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Dragos Codita

Posts: 83

Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

I've seen my home country being posted here and here's my reply:
Why weird? Really, it's just another european country, white skin people, nothing special.
Sure, we have beautifull nature hidden well somewhere, wild parts of our contry, etc, but this is nothing unusual, all countries do have that.
I've visited unusual places on earth like Tibet or Peruvian altiplanos, they are weird as nature, but not people.
Still, if somebody wants to visit my country, i'll be glad to offer some advices.

Dec 30 12 09:01 am Link

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Chris Rifkin

Posts: 24634

Tampa, Florida, US

P I X I E wrote:
Vanuatu

Definitely on the top of my list,as they have a perpetually active volcano that is like Stromboli,
only add in the tropical sky

Krakatau(Indonesia)..same thing,but because the new version of this volcano is so small(only formed out of the Caldera that Daddy Krakatau blew up in 1927)you can watch from the islands that ring it(the caldera wall)

Dec 30 12 09:18 am Link

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John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

Okinawa,

I was stationed there when I was a Marine.

My friend lost his flipflop when we were diving off some cliffs.

So we kept climbing higher and higher, trying to dive down deep enough to get his shoe.

Heck, we could see it fine.

Anyway, a guy came along with scuba gear, and he got it for us, it was at eighty feet.

The water there is that clean, the people live to be a hundred, and they have real kobi beef in the restaurants.

It's a nice place.

And the bars don't close until the last paying customer leaves, even if that's five am.

Yippee.

Dec 30 12 09:19 am Link

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Eros Fine Art Photo

Posts: 2600

Torrance, California, US

For me, the places I want to see are...

Sri Lanka
The Maldive Islands
New Zealand
St Lucia
Tibet

Oh, and Belgium...but not because it's unusual.  wink

Dec 30 12 09:54 am Link

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Anna Kl

Posts: 189

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Iceland
Greenland
Sierra Leone
Madagascar
Angola

Dec 30 12 10:26 am Link

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AndyD10

Posts: 350

Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

North Korea
Turkmenistan
Cork

Dec 30 12 10:28 am Link

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Abigail Rose Hill

Posts: 538

Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

I'd love to go to Venezuela and get a first hand experience of watching their Miss Venezuela pageant - they have such a strong record globally i'd love to see how they develop that from the very entry point right up until what we see at Miss Universe, Miss World etc.

Dec 30 12 11:47 am Link

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Gianantonio

Posts: 8028

Minneapolis, Minnesota, US

Anna Adrielle wrote:
you all forgot belgium!

Been there, done that.  Even went to this super-weird town there called Puurs...

Dec 30 12 12:50 pm Link

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Lightcraft Studio

Posts: 12232

Delray Beach, Florida, US

Sita Mae wrote:
Iceland!  Everyone I know who has been there just raves about it.

True. But, just don't believe the advertising on those "Learn Icelandic in 7 days" courses.

Dec 30 12 01:01 pm Link

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Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

any place with exotic, stunningly beautiful women willing to do tf shoots with me and exotic, stunning scenery for them to stand in front of. also quebec, if the separatists ever get their way. tongue

Dec 30 12 03:06 pm Link

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DA PHOTO

Posts: 1518

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1. Easter Island  [Chile]

2. San Marino

3. Marrakech [Morocco]

Dec 30 12 05:46 pm Link

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C.C. Holdings

Posts: 594

New York, New York, US

Alabama



jk jk I'd never go there

Dec 30 12 09:11 pm Link

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Russell Hebert

Posts: 28

Los Angeles, California, US

Tanzania
abu dhabi
Iran
Nepal

Dec 30 12 09:34 pm Link

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misszara

Posts: 6715

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

SPS_Photography wrote:
Otherwise, Australia and New Zealand, but I'm not sure if those are "unusual" or anything.

We are pretty weird wink

Dec 30 12 09:39 pm Link

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Honey Stinger

Posts: 6355

Madison, Wisconsin, US

The only place in the world I can't legally go to, Cuba.

Dec 30 12 09:42 pm Link

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SKPhoto

Posts: 25781

Newark, California, US

The Faroe Islands
Timor-Leste

I'd also like to visit the Great Icefields Parkway, take the Toronto to Vancouver train, as well as the Polar Bear train to Churchill.

Dec 30 12 09:53 pm Link

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P I X I E

Posts: 35327

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Aw, nice to see one of my threads get bumped 8 months later. big_smile

Dec 30 12 10:05 pm Link

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Dragos Codita

Posts: 83

Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

That means your thread worth it.
I would like to go to Siberia and South American extreme south, Tierra del Fuego, near Antartic.
Is it just me or all people believe that locations far away from home are weird and exotic?

Dec 31 12 12:50 am Link

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devpics

Posts: 834

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Laos, facinating place, where the US spent billions bombing rice fields and no one knew about it for years because the press kept quiet

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set … 935&type=3

Dec 31 12 01:18 am Link

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Robb Mann

Posts: 10651

Baltimore, Maryland, US

P I X I E wrote:
Mine:

Greenland
Iceland
Mongolia
Vanuatu
Eastern Russia

Probably some other ones I forgot about...

What are yours?

All right. Got your top two taken care of! I really want to visit South Georgia Island. It's not an easy place to get to.

Dec 31 12 05:45 am Link

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Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

DA PHOTO wrote:
1. Easter Island  [Chile]

2. San Marino

3. Marrakech [Morocco]

I just came back from Marrakech. Beautiful but hectic in the souks etc. It was nice to get away to the tranquility of Aït Benhaddou which is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site where they filmed Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven etc. Incredible place. A taxi and guide took us 4 hours across the Atlas mountains which were covered in snow to the edge of the Sahara where Ben Haddou lies, which was a fab trip in itself. It cost £90 which I felt was very reasonable.  Also recommend Essaouiria on the coast about two and a half hours away.
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The Majorelle Gardens of Yves St Laurent were beautiful in Marrakech itself as were the ruins of El Badi Palace and the Saadian tombs. Miss it all already and hope to go back sometime soon.

Travelled extensively in Chile which is also a country of contrasts from the glaciers in the south to the Atacama desert but haven't done Easter Island. On the list.

A few people have mentioned Greenland. Went to the North Greenland ice sheet on field work for a month which was incredible; especially being flown in by the USAF in a Hercules on skis. Watch out for mosquitoes in summer further south it's a nightmare.
http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/582196_10150951948292054_1223049609_n.jpg
Russell Glacier:
http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/182497_10150897500072054_1078338286_n.jpg


Iceland I have been to many times it's a very beautiful volcanic landscape.
http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/76520_10151117093927054_472984359_n.jpg

On my list to do is Kamchatka - and I have just been told I am off there on field work in late summer which is cool.

Jan 28 13 06:22 am Link

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j_forbes

Posts: 413

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:
The only place in the world I can't legally go to, Cuba.

I can and I did,  2 weeks ago,  you would love it, 
But it's full of Canadian tourists smile

Jan 28 13 06:41 am Link

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GoldRoseMedia

Posts: 2938

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, US

I don't know if it would be considered an "unusual" country, but I know an American who expatriated to Costa Rica years ago and he seems very happy there. I've thought about doing the same.

Jan 28 13 06:47 am Link

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Caperucita Roja

Posts: 11544

Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Croatia
http://i47.tinypic.com/5ulirt.jpg

Cambodia
http://i46.tinypic.com/17w9zq.jpg

Cayman Islands
http://i45.tinypic.com/24ccbix.jpg

Khatoli World, Taiwan. A place that allegedly inspired Spirited Away
http://i46.tinypic.com/3535che.jpg

Pripyat, Ukraine
http://i50.tinypic.com/4qquyr.jpg

Jan 28 13 01:06 pm Link

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scrymettet

Posts: 32237

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

edited because I misread the OP

Jan 28 13 02:44 pm Link

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angel emily

Posts: 1020

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Norway.


Is that 'unusual'?

Jan 28 13 03:01 pm Link

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- Aina -

Posts: 747

Redlands, California, US

I want to visit Chad.
Why? It's a name. I learned of it when I was little watching tv. It's so RANDOM.

Jan 28 13 03:09 pm Link

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EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Tempe, Arizona, US

???

Jan 28 13 06:26 pm Link

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Misty R H

Posts: 471

Anaheim, California, US

It's not a country, but I want to go to Antarctica.  I want to be on all 7 continents and I am on 6 so far.

After that I think visiting a bunch of small tropical island nations to warm up after being  cold.

Jan 28 13 08:16 pm Link

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I Ference Photography

Posts: 1152

Rochester, New York, US

Ukraine.  Specifically, Pripyat.

Jan 28 13 08:22 pm Link

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Becks

Posts: 31801

Rochester, New York, US

Kazakhstan smile Almaty is beautiful and I like their adoption politics.
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/normanfoster2.jpg
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I'd also LOVE to visit Cardiff, Wales. Because I have a huge madlove of Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and that's where Torchwood was filmed.
http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Cardiff-Co-033.jpg
http://www.visitmytown.com/wales/cardiff/cardiff6.jpg

Also, Ireland, but that's not really an unusual place, ha smile

Jan 28 13 08:33 pm Link

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Honey Stinger

Posts: 6355

Madison, Wisconsin, US

j_forbes wrote:

I can and I did,  2 weeks ago,  you would love it, 
But it's full of Canadian tourists smile

I don't mind most Canadian tourists I meet (excluding Quebec, of course). Germans on the other hand, don't get me started. smile

I hope you spent some quality time in Habana. Cuba isn't fat, naked Europeans drinking crappy Mojitos out of a plastic cup on a private beach.

So, I've heard. smile

Jan 28 13 08:34 pm Link

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j_forbes

Posts: 413

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:
I hope you spent some quality time in Habana. Cuba isn't fat, naked Europeans drinking crappy Mojitos out of a plastic cup on a private beach.

So, I've heard. smile

3 days in Havana, then 7 days in veradero on the beach,  mojitos,  beach all good, Europeans, didn't see any, we'll apart from Russians, but mostly Canadians.  And plenty of sunshine.

Jan 28 13 09:38 pm Link

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Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

Becks wrote:
Kazakhstan smile Almaty is beautiful and I like their adoption politics.
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/normanfoster2.jpg
http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/living/articles/kazakhstan_zenkov_cathedral.jpg
http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-content/uploads/almaty_towers_21.jpg
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I'd also LOVE to visit Cardiff, Wales. Because I have a huge madlove of Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and that's where Torchwood was filmed.
http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Cardiff-Co-033.jpg
http://www.visitmytown.com/wales/cardiff/cardiff6.jpg

Also, Ireland, but that's not really an unusual place, ha smile

I have been to the Pentyrch Hunt Ball a few times in City Hall Cardiff which you picture there. It is very beautfiul inside; lots of marble and huge paintings of Victorian industrialists etc.

Other than that there is the Scott memorial in Roath park and I'd say Cardiff hasn't much else to offer. If you go; come to Swansea. Not that that the city is much better better but it is close to the Gower which is a stunning peninsula. Oh...and we are in the League Cup final. smile

Jan 29 13 10:03 am Link

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Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

Misty R H wrote:
It's not a country, but I want to go to Antarctica.  I want to be on all 7 continents and I am on 6 so far.

After that I think visiting a bunch of small tropical island nations to warm up after being  cold.

I'm on 6 too. Antarctica left to do. Ironic I haven't been there having worked for British Antarctic survey but maybe sometime in the future as I work with ice cores.

Fellow MM'er Ira Meyer does some fabulous photography of Antactica:
http://www.irameyer.com/galleries/antar … tica1.html
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Jan 29 13 10:10 am Link

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Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

e m i l y wrote:
Norway.


Is that 'unusual'?

ha ha yes it has trolls:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jBuNMHzqmI

from Troll Hunter a great movie!

Seriously Norway is a fantastic country. I love Bergen and the fjords are spectacular; and in winter you have the magnificent northern lights in the north. Even sampled smoked whale which I suppose is unusual. Alcohol is expensive - £10 for a beer - and you can't buy it in supermarkets or anything.

I'd love to visit Mali sometime when the troubles are over. The mud architecture like the mosque of Djenne looks amazing.

http://www.cultureshocktherapy.com/pic/ml/djenne.jpg

Jan 29 13 10:12 am Link

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P I X I E

Posts: 35327

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I Ference Photography wrote:
Ukraine.  Specifically, Pripyat.

YES!

Feb 09 13 08:23 am Link

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P I X I E

Posts: 35327

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:

I don't mind most Canadian tourists I meet (excluding Quebec, of course). Germans on the other hand, don't get me started. smile

I hope you spent some quality time in Habana. Cuba isn't fat, naked Europeans drinking crappy Mojitos out of a plastic cup on a private beach.

So, I've heard. smile

Hey, not all Quebec people suck. I'm awesome. wink

Feb 09 13 08:25 am Link

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Connor Photography

Posts: 6574

Elkton, Maryland, US

In a few years, I will be retired and sail around the world solo.  Taking the southern route.  The trip is not to break any records, but sail when and where ever I want, no clients, no pressure, not kid and no wife.  I only listen to the weather and the seas.  Wife, kids, and friends can join me when I get to the places they like to visit.  IF I am tired, I haul boat out of the water and fly home.  A few months later, I resume my voyage.  If this does not kill me, I will ride my Triumph from Ocean City, MD to SFO via Highway 50 and then up to Alaska.  Ship the bike home and fly back.

1.  Starting in Cape may and sail to Block Island, to Bermuda/Azores, to UK, circumnavigate UK,
2.  and cross English Channel and go into inland waterway thru France and get into Mediterranean Sea between France and Spain.  Sail the northern Mediterranean all the way to Turkey. 
3. Take the south route if safe to do so through Gibrltar to Gran Canaria and Cape Verde
4. Start my circumnavigation of the world here to Caribbean.
5.  Thru Panama, sail the Galapagos Island, Easter Island, French Polynesia o New Zealand.
6.  From there I work my way up to Hong Kong and hopefully to Canton, my birthplace. 
7.  Sail south thru Vietnam and make my way to Christmas Island and Cocos.
8.  Get to Madagascar to SA Cape town
9.  Stop by St. Helen and on to Brazil
10.  Work my way back Caribbean and back to Home Port Annapolis, MD.
11.  If my kids want the boat, they can have her. If not, I will sell the boat.
12.  Ride the bike to SFO and more.

This is a tall order, but I have been prepared this for a long long time.  I have been sailing off shore whenever I can.  smile

This will conclude my bucket list. 

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Feb 09 13 09:22 am Link

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Burlap Rats

Posts: 18957

Riverside, California, US

Micronesia
http://english.cri.cn/mmsource/images/2011/05/27/05e1f609f7e64160a81a845d5b0446e1.jpg

Feb 09 13 09:26 am Link