A Virtual Vacation via Social Networking

Join us on our Worldwide Journey!

Social Networking sites help lead the way to discover and meet new friends from all over the world. In the many years that I've been on socially networking I've had the honor of meeting some wonderful people!

I have asked a few friends to contribute some relevant information about why their part of the world is more unique than other parts of the world. The results were astounding. I appreciate the contributions I received and I hope you do also.

I am a East Coast U.S.A. girl. I was born and bred on Long Island, New York. I moved to Orlando many years ago and I consider it home. One thing I appreciate about living in Florida is there is barely a change of seasons. In NY I experienced the four seasons for 21 years, that was enough for me. The temperatures in Florida are extremely warm most of the year, but that's how I like it.

Enough about me let's go read what the rest of the world considers unique about their part of the universe.

Join us on our journey around the world. We will visit different countries and coasts. Who knows you might plan a vacation after reading the stories I collected. You might decide to move to another country or maybe you won't make that move after all.

Welcome to my "Social Networking Melting Pot."

After you disembark from you virtual journey consider stopping by Daisy Mariposa HubPage's and take a geography quiz!

"Canada" by Suzie my Canadian BFF

Its COLD in Winter, and winters seem longer the older I get, however I don't live in an Igloo!!!

I'm counting down the days to Spring, our Summers are beautiful, full of days at the beach and cottage.

We have great Health Care, but our Government isn't the best.

Taxes are up to 13%.

I'd rather live in Florida, but for now I'm a content canuck.

"Australia" by Glynis my Aussie BFF

The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is our very own National Treasure.

The crystal clear waters....the whites sands...the exotic underwater world there, home to some of the most beautiful creatures, but also the most dangerous.

Where else in the world can you find:

The Tasmanian Devil.....Bilby's.....Emu's...Platypus'....Kangaroo's of all sizes....Dingo's, to name but a few of our unique animals.

The Great White Shark put's "Jaws" to shame! Venture into the Outback, and you enter yet another world. Uluru..."the big red rock" in the Nothern Territory, listed as a World Heritage Site, is a sacred site to our Aboriginal people.

Travel to the Island state of Tasmania, and discover other treasures.

The Huon Pine trees that grown in the south West of the state, can not be found anywhere else in the world.
A lost treasure from this island state is the Tasmaina Tiger....or Thylacine. More like a dog than a tiger, it is believed extinct since 1936.

Last but not least, Australia is home to human treasures, to name but a few...Simon Baker and Keith Urban, while Nicole Kidman and Peter Allen, "Still Call Australia Home" ....as do I.

"East Coast Time Zone U.S.A" by fpherj48

Although I have lived in numerous areas for periods of time in my life, they have all been located within a 400-mile radius of the rural area I was born and raised in. Settling back here permanently, at least 25 years ago, I would not consider living elsewhere.

Most members of my beloved family and life-long friends are nearby. It's my comfort zone, graced with familiarities and treasured memories of my own childhood and that of my children. I completely embrace our gift of four distinct seasons, our autumns, providing a piece of heaven on earth.

The small-town characteristics create the perfect buffer zone to urban-life availability. Gifts of nature abound in our vast farm lands, the Alleghany Mountains and a Great Lake Erie. I admit I feel blessed to be able to be where my soul feels most peace and freedom. Always has, always will.

God Bless The U.S.A. - Lee Greenwood

"West Coast Time Zone U.S.A." by Poetic Fool

"Contrary to the song, it does rain in southern California but only rarely.

The weather is beautiful with awesome summers and mild winters, but that isn't what makes SoCal unique.

Where else but SoCal can you literally be skiing or snowboarding in the morning, surfing in the afternoon and dine in the evening at a 5-star restaurant after attending an A-list concert or play?

There may be other places but I can't think of them!"

"Central Time Zone U.S.A." by ZZRon

The great state of Texas is known for its large size, everything in Texas is big including the hearts and generosity of the people.

The best southern hospitality as well as the hottest and most beautiful ladies in the world and the best southern rock music that is sure to make any visitor never want to leave.

"Mountain Time Zone USA" by Jennifer Essary

Idaho is known for its famous potatoes but there many more secrets few people have explored. The capital city of Boise located in the southwestern corner of the state boasts 206 days of sunshine a year. Average rainfall for the year is a mere 11 inches compared to a national average of 36.5. (source: http://www.bestplaces.net/climate/city/idaho/boise_city ) Naturally the summer months are dry, humidity is very low, and the evenings are significantly cooler than the heat of the day.

The climate perfectly supports over 40 wineries found in the region. In 2007 the Snake River Valley Appellation was federally designated as a viticultural area.
Idaho isn’t a place most people think of when their yearly vacation rolls around.

However, if you're looking to get away from the rest of the world there are towns like Stanley. It is nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains with a population of 100 people. (Image: http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/idaho/images/s/idaho-sawtooth-mountains.jpg ) Outdoor enthusiasts will love this state because any outdoor activity you can imagine is found in Idaho. Fly fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and snow sports are some of the most popular. Sightseeing wildlife such as bison, elk, moose, and bear can be found most places.

However, for a wonderful wildlife experience Idaho shares the eastern portion of Yellowstone National Park with the state of Wyoming. Sun Valley is best known for its world class skiing and celebrity sightings. For those who prefer warmer weather there are streets filled with boutiques and restaurants to visit year round.

No matter where you travel in Idaho the people are friendly and many will strike up a conversation. It reminds me of days gone by when people weren’t in such a rush to get where they were going.

"Scotland" by Melovy

Scotland is famous for its mountains, castles and festivals.

As well as a huge number of inventors who are responsible for the steam engine, the telephone, the television, a cure for scurvy and apparently the Bank of England - oh and the computer game Lemmings.

We all know what lemmings do, and Scotland is also famous for having the most cigarette smoking, heart-disease riddled, drunks in Europe. And we can laugh at ourselves!

Golf Course in South Africa
Golf Course in South Africa | Source

"We Are The World"

"Jamaica" by Rasta1

  • Jamaica is the most popular country among the Caribbean islands.
  • Jamaicans are very much aware of the global environment and different cultures around the world.
  • The now extinct Native Indians from the Island named the land Xyamaica. This name means blessed land of resources (wood and water).
  • Jamaicans are more interested in people from other countries than their own.
  • Jamaica has a melting pot culture of its own.
  • The food and language is influenced by African, Indian, European, Chinese, Spain and American cultures.

"South Africa" by Martie Coetser

I cannot picture myself living in any other country as South Africa. To explain will take me hours. So I am going to pin some words that may give others an idea what living in South Africa means to me.

Sunny – South Africa is a country of sunshine, beer and outdoor sports.

October is the most beautiful month in South Africa, when spring is in full swing. ‘O’ also stress South Africa’s fortunate position between the Atlantic Ocean (west) and the Indian ocean (east). The two oceans meet each other at the most southern point of Africa. There is a remarkable difference between the two oceans. The Atlantic is cold with a crystal texture, while the Indian is warm with a velvet texture.

Ubuntu is something one experience daily in South Africa. Ubuntu is a Zulu word which means 'I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am'. Also: ‘It is through others that one attains selfhood.’

Table Mountain is a distinct and prominent landmark of South Africa and a significant tourist attraction. Its vegetation consists of several different types of the unique Cape Fynbos (fine bush). This is only one of many singularities in South Africa, making me a proud citizen.

Heartiness is a typical quality of South-Africans.

Adjustments made to our constitution demolished Apartheid in 1994. The fact that this was done in a civilized and peaceful way under leadership of FW de Clerk and Nelson Mandela, will forever keep me proudly South African.

Friendliness is an undeniable quality of South African people.

Racism is after the demolishing of Apartheid more of a problem in other countries as it is in South Africa.

Implacability is not a word one can use to describe the different nations of South Africa. We are called the Rainbow Nation; we have eleven official languages. English, the mother language of the minority, is our medium of instruction.

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. In 2011 it was named in the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Awards as the Best Destination in the World.In the National Geographic 2011 as well as in the Lonely Planet Awards 2011, Cape Town is listed No. 2 of Top 10 Beach Cities in the World.

Affectionateness and hospitality are two descriptive words for the majority citizens of South Africa.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_anthem_of_South_Africa

Spain

"Phillippines" by Raciniwa

  • The Philippines has more than 7,000 islands
  • We have beautiful tourist destinations
  • We have around 175 local languages
  • Filipinos are known for hospitality
  • Our Underground River in Palawan Puerto Princesa was chosen as one of the modern wonders of the world
  • The most popular meal is the lechon which means roasted pork
  • We celebrate lots of fiestas
  • The Phillippines is overpopulated. We have more than 94 million people
  • Unemployment is high and our peso value decreases over time
  • Children here still believe in Santa although they haven't received gifts being placed on a stocking, but we receive gifts at Christmas.
  • When I was young there were no gifts for me
  • Most of the children live below below poverty line. Some of them even lived on the sidewalks.
  • Favorite household pets are the dog mostly, but some prefer the cat. We don't have the same animal protection in our country than the U.S.A.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lechon

"Spain" by MarieAlice

Five years ago, along with my husband and my four children I moved to a beautiful town located in the South on Andalucia, Spain. This unique place called Mijas forms part of the Costa Del Sol and could make anyone fall in love with it.

You can enjoy it`s mild weather almost all the year not to mention the hot summer that makes millions of tourist to come each year and enjoy the Mediterranean sea.

There is a beautiful and historic hillside village called Mijas Pueblo, well known for the white houses, narrow streets, donkey taxis and beautiful churches. You can always enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea.

The best part for me is Mijas Costa (where I live), this is the southern part of Mijas and the closest to the beach. Here you may find the best Golf Courses, Beach resorts and the “Chiringuitos” or restaurants located in the beaches al around the coast.

One of the things that really surprised me and make me fall in love with this place is the Feria spirit; they love to celebrate almost everything, from Saints Festivities (that start with traditional Romerias) to Historical and Cultural events.

During all these celebrations we enjoy the delicious food, wonderful music and share the party spirit that make Spanish people unique!!!


"Bulgaria" by m0rd0r

Regarding Bulgaria, we have only few things good here:

Best yogurt as far as I know. It is exported worldwide with Japan being largest customer.

Finest rose oils are made in the Rose valley (the city of Kazanlak) and are sold worldwide @ prices between $3k - $6k per kilogram (a bit more than 2 pounds), depending on purity.

In our lands (ancient Thrace) is born Spartacus, the Gladiator slave rebel that almost overthrown Roman empire.

Very good internet quality and as far as I can speak for myself, we have quite good IT and developers. Quite big companies such as HP, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft are outsourcing Developer teams here.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

"Nepal" by Vinaya Ghimire

About 2600 years Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism was born in Nepal. Lumbini, the birth of Buddha, is 280 km west of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The site has been declared as world heritage site of historical importance by UNESCO.

Everest (8848 meters), Kanchenjunga (8568 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Manaslu (8163 meters) Annapurna I (8091 meters) are some of the world’s highest mountains stretched along Nepal-Tibet boarder. Since the Chinese government is too protective about Tibetan issue, it restricts the permit to Everest from Tibetan side. People find trekking to Everest Base Camp or Everest expedition easy from Nepali side. In fact, the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary was succeeded from Nepali side.

"India" by Rajan Singh Jolly

  • India is a unique country in its own way.
  • The 7th largest country by geographical area, the second most populous after China and the largest democracy in the world.
  • A history extending back to about 30000 years in time.
  • A country with the largest number of diverse cultures.
  • A nation having 28 different languages and 6 different major religions.
  • The geographical diversity encompasses deserts in the West, the Himalayan mountains in the North, beautiful beaches down South and the central plains it has all the ingredients needed to attract tourists.
  • Boasting of the largest university in the world with IGNOU it is home to the world famous institutions like the IIT's.
  • The Taj Mahal, the world famous Khajuraho temples famous for the oldest and the most erotic sculptures in the world, The Golden Temple, the Konark Sun Temple, the beaches in Goa and the Kashmir valley are amongst some of the famous tourist attractions.
  • A country where sadly the disparity between the rich and poor is possibly the largest and most evident.
  • A country having the minimal crimes against tourists and where English is spoken in most parts of the country.
  • A country on the verge of becoming a super power but still has to work a lot to eradicate poverty, take more steps to educate the masses, stamp out corruption, deal with fundamentalism, control the ever increasing surge in population are some of the issues that need serious and concerted efforts by the powers that are.

United Kingdom

Town Hall, South Shields
Town Hall, South Shields

"United Kingdom" by Nell Rose

  • The UK is unique because we have such a long history.
  • We still have the Castles and ancient buildings to show for it.
  • Along with our legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood it makes the UK a magical place to visit.
  • Of course Scotland has the lochness monster!
  • Along with Wales and its amazing language.
  • Ireland with its tales of little people.

"United Kingdom South Shields" by Jools99

My place in the UK is a town called South Shields which was once a Roman military town; we still have the remains of a Roman fort in the town. People here are well known for being a pretty friendly bunch, we are known in the UK as 'Geordies' and have very strong regional dialects (go on You Tube and type in 'Geordie accent' to hear an example and you'll see what I mean).

The UK, as you know, is an island and I live right by the seaside and we have one of the longest natural greenbelts in England and a gorgeous rocky, wild coastline. We are known locally as 'Sand Dancers' because we have lovely golden beaches, shame about the freezing cold waters of the North Sea and also because we have a big Asian community (so 'sand dancers' refers to our beaches and the 'desert's of their homelands).

What might be unique? We've been invaded by almost every external enemy, we were invaded by Brigantines, Romans and Vikings and the Celts so we're a real bunch of mongrels, part Roman, part Celt, part Viking with a bit of the middle East thrown in for good measure.

Famous people from my town -the author, Catherine Cookson (once the most read author in the UK), Eric Idle (Monty Python), Frank Williams (motor racing boss), Ridley Scott (Director) and most famously here but little known around the world...William Wouldhave, the inventor of the Lifeboat. So that's South Shields for you.

Eiffel Tower, France
Eiffel Tower, France

"France" by Princessa

France My Perfect country

After living in several countries for more than 20 years, a few years ago I decided to settle in France, my dream country.

For me France offers everything I want: fine gastronomy, excellent wines, a rich history –dating back to prehistoric times- haute couture fashion and some of the finest architecture in the world. France is also natural beauty in the form of volcanic parks, natural reserves, white sand beaches, snow-covered mountains, forests and much more.

Some other things less known about France that make it a perfect place to raise a family are the free high standard educational system and the national health system -listed by the World Health Organization as the best. That married to a national love for outdoor activities and a family orientated lifestyle made of France my perfect place to raise a young family.

For some people France might seem expensive, but then, quality has a price. We might pay very high taxes but we have a system that doesn't let you down and tries to assure high living standards for everyone regardless of their income.

I have only been 6 years in France and I don’t have any extended family in here, but it is in France that I feel at home.

Winnipeg
Winnipeg

"Sweden" by thoughtforce

Sweden is a fantastic country and I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else! The most unique thing with Sweden is the access to nature through ”Allemansrätten”, the right of Public Access! This fantastic right gives everyone in Sweden the freedom to roam the countryside and it is a freedom I take for granted.

I am used to the freedom to move around as a like in the woods, on the beaches and along the coastline. I can go to any forest I like and pick berries, mushrooms and so on. But the right of Public Access isn't just about our right, it also mean that we must respect the landowners. In practise this means that you have the freedom to access land that belongs to someone else, but you must do it with consideration and you have never the right to access someones garden or the land near the house.

To disturb landowners or destroy land, forest, trees and such is of course not included in this right. As a Swede I know where the limits goes and I always try to stay far off those limits. If you plan on visiting Sweden I recommend that you learn about what is accepted and what is not accepted according to The right of public access. It only works as long as everyone accept the rules.

Besides the freedom, I think it is the Swedes that make Sweden what it is! We are such great people!!

"Winnipeg, Canada" by Silvergenes

Listen. You can hear the heartbeat and feel the soft rise and fall as the continent breathes. Look around you. Images are cast in ice and snow and people laugh and dance in celebrations as they have done for 4,000 years. Heroes and villains, a phantom white horse, and madness are easy companions here.

Where on earth are we? We are in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. We are on the bottom of an ancient sea where 80 million years ago, predatory reptiles nearly 50 feet long lurked just beneath the surface. We are in the heart of North America.

Today, this thriving region boasts some of the best shopping to be found anywhere. We are a test market for new products so if you want to be fashion forward, shop in Winnipeg. Care to dance? One of the world’s finest ballet companies calls this city home.

You never know who or what is simmering in this city. Neil Young, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, Gabrielle Roy, Monty Hall, Anna Paquin, and Deanna Durbin, star of the Silver Screen are only a few who had their beginnings here.

There is an energy in the arts that is always incubating, just below the surface but it is not a city for the faint of heart. Winter means frigid arctic air that can take our wind chills to -40 and below.

One such winter evening, as I was making my way to my frozen car, there it was in the snow at my feet - a brilliant little work of art shining in the ice. On it was a tag that said “if you like this, keep it and enjoy it. If you don’t just leave it for someone else to find.” This is Winnipeg.

Camden Lock, London
Camden Lock, London | Source

"London" by Lesley Sherwood

"London, the world in one city.

Camden Town, early morning on a sunny day, the neighbourhood still belonging to local people. People in small streets chatting with neighbours passing the time of day in a friendly manner.

Chalk Farm Road towards the canal. Shopkeepers washing down pavements of their premises, market traders setting up stools and a few spotted starlings waddling around picking up the remains of someone’s takeaway.

Food being prepared on market stalls in the Lock basin. The willow tree beside the humpbacked bridge greening up for spring and the water glimmering below.

Along the towpath quiet and peaceful; traffic noise way in the distance; people walking their dogs and jogging on their way to Regent’s Park and others cycling safely to work.

Camden people with a heavy burden to bear with market expansion and Disneyfication of streets, late-night opening of bars and clubs, crowds, music, drunkenness, shouting, fights and quiet side streets being used as facilities for urination and vomiting.

But, hey, this is London, the world in one city, we still love it."

"Greece" by Sannel

Greece is a famous for its rich history, gifted with breathtaking, natural beauty and for its crystal clear turquoise water. However, what could be more unique to Greece than its sun-drenched Greek islands, that scatters like sparkling jewels around the appealing blue waters of Aegean and Ionian Sea. The country have more than 6,000 islands and islets, yet only 227 of the islands are inhabited. Still, only close to 80 of them have more than 100 inhabitants.

These Greek islands outline, one by one, an incredible beauty of nature. Each island offer their own distinctive charm, and if you have ever visited the Greek islands, you can relate to what I mean by that. The Greek islands are a magical journey of tranquility, ancient exploration and sunny beaches.
It is very difficult to decide which one of these islands are more beautiful. Nevertheless, there are some islands that stands out, because of their exceptional beauty.

Santorini; The complete setting for romance and beauty. With its white washed houses and colorful shutters descending down the steep cliff side, and sun sets in a blaze of vibrant orange and reds over the glimmering Aegean sea hundreds of feet below.

Naxos; A spectacular jewel with colorful bougainvilleas trailing against the white washed walls, golden sandy beaches and alluring mountain beauty.

Crete; The largest island in Greece, with its combination of wild mountains, cliffs and gorges, citrus and olive groves growing in the fertile valleys and endless sandy beaches.

The Greek islands are simply magical and one of the most captivating places on Earth.

"Finland" by Made

The capital of Finland is Helsinki. There are 187,888 lakes in Finland, and Finland is known as ”The Land of the Thousand Lakes”. It is also known for the saunas.

There are 5 million people in Finland and between 1,5 and 2 million saunas. Some saunas are built by lakes, because many Finns have summer cottages by a lake or the sea.

Most families have saunas in their house, and even apartments in the cities have saunas. The most common saunas are wood saunas, electric saunas, smoke saunas and infrared saunas. Mostly you go to the sauna with your friends or family. We are not shy to take our clothes off when we go to saunas. Saunas are simply a part of the Finnish culture and a necessity.

In Rovaniemi at the arctic circle in northern Finland, the Santa Claus lives. You can visit him all year round. Tourist from all over the world come to Santa Claus village to meet the real Santa.

We have very long, cold and dark winters. In June it hardly gets dark in the night. Above the arctic circle the sun doesn't set in the summers. It's magical. Finns always have a long vacation in the summers. That's the time of the year when people actually go out and have fun. The four seasons are really nice as the colors are shifting very much, and so does the temperature.

The unemployment rate in Finland is pretty low. The people are known to be hard working. We don't give up very easy. Maybe it has something to do with ”the Finnish sisu”.”Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity.

However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language.” (Wikipedia) We pay high taxes, but thanks to that we have a great social security and good infrastructure.

Pakistan

Lake Saifulmuluk
Lake Saifulmuluk | Source

"Pakistan" by Hunbbel Meer

Pakistan is a truly blessed country – blessed in various ways – located in the South Asia. The neighboring countries include Indian, Afghanistan, Iran, China and the marvelous Arabian Sea. Probably the best thing, if you would ask me about Pakistan, is the blessing to witness all 4 different seasons in a year. A blend of different cultures and customs is truly mesmerizing to witness as well.

It has 4 major provinces, with each having a completely different set of cultures and customs. It looks like that you are interacting with a totally unique nation, every time you witness any of these 4 provinces.

The northern areas, which also include the beautiful landscapes of Kashmir, are probably one of the most beautiful and eye-catching places in the world. The climatic atmosphere is serene, calm, healthy and phenomenal. In the northern areas, there is also located the South Asia’s biggest mosque, Shah Faisal Masjid. ‘Masjid’ means mosque in Urdu (the national language of Pakistan) and it is named on the famous King of Saudi Arabia, Shah Faisal. This mosque is the 4th largest mosque in the world.

If you ever come to this part of the world, you will be able to see some ultra-beautiful landmarks. Tourists really enjoy this country, as it is full of such places, which attract them. The Red Fort of Lahore – built by the ancient Mughal Emperors – is a sight to watch and experience.

On the other hand, in the northern areas, we have the Lake Saif-ul-Muluk. This lake is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes on the planet Earth. It is a belief that there was a prince of Persia, who fell in love with a beautiful fairy of this lake, and that the fairies still come down on this lake in the evening. Want to know more? Come and pay a visit yourself. It is truly a beautiful sight to watch. ‘The Guardian’ ranked it as the 5th most beautiful place to visit in Pakistan.

Belgian Chocolate! Yummy!
Belgian Chocolate! Yummy!

"Belgium" by Rogers Bamps my favorite Belgium friend!

The Kingdom of Belgium, is a West European state on the North Sea, bordering the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France, the transition from Roman to Germanic Europe. The country is 30,528 km ² and has a population of just over 11 million inhabitants. The largest and most important city is Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the administrative center of the European Union.
Our King is:"Albert 2".
The country has three official languages: about sixty percent of the population speaks Dutch, especially in Flanders, forty per cent speak French, especially in Wallonia, and less than one percent speak German, in the eastern provinces.
Social security is a matter of honor in Belgium, where nobody is allowed to touch.
And the low class and disabled receive money as living allowance.
Belgium came after the Belgian Revolution in 1830 when it split from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Belgium became the world's 21st economy, was one of the wealthiest, most developed and most globalized countries in the world, and built on its free market economy with limited government interference with an extensive welfare state.
The area of Belgium consists of two parts: lowland, which belongs to the coastal plain of the North Sea in the north, and the plateau of the Ardennes in the south. This dichotomy has a geological origin. In the Ardennes are hard rocks of great age (Paleozoic) to the surface, where rivers have deeply incised.
Belgium borders France, Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands and the North Sea and has as a state border of 1445.5 km.
The highest point is Signal Botrange at 694 meters and the highest village is Rocherath (a borough of Büllingen) at 655 meters.

Climate
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Belgium has a temperate maritime climate. The average temperature is 11.2 ° C in Belgium, but there are differences to be recorded per region. That temperature is because the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, the North Sea warms. This is the average in winter not colder than 5 ° C. The lowest temperature is reached late in the winter, because the water has cooled. Furthermore, the weather is highly variable character.

Languages
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Dutch (60 percent of the population)
French (40 percent of the population)
74,000 German speakers in the extreme east of the country

The Flemish Region (Flanders) is divided into 5 provinces:

1.Antwerpen (capital city of Antwerp)
2.Limburg (capital Hasselt)
3.Oost Flanders (capital Ghent)
4.Vlaams Brabant (Leuven capital)
5.West Flanders (capital Bruges)

The five Walloon provinces with the top left-Komen WaastenOok the Walloon Region (Wallonia) has 5 provinces:

1.Waals Wales (capital Wavre)
2.Henegouwen (with its capital in Bergen)
3.Luik (capital Liege)
4.Luxemburg (capital Arlon)
5.Namen (capital Names)
The Brussels-Capital Region belongs to any province.

The provinces are again composed of several districts. At the head of each province is a governor. Each Belgian municipality and city council as a legislative power to the mayor.

Media
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The Dutch and French public broadcasters established in Brussels in the same complex on the Reyerslaan. For the Dutch is that the VRT: Vlaamse Radio and Television. For French speakers is that the Radio-Television Belge de la Communauté française (RTBF). (Note the reference to Belgium in the French name and its absence in the Flemish name.) There are commercial TV stations as VTM, VT4, 2BE Flemish side and RTL to French-speaking side.

Sport
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Football is the most popular sport among young people. Already in the early 20th century grew football and cycling from the most popular sport with extensive coverage by the press. Exponent of this is Eddy Merckx, one of the best cyclists ever. In damestennis dominated Kim Clijsters from Bree Flemish and Walloon Justine Henin.

Food and Drink
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In other countries, especially the fries misunderstood as a Belgian invention (also referred often french fries). Belgian cuisine is a civil variant of the French cuisine. In 2007 there were two restaurants with three Michelin stars, ten with two stars and 89 with a star.
Belgium has more than 365 different beers. With InBev is the largest brewing group in the world.
Belgium is famous for its chocolate, especially chocolate ("Belgian chocolate"). Jean Neuhaus in 1912 produced the first chocolate, Neuhaus and his brand still exists, besides including Leonidas and Godiva. In the early 20th century, from the Belgian Congo and quality supply of cocoa processing industry could technically refined. The majority (over 90% of the produced in Belgium chocolate consists of quality chocolate with cocoa butter without the addition of other (plant or animal) fats. Addition to the aforementioned chocolate irish, there are a lot of artisan chocolate irish very high quality products deliver some manufacture only chocolate products (dolls and chocolates), others have a limited production that they integrate into the rest of their offerings, as a baker-patissier, restaurateur and as such more.

Decision
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In Belgium it is good to live, if you can pay with Euro.
One day you can move from one country to another by car or train.
If you want to visit, you can use your private jet land on the natioale Zaventem airport in Brussels(;o))

© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Great hub, Linda! It highlights the greatest thing about this large, wonderful world of ours, every place has something that makes it interesting and unique. There are so many places I want to visit and now, because of your hub, I have a few more to add to my list. Thanks for sharing!


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

What a cosmopolitan group we are - particularly interested in hearing about Nepal, Bulgaria and the Philippines. Thanks for an interesting hub!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This is wonderful hub. There is so much to learn from our friends on hubpages, who live in different parts of the globe.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Sunshine,

What a wonderful idea for a Hub! Thanks for publishing this article. Thanks, also, for mentioning my geography quizzes.

What I like best about social networking is the friends I've met from all over the world. I have occupational certificates in Travel Management and International Business. I really enjoy interacting with people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds around the globe.


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acewebdesign 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

A very nice hub!! Voted up!


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savanahl 4 years ago

What a great hub with some wonderful highlights around the world. Being here on Hubpages is like a trip around the world each day. Thanks for sharing.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Linda,What an interesting hub; fascinating to read about India, USA, Canada, Sweden, France.....Wow, we are such a cosmoplitan bunch here on HubPages. Great hub,voted up and shared.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

What a great idea for a hub and this network melting pot is really fantastic! So many interesting countries and so many great friends! Thanks for the journey!

Tina


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Rick! Thank you for your contribution of SoCal! I'm glad you could add more to your list of vaca's!

Hi Judi! There are so many interesting places, I couldn't pass up this hub idea when it popped in my head!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Vinaya! Thank you for Nepal!

Thank you for the quizzes Daisy! Nice touch to the hub!

I'm glad you like it ace!

Hi Savanah, I agree Hubpages is like a daily trip around the world!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Jools for South Shields! You have a very interesting place in the world!

Thank you thoughtforce for Sweden...I'll be sure and visit soon!:)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

There’s a few places I’ve been here and lots I haven’t so it’s making me want to get travelling again! I’ve learned loads today I didn’t know. Thanks for the hub.


SilverGenes 4 years ago

Sunshine, this is a fantastic idea for a hub! I really enjoyed reading all the contributions - it's very special having friends around the world ;)


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho

This was a wonderful idea and I'm happy to be a part of such a diverse and friendly group of people.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Brilliant hub...we r the world...we r the children...we r the ones to make the world a brighter place to be...thought of MJ's song.

Voted up as awesome!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Linda,

Great hub! I enjoyed the trip.

Voted up and away!

Take Care


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Linda, this is an awesome hub I would choose as a winner. I am breathless with awe and so proud to be South Africa's ambassador in here. I vote this up to the highest star. Really, this is a stunner :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, Linda, really great hub, we are all scattered around the World but we all have one thing in common, friendship with each other, how cool is that? voted up awesome and beautiful!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Voted up and EVERYTHING. This is a fantastic hub - with insights from all over the world - I LOVE THIS!!! I love connecting with fellow humans all over the planet. HubPages is so neat for this. Thank you, thank you for writing something like this. Simply *awesome* :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Melovy, Thank you for sharing Scotland with us. I enjoyed me visit and hope to be back again soon!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Silvergenes your history of Winnipeg was a perfect compliment to our journey! Thank you!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Jennifer, Your Idaho contribution is da bomb! I thank you for all the potatoes I've ever eaten:)

Sing it Ruchira! You do have a lovely voice! YES I can hear you!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the trip Sueswan!

Martie, you ROCKED South Africa! Thank you so much for your contribution!!!

Nell Rose, You did the UK proud! Thank you!:)

Cyndi...YAY! I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub Mountain Girl!:)


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Wow, what a fantastic hub! You did a wonderful job putting this piece together. Hubpages is such a great place, connecting people together from all around the world. I learn so much about countries and their cultures through this site.

My fellow Swedish country woman, Thoughtforce, brought up ”Allemansrätten”. One thing that is truly unique to Sweden, and she said it so well! I think you should continue doing these hubs, Sunshine, and then I'll be happy to contribute my second country, Greece to you.

Well done!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An entertaining hub on different and amazing countries written by unique writers! Geography was my favorite school subject. Here on HubPages, writers, including you, made geography more fun and interesting filled with detailed facts, engaging cultures, stunning photos and all. I hailed from India - another melting pot of diverse cultures! Thank you so much for enlightening me about your home country and other hubbers' native countries.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up and socially shared.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

This is a great idea for a hub. It's interesting to read about all the beautiful places in the world. I really like living in Finland, but maybe I'll take a trip to some of these countries in the future.


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MarieAlice 4 years ago from Peru

What a great Hub!!!! I´m glad I helped a little telling my experience living in Spain. What a bunch of great experiences, makes me want to travel more and visit all this places!!! By the way, I used to live in Long Island, New York where my 3 daughters where born...


kelleyward 4 years ago

Sunshine I really enjoyed reading this hub! You put a lot of work into organizing this so that it included so many wonderful places. Thanks for sharing.Hubpages is a great place to make friends across the globe!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

What a fun hub, Sunshine! Thanks for giving us a great trip around the world and a look at some of our other hubbers' homes.


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Voted up and awesome!

I loved this article. It is quite informative as well as very interesting read. Your presentation is really fantastic.


Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

Linda, this is wonderful and it completely sums your wonderful character of getting all of us together into one pot. Definitely voted UP, awesome and beautiful. THANK YOU.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for your comments and support! If you would like me to add a country that's not already included just let me know!:)

Sannel ~ ishwaryaa22 ~ Made ~ Maryalice (Thank you for Spain) ~ Kelleyward ~ DeborahNeyens ~ Shampa Sadhya


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Lesley Sherwood...Thank you for London! I appreciate your comment and all that you do to support others. It's all about Team Work :))


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Wow - this is amazing hub! Voting up and thanks for SHARING.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sunshine.....Absolutely brilliant! You have such creativity and it is obvious you put much time and talent into this awesome hub.

It reconfirms all the greatness of diversity here at HubPages and how fortunate we are to be part of this wonderful community!

I love this hub. It has to rate HIGH in my top ten favorites EVER!! Up & ALL!!!!!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

What a wonderful journey to so many places just sitting in front of the computer. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this wonderful share from so many great writers. It is great learning about so many countries in one place. For this I congratulate you Linda. Distances of time and place have vanished.

Wonderful read. Thanks for this hub.


Sue Parkinson 4 years ago

Another great and interesting Hub Sunshine. x


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This was a nice trip around the world -- what an international outlook you have. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Wow, Linda.. this is a really cool hub you've put together! I love learning about new places. I sit for hours and play with street view on Google maps in other states and countries- it's the next best way to explore a place without actually being there :O) Thank you so much for a really great hub.. voted up!!


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

What a neat hub idea! :)


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sarahk736 4 years ago from Canada

The section on Canada is not accurate for all of Canada. Here in Alberta the taxes are only 5%.

And Vancouver does not really have a cold winter, only a lot of rain. And in the Spring you can snow ski for half a day and then head down to the ocean to water ski! Wonderful place to live.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is really a round-the-world fun hub to read. Thanks, Linda, it was a great idea. Best of all you found a neat way for other hubbers to write your copy. And all of you did exceptionally well describing your respective parts of the world. Kudos to you all.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Linda, you need a passport in hub pages!! Nice job! Voted up!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Tarajeyaram! I'm so glad you liked this hub, I hope you didn't get jet lag!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Effer! Thank you for your contribution to the East Coast Time Zone! You enhanced our journey with the pit stop!:))

Rajan Jolly! India's contribution was superb! The visit to the Taj Mahal was just what we needed to revive our spirits!:)

Thank you both for your support!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Suzie! Sending you some sunshine in Canada!:)

Alocsin! I'm glad you were able to join us for the trip!

Jamie, I also enjoy Google views...you never know where you will end up. That would make for a fun hub!

Suzie O'Neill, Thank you for stopping by!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

SarahK, Thank you for filling in some info for Canada! I appreciate it!:))

drbj, The journey wouldn't have been as exciting if you didn't join...Thank you!:)

iamaudraleigh, Your virtual passport has been received and the best part about this trip is that no TSA pat downs are needed!:)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Judging from the comments I'm not the only one who thought this hub was great. Except for including California I thoroughly enjoyed this trip around the world. Nice work Linda!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Subshine,

I'm back for a second read of your excellent article.

Richard Stephen's California segment in your Hub is succinct, to the point, and 100% accurate. I couldn't have said it better myself. It's perfect!

I would like to thank Richard (Poetic Fool) for being the representative for our great state. He did our residents proud.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a great idea and so beautifully executed--just loved this!! And there were some hubbers that I don't know (but will now)! Thank you!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Bill, Daisy and Audrey!

Thank you all for stopping by and for your comments. I appreciate them. The journey isn't over yet, I just added Greece and Finland and will continue to add more countries along the way. All aboard!:)


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Thanks Linda, for letting me take part in this wonderful hub with "My Greece"!:)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

a great informative hub you have here Linda...but it one hub page won't suffice all the good things you have to say for a country...a book perhaps...your Ultimate Collection...


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Linda - I love this so much - I posted your hub as one of my favorite for the week of March 18. Thanks again for a great hub.


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Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

It is a wonderful hub, Sunshine.

It is so true that we are indeed honoured to live amongst people from different countries, cultures, nations, religions and tastes.

After all, it is one of such mediums that I found you, and many other great writers and friends. Keep writing :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hunbbel! I've missed you! I would like to add a contribution from you to this hub, feel free to send me one!:)


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Wow. It's like a trip across the world all in one article! I have to admit I was like a kid in a candy store when the internet came into being. I'm avidly interested in other places and cultures, too. Voted up and awesome.


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Sunshine, thanks for my virtual vacation around the world! We have been very fortunate with our Canadian winter this year, it has been unusually mild like most places I think. Voted up and awesome!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

It’s the diversity of cultures and natural beauty that makes this planet Earth so interesting. Good for you to bring that up in this unique collective effort.

In Mexico we have tremendous natural beauty form desert to jungle, from forest to astounding beaches. We also have a very rich culture and a varied abundance of food. I particularly enjoy the many tropical fruits available like "tuna" (nopal or pricjly pear fruit), mamey (I don't even know how to say it in English) and manila mango, which is a variety I have only seen in this country.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Jason and Louise for your comments!:))


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Claudia, I appreciate you sharing Mexico with us! Your tribute enhances our journey. We'll be sure and not drink the water! Hop aboard!:)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Awesome hub,

I saw many of my cyber friends here and loved everyone's descriptions of their home countries.

One of the best things about HubPages is meeting people from all over the world and learning about their cultures and countries. In the end, it feels like we're all more alike than different, proud of some things about ourselves and our countries while wishing other things might be different.

Some people have made changes to new locals that seem to suit them better than where they were born.

Loved this hub. Thanks for posting it and I also want to thank everyone who contributed to it.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a great idea for this hub Linda! I have to say, getting all the writers from various parts of the world on one hub is a neat idea! So much to learn!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you happyboomernurse and Christywrites for joining us on our virtual journey! Refreshments will be served shortly!!:)


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I'm so proud to be a part of this hub. You bring so much SUNSHINE into many hubber's life all over the world, Linda. :)


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Wow! What an excellent way to share info about all of the places around the world! I will love to contribute. Great work, voted up, etc.


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BWD316 4 years ago from Connecticut

What a great hub! It's nice to get perspectives from around the world, very creative approach! Also a great way to use social networking! Voted up awesome, interesting, and SHARED !


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Made, Thank you for sharing Finland! We look forward to visiting you!!:)

Brittany, I'm looking forward to your contribution!! Thank you for stopping by!!

BWD316, I appreciate your comment and sharing! The more the merrier for our virtual vacation!:)


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zzron 4 years ago from Houston, TX.

This was really awesome Linda and very informative. Thanks so much for my addition to Texas. This was very creative and really unique.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You really put a lot of effort and creativity into this Hub. I love meeting so many wonderful people from around the world here in Hubland. I certainly voted this Hub UP, etc.etc.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

zzron, Thank you for your Texas contribution! Much appreciated!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I appreciate the comment Mary! I'm glad you could join us on our journey. I'll be sure you get an aisle seat in appreciation of your votes!:)


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Stokermm 4 years ago from Gainesville, FL

What a beautiful world! It is so fun to read about the various cultures around the world. Nice collection! I'm very excited to be visiting a few of these places in a few months, especially Spain and France!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hiya Stoker! I bet you are excited about your trip! Thanks to Roger I finally have my Belgian Chocolate in my hub! Thanks to Hunbbel I have Pakistan also! This hub is the BEST virtual vacation I've ever been on!:)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Sunshine,

Thanks for all the effort you put into creating this magnificent Hub. What I like most about social networking is my interaction with people from all over the world.

Thanks, also, for mentioning my geography quizzes. It is very much appreciated.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hiya Daisy, your quizzes enhanced my hub! They are a perfect addition. Everyone gets to take a virtual vacation and exercise their brain at the same time!:)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a magnificent hub this is! So much amazing information on different cultures. A delightful adventure for me. You have put such work and dedication into this hub. Thank you. I have voted up, interesting and awesome!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

What a wonderful example of the value of social networking! Where else could we make friends around the world and learn so much about their lives and their countries? Love the photographs as well as all of the interesting background on each country! Great hub! Voted up and shared.


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Becky Peterson 4 years ago

AMAZING! WONDERFUL! BEAUTIFUL! BREATHTAKING! This hub in my opinion is book worthy. Thanks for sharing...VOTING UP!


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Sunshine, what a lovely hub. You have given the panoramic view of the whole world. I love the way your personality is. Bringing everyone and everybody together. Thanks for the hub.

MAKUSR


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello Audrey, Stephanie, Becky, Makusr!

I'm so glad you all enjoyed your virtual vacation! This hub is a gift that keeps on giving since I am still updating it with more countries. I might have to add a Part 2 or maybe a book as Becky suggested. This hub is a tribute to my friends all over the world and I'm very proud of it. Thank you for stopping by. Refreshments are available in the concourse area :)


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Magnificent hub, Sunshine! I enjoyed both the photo gallery and the description by each of your worldwide friends of his or her own special spot on this planet. Reading WHY your friends like where they live was intriguing.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What an awesome hub, makes the world such a small place. Each place is special and unique in its own way. The one thing we all have in common is the love of writing and reading.

Fantastic job.

New Zealand may not be as big or productive or as rich as some of these you mention but it is a beautiful country.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello Jaye! I'm glad you joined us on our virtual journey. I am honored to have so many friends in countries around the world that took time from their busy schedules to share a story with us. Thank you for your comment.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Rosemay! We would enjoy hearing about New Zealand if you would like to share with us. Thank you for your comment and compliment, I appreciate it.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

One of your best hubs ever....a nice and wonderful trip around the world you have presented for your HubPage followers. Voted up and awesome.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Cogerson! I'm glad you joined our virtual vacation. Where else could you travel the world from the comfort of your home and the best part is it's all FREE!:)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub and a gem for my 'Armchair Travelling' slots.

Take care and have a great day.

Eddy.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Eddy! I'm glad you enjoyed your virtual journey!:)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

This one is above and beyond and should be voted hub of the year! Not only is it well written and shared but an absolute joy to read!

Add my area? I live in Ulster County, NY, home to the first capital of NY State, Kingston, NY. Kingston is home to the only place in the US where four corners each contain a stone house and the old Senate House still stands (now a museum).

The Hudson River is a large part of our area providing beautiful riverside restaurants and summer entertainment. Winters are cold and snowy (at least they used to be) allowing for lots of winter sports from sleigh riding to skiing.

Spring and Fall are both beautiful and colorful but fall brings us our apple crop and the fun of apple picking, not to mention pumpkins of course. Oh, and lest I forget we are home to the Headless Horseman, one of the highest rated hay ride/haunted houses in the country!

This is also New York State wine country with a multitude of wineries to visit and enjoy.

The people are friendly and outgoing. I moved here 45 years ago from Queens, NY and truly love the area and feel like I was born here.

Back to your hub, voted up, interesting, beautiful, awesome and sharing - I even shared on FB which is something I rarely do.


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hotwebideas 4 years ago from New York

Great hub. I have been seeing a great amount of social media knowledge on SocialSkyline.com where social media experts share their knowledge on Facebook, Pinterest, and more.


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Suhail and my dog 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

This hub made my day today. Awesome!

I went to school in NYC during a time when NY Islanders dynasty had come to an end and Oilers were on the rise, so I think you should have remained loyal to the Island lol.

When I was reading your hub and the comments, I was comparing the attractions mentioned with my wish list. As an outdoorsy person, here is what I came up with for myself:

1. Fjordland National Park in New Zealand with its Milford Track.

2. A trek to Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan where the three highest mountain ranges meet and are still being pushed up due tectonics.

3. Yellowstone National Park to see the geysers, wolves and grizzlies.

4. Okavango Delta in Botswana, teeming with wildlife.

5. A drive through Australian outback

6. An elephant ride through the two national parks of India (Jim Corbett and Runthambore)

7. A quiet walk thinking about William Wordsworth poetry through picturesque Lake District National park in northern England.

8. A trip to Russian Far East to observe Amur Tigers and Amur Leopards

9. A trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to see polar bears

10. A sail through Amazon River as it passes through 6 different countries.

Thank you for sharing a beautiful social networking experience. Voted up.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for sharing what's unique about your part of the world Mary! Your area sounds beautiful. I've been to upstate NY many times when I lived on the Island. Many wonderful memories. Thanks for also nominating this hub for Hub Of The Year and for the FB share!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks for the heads up hotwebideas! I'll look into it!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Suhail! I was a diehard Islander fan. Went to many games and marched alongside them when they won their four Stanley Cup Championships! I was born and bred in Uniondale the home of the Islanders!:)

Thank you for sharing your unique parts of the world. I appreciate you adding more travel stops to our virtual journey!:)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

It is so refreshing to see a hub by other hubbers, sharing their cultures and the beauty of their nations :) All these different insights on their culture and the worlds they live in are definitely inspiring me to go traveling! Thank you for sharing this, Sunshine!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Sunshine,

I really enjoyed the this hub---if was a free insight to each place of beauty and culture. You did a great job on this one. I missed it until now.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Sunshine,

this must have taken days to put together. The photographs from Hunbel Meer are stunning. What a great job you all did. There is a lot of mileage left in this I think especially if you consider diversity of one country alone. Different states, regions etc all with different dialects, customs, food, drink just for a start.

voted up/awesome Linda.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Happy June 25th Birthday, Linda (Sunshine625)!!!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Happy Birthday my friend. All the best! Have a drink on me! LOL. I'm looking forward to reading more humorous articles from you.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

I will read this hub later on.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Happy Birthday!!!! Sunshine.....I know you'll have a wonderful Day today! Between your family who love you so much....and your thousands of friends, both real and virtual. I think you'll have one hell of a Party!!

I'm thrilled to be a part of your celebration!! Love, Effer!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very interesting hub.....sharing this hub with my 1000 plus Chime-In followers.....Happy Birthday my friend for Disney.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Keith ~ Steve ~ Bobbi ~ Daisy ~ LoveDoctor ~ Effer ~ Cogerson

Thank you for your thoughts, comments and birthday wishes! I appreciate you taking the time to join my virtual vacation. I hope you all found your accomadations acceptable and your flight wasn't too bumpy! :-)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I know I already commented on this once, but I still absolutely love this collaboration of many to give everyone a taste of their homeland. Great job, everyone!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Loved how everyone collaborated oh here to give a taste of their homeland. I was hooked from the beginning with SoCal and "It never rains in California", now I have that Albert Hammond song in my head. Seriously awesome as usual Linda, voted up and shared too!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

These are lovely views. Thanks for the tour. I also love Florida because of its warm temperature and beaches. France seems like a very beautiful place to visit. I wouldn't mind visiting London and a few others in this list. Voted up!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Love Doc! I'm glad you enjoyed your virtual vacation! I agree I also love Florida! :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I enjoyed this one before. Had to come back for another read!


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

Great hub,voted up!

I really needed that little vacation today.

Thanx Sunshine!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

You may live in Florida, Sunshine, but you truly are a global citizen. This is a wonderful idea for a hub! The respective hubbers pride in their homelands shine through as does your passion for a hubpages collective. This is truly the ' United Nations of Hubland' a fab read with so much detail.... Well done!


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MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

A very interesting hub, I really enjoyed reading it! So nice to hear so many perspectives.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Linda -

I loved this, but you forgot about Kentucky!

See, Kentucky starts in the West at Mississippi River and goes straight East rammin' into West Virginy, who giggles. Bottom side is Tennessee, and upper side is Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and anyone else that wants to come around. Main pastime is huntin'... either for a job or somethin' to eat mostly. Horse racin' goes on seasonally, cause those horses get tired easy in summertime. Biggest cities are Louisville and Lexington, but these are just a drop in the bucket to other cities in the U.S. Most enjoy the outdoors for exercise, generally cleanin' up the dawg poop out of their yards and developing throwin' skills by throwing it 'cross the street at homes inhabited by transplanted Yankees. Local food includes anything with four legs that ain't a member of the rodent family, finished off with Key Lime pie to kill the taste of the main dish. And, Kentucky is split by two time zones, Eastern and Central. Don't much matter cause most can't tell time anyway. Well, now you can re-edit and make the article really accurate. Happy to help!

Seriously, I enjoyed the hub and recognize a lot of work went into it! Great Job!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Been a while since I have been on this hub - it is still as fab as the first time I read it :o)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you momstreasurechest for joining in our virtual journey!

Rich, Thank you very much for adding Kentucky to the trip. It was a pleasure traveling with you! :)

Hi Julie, I'm glad you came back for a second visit. That must mean you really enjoyed our services. :)


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks to you and the other hubbers for introducing us to such wonderful places. I visited France once...my dream country too. Will save up and see the other places too!! Thanks for the sharing, which I'm sharing.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Michelle! I'm glad you enjoyed your virtual vacation. Feel free to stop by again for another trip! We are at your service 24/7.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

very entertaining hub, Linda. Well done


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

You have supporters from all over the world, Linda. We're all sending positive thoughts to Dave and you.


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow! Fabulous tour. Thanks for the journey. Take care.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

What a geat idea for a hub! One of the things I love most about HP is the diversity of hubbers.

It is so interesting to see them present their homelands in their own words and to see the things that they chose to highlight. I always love to learn about places from those that call them home...

I wish there was a "creative" button! Guess I will have to vote all the other ones instead. :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This is a very entertaining and informative Hub, Linda. I've never been to any of these countries, but I'd sure like to.

I voted this UP, etc.


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Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

very fun and entertaining. I would have to say I think Louisiana would be a better central time vacation, I mean we do have New Orleans. And our ladies are nothing to sneeze at. Great work Linda.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Daisy, Dana, Mary, Ryan, Cyndi ... I'm glad to hear to enjoyed your virtual journey. Please join us again when you need a break from reality! :)


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hotwebideas 4 years ago from New York

Hey Sunshine, I read your hub again and noticed that you are from Long Island originally and I can see why you moved to Orlando. Let's see:

Cute Animals:

Orlando: Mickey Mouse, a mouse who entertains millions of kids

Long Island: Racoons, an animal that goes through millions of tons of garbage

Average House Price:

Orlando: $300,000

Long Island : $475,000

Yeah, I see why you moved. LOL


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hotwebideas, and the warm weather! I do not miss the cold winters or snow. At all. Your points are valid also :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

love this hub.. what a great idea. Its good to come back to this again.... tweeted and shared.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Quite a list. Very useful, I can just pick and choose from this list. Voted up and shared.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

You covered one of my list of future visits (dreaming of course!): Spain. Nice trip and didn't cost me much, what a great tour. You certainly know how to write with style!


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

What a great tour. I'm so impressed with the time you took to gather so many of the hubbers' descriptions of their homelands. Marvelous idea. Voted up.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

When this hub first came out, I was not as familiar with many of the names here. I'm so glad to re-read it and be reminded of what a wonderful international community we are. Great hub, Sunshine!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Love your post, Linda. Friends around the world and all within our cozy home. Thanks for bringing us all closer and highlighting the beauty of each other's world.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Wow, Linda, I am grateful to Daisy for sharing this... as I had missed it when first published.

There is an incredible amount of work and love in this hub, making us realize how many friends we have all over this beautiful world.

As I think of my upcoming hub (you are aware of), this would be so delightful to link with your permission...

I must say I am kinda partial to effer's description but I cannot put my finger on 'why'?!

Voted UP and UABI. Love, MM


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks Vellur!

I hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation to Spain Dianna! :)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Cyndi, Steph and MM! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Loved the tours and the writers who gave us the wonderful information on each. Great post, Linda. Just what I needed this evening to break up the fun. :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Came back for another read, still as awesome! lol!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

While I am extremely late to this party I have to say the doors are always open! What a wonderful hub filled with heart felt descriptions about each beautiful country. This was a great idea Linda and you've chosen some great writers to round it out.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Linda,

I came back to read your terrific article again. It's one of my favorites.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Such a great idea and an amazing hub! Many thanks to all involved!


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is an excellent hub! I have no words to express my appreciation. You brought the whole world together.

Great idea for a hub! Thanks!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

What a great hub! Been a while since I stopped by it!

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