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what feature or attraction of the area you live in have you never visited?

thamesbarrier

Last weekend, we talked about the the city we’ve never been to that we’d most like to visit. This weekend, let’s talk about sorta the reverse:

What feature or attraction of the area you live in have you never visited? Would you like to see it? Why, or why not?

I ask this today because I am finally going to see the Thames Barrier today. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to see, but somehow, despite numerous previous visits as a tourist and now almost three years living in London, I hadn’t gotten there. Till now.

I expect it will be the subject of tonight’s London Photo of the Day.

Your turn…

(If you have a suggestion for a Question, feel free to email me.)


  • Jan_Willem

    I’ve lived in and around Amsterdam for some seventeen years, but have never bothered to visit the Anne Frank House.

  • RogerBW

    I’d lived in London all my life but never been to the Tower of London until I was showing a visiting American around.

    The biggest model village in the world is just up the road from where I live now, and I’ve been here five years (gosh!) but never gone to see it.

  • Martin

    Are you talking about Bekonscot? So much fun watching my then toddler niece trying to rampage around there like a very British version of Honey I Blew up the Baby.

  • Guest

    drat! i was thinking we might do that while i was there…

  • RogerBW

    That’s the one. On my list to do, one of these days…

  • Martin

    Don’t think it’s the biggest but it’s definitely the oldest. Which, thinking about it, makes it the first.

    And, oddly enough, Legoland Windsor – and it’s model village – isn’t too far away either.

    They do change things every year but there’s always some little things to look out for. Like Herbie, Bob the Builder, an archaeological dig and a house on fire.

  • althea

    For me it’s the Sixth Floor Museum. I’ve been meaning to go for many years, and only last year (unless it was year before last) I learned where it actually is, having seen it on a “Running With Bonnie and Clyde” bus tour – which I had also wanted to do for years, it was really cool.

  • I live in a suburb of Chicago, so there’s probably lots of things that I’ve never visited. I’m having a hard time thinking of them, though.
    I don’t recall ever being up in the Sears(excuse me…Willis) Tower. I’ve never gone to Lincoln Park Zoo, which my wife and I talk about going to every year.

  • bronxbee

    i’ve lived in NYC my whole life, i’m not sure if there’s anything major i haven’t done at least once and sometimes several times (climbing the Statue of Liberty)… i’ve visited all the major museums and quite a few of the minor ones., historic houses, big special exhibits… throw some sites at me, and maybe i’ll find something i really need to see.

  • Bluejay

    I’ve lived in NYC since before 9/11, and I’m surprised and a little ashamed to admit that I’ve never visited Ground Zero. Not when it was a pile of rubble, and not since the memorial was built. I just… couldn’t. It was impossible to avoid the photographs and news reports and painful eyewitness accounts, and I think I felt that that was all the reality I could take. Maybe someday.

    My family’s excursions in NYC have mostly been Brooklyn- and Manhattan-centric, so we’ve decided that we should have a Year of Exploring Queens. We’ve been to some of the greatest hits, but not enough. I’d like to see the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

  • On my list of things to see when I’m there!

  • Is that you, Bonnie?

  • LaSargenta

    Please don’t call it Ground Zero.

  • Bluejay

    I’m sorry.

  • Dokeo

    I’ve lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1995, but I’ve still not been to the Holocaust Museum. I want to, I should, but when I wake up on a Saturday morning, it’s just never occurs to me. I need a visitor who really wants to see it.

    I’ve also never been up the inside of the Washington Monument. I went up the outside when the scaffolding was on it the first time, and I’ve been inside on the ground level, but I’ve never done the regular tourist trip up.

  • LaSargenta

    ‘pology accepted…If we were in person, I’d have been saying that in a very small voice…

  • Rebecca Dalmas

    I have been wanting to see CERN near Geneva ever since it was open for visitors, we’ve lived in the general area for the past 5 years, 3 years on the Swiss side, 2 years on the French side. It’s a long day to go by myself–I don’t prefer that kind of solitary time off. I will probably end up going with my older children when they are of age for the tours.

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