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Little Known Places that Really Made an Impression on Me

May 29, 2008  Exploring is in my blood.
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Yes, I've been to the Great Wall of China. And it's the coolest thing ever. I've been to the Grand Canyon and Tokyo and Venice. But sometimes it's the little places that are a surprise that make a big impression. Here are a few..

  • 1. Rollright Stones
    Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

    Just stopped here for 20 minutes on my way to Avon-upon-Stratford. But it was really cool. 3 megaliths in the middle of a field, not but 100 yards away from a stone circle. Not as big as Stonehenge, but mystical and mysterious anyway.

  • 2. Xi'an
    Xi'an, Shaanxi

    I went to Xi-an to go to see the Terracotta Warriors. They were pretty cool. But I fell in love with the Mosque in the middle of town. It was the first mosque I'd ever visited, and is a great combination of Muslim and Chinese. It was just such a lovely retreat from the hustle of the tiny market streets surrounding it.

  • 3. Town Hall (Stadhuis)
    Stadhuis, Bruges

    Why this made such an impression on me I don't quite know. It was raining and foggy, so the view from the top was only so-so that day. But maybe it had to do more with the way most of the world just expects you to have some common sense (unlike America). The stone stairs in the tower were old and slick with rain. And no room for someone to pass going in the opposite direction. But they still let you do it. I remember climbing forever and thinking you couldn't do this in America.

  • 4. Dzibilchaltun
    Dzibilchaltun Ruins, Merida

    We saw Chichen-itza (quite the let down) and Uxmal (one of the coolest things ever), but we also went to the small Pre-Columbian site of Dzibilchaltun and had a wonderful time. There is one complete temple, and several bits and pieces of old buildings, and the church that the Spanish built with stone from buildings they demolished after arrival. And it's quiet and hot. And there is a small cenote where you can swim. When we were there a traveling college class came along and started piling into the water. They were well behaved and having such a good time. Some were snorkeling, others just paddling along and girls sunbathing. It was like a regular pool, except we were in an ancient place doing what people have done for centuries. So cool....