June 26th, 2016

My default

Yay, the Friday Five posted! :D

1) When you travel to a new city, what kind of points of interest do you research to check out?

2) What's the last attraction/museum/landmark you visited?

3) Ever been to a cool off-the-beaten-path landmark you'd like to talk about?

4) If someone were to visit the city where you live, what's the coolest thing to go see?

5) Is there any place you've visited that you'd love to go back to?


1. First hotel and restaurants, then usually theatres and museum, lasting shopping. Or are those not really points of interest?

2. Hmm, the last museum was the Petrie Museum at University of London.

3. Sure I think the title for this ties between Portmeirion, Wales and Maes Howe, in the Orkneys.

Portmeirion is what the TV series, The Prisoner, was filmed and it's a collection of this and that cobbled together by Clough Williams-Ellis. It is popular with tourist, but only hotel guests are allowed access from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. It is so restful and serene. I can easily see why Patrick McGoohan fell in love with it.

For more info, check out - http://www.portmeirion-village.com/

Maes Howe is the Orkney version of a pyramid. It is a chambered cairn dating from about 5,000 years ago. The fact that you are permitted access to touch and explore is so cool. The 45 minute round trip from Tormiston Mill was packed with information explaining what you were going to see and then what you did see. It was so incredible and the sense of peace is hard to explain.

For more info, check out http://www.maeshowe.co.uk/maeshoweabout.html

4. Here? Nothing. I mean there's the Haggin Museum, if you are into bulldozer and agriculture. And our theatre, but perhaps I am partial. It's better to take people on the short drive to the vineyards of the foothills for some wine tasting and good food.

5. Is this a trick question. There are literally dozens of places I want to return to: Portmeirion, the Orkneys, Stockholm, Xian, Tahiti, Rangoroa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan... so, so many places.