By Jeff Salter
Our topic this week deals with Continent / Country / City we’ve always wanted to visit. Scroll back to Iris on Monday, Janette on Tuesday, and Micki on Wednesday to see what they had to say. And be sure to show back up tomorrow for Tonette’s take on the matter.
My title today comes (of course) from the old saying about the three most important aspects of real estate being location, location, and location. Their point, so eloquently hammered into our societal consciousness, is that location matters. Indeed it does.
Though I’ve spent most of my life in Louisiana, I’ve also lived in Kentucky (7 years and counting), Georgia (twice), Mississippi (including birth), Illinois, New Mexico, Iowa, and California. Plus I took two months of Basic Training in Texas and spent a year overseas in Greenland.
I’ve been very fortunate to have visited (or driven/ridden through) approximately 37 of the 48 states in continental U.S. In fact, the only states I have not been to are North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut. It would be nice to round out that tally to 48, but I don’t feel a driving need to do so.
I say all this only to point out that I’ve been around the block a few times and have seen a wide range of the beauty and uniqueness which America has to offer. I also went on a Caribbean cruise for about a week and saw some interesting places.
In spite of the fact that there’s no other nation on earth that I’d like to LIVE in, there are several places I’d love to visit … and none too hurriedly. The problem with most of the places I’ve already been to is that we usually had to rush through them. When / if I ever get to the places I’m about to mention, I want to linger and soak it in.
This is not necessarily the exact order, but I’m definitely starting with the region I’d most like to visit: The British Isles. Yeah … England (especially London), the source of so much of the fine literature I’ve studied and enjoyed. And definitely Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.
And though I do NOT want to go through the “chunnel”, I’d like to visit France, especially some of the WW2 battle sites such as Normandy. Paris, of course. Possibly Belgium and the Netherlands while I’m in the region.
Then up to Norway and Sweden … back down to Switzerland, Italy, and maybe Greece. I’d love to visit Israel, but with all the powder-keg tension over there, I just don’t think I could enjoy my time there.
If I still have time / energy / funds left, I want to make my way to portions of the down-under which I’ve seen and heard so much about. I have some buddies now in various parts of Australia, so (of course) I’d want to see them while I’m there.
Which continent / country / city have YOU most wanted to visit? Or have you already been there?