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Cliff Brody's Own ''Best and Worst'' List -- (Dream Travel Trip Anywhere; Yukon-Alaska Road Trip)

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My "Best and Worst" List...

... strictly limited to where I've been ...
... hardly a list of the world's best ...
... or worst!


Most elegant hotels I've
stayed at
Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
Savoy Hotel, London, England
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park
Ritz Hotel, Paris
Kempinski Hotel Baltschug Moscow
Hotels I've stayed at with
the most awesome views
Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Teton Lodge, Grand Teton National Park
Holiday Inn, Beirut Lebanon (pre Civil War)
Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park
Many Glaciers Lodge, Glacier National Park
Sheraton Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kempinski Hotel Baltschug Moscow, Russia
Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Once-great hotels I've
stayed at (that saw better
days before I got there)
Ashoka (Ashok) Hotel, New Delhi, India
Paris Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic (it has been renovated since I was
there!)
Most pleasant informal
hotels (in the US)
Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Glacier Park Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana
Grand Teton Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Earthsong Lodge near Denali National Park, Alaska
Hotel with nicest cuisine Deer Lodge, Lake Louise, British Columbia (European-French)
My favorite restaurants ----- in the US -----
Katz's Deli, Houston Street, Manhattan
Higbee's Cafe, Sundance, Wyoming
Lange's Cafe, Pipestone, Minnesota
Ben & Jerry's, anywhere
----- in Europe -----
Chez Leon, Brussels, Belgium (mussels)
Le Souffle, Paris, France
La Coupole, Paris, France
U Zlateho Tigra (oooh ZLAT-tay-ho TEE-grah; At the Golden Tiger's) beer
pub in Prague, Czech Republic
U Kocoura (oooh Koe-TZUR-ah; At the Cat's), beer pub in Prague, Czech
Republic
----- and locally in Washington DC area -----
Pallisades Pizza, Washington DC (pizza, fried clams, steak subs)
Otello, Washington DC (Italian)
Five Guys, many locations metro area (fabulous hamburgers and fries)
Maggiano's (a really comfortable place for American and Italian cuisine)
Tastee Diner, Bethesda, (especially for a real diner breakfast)
California Tortilla (local metro area chain), very informal tex-mex
Cafe Belga, Capitol Hill (Belgian, Mussels! Beer! Chocolate Desserts!)
Bistro Lepic, Georgetown (a real French bistro/wine bar)
Georgetown Bagelry, Georgetown & Bethesda (best bagels going!)
Best milkshake west of the
Mississippi
Yellowstone Drugstore, Shoshoni, Wyoming
Best milkshake east of the
Mississippi
Open to any suggestions...
Worst hotel I ever stayed
at
Airport Hotel, Riga, Latvia (before it was rebuilt)
Worst airplane trip Aeroflot between St Petersburg, Russia and Moscow (chickens, geese, the
farmers, the mafia, and me)
Worst Over-The-Road trek Tour from New Delhi to Taj Mahal via unairconditioned inter-city bus after
train reservations fell through (although it WAS exciting watching the bus
driver chasing away bandits who had blocked the road with tree limbs
during our pitch-black night-time return to Delhi !!!)
Places I love the most
to visit
----- in the US -----
New York City, New York
San Francisco, California
Half Moon Bay, California
Carmel and Big Sur, California
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Chesterton, Maryland
Sundance, Wyoming
Appomattox Court House, Virginia
Jefferson & Loncoln Memorials, The Mall, Washington DC (at night)
----- outside the US -----
Prague, Czech Republic
Paris, France
Chartres, France (cathedral)
Florence, Italy
Salzburg, Austria
Traunkirchen, Traunsee, Austria
Nurnburg, Germany (center city, Christmas market)
Quebec City, Canada
Grand Place (main town square), Brussels (at night)
Places that stopped me
dead in my tracks
Normandy Beach, France,at the Spring Equinox (March 21), when the tide
is fully out and all the small craft and large ships left over from the
D-Day landings (and sunk as jetties) emerge as eerie ghosts from the past
Traunkirchen, Traunsee, Austria - unbelievably beautiful
Carmel Beach at sunset, Carmel, California - ditto
Prague, Czech Republic, at night, viewed from Hradcany Castle - ditto
Paris, France, anywhere at night (especially at Alexander III bridge) - ditto
Vietnam War Memorial, The Mall, Washington DC - as a reminder
District of Columbia First World War Memorial, Mall, Washington DC - ditto
World War II Memorial, The Mall, Washington DC - ditto
Most serene settings I've
visited
Chincoteague and Assateague Islands National Seashore and Wildlife
Refuges, Virginia
Carmel Beach, California (at sunset)
Bryce Canyon (at sunrise)
String Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Traunkirchen, Traunsee (Traun Lake), Austria
Neustift, Stubaital, Austria
Binic, Brittany, France
Les Andelys (castle ruins on Seine, west of Paris, in moonlight)
Parc National de l'ile Bonaventure et du Rocher PercÚ (Bonaventure Island
and Pierced Rock Nat'l Park) Quebec, Canada
Brugge / Bruges, Belgium
The Cloisters, Upper Manhattan
Vung Tau, Vietnam (during the war)
Longest single driving days Washington DC to Fargo, ND, enroute to Arctic Circle
Washington DC to Miami, Oklahoma (enroute to Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Vienna, Austria to London, England (including car ferry)
Paris to Marseilles (long before there was an all-autoroute way to get
there)
Most scenic mountain
roads I've driven
Dachstein, in Austria
Mount Washington Road, New Hampshire
Pike's Peak in Colorado
US 212 in Wyoming
Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia & N Carolina
Going To The Sun Highway, Glacier National Park
Scariest road I've ever
driven
Bien Hoa to Vung tau, Vietnam, during the war
Most national borders
crossed in a single drive
6 of them: Czech Republic-Austria-Germany-France-Belgium-Great Britain
Weirdest border crossing Checkpoint Charlie, from West to East Berlin (way back when!)
Least amount of money I
arrived with in a foreign
city
$6, in London (don't ask me why!)
Tightest airplane
connection
Geneva Airport - with help of airport control tower, both planes were
stopped on runway so I could run from the arriving to departing aircraft
(once again, don't ask me why!)


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