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Candelion 08-08-2014 04:59 PM

If You're Ever There...Go Here!
Since we are in the middle of summer and people are likely travelling, I thought it might be fun if people posted about places they've been and things they've seen that might not be found in the regular tourist brochures. Perhaps you've found a great secluded beach, a funky restaurant, a cool club, an interesting museum....whatever.

One of my favourite places in the world is Vancouver Island (I lived there for a time, as a child). As you arrive at Departure Bay on the ferry from Horseshoe Bay you will find yourself in Nanaimo...home of the famous Nanaimo Bars and less famous Bathtub Races. Sure, Nanaimo may not be as beautiful or quaint as Victoria but it holds some hidden treasures.

PIPER'S LAGOON: When I was a child this lagoon was almost unknown to anyone but the locals. It still rarely gets too crowded and it's the perfect place to take children for a day's hike, swim, and picnic. From the many cliffs you are likely to see seals frolicking in the sea. It's an even better place for a romantic stroll and an intimate picnic dinner with that special someone. There are so many secluded little nooks and crannies, you are likely to find privacy.

The lagoon is fairly large and you will be able to find your own private piece of Heaven. You park at one end and walk along a narrow, straight dyke between the lagoon and the restless surf. The waves from the open water have created a marvellous pebbly beach with a great deal of mermaid's tears (a beautiful product of beach glass). Then it gets rocky; there is some non-technical rock-climbing for those who desire it, and one larger hill covered in arbutus and Garry Oak, eagles, driftwood and views of the Strait. Remember, this is not a California beach it's a typical PNW beach. Google Piper's Lagoon, Nanaimo BC Canada for map and directions.

Piper's Lagoon

The beautiful Arbutus tree

Trev 08-08-2014 07:32 PM

Louisville, Kentucky
Visiting Churchill Downs is one the most recommended places in Louisville. If the horses aren't running on the track, Churchill Downs has museum to visit for the horse racing enthusiast. Churchill Downs officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders' Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011. Churchill Downs Incorporated owns and operates the racetrack. The capacity of Churchill Downs is 120,000.

MysticOceansFL 08-08-2014 08:20 PM

Places I've been to while in the Military and Montana where I used to live before moving back to Florida
Here are a select few places I've been and will always remember and that hopefully you'll enjoy and go there also. South Korea, Hawaii, Japan, German, France, Ft Riley Kansas, and Ft Gordon Ga.












Candelion 08-09-2014 04:41 PM

The Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen Street West Toronto, ON Canada
I've never been much for the bar scene, but the Bovine Sex Club is one of my favourite local hangouts. Known as The Bovine to locals, this is a bar that's all about the music. This is the place to be to hear independent musicians and artists, playing everything from rock to punk to alternative to rockabilly. Bonus: It's in a cool part of town (and they still let me in). :)


Trev 08-09-2014 05:20 PM

Kansas City, Missouri
Harley Davidson factory tours offer the chance to extraordinary people channel their pride and expertise into machines.

Trev 08-09-2014 05:50 PM

Lake Cumberland, Kentucky
A personal favorite of mine.

Trev 08-09-2014 05:56 PM

Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.

Orema 08-10-2014 11:07 AM

Havana, Cuba
Cannot travel directly to Havana from the States. Had to go through Mexico after applying for a professional research license. It was worth the effort.

One of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and the weather is perfect in the winter. Warm and breezy.

There's lots to see in Havana, but be sure to visit the gallery of artist José Rodríguez Fuster. He specializes in ceramics, painting, drawing, engraving, and graphic design. Through the sale of his paintings, ceramics and other works, Mr. Fuster has carried out many renovations and decorative art projects throughout the fishing town of Jaimanitas (on the west outskirts of Havana). His work has been compared to that of Gaudi in Barcelona.

This is the entrance to his gallery and workshops:


Link with more photos:

Here's more about him on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%...%ADguez_Fuster

ProfPacker 08-10-2014 11:37 AM

Orema, it is incredible that you went to Cuba. I love the Gaudi buildings and church in Barcelona. As a one time collector of Outsider Art I appreciate this work. Thanks for sharing

ProfPacker 08-10-2014 11:42 AM


BestButchBoy 08-10-2014 02:33 PM

If you're ever in NYC
Have brunch here: http://www.tartinecafenyc.com/menus/brunch/

Their Eggs Benedict will make your socks go up and down. But, it's all good there, all the time.

Bon apetit!

Trev 08-10-2014 03:49 PM

Athens, Greece

The Church of Panagia Kapnikarea or just Kapnikarea is a Greek Orthodox church and one of the oldest churches in Athens.

Athens is truly a beautiful city. I'm fortunate enough to mark this off My bucket list.

Candelion 08-10-2014 05:27 PM

If you're ever in Toronto and you like doughnuts...stop by Glory Hole Doughnuts
Experience such flavours as Buttered Popcorn, PB & J, Toast & Butter, Nutella Puff, Rose and Hibiscus Flower....all the traditional flavours and twisted creations.




ProfPacker 08-10-2014 06:43 PM

If you are ever in Amagansett (Between East Hampton and Montauk
Best Lobster Roll, Steamers and blueberry pie (I could live here, lol)

BestButchBoy 08-12-2014 04:57 PM

If You're ever in
Davis Square in Somerville, MA and want to hang in a cool saloon, get a tasty cocktail and have a bite…


Cheers for Queers!

Orema 08-12-2014 06:00 PM

San Diego, California


There's lots to see and do in San Diego, but if you're ever here you must stop for dessert at one of their two locations. They make a croissant/bread pudding that is absolutely delicious.

Redsunflower 08-12-2014 06:10 PM

Oh my god ProfPacker, Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia and all those other crazy- looking buildings Gaudi built. Wow! I just went there on Friday and was completely gobsmacked. There's some amazing, inspiring genius right there.

If I had the first clue how to post a pic on here, I'd do it. Since I can't, I'd recommend everyone go to Barcelona as soon as they possibly can!

Candelion 08-15-2014 07:12 PM

If you're ever in Tanzania...go to Zanzibar!
I was fortunate enough to spend some extended time in Tanzania. If you are ever there, try to make it to the island of Zanzibar. Now Zanzibar is a playground for the rich, but don't let that stop you from going if you are short on funds. You can always go there for the day. Take a boat over in the morning and return in the evening. That's what I did and I had a most memorable day. The beaches are gorgeous...sand as white as snow!


BestButchBoy 08-16-2014 06:57 AM

If you're ever in NYC for summer, you have to hit the Hamptons. I mean, it's the Rivera of the east coast. Montauk has a cool lighthouse. On the road to said lighthouse is a food shack where you can gobble down a delicious lobster roll! BTW, go during the week because unless you have a helicopter, you won't get there or back.

Oh, and of course, there's Fire Island. Sail over. Sail back. You like to sail, right?

White sand, sound of surf, relaxation and food. I mean, seriously. That's summer in NY for me.

Candelion 08-17-2014 02:19 PM

If you're ever in the Vancouver International Airport....go see the Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Jade Canoe
If you happen to be in the Vancouver airport in British Columbia, please take the time to go to the international terminal and view this beautiful sculpture by Haida native, Bill Reid (1920 - 1998). The sculpture is an impressive 20 feet long, 13.2 feet high, and weighs nearly 11,000 pounds. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii is intended to represent the Aboriginal heritage of the Haida Gwaii region in British Columbia Canada's Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. The sculpture is located near the food fair and there is seating surrounding the sculpture. Grab a snack and take in this beautiful piece of art before your flight.

This photo does not come close to capturing the magnificence of the sculpture.

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