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Regarding your list

Kelly of Water's Edge
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Nov 18 2012, 4:33pm


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I'd get to the Outer Banks soon. They're starting to change, getting more built up but without correspondent growth in restauraunts (I sympathize with that they're seasonal, but the waits are starting to get ridiculous). The whole tone just isn't the same as it was only 10 or so years ago. Try to take a daytrip to see the Elizabethan Gardens and stay in the area for the Lost Colony outdoor play. A fascinating look at history that many are not aware of. The fate of the Roanoke colonists is one of the great mysteries of American history.

Also, just curious - why winter for Paris? The weather might be a bit crummy. Even considering a trip to Paris involves a considerable bit of time inside museums, cathedrals and churches for most visitors, it's also an incredible walking city and you'll want to spend an equal amount of time strolling outside as well. In case you're curious, my Paris Top 10 are:
10. Musee de Cluny (Museum of the Middle Ages) - A nice collection of Medieval art, including statues from Notre Dame and stained glass from Sainte-Chapelle
9. Hotel des Invalides - Whatever you think of Napoleon, his tomb is mighty impressive. There's also interesting memorabilia about the end of World War 2 here.
8. The Louvre - It's overwhelming, but stop in to at least see the three famous ladies (Mona, Venus and Nike), some of the other Italian Renaissance masterpieces besides Mona, and iconic French paintings like Liberty Leading the People and the Raft of the Medusa.
7. Sainte-Chapelle - A short walk from Notre Dame , this church where the Royal family worshiped has amazing stained glass windows. Bring binoculars.
6. Notre Dame de Paris - Just because, well, it's Notre Dame, one of the greatest Gothic cathedrals of the world. Don't miss the staircase outside going down into ruins!
5. Rodin Museum - All the major works of the greatest modern sculptor, some indoors and others in a beautiful garden setting.
4. Orsay Museum - Very interesting location (the building was formerly a Beaux-Arts train station!) and the best collection of Impressionist art I've seen. I actually preferred it to the Louvre.
3. Basilica in the suburb of St. Denis - The resting place of the French royals. The most stunning collection of mortuary effigies I've ever seen - and yes, I've also been to Westminster Abbey. A range of styles through hundreds of years. A little further out, but easy to get to by Metro.
2. Sacre-Coeur - and the surrounding area of Montmartre. When you're thinking of Paris, this is what you're thinking of.
1. Boat ride on the Seine starting near the Eiffel Tower. Try to do this first - it's a great introduction.

As for my answer to your bucket list question, it's the same as my answer to the "where would you like to travel" question posted some time back, and I suspect that will turn out being the case for many here. My answer was basically seeing the major National Parks of the United States, although there's much I would still like to see in other countries as well.

Subject User Time
What's on you bucket list? sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 18 2012, 12:09pm
    bucket list imin Send a private message to imin Nov 18 2012, 2:55pm
    Two things off the top of my head Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Nov 18 2012, 3:47pm
        To see the Arora is also on my list DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 18 2012, 4:02pm
            Funny how we all end up in New Zealand! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Nov 18 2012, 7:09pm
                I have sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 19 2012, 11:27am
    Regarding your list Kelly of Water's Edge Send a private message to Kelly of Water's Edge Nov 18 2012, 4:33pm
        Thanks for the tips! sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 18 2012, 5:48pm
    I've done a lot of it Annael Send a private message to Annael Nov 18 2012, 4:53pm
    re the train Annael Send a private message to Annael Nov 18 2012, 5:08pm
        I took the Empire Builder from Minneapolis to Seattle Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 18 2012, 5:38pm
    I've traveled a lot, but still have more ahead. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 18 2012, 7:06pm
    I would like to take my love to Wales, to Bangor perhaps SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Nov 18 2012, 9:10pm
        Bangor? Hengist Send a private message to Hengist Nov 19 2012, 10:18am
    .....I need a bucket.\\ silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Nov 19 2012, 5:13pm
        Is there a hole in yours? // Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 19 2012, 5:52pm
            Only in the top silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Nov 20 2012, 12:40am
                well, I'm glad you don't have to mend one Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 20 2012, 12:57am
                    Ha! silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Nov 20 2012, 3:56am

 
 
 

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