A traveler’s list of ten tourism surprises

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  1. sobore
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    Among the many joys of travel are the moments of spontaneous surprise or when an attraction or destination exceeds expectations.

    Last week we offered a list of travel disappointments. With so many variables, it is impossible to make a series of top ten travel surprises, but here is a personal alphabetical list of ten unexpected treasures that should impress even the most veteran traveler.

    1 – The Amalfi Coast (Italy) – Few places offer more breathtaking scenery per mile than the 25 mile serpentine ribbon of road called the Strada Statele along the Amalfi Coast. The most spectacular way to access the region is by car or bus from the Mount Vesuvius side of the mountainous spine that divides the coast from the congestion of Naples. After a 20 to 25 minute meandering ride through several small villages, you crest the mountaintop where an unbelievable vista spreads before you leading to Amalfi. If it doesn’t take your breath away, then nothing will ever impress you.

    2 – Masada (Israel) – Herod the Great began fortifying Masada nearly four decades before Christ as a personal refuge in case of a revolt. Though Herod never occupied the stronghold, a small group of approximately 500 Jewish rebels were able to hold off the Roman army from its strategic location overlooking the Dead Sea for several months in the first century CE. Today, the Israeli army pays tribute to Masada by honoring new recruits at the site.

    3 – Moscow Metro (Russia) – Like any mass transit system, Moscow's
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    subway system is frequently crowded and congested. Unlike other metros however, each station in the Russian capital is unique and practically a museum within itself. The eclectic “peoples palaces,” as they are called, feature all manner of artistic styles and architecture including sculptures, friezes, chandeliers, stained glass windows, mosaics and historical reliefs from all aspects of life such as sports, war, industry, agriculture and history. The system began in the 1930s but the cultural magic remains today.

    4 – Orvieto (Italy) – The city of Orvieto sits upon a relatively flat volcanic outcropping of rock with vertical cliffs that not only make it dramatic, but naturally impregnable as well. Combined with its spectacular setting, Oriveto lays claim to a vast labyrinth of tunnels beneath its surface. The Duomo, or cathedral, which began in 1290 by Pope Nicholas IV, is an architectural masterpiece. If that isn’t enough, Umbrian wines are superb.

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    Although it is an interesting list, it seems to be focused on the sites the author promotes in his tour business.

    I really agree with the comment about the Grand Canyon. I frequently get tourists in my store that are going to visit the Grand Canyon for the first time.

    My spiel usually goes something like, "Your first words will be something like "WOW" or more colloquially "Holy ****". then you realize that it looks like every picture you have ever seen of the Grand Canyon. THEN IT REALLY SINKS IN. This is no picture this is the real thing. then you notice the colors, clouds below the rim. tiny peopl on the trails below you, Steep cliffs, etc. It does result in information overload and you stand there looking--for a lot longer than you think.

    But it is enjoyable.

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