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pratik
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pratik

@pratik Hey @johnphilpin, this is why I asked for your post a few weeks ago. Just got around to publishing it.

pcora
pcora

@pratik Amsterdam is missing from your list!! 😢

pratik
pratik

@pcora It's not 🙃

pcora
pcora

@pratik oh!! :coneofshame: now I noticed it. Let me know when you are around then!! 😃

Ddanielson
Ddanielson

@pratik I have 8 of these in London, France, Norway, Amsterdam and Florence. The possibilities seem endless!

Munish
Munish

@pratik looks like I have 7 to do on your list. I would add Lake Bled in Slovenia and Trieste in Italy 🇮🇹

Miraz
Miraz

@pratik It's very grim but my visit holds a place in my brain decades later. May I suggest Dachau concentration camp or one of the others?

wrenman
wrenman

@pratik heartily recommend a road trip through Slovenia (predjama castle and bled) and Croatia (plitvice lakes, the coastal drive and the Istrian peninsula, kind of like a mini Italy with quaint hilltop villages). very beautiful, historic, inexpensive but also the food. ah the food. Vienna is a good starting point.

supremus
supremus

@pratik ty!

maique
maique

@pratik Hmmmm… It’s a nice list but,hmmmmm… nothing over here? 🤷🏻‍♂️

pratik
pratik

@Miraz I definitely was thinking about visiting especially after reading Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder. I had Treblinka on my list. Will add.

pratik
pratik

@wrenman Awesome. I did notice Eastern Europe not as well represented so thanks for the tip. Will add.

pratik
pratik

@Munish Will definitely check the two you mentioned. It helps to have European input 😀

pratik
pratik

@Pilchuck I struggled making this list too coz I have focusing specific destinations.

pratik
pratik

@maique Please suggest ☺️

maique
maique

@pratik I will. It’s time to bed around here, but I’m getting back to you tomorrow, with a couple of places that might persuade you to visit the country 🙂

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odd
odd

@pratik If you’re coming to Norway, I’d also suggest Vigelandsparken in Oslo, Prekestolen, Geiranger and especially Lofoten.

pratik
pratik

@maique Haha! Don’t worry, we’re not traveling any time soon. I’ve heard good things about Lisbon but nothing specific hence doesn’t pop into my mind.

maique
maique

@pratik Started thinking about this, so sleep was delayed a bit.

Places where you'll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Palácio Nacional da Pena, Sintra. Fairytale is the only word that comes to mind. Sintra has a ton of other things to check out as well.
  • Évora, incredible historic center of town. Plenty of things to see.
  • Ribeira district, Porto. That's just one spot. Porto has an incredibly famous bookstore, Lello, the Bolhão Market, and so many other points of interest.
  • Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, if you're into nature.
  • Also in the nature category, the Costa Vicentina, all the way from Lisbon down to the Algarve, has the most beautiful beaches in the country, and the Azores, all of the islands, will make you want to move there.
  • Closer to Lisbon, Obidos. Worth a visit.

There are SO many more, and I have left out Lisbon, which has plenty to offer (Belém Tower, Jerónimos, the Castle, Alfama district,...)

Hope you find at least one that interests you 🙂

Miraz
Miraz

@pratik Also, I adored Batalha cathedral in Portugal. Given your architecture interest I imagine you'd enjoy it too. See miraz.me/2019/06/0...

pratik
pratik

@odd Awesome! Will check them out. Not sure when we will visit Norway though. My FiL spent a year in Norway in the late 70s so he often talks about it.

pratik
pratik

@maique Whoa! Definitely gonna check these out and add to the list. If global warming doesn’t make it inhospitable by then.

pratik
pratik

@Miraz Ah! Definitely looks interesting. Thanks. Will add to @maique’s list

maique
maique

@Miraz Great one! So many things I missed, and this is one of them. Also agree with your assessment of Fatima, it’s an awful place.

Miraz
Miraz

@maique 😀

jean
jean

@Miraz @pratik I visited there during the month I was living in Munich. It's a stop on the regional train network, and I would see it on the map every day. There were even ads in the train car for businesses there ("McDonalds in Dachau") that made it impossible to overlook. So on my last day, I went. It is sobering and stays with me.

Miraz
Miraz

@jean @pratik "McDonalds in Dachau" — so very inappropriate for a place like that. It feels trivialising.

jean
jean

@Miraz Dachau is a town and it is their address. You’d see that for other mundane businesses too, like dry cleaners or auto shops. It don’t think it’s trying to capitalize on the location. That was the unsettling realization for me, it’s a place, a stop on the train, and more than the name of a camp.

On the other hand, I specifically did not “check in” on FB. That felt wrong.

dgreene196
dgreene196

@Miraz I had the opportunity to visit years ago in high school. While virtually none of high school German stuck, visiting Dachau and just thinking about the horrors of that place (and others like it) - that stuck with me.

Miraz
Miraz

@dgreene196 Yes. It's very powerful.

Miraz
Miraz

@jean Good point. I'd forgotten about the town itself. I remember only the camp.

odd
odd

@Miraz My mother’s uncle Arnt was held there for a while. He didn’t make it back. I’m thinking about visiting Dachau.

JohnPhilpin
JohnPhilpin

@pratik thanks for the shout - clearly I have a lot to do. I have got more than half of this list - BUT - getting to the first is going to be harder - particularly as I can see by the thread that there are many more places I need to add!

Never done with traveling!

pratik
pratik

@JohnPhilpin Of course! It's a process and am not even thinking that I might get to it all. There may be places that I'm sure I'm missing.

Miraz
Miraz

@odd Sorry to hear that. It's an extremely sobering place.

maique
maique

@odd My parents took us there when we were very little, and I have no memories from that day. The only thing my mother keeps saying is that I refused, for the first (and last) time to be photographed. My mother was surprised that I reacted like that to the energy of the place, at that age.

I’m very sorry about your mother’s uncle.

Munish
Munish

@maique @odd @jean @Miraz @pratik yes a very sobering place and sorry to hear about your family @odd. This has reminded me of a trip to Auschwitz. I totally had forgotten that I went 17 years ago. This thought reminded me of the smell of the canteen next door and the feeling when sitting in the huts on site. Such a sad past that man kind has created.

tracydurnell
tracydurnell

@pratik the Hagia Sophia is one of my favorite places I've been, an incredible space. If you make it to Turkey I also recommend taking a hopper flight out to Cappadocia, really awesome geology and interesting history. Pamukkale was really cool too but time-consuming to get to.