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Philippe, you are an artist, on the other hand how could I compete with a Paris opera here in Escondido................
Paris, Pompei, Ephesus, I give up!
(Or maybe I should move)
When I first posted photos on Trekearth most of the members were from Europe and with their long holidays were heading east to India, Thailand, Japan. I finally gave up and I live just north of San Francisco in a beautiful area. But the glories of Europe and the exotic settings of Southeast Asia offered such delights there wasn't much I could post that measured up.
I've mentioned this before but they did a "treasure hunt" that included a photo of something over a hundred years old. I decided I shouldn't cop out by taking a photo of one of the large redwood trees in Muir Woods that is about ten miles from my home. Instead I went into San Francisco and found what is perhaps the only building over a hundred years old, Mission Dolores. I complained at the time that all the folks from Europe needed to do was turn around and shoot. That said, the competitor in me got me to complete the treasure hunt in first place.
The other big disadvantage we have in this country that our holidays are so short. I tease Rinie over the fact she gets 56 days off every year and also can buy more if she wishes. I think she had over 70 days off last year. She spent nearly three weeks with me that included two weeks in Turkey but before that she took a three week bicycle trip from Rotterdam to Rome. She also had a couple of shorter excursions. If Americans get three weeks off they're fortunate.
So we make the best of what is available to us, occasionally taking excursions to more interesting places, as you did when you took your recent trip south. Doubtless, the key is traveling but that requires both time and money which can be in short supply...