What's the Most Amazing thing you've ever seen?
You don't need to have traveled the entire World to find something amazing. It's such an amazing World that we've ALL seen amazing things. The hard part is choosing which one(s) stand out.
So what's yours?
For me, the Great Barrier Reef stands out. I'd had never even snorkeled before I visited there. When a saw that "underwater wonderland" it just blew me away!
A very, very close second would be the Grand Canyon. It's pretty hard to believe that something so huge and magnificent could have been created by a river.
There are probably a few, but one that stands out (and I'm thinking of it now bacause I posted something about it just the other day) was the city of Ronda, in Spain.
We were there in October, and it was sunny and pleasantly warm. The drive up in the bus was a little crazy (we kept swerving to avoid rebellious goats), but the interspersed green and grey mountains were just beautiful. And then when you get to the gorge - it's just breathtaking. A sheer drop formed, I believe, by the tiny river below. We sat on a terrace and drank Xeres and ate pate and crackers and salad and what-not... But that view, wow.
Its hard to say what's the most amazing thing I've ever seen. If I don't talk about landscapes or cultures this is the best thing:
Citadel of Bam in IRAN:
This is an ancient mud-brick city surrounded by in an oasis of palmtrees and rockmountains. In 2004 a huge earthquake has destroyed this city, everything has changed into rubbles. Its still hard to me that such thing beautiful dissapeared, I am so lucky I had the chance to see it.
Hey Jeffrey - you picked a great place for your first snorkel experience!!
For me - it was Sunset Reef, Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was my first real "done with training" open water dive and I had never been in an ocean before. My training had been done in a murky, cold converted rock quarry in Wisconsin so diving in crystal clear, warm waters with beautiful colors all around almost took my breath away. I had to keep telling myselve to breathe. My dive buddy had to keep grabbing my arm because I would just stop dead and watch.
Second most amazing - Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Guess what - yup - diving but it was my first night dive. It's a completely different world at night.
Jeffrey - go get your C card!!! You will never regret it!!!
I go to places and speak with people who have just started, and I think to myself that I should get organised and plan a diving holiday. It's certainly an amazing world underwater.
Otherwise, I enjoyed paragliding at Pokhara in the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal.
I just can't decide on one place, but Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica comes to mind... so quiet and peaceful. Just fantastic!
Petra, Jordan...WOW! In 1979 I lived in a gave there for a month among the Bedouins. I don't think the Jordanian authorities allow tourists doing that anymore.
For me, one would have to be a cow's retina (no, i'm not joking).
I remember dissecting an eye in college (I was a Science undergrad before an English one) and I was really struck by how beautiful it was.
Another would be the Colesseum maybe in Rome.....or any of the ancient Roman structures really. What magnificent feats of engineering!! It amazes me to think how they built such things at that time.
Watching something giving birth is pretty amazing too - the closest Ive come to that was our dog having pups...and seeing a cow calve.
(ok, bit of a cow theme going on here... )
A naked girl for the first time, but that's not really travel related.
Travel related, I would say that it would have to be either the penguins of Otway Sound in Punta Arenas, Chile or seeing a Cheetah in the Serengeti (Tanzania).