Altai Region & Siberia
Siberia - Mysticism And Miracle
According to Ohio State University language specialists, Siberia comes from a Turkic word or Turkic-related word for "sleeping land." It is certain that the land is a land of contrasts of great beauty and great hardship. The winters suffer temperatures of -75 degrees F and colder and some residents have no heat in their homes. Entire villages are unheated, but relay on blankets, tapestries, bearskin rugs, shaggy oxen pelts, and sled dogs to keep them warm.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics used to hold yearly festivals in which people from all the republics would display their wares, their cultures and their talents. When the northernmost inhabitants of Siberia came onstage, a hush would fall over the crowd of spectators. These people were known only as The People of the North. They survived impossible winters year after year and were to be respected for it. They drove their large sleds hooked to shaggy oxen or reindeer onto the stage, the men, women and children wearing their furs and indigenous embroidered animal skins.
The Altai Region
There is much supernatural belief and practice in the far north of Siberia. Its Altai peoples are ancestors of some of today's Korean peoples and possibly some Native Americans as well. Shaman customs reign throughout segments of all these populations. The traditional belief among Scandinavian and northern Siberian peoples that a reindeer pulls the sun up each morning transmuted in Korea to become a dragon pulling up the sun each day.
Siberia as a country is so large that it takes up almost all of northern Asia. It can be cold in, but beckons for visitors in spring and summer. The crystal clear lakes and the delicate flowers able to bloom in the Siberian wilderness, along with its indigenous peoples, also diverse respect and appreciation.
Younge Street, Toronto - A Long Road
Chapters Book Store
The City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Toronto is a wonderful metropolitan city that enjoys visitors every year in every season, from around the world. You will find languages spoken from many nations, including French, English, Spanish, Asian languages, Middle Eastern dialects, and more. One of the most interesting parts of Toronto is located along part of downtown Yonge Street.
The Magic of Yonge Street
One store on downtown Toronto's Yonge Street is an especially mysterious treat. One of my friends, when he went to this shop for the first time, had deja vu. This friend of mine has visited Totonto several times more often than myself since his first visit to this special store -- Sam the Record Man. It is a very large place, but when he got to eh entrance door the first time, he knew what the entire store looked like, hwo it was designed, where all the selections were located, etc. He had never been thre before, and netiehr had his mother or is father. It was eey and, being a vinyl record afficionado, he loved it.
The place still offers vinyl recordings, as well as many other collectors' and vintage pieces on vinyl, 8-track, cassette and CD. It probably had DVDs by now. The store itself is three stories tall, much like the Chapters Books stores of the region.
However, the most famous book shop on Yonge Street is the World's Biggest Bookstore with miles and miles of book shelves and bins. You could spend a week in there alone.
Yonge Street covers about 1,200 miles in all, all the way from one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario, over to the Minnesota border. This fact makes Yonge Street most likely the longest street on earth. In America, Rt 40 is longer, but it is an inter-state highway and not a street. US Route 66 is also long, but it is also a highway and not a street.
The World's Largest Bookstore
While Yonge Street is interesting expressly for its great length, it is also interesting for the sites along its route.
One section is a couple of dozen blocks blocks long that spans the length of the street from Lake Ontario to Bloor Street. Visitors as well as locals have a high opinion of this stretch of road. They enjoy the many restaurants and some great electronics stores with new gadgets and good sales events. Some people line up the night before to be the first in to some of these events.
This downtown area has many stores and shops on Yonge Street.
Don't Miss Honest Ed's
Honest Ed has been in business for decades and still offers some 1960s prices on its merchandise. This is another place that people line up for the night before, especially for good buys like a loaf of fresh bread for less than 50 cents.
Ed Mirvish was the founder of Honest Ed's in 1948. He was a high school dropout that became a great success. He became a successful theater producer in Canada and a retail wizard at Honest Ed's
At Honest Ed's, which is a full block long and a block wide, some prices are always low. For example, some good shirts are priced at under $3.00 all the time. Ed and his successors have kept prices low with good marketing and advertising techniques that keep sales volume and customer counts high. The outside of the facility has gigantic red and yellow signs posted so that you can see the name of the store from far away, probably form an airplane as well.
Advertising studies in the 1960s-1980s found that the combination of red and yellow produced the highest amount of sales and new customers, so Honest Ed uses that fact to its successful advantage. The front signage also looks like a movie house marquee with many white lights to breed excitement and curiosity. Shopping becomes a grand event. An interesting skywalk connects the main building to a secondary facility.
Along this area of Yonge Street, some of the shops and homes have been sold by the original owners or their families as they aged and died. Part of this area has been re-named MirvishVillage.
This is a group of older homes on either side of Markham Street that Ed himself bought. From homes and households, he and his company transformed them into art studios, cafes, shops, art galleries, and other sites to see.
Honest Ed's Alley
Toronto's Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown outside of China, located along Spadina Avenue not for from Yonge Street. This tribute to China is full of immigrants and their descendants, making a good living in the various businesses here. There is a Chinese-themed shopping center, Chinese bakeries, sidewalk fruit and vegetable stands, gift shops, rice shops, medicine shops, import-export businesses, restaraunts and several other types of places to see. You can smell good Asian cooking and hear music in the streets, It is another world and one you won't want to leave.
CBC Television is the home of TV's Steve Smith, Patrick McKenna and the New Red Green Show, now in syndicated reruns.
Among CBC Television's first rate TV series are its comedies: Royal Canadian Air Farce (hilarious), This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Rick Mercer Report. Its great dramas are This is Wonderland and Da Vinci's Inquest. CBC also broadcasts British series, including Coronation Street and Doctor Who, along with a few American series: The Simpsons, Frasier, and Arrested Development.
CBC is located not far from University of Toronto.
University of Toronto
Jerusalem - Holy City of Judaica, Muslim, and Christianity
Jerusalem, the Holy City
The walled area of Jerusalem, which constituted the entire city until the 1860s, is now called the Old City, and was added to the List of World Heritage Sites in danger in 1982. The Old City has been traditionally divided into four quarters, although the names used today-the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters-were only introduced in the early 19th century. Despite having an area of only 0.9 square kilometer (0.35 square mile), the Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.
Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
Any waterfall is an awesome sight to behold, but this one is the leading waterfall of all nations. Victoria Falls is the English name for Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates as "Smoke that Thunders." Some of my friends in Africa are actually offended by the English name, which suggests UK governance and dominion (from Queen Victoria). The smoke certainly does thunder here, because Mosi-oa-Tunya is the largest waterfall in the world and the massive amounts of water going over the edge booms like thunder in the uprising mists. Mosi-oa-Tunya is actually a mile wide and over 360 feet tall, twice as tall as Niagara Falls and twice the width of Horseshoe Falls. Mosi-oa-Tunya is particularly beautiful in the spring and summer.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon
As a counselor, I was able to obtain a video that was shot from a helicopter ride up and down the length of the canyon. The film showed the colors and plant life that changed form one scene to the next. Backed by relaxing music, this video was quite a success with clients coming in for relaxation sessions.
I flew over the Grand Canyon twice and was dumbfounded by its size. The plane went over a smaller canyon first, which I mistook as the Grand Canyon on my first flight and that that canyon was huge. Then went over the Grand Canyon and I was speechless. The size of the canyon made it look as though half of the earth had been shoveled out. The colors and hues are gorgeous. ON trips down into the canyon, you can see the lines of demarcation of the different archaeological historic eras and learn about the fossils in each time period.
Petra is a famous location that is still not known to many people, but in 1985 it was recognized as a World Heritage Site and important part of world history.Yearly publications concerning travel and historic sites help to make this location more well known globally.
Just in the summer of 2007, Petra was named one of New Open World Corporation's New Seven Wonders of the World.
Moses reportedly struck a rock with his staff at Petra to bring forth water, so it is of religious historical importance as well. The stone carvings once can see present in the tall rock are awe-inspiring in reds and pinks, depending on the angle of the sun. This makes a fine photographic subject for visitors.
The rock gospel group Petra derived its name from this famous location.
Great Pyramid Of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid is the leading pyramid in Giza near Cairo, Egypt. It is the earth's only existing structure remaining form the original Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Pyramid stands as a tomb for the Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops. There is a long hallway passage inside that contains what have been said to be markings translated as predictions throughout history, up through about 2020 AD, at which point they stop abruptly. New excavations and discoveries are bringing more to light about ancient Egypt day by day.
The Great Pyramid at Giza, Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
The Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is located in Australia and is the place where Steve Irwin died in an encounter with a sting ray. However, rays do not usually harm humans and the Great Barrier Reef is still a beautiful site to visit. It is the longest coral reef in existence, a composite of 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands in the Coral Sea, off Queensland. Coral is a living organism and 400 types live in the Great Barrier Reef. All of this coral makes a home for 30 different kinds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, among others. There are actually 5,000 types of mollusks living there and 200 species of birds.
The Great Barrier Reef
SPACE: the Moon and Mars
With space travel for tourists becoming possible, we must see the moon as soon as we can, and the earth form the moon. Privatization of space flight has entered the moon-space tourist race and fares may become affordable before mid-21st century. Already, some wealthy individuals has purchased trips to the International Space Station, so the moon is the next stop. Meanwhile, we can read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. It is a must-read story of the settle of the Luna as a penal colony and its fight for independence form Earth.
The story of Shangri-La is based on the concept of Shambhala, a mystical city in Tibetan Buddhist folklore. Shambhala may be a mystic tradition or it may be a real place. Many people believe that Shangri La (Shambhala) actually exists, similar to the fictional story/stage play & musical Lorna Doone, in which a city appears one every 100 years.
Actually, many cities in northern India and in Tibet have claimed to be Shangri La.
The Tibetan Kun Lun Mountains certainly look like they could be hiding Shangri La. Another possibility is in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan - a verdant valley surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains. There is even a Shangri-la resort nearby. Hunza Valley.
Whatever may be the truth, the region in and around the Himalayan Mountains is beautiful and must be seen.
A book and movie, Lost Horizon, are about Shangri La: imdb.com/title/tt0029162/
Shangri La in Tibet and Yunnan,China
© 2007 Patty Inglish MS
Comments & Additions
ronny2005 from HubPages on July 29, 2012:
Great Hub. Simply superb.Shared and voted up.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 04, 2011:
Thanks for reading, applejuice3 and Evita's Fashion. Urban sitres are certianly changing and worth a look as they grow.
Evita Andrianni from New Zealand on October 04, 2011:
You've certainly chosen a great combination of pure nature, heritage and urban places. If you showed me all of them years back I would probably put the urban sites at the top of the list. Now, I just can't take my eyes of the pure beauty of the nature. Enjoyed it a lot!
applejuic3 from San Diego, CA on June 17, 2011:
an outstanding list. while i may not be able to see everything on here in my lifetime, i will definitely be taking advantage of a few. thank you.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 11, 2011:
I think we'd need to be frozen for a century and revived to see anything on the moon. by 2100 I think we'd have a way to actually revive frozen patients; and, perhaps Mars will be exlored as Mr. Obama would like, so we could return to the Moon. However, there remains the installations that Neil Armstrong and company saw up there on Luna during that 'first' landing and were told to stay away from, according to the video and audio tapes available ...
leeroper from UK on May 11, 2011:
Not sure if I will make it to the Moon but some of the other places are certainly on my list.
FeliciaM from Canada on May 01, 2011:
Amazing! Loved the ideas. thanks a bunch!
Jonty on October 19, 2010:
What a hub ..... patty you are always the best .......
Spirit Hugger from San Francisco Bay Area, California on June 15, 2010:
I am new to Hubs and just came across this one. I love to travel, and agree most of these places are among the must-experience places (I regret I was unable to get to Petra in Jordan when I was in Jerusalem in 2003... you tell yourself "maybe next time," but that is hard to count on when the world is so big, and there are so many other places I've still never gone!
Thanks for the post... I look forward to writing lots of hubs on the subject of travel too. Please feel free to come by my pages and give me pointers to make my hubs better and better!
goldie77 from Scotland on June 11, 2010:
Carl Madison on April 05, 2010:
Traveling is a great way to spend your leisure time. If you don't have a lot of leisure time, consider studying abroad to a foreign land or volunteering.
Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on March 12, 2010:
Well, I recently seen the Grand Canyon but I would love to see the rest! Great Hub!
sneh&Aanant on March 11, 2010:
Wow these are amazing places to watch. I especially would love to see the world's largest bookstore, pyramids, grand canyon! Will I ever get to see them
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2010:
As I was reading through this wonderful list I was wondering if you had visited all of these places. By the time I got to the moon and Shangri-La, I had my answer. Ha! The Grand Canyon is amazing and many of the others sound intriguing to say the least.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 01, 2010:
They are beautiful, aren't they?
sophs on February 01, 2010:
Brilliant hub, some beautiful places :-)
Jessay on November 30, 2009:
Great ideas. From your list, Petra sparks my interest the most.
Malta Vacations on November 22, 2009:
hmmmm ... I've only been to two on this list, so still have a lot of "work" to do :)
Awesome list and information!
jimmyred from Brisbane on November 18, 2009:
definitely an unusual list!
My Digest on November 03, 2009:
Wow these are amazing places to watch. I especially would love to see the world's largest bookstore, pyramids, grand canyon! Will I ever get to see them?
Dave on July 28, 2009:
celeste washington of st.michael alaska on January 14, 2009:
what a kewl place to go visit.i wish i was living in jerusalem...beautifull place...jk.lol.lol....jk
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 21, 2008:
Thanks very much. Siberia is Beautiful and many of our First Nations/native Americans originated among the strong people that lived there eons ago and traveled around the top of the world. Awesome!
Rookie Expert from US on July 21, 2008:
What a great hub! You make me want to look for my bagpack and take off. Well detailed hub, and wonderful pictures.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 05, 2007:
I am glad that this Hub has brought some enjoyment to you, dc64! I would like to spend my life visiting such places and recording them for others to see.
dc64 on November 05, 2007:
What a great hub! It is good to see hubs like this where the beauty of the Earth is given it's due.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 02, 2007:
Thanks for all the comments! I think I would need to add Sri Lanka to this list as well. the author Arthur C. Clarke has lived there for many years.
aleish from Las Vegas on July 25, 2007:
Thanks for the list Patty! I hope i can go to all of hem before i leave the earth :D
Bambi Pretty on July 24, 2007:
What a very wonderful places!How I love to even in one of those places... :)
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 19, 2007:
How cool! I really enjoyed that movie and the life of the Dalaia Lama and his friendship with a westerner.
SunSeven from Singapore / India on July 19, 2007:
Patty, incidentally, Seven Years in Tibet is one of my all time favorites too!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 16, 2007:
Thanks for the comments everyone! SunSeven -- I'm SO glad you asked this question! I love these places and their histories and possibilities. Guru-C -- Tibet is such a fascinating place, with so much history and serenity as well as exciting cultures, from the Himlayan peoples to sitings of the Ark of Noah. I've seen the films The Story of the Weeping Camel which reminded me a lot of Tibetan peoples as well as Mongolians, and Seven Years in Tibet, and have had friends travel there. I too pray for the ultimate peace. Livemonger -- I think these places are all awe-inspiring and give us perspective about our own lives in the realm of history and time. I would have loved to have seen the Hanging Gardens of Babylon! And I love Canada. All of these places listed above in the hub are truly like other worlds to me.
Jason Menayan from San Francisco on July 16, 2007:
Amazing hub! Totally agreed on Petra - I went there in 1994 and it was one of the most remarkable places I could ever imagine. Giza was impressive, too. I look forward to visiting the other places you mention, esp the Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls, and if I'm really lucky the moon :)
Cory Zacharia from Miami Beach, Florida on July 16, 2007:
Very motivational! Your hubpage makes me want to start making travel plans. Of all your recommendations, the one place I've visited is Toronto, and I love it! What a beautiful city! I would just like to comment about the section on Shangri-la. I have a great love for Tibet and appreciate this space to say that if a seeker were to visit the Himalayan region of Northern India, Nepal, or Bhutan, they would surely have the chance to experience Tibetan culture. Tibet itself has been ravaged by the actions of the People's Republic of China, most of the Buddhist temples have been reduced to rubble, and to even mention the name of the Dalai Lama could cause imprisonment... Hopefully, one day in the near future, Tibet will once again be "Shangri La". Thank you for this opportunity. Best Wishes to you.
SunSeven from Singapore / India on July 16, 2007:
What a great Hub Patty! Thank you so much for the list. I certainly wish I could see all those places before I die. All the best to you.