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Old 01-07-2011, 05:17 AM   #76
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Well actually Deception Bay, Depression Bay is one of the local nicknames. One of the nicer ones.
This was a town in the middle of nowhere with cheap land where the state government in their wisdom decided to build a lot of public housing.
Imagine - public housing, no local employment, no amenities, no public transport... I think what the government did might be more kindly called sweeping a problem under the carpet.
Locals call the place D Bay. I have lived here 20 years and lately there are people trying to make the place a bit upmarket. These people decided Deception Bay was not the best name for such a beautiful place, and suggested its name be changed to Endeavour Bay. As if! We don't want to live in E Bay!!!
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Where did you go?
In 1998 our journey (by rental car and sleeping with 'coupons' in cheap motels) began in New York. Then Philadelphia-Washington-Williamsburg-Blue Ridge Mountains-Chattanooga-Atlanta-Nashville-Memphis-Graceland-Natchez-New Orleans-St Augustine-Kennedy Space Centre-Orlando Disney World.

In 2000 we also had the rental car and motels, and started out in Phoenix, then Tuscon-Santa Fe-Aztec-Colorada-Utah-Monument Valley-Grand Canyon-Meteor Crater-Las Vegas-Sequoia National Forest-Santa Cruz-San José- Monterey-Los Angeles-Santa Monica- Annaheim Disneyland-Pacific Coast Highway-San Diego-Yuma-Arizona Sonora-Saguaropark-Ghost towns-White Sands-Phoenix.

Both times we had our 10-12 year old daughter write a few lines + a little drawing each day. I did the same, and this morning when I looked in the traveljournals of these journeys, it was just so cute to see the descriptions of a 10 and later 12 year old of the United States.
It was a big event for the three of us. We all loved it.
And you know what: I recognized the States: the colour of the houses, the streets……because of the books and movies!
Can you image traveling like this? And the first journey when we were on a steamboat on the Mississippi; I actually pinched myself to realize it was true: as a child I read and reread Mark Twain.
BTW: we once had a steamboat in our town- the Mississippi Queen, but it was sold a few years ago.

We would like to go again, perhaps in the next few years, but then a bit longer.
And now I've seen all your beautiful photo's: I'll be planning a new journey around those----Oregon--Honolulu-Mexico-New Jersey-Queensland-Oregon-Ontario-Illonois-Seattle-Anchorage-Georgia-Olympic Peninsula-Illonois-South Florida-Barnsley Town hall- Soll Hull UK and nearer to home: Ghent and Krewerd. It's just too beautiful where you all live, and thanks for the pics!

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It's just too beautiful where you all live, and thanks for the pics!
I agree completely ! One of my New Year resolutions is to travel a bit more this year than I have in the previous years, and this thread has definitely given me some inspiration.
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I live in a fairly remote, rural part of the Massif Central, in a tiny hamlet comprising just three occupied houses, at an altitude of about 570 metres (1,870 feet) above sea level. We are part of a commune called Latronche (population 137), which is about 10 minutes walk away, that has a small library housed in the mairie. On clear nights, we get a beautiful view of the Milky Way Galaxy, with zero light pollution.

The next nearest commune, called Soursac (population 484), which is about 10 minutes away by car, also has a small library. Our nearest is town, called Neuvic (population 1,887), which is about 15 minutes away by car, has a large library and cinema that regularly shows international films.

The local economy is based on forestry (predominantly fast-growing coniferous trees used for timber) and cattle breeding. This region is world-renowned for its breeds of rugged cattle, called Limousin and Salers. Drawings known to be 20,000 year-old, found in the nearby Lascaux Cave, bear a striking resemblance to today's Limousin cattle. Milk from Salers cattle is traditionally used to produce the cheeses known as Cantal and Salers.

The pyramid-shaped mountain, that can be seen in the 2nd & 3rd photos, is the Puy Mary, that rises to an altitude of 1,783 metres (5,850 feet, ie over a mile high).

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  1. General view looking southwards from our living room, taken autumn (fall) 2010.
  2. Typical view, taken at dawn from our kitchen window, showing the mist that rolls down the deep valley containing the upper reaches of the Dordogne river, with the Auvergne mountains in the background.
  3. Close-up view taken at dawn from our kitchen window, showing the sun rising over snow-covered mountains in the Auvergne region.
  4. View of a partially frozen lake called Lac du Deiro, taken during the winter from the small aerodrome, at a small town called Egletons (population 4,376), about 45 minutes away by car.
  5. Wintertime view of the lane where we live, showing our house on the right - snow tyres are essential!
  6. Summertime view of a village called Lapleau (population 423), about 20 minutes away by car.
  7. Salers cattle - magnificent beasts!
  8. Frozen lake at Palisse (population 230), about 45 minutes away by car.
  9. Limousin cattle during the winter.
  10. Double rainbow, at Latronche.
  11. View of the Dordogne river, taken close to where I live.
  12. Château, about 30 minutes away by car.
  13. View of the church in Latronche, with Puy Mary on the horizon. The river Dordogne runs in a deep valley, that is situated just beyond the ridge of trees, behind the power lines. The houses beyond are actually on the other side of the river. The power lines carry electricity that is generated at a nearby hydroelectric dam, called Barrage de l'Aigle, that is about 30 minutes away by car.
  14. A house in Neuvic.
  15. A village called Spontour, on the river Dordogne, downstream from the Barrage de l'Aigle, which is just out of sight around the bend. The electricity pylons on the horizon support cables rising up from the hydroelectric dam below.
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We get very little snow here. So in this rainy environment, we do the next best thing - mud angels.

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I was in Limoges once, on my way through the Massif Central. Lovely.
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I was there in 1998;Chattanooga, with those wonderful historic trains and friendly folks.
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