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Old 07-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #41
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It made me realize that you can take the boy out of Mississippi but you can never take MI out of the boy. The added wing was impressive for the 60s.
Especially if you've visited the family home in Tupelo.

(PS: MI is Michigan. )
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #42
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The Alamo was first to mind for me too. Probably like others I saw the movie before the Alamo itself, you could miss it if you didn't know where to look. I lived in San Antonio for 4 years too. Great joke REW.

I was also surprised at the small size of the Mona Lisa, though no less transfixed in seeing it, just stunning and magical.

First time I saw a Mercury space capsule in person I couldn't believe several astronauts actually orbited the earth in one. Wow!

Madame Tussauds (London) - creepy, yawn...

Many, but certainly not all, of the movies that have won the Oscar for movie of the year. Some were actually awful, but I guess I'm just too unsophisticated.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:59 PM   #43
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The OK Corral and Tombstone Arizona.
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Coliseum in Rome.


Being in the middle of Rome during the Spain/Italy football match..lol priceless
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Coliseum, really? I found it spectacular, especially when lit up at night. The fake Roman guards out front are another thing. . .

What people don't often realize is that Rome actually has two coliseums. Few visit the littler one, but it is just as grand.

A fun book to read when one travels in Europe is Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad. To the Yankee traveler, nearly everything on the Grand Tour is vastly underwhelming despite all the hype. The book's hysterical--and not politically correct by today's sensitivities.
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Leaning tower of Pisa. It does indeed lean, but you can stare at it for only so long.
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I agree about the Leaning Tower of Pisa! I was living in Rome one year and decided to take the train to Pisa to see it. It was a very long train ride. Got off the train in Pisa, walked a few blocks to a square, and there it was. It is actually quite small and unimpressive. As I recall the Cathedral near it was a lot more interesting. Hawkers and vendors of stupid tourist stuff packed the square. Got back on the train about two hours later and went back to Rome. Well, I can check that off my bucket list!

Bologna, one of my favorite Italian cities, has two leaning towers. So there.
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I agree about the Leaning Tower of Pisa! I was living in Rome one year and decided to take the train to Pisa to see it. It was a very long train ride. Got off the train in Pisa, walked a few blocks to a square, and there it was. It is actually quite small and unimpressive. As I recall the Cathedral near it was a lot more interesting. Hawkers and vendors of stupid tourist stuff packed the square. Got back on the train about two hours later and went back to Rome. Well, I can check that off my bucket list!

Bologna, one of my favorite Italian cities, has two leaning towers. So there.
Hmmmm. Wonder if all the engineers went to the same school?

They must have been sleeping in Soils class.
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I enjoyed walking up the tower. So weird. But as an engineer I prefer to avoid such mistakes. Second/third time we went right on by.
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