vancouver

Maybe London and Beijing & Shanghai.

But mainly I'd like to see Chinatowns in the big U.S. Cities. I am going to start by exploring at least one of the Chinatowns here in NY. For me that will feel like a vacation of a sort and it's another area of the city to map out and learn.
 

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Yes,, someone finally wants to visit Perth... we do exsit down here :) It may be a corner pocket of the state....but that's no reason not to notice us...

I wouldn't mind seeing the Blue Mountains over the other side of Australia , or going over to USA....
 
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hallux

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I guess I'll contribute...

In the US:
NYC
Boston
Ft. Lauderdale
Orland/Disney
Carson City
Vegas
San Francisco
San Jose
San Ramon
Various places along the Northern and Southern routes between NY and South Dakota, including St. Louis
Greenville, SC

Outside the US:
Bermuda
Mexico City with a trip out to the Teotihuacán Pyramids (a MUST SEE if in the region)
Montreal

Some of the US locations were YEARS ago, when I was younger.
 
Going with the convention

UK - all four bits, plus Channel Islands.
Ireland
Sweden (loved Stockholm )
Denmark
Netherlands
France ( love Toulouse, Dijon, and Carcasonne )
Italy ( Venezia is the highlight, although Rome, Amalfi Coast and Capri, and the Northern cities all worth visits )
Spain - of course. I do live there roughly four months of the year :)
Portugal
Austria
Hungary
Czech Republic

Then further afield

Australia (all up the East Coast from Melbourne to Cairns )
Thailand
China
South Africa (maybe also Mozambique, might have crossed the border)
Mexico
USA ( loved Maui the most,but been all over )
Egypt

Places I want to go

Brazil
Argentina
Ecuador (particularly the Galapagos )
Fiji
Indonesia

Will be going to Germany for the first time later this year too. Amazed that I've never been there up until now TBH. EDIT: Also, will be setting ashore in Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro as part of my upcoming sailing trip. Completely forgot about those three :D
 
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Yes,, someone finally wants to visit Perth... we do exsit down here :) It may be a corner pocket of the state....but that's no reason not to notice us...

I wouldn't seeing the Blue Mountains over the other side of Australia , or going over to USA....
I love Perth, especially taking a trip to Rottnest Island. Best beaches I've ever seen and they're empty! Ningaloo reef is next on my list in Western Australia.
 
Everyone needs to go to New Zealand. That place is incredible
Nearly made it there in 2002. We were supposed to be going to Auckland for a few days travelling between Sydney and Hawaii, but thanks to 9/11 a whole bunch of flights got cancelled including our booking from Auckland to Honolulu, so we had to cut NZ out of the itinerary. Then we welcomed a dog into our home and just started including him on our holidays. Lots of Spain and France instead of long haul. He passed away a couple of years ago, so we've only just started going further afield again.
 

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Mexico City with a trip out to the Teotihuacán Pyramids (a MUST SEE if in the region)
I was quite shocked with how incredible Mexico City is, and I can't wait to go back. I was half expecting it to be a dirty dangerous city, but it was very clean, great architecture, and safe. Plus, THE FOOD...I thought I knew good Mexican food traveling all over SoCal, Texas, and other areas of Mexico, I was wrong...my personal favorite part was La Condesa, reminded me of New Orleans a bit, with the prohibition style bars, live music, and classic cocktails. Also yes, Teotihuacan is a great place to go!

Las Estacas was also a big highlight, and only about 1 1/2 hour drive outside of Mexico City. A must see...
 

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Well members, if I were to post everywhere I've been I would be here for a few days typing. I'm retired US Navy, 16 out of 23 years sea duty and around the world 3 times, many cruises to the Med, North Atlantic, Caribbean. Top that off with after retirement I drove a 18 wheeler coast to coast all 48 States and Canada for 16 years. Yes I love the song by Johnny Cash "I've Been Everywhere". Btw I did meet Johnny on the road while he was driving his bus just outside of Nashville, TN.
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The more I see and hear of today's world the better my back yard looks...:rolleyes:
That's a true statement. This world has sure changed. :(
 

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@palmerc2 yes, THE FOOD. I got some traditional food (and I'm talking home-made, brought in for us by an employee we were working with), it was EXCELLENT. We were in the Santa Fe section primarily - very much business-oriented - but our tours on Saturday took us out to the pyramids and also to the National Palace with a tour of the palace. We felt pretty comfortable and safe walking places in the vicinity of our hotel, and we (3 of the palest white dudes you'll see) were even stopped once by a taxi asking for directions.
 

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I've done more traveling during this life than I ever imagined I would.
Favorites: U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Canada, and many corners of the U.S.

Scotland is on my wish list. New Zealand and Australia are on my list but they are so far away. South America is a fairly large blank to me, although I think Argentina, Portugal, Brasil, the S. American rain forests would be interesting, along with Machu Picchu. :)

Everyone needs to go to New Zealand. That place is incredible
Lord of the Rings Land. :D
 

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Going by what I remember with a few glasses of wine in me...

Canada
Mexico
Russia
England
Scotland
Wales
Germany
Jamaica
Spain
Italy
France
Russia
Moldova
Poland
Lithuania
Moldova (I think, it might have been a day trip, must find my old journals)
Slovakia
Slovenia
Greece
Czech Rep.
Belarus
Romania
Estonia
Hungary

There's a few more but they're fuzzy. In my travels to some of the smaller European nations, I saw wonderful people who are very welcome to foreigners, American foreigners no less. I also witnessed first hand a couple former concentration camps. To this day, they still haunt the living daylights out of me. It's easy to watch a film or read a book and somehow understand what occurred. To see it for yourself, even if the places are in massive disarray, leaves a mark on your soul like no other. I presume if I were of the affected persons, historically, I'd have been even more sick to my stomach. I'm not one who's easily frightened or sickened. I've seen my fair share of wretched turnouts. The sheer destructive force a country and evil movement could possibly achieve then is unimaginable. As I said, really easy stuff to absorb from books and film, but to see it in person and imagine it happening in front of you plays a massive number on your mind.

I've done travel to a few African nations and other European countries, but that wasn't personal travel. That was on government dime. Boring, uninteresting stuff. This was at the tailend of my traveling period and once you experience travel, you want to keep doing it. It is very much like a drug. Suffice to say, it was enjoyable to travel, but not enjoyable to do it at the same time.

Now places I'd love to go to? Northern Europe is #1 for me. I never got to do it. By this, I mean the true Nordic countries. I'd love to go to Greece again, probably when the kids are older and can appreciate what they're seeing (history and beauty!). I'd love to visit the Balkans. I never got to. War broke out much of the time I was traveling. I'm still pissed off about that today, years later. I'd love to visit New Zealand, probably visit some of the old countries I went to and see if the regular old haunts are still there. I doubt it, though. I'd love to go to Aruba, Netherlands Antilles - mainly St. Maarten, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Fiji, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Argentina, and Chile.

There's a few more out there. Funny enough, I've never been to some of the most popular places in the US or Canada. I'd love to visit N. Ireland and Ireland proper, one day. It's been on my to do list for a very long time. So much history and beauty.
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The list is too long, but I'm currently attending a conference in San Antonio. I love this city. Texas is the only place in the USA that you can get real chili rellenos. I got addicted to them when I lived in TX back in the early eighties. They're just not done right anywhere else.
I've always preferred chiles en nogada over the traditional style. Color me surprised the time I saw a tree in Mexico. This was before the internet had much and the speeds were decent. All I knew about the regions we were in were from badly written books. The friends I was with at the time didn't see the big deal and thought my reaction was hysterical. I'd had the dish in the US but always presumed it was Americanized. I had never seen a pomegranate in a Mexican store before stateside. I still don't, to be honest.

I used to joke back then you could kill a person or animal in Mexico with their sugar cones. I don't remember the name for them, but it's the Spanish style sugar lump in a cone shape similar to what the Indians do with their raw sugar beets or canes. Very difficult to break it because it's bonded so well. Lasts forever, too.

Edit: Piloncillo.

These days, my life is as exciting as paint drying on a wall. Just on cruise control now. :cool:
 
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Going by what I remember with a few glasses of wine in me...

Canada
Mexico
Russia
England
Scotland
Wales
Germany
Jamaica
Spain
Italy
France
Russia
Moldova
Poland
Lithuania
Moldova (I think, it might have been a day trip, must find my old journals)
Slovakia
Slovenia
Greece
Czech Rep.
Belarus
Romania
Estonia
Hungary

There's a few more but they're fuzzy. In my travels to some of the smaller European nations, I saw wonderful people who are very welcome to foreigners, American foreigners no less. I also witnessed first hand a couple former concentration camps. To this day, they still haunt the living daylights out of me. It's easy to watch a film or read a book and somehow understand what occurred. To see it for yourself, even if the places are in massive disarray, leaves a mark on your soul like no other. I presume if I were of the affected persons, historically, I'd have been even more sick to my stomach. I'm not one who's easily frightened or sickened. I've seen my fair share of wretched turnouts. The sheer destructive force a country and evil movement could possibly achieve then is unimaginable. As I said, really easy stuff to absorb from books and film, but to see it in person and imagine it happening in front of you plays a massive number on your mind.

I've done travel to a few African nations and other European countries, but that wasn't personal travel. That was on government dime. Boring, uninteresting stuff. This was at the tailend of my traveling period and once you experience travel, you want to keep doing it. It is very much like a drug. Suffice to say, it was enjoyable to travel, but not enjoyable to do it at the same time.

Now places I'd love to go to? Northern Europe is #1 for me. I never got to do it. By this, I mean the true Nordic countries. I'd love to go to Greece again, probably when the kids are older and can appreciate what they're seeing (history and beauty!). I'd love to visit the Balkans. I never got to. War broke out much of the time I was traveling. I'm still pissed off about that today, years later. I'd love to visit New Zealand, probably visit some of the old countries I went to and see if the regular old haunts are still there. I doubt it, though. I'd love to go to Aruba, Netherlands Antilles - mainly St. Maarten, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Fiji, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Argentina, and Chile.

There's a few more out there. Funny enough, I've never been to some of the most popular places in the US or Canada. I'd love to visit N. Ireland and Ireland proper, one day. It's been on my to do list for a very long time. So much history and beauty.
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I've always preferred chiles en nogada over the traditional style. Color me surprised the time I saw a tree in Mexico. This was before the internet had much and the speeds were decent. All I knew about the regions we were in were from badly written books. The friends I was with at the time didn't see the big deal and thought my reaction was hysterical. I'd had the dish in the US but always presumed it was Americanized. I had never seen a pomegranate in a Mexican store before stateside. I still don't, to be honest.

I used to joke back then you could kill a person or animal in Mexico with their sugar cones. I don't remember the name for them, but it's the Spanish style sugar lump in a cone shape similar to what the Indians do with their raw sugar beets or canes. Very difficult to break it because it's bonded so well. Lasts forever, too.

Edit: Piloncillo.

These days, my life is as exciting as paint drying on a wall. Just on cruise control now. :cool:
When I worked (and lived) in Georgia, pomegranates grew on trees in the grounds of the villa we had rented; you just picked them - extraordinary.

I have also had fresh pomegranate juice in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Freshly pressed, it is an amazing drink, tart, refreshing, and something that feels so good for you.
 
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Ah, forgot to mention Israel. Would love to visit one day.

When I worked (and lived) in Georgia, pomegranates grew on trees in the grounds of the villa we had rented; you just picked them - extraordinary.

I have also had fresh pomegranate juice in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Freshly pressed, it is an amazing drink, tart, refreshing, and something that feels so good for you.
Doesn't Georgia make a wine from them? Those countries I can understand. I was simply surprised at Mexico having them. Even in my later trips, they weren't as common as you'd think they would be.
 

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Ah, forgot to mention Israel. Would love to visit one day.


Doesn't Georgia make a wine from them? Those countries I can understand. I was simply surprised at Mexico having them. Even in my later trips, they weren't as common as you'd think they would be.
Hm. Never saw it if they did, and I spent over two years in the country. Indeed, I never even heard of it.

They may well have produced a spirit form pomegranates - they produced a wide range of spirits, and the best of their brandies were very good indeed.

What Georgia did have were grapes that are found nowhere else in the world. Some of these are positively ancient, but - in truth - antiquity in a gene pool is not always a guarantee of quality. Not all Georgian wines were good, - some were mediocre enough, and they had grown lazy and complacent through having the Russian (and before that, the Soviet) markets as captive markets who would drink whatever swill was produced - though the best of their wines were excellent.
 
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Going by what I remember with a few glasses of wine in me...

Canada
Mexico
Russia
England
Scotland
Wales
Germany
Jamaica
Spain
Italy
France
Russia
Moldova
Poland
Lithuania
Moldova (I think, it might have been a day trip, must find my old journals)
Slovakia
Slovenia
Greece
Czech Rep.
Belarus
Romania
Estonia
Hungary

There's a few more but they're fuzzy. In my travels to some of the smaller European nations, I saw wonderful people who are very welcome to foreigners, American foreigners no less. I also witnessed first hand a couple former concentration camps. To this day, they still haunt the living daylights out of me. It's easy to watch a film or read a book and somehow understand what occurred. To see it for yourself, even if the places are in massive disarray, leaves a mark on your soul like no other. I presume if I were of the affected persons, historically, I'd have been even more sick to my stomach. I'm not one who's easily frightened or sickened. I've seen my fair share of wretched turnouts. The sheer destructive force a country and evil movement could possibly achieve then is unimaginable. As I said, really easy stuff to absorb from books and film, but to see it in person and imagine it happening in front of you plays a massive number on your mind.

I've done travel to a few African nations and other European countries, but that wasn't personal travel. That was on government dime. Boring, uninteresting stuff. This was at the tailend of my traveling period and once you experience travel, you want to keep doing it. It is very much like a drug. Suffice to say, it was enjoyable to travel, but not enjoyable to do it at the same time.

Now places I'd love to go to? Northern Europe is #1 for me. I never got to do it. By this, I mean the true Nordic countries. I'd love to go to Greece again, probably when the kids are older and can appreciate what they're seeing (history and beauty!). I'd love to visit the Balkans. I never got to. War broke out much of the time I was traveling. I'm still pissed off about that today, years later. I'd love to visit New Zealand, probably visit some of the old countries I went to and see if the regular old haunts are still there. I doubt it, though. I'd love to go to Aruba, Netherlands Antilles - mainly St. Maarten, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Fiji, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Argentina, and Chile.

There's a few more out there. Funny enough, I've never been to some of the most popular places in the US or Canada. I'd love to visit N. Ireland and Ireland proper, one day. It's been on my to do list for a very long time. So much history and beauty.
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I've always preferred chiles en nogada over the traditional style. Color me surprised the time I saw a tree in Mexico. This was before the internet had much and the speeds were decent. All I knew about the regions we were in were from badly written books. The friends I was with at the time didn't see the big deal and thought my reaction was hysterical. I'd had the dish in the US but always presumed it was Americanized. I had never seen a pomegranate in a Mexican store before stateside. I still don't, to be honest.

I used to joke back then you could kill a person or animal in Mexico with their sugar cones. I don't remember the name for them, but it's the Spanish style sugar lump in a cone shape similar to what the Indians do with their raw sugar beets or canes. Very difficult to break it because it's bonded so well. Lasts forever, too.

Edit: Piloncillo.

These days, my life is as exciting as paint drying on a wall. Just on cruise control now. :cool:
When I worked (and lived) in Georgia, pomegranates grew on trees in the grounds of the villa we had rented; you just picked them - extraordinary.

I have also had fresh pomegranate juice in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Freshly pressed, it is an amazing drink, tart, refreshing, and something that feels so good for you.
We had a pomegranate tree in our back yard in Southern California. A very curious fruit of which I had no clue about them before moving there. Our Great Dane had a bad habit of picking them and peaches for us. Had a peach tree too. Now, I buy a cranberry/pomegranate fruit juice blend when I find it at the grocery store, Ocean Spray brand. :)