One Special Place

I thought about what Fiona had said,

the female lead in ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain’

about her developing interest in Iceland,

how she looked at travel guides,

read accounts of famous writers who had visited,

Auden, William Morris,

but didn’t really plan to travel there herself.

There ought to be one place,

she said,

one special place,

‘you thought about and knew about

and maybe longed for

but never did get to see’

*have you a place like this?

43 thoughts on “One Special Place

  1. I agree, John. And I haven’t seen the sea beach. I want to go snorkeling in Andaman-Nicobar. I long to but can never really get there. Once I visit it, there will still be the desert cities and the tea gardens left to see. I wish I could. I know I would.

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  2. Yup, I really do agree! There’re so many places which occupy a special place in our hearts, but which are unreachable or just impossible to visit right now…once everything becomes normal, we’ll probably fulfill our wishes 😄😎

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  3. Thank God I got to see that place and it was pre-Pandemic in April of 2019. Jerusalem. Sacred ground. Underground passageways. Delectable Middle Eastern food. Beautiful churches, Magnificent hills, The tops of small mountains, The beauty as opposed to the warfare amongst the Golan Heights. The trip with my spouse, Kristine, was other worldly.

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  4. I’d like to visit the hidden parts of Greater Toronto, where I grew up. I grew up on the periphery and didn’t really have a chance to explore by GO Train or taxi … I’d like to give it a whirl.

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  5. I think I am resigned to never getting to many places. If there’s one benefit of this awful pandemic, it’s reduced travel –> reduced carbon emissions. Also, when we were in Turkey in 2009, we went to the Travertines. But they’d kind of been ruined by tourism so there was no water in them. They were trying to let the system clean out. It made me so aware of how places get overrun by human excitement. Even Mt Everest has traffic jams these days. So while there are many amazing and beautiful places I would love to go, I won’t be disappointed if I don’t get there. Perhaps leaving them to the imagination keeps them more magical. I have to say, when I got to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, I was utterly underwhelmed.

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  6. thanks Worms; I feel much the same: the world is being over-run by tourists; are there travelers any more? I feel sick when I see such crowds: infestations by humans: gawking, polluting, debasing. There is talk of allowing cruise ships into Victor Harbor 😦 No No I shout, No!!! maybe there are too many of us, Worms; maybe that’s it?

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  7. That one special place…I have many places in my bucket list. And I’ve been fortunate to travel to many places. I long to visit Jerusalem, Australia, and Ireland (sorry, John, couldn’t pick one). But my favorite place, due to all the craziness of people inhabiting my favorite parks, will always be a cabin by the mountains and rivers, all alone.

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