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Places I’ve Been

I travel a lot on business and whenever I do I always try to see some of the local sights. I also travel for pleasure, which explains some of the more interesting/unusual places that I’ve been to:

  • Acoma, New Mexico USA: This is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America
  • Agra, India: home of the Taj Mahal, need I say more?
  • Albuqurque New Mexico USA: The petroglyph national park is incredible
  • Alghero, Sardinia, Italy: Watch out for the Myrto
  • Alice Springs, Australia: The landscape is incredible, the MacDonnell range in particular
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA: Billy Joel wrote a song about it, so I had to check it out
  • Amalfi, Italy: Very hilly.
  • Amsterdam, Holland: A city of extremes, the museums are great and the laws are… um… lax
  • Anchorage, Alaska: great place to visit, at least in the summer
  • Andes Trail, Peru: A nasty hike, but worth it because you see a lot of great Inca ruins
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan USA: A great university town, just outside of Detroit
  • Antwerp, Belgium: The photography museum is great
  • Atlanta, Georgia: every second street seems to be named Peachtree for some reason
  • Augusta, Maine: very nice down by the river, looks like a great place to raise a family
  • Austin, Texas: really nifty caverns about 2 hours south, worth the drive
  • Bala, Ontario: the Kee to Bala rules!
  • Baltimore, Maryland: really interesting downtown, just don’t get caught there at night
  • Bangalore, India: the high-tech hub of India
  • Barrow, Alaska: it’s on the Arctic ocean and is the northernmost American town
  • Bath, England: The Romans built a spa around a thermal spring, really worth seeing
  • Beijing, China: Both the Forbidden City and the Great Wall were amazing to see
  • Belize City, Belize: Went out of town on an eco-river tour and tour of some Mayan ruins
  • Berlin, Germany: The remnants of the Berlin Wall makes one pause.
  • Bern, Switzerland: Loved the riverfront area.
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA: The closed down steel mill is sort of sad but interesting to see
  • Bogota, Columbia: I was pleasantly surprised how nice this city was. They’ve clearly gotten a bad rep from the problems in Medellin.
  • Boston, Mass, USA: A great city with an impressive history, definitely a good place for a vacation
  • Brisbane Australia: Great waterfront with a lot of things to visit nearby
  • Brugges, Belgium: A medieval town, the canal boat tour is great, a must see if you’re in Belgium
  • Brussels, Belgium: The EU capital, a nice place to stroll around for several days
  • Bryce Canyon, Southern Utah, USA: I was stunned by the beauty of the park
  • Bucharest, Romania: Didn’t see a single vampire, meh!
  • Budapest, Hungary: Castle Hill is incredible
  • Buffalo, New York, USA: Well, it could have been worse
  • Butantan, a snake farm in Sao Paulo, Brasil: jump in the pit, trust me…
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: gotta love the Tango
  • Cairo, Egypt: the pyramids, museum, and The Citadel are definitely worth a visit
  • Calgary, Alberta: home of the Calgary Stampede
  • Callais, France: I took the Chunnel from London to Callais, and then the hovercraft back to Dover
  • Cambridge, Ontario, Canada: commonly known as crazy-person country, there must be something in the water
  • Canterbury, England: the church there is amazing, worth checking out
  • Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA: if you can’t have fun at NASA, …
  • Cape Horn, Chile: ok, so I went around it on a ship and didn’t actually land there, but it was cool anyway
  • Cape of Good Hope, South Africa: visited a colony of African Penguins and walked to the end of the Cape
  • Cape Town, South Africa: a really nice city, the view from Table Mountain is incredible
  • Cedar Breaks Canyon, Southern Utah, USA : Sort of like a mini-Bryce Canyon, incredibly beautiful
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: very quiet, too quiet now that I think about it…
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA: Great architecture
  • Chennai, India: Visited the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles
  • Cheltenham, England: Nice, sleepy little town
  • Christchurch, New Zealand: The portal to Antarctica, not that I went through here when I did go…
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is definitely a must see
  • Clinton, New Jersey, USA: nice little town to spend an afternoon in
  • Columbia, South Carolina: So this is where all the mountain-grown coffee comes from…
  • Columbus, Ohio: nice place, just don’t rent a car from Budget at the airport: don’t ask
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Cozumel, Mexico: A fun place to party
  • Cusco, Peru: A central point for visiting Inca ruins, a nice town all by itself
  • Dallas, Texas: didn’t run into any of the Ewing clan
  • Daytona, Florida, USA: great beach
  • Dead Sea, Israel: You really can float like a cork
  • Death Valley, California: you could easily spend a couple of days here seeing the sights, just don’t have a car breakdown during the summer otherwise you’re in serious trouble
  • Delhi, India: the Red Fort and Qutb Minar are must sees
  • Des Moines, Iowa: I had a really BADD time there (inside joke!)
  • Detroit, Michigan USA: Motor city!
  • Dover, England: the white cliffs truly are beautiful
  • Dunedin, New Zealand: There’s a blue penguin and an albatross colony here
  • Echo Point, New South Wales, Australia: saw the Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains
  • Edinburgh, Scotland: had haggis there for the first time, and lived to tell about it!
  • Edmonton Alberta: home of the West Edmonton Mall
  • El Paso, Texas: Just shy of the Mexican border
  • Erlangen, Germany: a great place to live
  • Frankfurt, Germany: the “bull and bear” statue is in front of the stock exchange
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: it’s amazing how much high-tech stuff is going on here
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Simply incredible landscapes and wildlife, a must see for everyone
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona: Take a helicopter tour if you can, it’s amazing
  • Grand Cayman Islands: A good place to shop for jewelry
  • Guatamala City, Guatamala: Guatamala has Mayan ruins and volcanoes, so there’s a lot to see
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: one of the nicest cities I’ve ever been too
  • Hamburg, Germany: Where the patty, the most important part, was created.
  • Hannover, Germany: Loved the vibrant downtown core.
  • Helsinki, Finland: Loved the way much of the forest was maintained
  • Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China: Visited the grasslands… very grassy
  • Hyderabad, India: there are great temples, tombs, and Golconda Fort
  • Iguassu Falls, Brasil: Kicks Niagara Falls’ butt!
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Great city to walk around and take in the history
  • Jacksonville, Florida: There’s manatees in the river
  • Jakarta, Indonesia: Great place for cheap software
  • Jerusalem, Israel: A holy city for three major religions, the history is incredible
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Soweto is a real wake up call
  • Juneau, Alaska: take the helicopter tour out to the glaciers
  • Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas: The airport ID is MCI yet the major employer in the city is Sprint, gotta like it
  • Kennebunkport, Maine: A great place to stop for a lobster dinner
  • Ketchikan, Alaska: if you’re into totem poles this is a good place to go
  • Key West, Florida, USA: Hemingway liked the place, but frankly I think that there’s too many mosquitoes
  • Knysna, South Africa: got engaged here on New Year’s eve 2005
  • Kruger National Park, South Africa: the wildlife is astounding, saw a herd of elephants only 10 minutes into the park
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Going up the Petronas towers is definitely worthwhile
  • Kyoto, Japan: There is a large number of temples and shrines which are simply incredible
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: you need to go here at least once in your life, even if you don’t gamble there’s lots to do
  • Leeds Castle, England: another of many places in England worth checking out
  • Lima Peru: The catacombs at the San Francisco Cathedral are, ummmm…., different
  • London, England: it’s amazing how many tourist attractions there are in London, worth checking out
  • London, Ontario, Canada: the last known whereabouts of Ross Wallace, Esquire
  • Los Angeles, California: nifty place, questionable values
  • Luray, Virginia: the caverns are worth checking out
  • Luverne, Minnesota: just south of the Blue Mounds park which has a herd of Buffalo and some great landscape
  • Luxembourg, Luxembourg: A very beautiful city, the old part of the city is definitely worth a visit
  • Luxor, Egypt: this is where ancient Thebes was
  • Machu Picchu, Peru: the lost Inca city at the end of the Andes trail, simply incredible
  • Madison, Wisconsin: really nice place, reminds me of home
  • Melbourne Australia: The Great Ocean Road is to the west
  • Meteor Crater, Arizona: We took a pretty big hit here 50,000 years ago
  • Mexico City, Mexico: an hour out of the city is the Teotihuacon ruins, definitely something to visit
  • Miami, Florida: If it’s good enough for Tony Montana….
  • Milan, Italy: Reasonably fashionable place to be.
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand: Took a sight-seeing cruise, wish I could have gone hiking around
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The home of Laverne and Shirley and Happy Days
  • Montreal, Canada: Check out the Old City when you’re there
  • Monument Valley, Utah: the view along the highway is great, the view within the Navajo park is spectacular
  • Moscow, Russia: The Kremlin and Red Square were something to see, but it’s still a dangerous place for tourists
  • Mumbai, India: formerly Bombay, Elephanta is this incredible temple carved into a set of caves
  • Muir Woods, California: gotta love those redwoods
  • Munich, Germany: great beer, arguably better than what Canada has to offer
  • Nashville, Tennessee: The home of the Grand Old Opry
  • New Orleans, Louisianna: didn’t get to see Mardi Gras yet, but life is long
  • New York City, USA: and I didn’t even get killed!
  • Niagara Falls, Canada: The Canadian side is where all the good pictures are taken
  • Novosibirsk, Russia: The capital of Siberia, the people are very friendly and welcoming
  • Nuremburg, Germany: Great beer, great sausages, and great city in general
  • Oakhurst, California: just south of Yosemite, so it’s a great place to stay if you’re visiting the park
  • Obersalzberg, Germany: this town is at the base of The Eagle’s Nest, which offers a spectacular view
  • Ochos Rios, Jamaica: The home of Dunn’s Falls, bring your swim trunks
  • Olomouc, Czech Republic: I can see why the statue in the town square is a World Heritage site
  • Omaha, Nebraska: It’s gotta be cold there in the winter
  • Osaka, Japan: Osaka castle is very interesting and there is a great museum that I need to visit next time I’m there
  • Oslo, Norway: Very beautiful place, very friendly people, and a great place to visit
  • Ottawa, Canada: the capital of Canada, great skating in the winter if you can stand the cold
  • Oulu, Finland: Just shy of the Arctic Circle
  • Palm Springs, California: great golfing, not that I like to golf….
  • Paris, France: Great cafes, lousy waiters, what more do you want?
  • Parma, Italy: The cheese was incredible.
  • Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia: Incredibly beautiful fishing village, remember to visit the lighthouse
  • Perth Australia: Great waterfront, looks like a nice place to live
  • Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona: this park is incredible, the colors in the petrified wood will astound you, and you can easily spend an entire day here
  • Phillip Island, Australia: Home of a blue-eyed penguin colony
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: city of brotherly love
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA: The terrain is impressive
  • Pompei, Italy: They need to improve the building codes, the place is a complete ruins 🙂
  • Port Lockroy, Antarctica: fun place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there
  • Portland, Oregon: Keep it strange!
  • Positano, Italy: Lemon central! My idea of heaven
  • Potsdam, Germany: A beautiful German town.
  • Poznan, Poland: the city of art
  • Prince Edward Island: home of Anne of Green Gables
  • Prague, Czech Republic: Everyone told me this is a beautiful city – they were right
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: ask first before swimming, trust me
  • Pune, India: I was lucky enough to be there for the Holi Festival in 2016
  • Quebec City, Quebec: A little bit of Europe in Canada, The oldest city in North America
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: If you’re into outdoor or extreme sports, this is the place to go
  • Quito Ecuador: The old portion of town is great, with several incredible churches
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA: they should just rename it IBMville and get it over with
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Reykjavik, Iceland: the landscape is incredible, wish I had visited the Blue Lagoon spa immediately upon arrival
  • Riga, Latvia: The capital of Latvia, the old city is really pretty to walk around
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: gotta love Copacabana beach
  • Roatan, Honduras: The zip line canopy tour was a blast
  • Roma, Italy: When in Roma….
  • Rothenburg, Germany: incredibly pretty town on the Romantic Trail
  • Sao Paulo, Brasil: 17 million people can’t be wrong, and if they are who’s going to tell them?
  • Sorrento, Italy: A lovely place to visit on the Amalfi coast
  • St. Augustine, Florida: The oldest city in North America
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland: close to Cape Spear, the Easternmost point in North America
  • St. Louis, Missouri: The Arch is one of those “must see” things in the US
  • Salt Lake City, Utah USA: Really friendly people, definitely check out the Mormon Temple if you get there
  • San Diego, California: great zoo, check it out
  • San Francisco, California: go south on CA highway 1 for great scenery
  • San Jose, California: must be a Canadian-founded town if it’s called San Hose, eh?
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: A melting pot of several cultures.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona: A town with the right name
  • Seattle, Washington: a lot like Vancouver, the Space Needle is worth going up on clear day
  • Sigulda, Latvia: This is on the edge of a national park, has several castles, and is definitely worth a visit
  • Singapore: Nice, safe place to visit
  • Sitka, Alaska: great place to go whale watching
  • Shanghai, China: the architecture is amazing
  • Stanley, Falkland Islands: cold, damp, and isolated: but still incredibly interesting
  • Stavanger, Norway: A seaside town, I wish I had more time to spend there. Oh well, guess I have to go back
  • Stockholm, Sweden: Great place to spend the day walking around
  • Stonehenge, England: somebody must have really had a lot of spare time on their hands
  • Swaziland: one of the few kingdoms left in Africa, great countryside, poor leadership
  • Sydney, Australia: I climbed the bridge and saw a performance at the Sydney Opera House among other things
  • Tallin, Estonia: the capital of Estonia, the old city walls and the old city itself are nice to see
  • Tel Aviv, Israel: Had a great view of the Mediterranean from my hotel
  • Tijuana, Mexico: one weekend I was in all three NAFTA nations, what can I say?
  • Tokyo, Japan: I really is worth it to wake up at 4:30 to visit the Tsukiji fish market
  • Toronto, Canada: The self-proclaimed center of the universe
  • Trondheim, Norway: The capital of Norway centuries ago, now a beautiful place to visit
  • Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, USA: don’t even get me going on the road design there
  • Uluru Australia: Ayers Rock to the rest of us
  • Ushuaia, Argentina: the southern-most city in the world
  • Vadodara, India: Only had time for a short visit
  • Vaduz, Leichtenstein: The capital of a very small country
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: great city, if you’re thinking of emigrating to Canada this is a great option
  • Vasquez Rocks, California: I can’t even tell you how many Star Trek episodes were filmed there\
  • Victoria, B.C. Canada: Check out the Shinto shrine at the Art Gallery, the only one outside of Japan
  • Vienna, Austria: I enjoyed Belvedere and Staatopera
  • Villasimius, Sardegna, Italy: great place to vacation if you like warm, sandy beaches
  • Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Walnut Creek, California: The view at the top of Mt. Diablo is great
  • Warwick, England: Great place to put a castle. Oops, too late. 😉
  • Washington, D.C.: lots of great museums and monuments, incredibly high crime rate however
  • Wellington, New Zealand: this is where The Lord of The Rings movies were filmed
  • West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: they have the world’s fifth largest submarine fleet, no kidding
  • Yangtze River, China: the three gorges dam is the largest in the world
  • Yosemite National Park, California: definitely worth spending time here, El Capitan and Half-Dome are truly impressive
  • Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands: Just north of Amsterdam, a good place to go to see windmills
  • Zion National Park, Southern Utah, USA : the hiking here is phenomenal
  • Zurich, Switzerland: very nice city, great scenery