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  •  I forgot 2, so my poll answer should be 7. (3+ / 0-)
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    wonderful world, BFSkinner, Val

    Bahamas (x3)
    Belgium (x2)

    If you ever get to Belgium, stay in Ghent.  It's so beautiful, like a movie set.  Also, the family islands in the Bahamas are so restful, not like the touristy places.  Eleuthera Island is my favorite place in the world (so far).

    “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”-Brandi Snyder (in memory of my Nick)

    by YellowDogInGA on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:52:42 AM PST

    •  I feel like such a provincial (0+ / 0-)

      only having been out of the country three times. Two of those times were to Harbour Island off the coast of Eleuthera and I second your appreciation for that area over the more touristy places like Nassau.

       The only out-of-country traveling I've ever done has been connected to music. My high school band spent a week in Mexico City back in 1973, and my two trips to the Bahamas involved performing with a little choral group I belonged to when I lived in the NYC area in the late 1990s. One of our group had a good friend who owned a resort on "Briland" and she spent a lot of vacation time there.

      Our raison d'etre as a group was to put on benefit concerts, so she arranged for us to do a benefit concert for one of the local churches and for a local day care. We got to stay free or very cheaply at area resorts or homes of islanders. We just had to bring money for meals, shopping, etc., and pay for our airfare. At the time, you could fly from New York to Nassau for about $200 round-trip, and the first year we went, we got a group discount at American for 20 of us flying together, plus we paid $85 or so round-trip on Bahamas Air to fly between Nassau and teeny tiny North Eleuthera airport, from which we took water taxis to Harbour Island.

      Harbour Island was delightful, with its gorgeous blue-green water and pink sand beaches, warm hospitality and great food and drink. It was a strange feeling, though, to shop for a bathing suit in February, leave snow on the ground in New York and get a sunburn in March. :)

      The second time we went there, one of my fellow choristers and I stayed with a local schoolteacher near the harbor. One of the neighbors had a rooster that must have been on another time zone. Rather than crow at dawn like you'd expect, he'd start in crowing at 2 a.m. without fail every day. You could set your watch by him.

      It's been nearly 20 years since I've been there. It may be a huge tourist trap now, I don't know. But in 1996-97, it was a wonderful, relaxing trip. You could walk up and down the island even late at night in safety. I think the worst "crime" that happened while we were there was a bar fight.

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