I’m watching a 9-month old today and trying to come up with plots for two more Sultry Summer Nights books… And tonight, I have an art guild meeting. Busy, busy, but no new words…
And just a quick question for you because I’m always dreaming about places I might go when I have time for a vacation…
What is one thing or place that took your breath away when you first saw it? Be sure to tell me why—was it the scenery? the grandeur of the architecture? the colors of the painting? And did it meet or exceed any expectations you might have had for it before you saw it?
I overnighted at Machu Picchu in the Peruvian mountains. Early in the morning, we were either in the clouds or fog and it was so eerie, the mountains around us, the fog/clouds, the green of the vegetation, the stone ruins. Great atmosphere!
Egypt and the pyramids, which I thought would have lots of atmosphere left me cold.
Mackinac Island. Great atmosphere. The best time of day there is at night after the “day” tourists leave. The movie Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour was filmed on the Island. Love the Victorian Buildings/homes, the lack of automotive vehicles, and the fudge. Also enjoy waking up to the sound of horse drawn carriages in the morning as they make their deliveries.
It may seem strange but when I was at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy and standing on the NASA sign, looking at a shuttle, I cried.
I had watched the original space flights and I Dream of Jeannie and I never thought that I would ever visit such a special place.
When I saw that shuttle go into the air on TV and in the sky,the next day, that took my breath away.
It is a shame that others are not able to see that now.
Mount Rushmore. I got to visit a couple years ago. The vastness of this sculpture is truly breathtaking. First you take the wonderful twisting roads up through woods on both sides of the road. You can tell you are climbing, but really all you see is woods. Then you break out for the woods into the parking lot and thousands of cars with other tourists. It was still like 9:00 AM. Why are all these people up already? You pay your fee and start into the park. The usual tourist shops line the path. Then you find yourself on this amazing boulevard with lovely urns and things lining it. You are trudging up a rather steep grade and all you can see ahead is other tourists and the sky. Then you break over the top, and there, in front of you, in all it’s glory is the amazing sculpture surrounded by rock and mountain and trees. Totally awesome. The vastness of it up there on the mountain, and we were still quite a ways away from it. I move out of the path of traffic to a nice bench in front and just gaze. After a while I took the tour detailing the sculpting of the mountain which only increased my amazement at this enormous undertaking, and again just sat and gazed at it. I have seen Mount Rushmore in various movies and such, but to see it in person – breathtaking!
The Parthenon, the sheer magnificence of the structure, the view the fact that ancients were able to build such a place, the hairs on my arms stood. To know that my ancestors built this wonder of the world and I was able to walk there was a memory keeper and awe inspirer for me.
The Grand Canyon is spectacular. The colors during different times of day are amazing.
Great choices, ladies! I have a few things to add to my bucket list now. Thanks for sharing!
The Grand Canyon is definitely awe-inspiring. I remember feeling that I wanted to reach out and touch it, but it was so vast and so beyond my grasp.
I also had a private tour of Queen Isabella’s castle in Segovia, Spain. I was allowed to sit in the Queen’s throne and touch the armor to see how it worked. The tour gave me a whole new perspective on castles as I was able to experience things without the being kept back behind the velvet ropes.
Those two places really stick out in mind, though I’m sure there are other ones that I could write about but those two come to mind at the moment 🙂
And one more…I knew there were more LOL! STONEHENGE. I was there ages ago before they roped off the stones. Stonehenge is definitely up there with The Grand Canyon. You can’t describe the feeling at Stonehenge. It’s ‘alive’/’electrified’ you just feel it.