• Question: What is your favourite place you've ever visited?

    Asked by Manga_Fox on 20 May 2020.
    • Photo: Mark Kennedy

      Mark Kennedy answered on 20 May 2020:

      My favourite place is probably La Silla Observatory in Chile for work. The reason it’s my favourite is because of how relaxing it can be to work there. Normally, I’ll be there for 2 weeks at a time. During that time, I can go for walks during the day where there’s no one else around for miles, and the silence can be quite soothing. At night, the skies are usually crystal clear, giving this amazing view of our Galaxy. Couple this with the fact that I only come across 5-10 other people every day, and there is no pressure to be anywhere else (once the bus drops you off, there’s no leaving until it comes to pick you back up), it allows me to work when I need to in a very quiet environment, but also to completely switch off and appreciate our place in the Universe.

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      Sonia Lenehan answered on 20 May 2020:

      I love Italy, I think it is a gorgeous country. So far I have visted, Rome, Milan, Lake Garda, Venice, and Verona. I can’t wait till I can visit again!

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      Anna Zakrzewska answered on 20 May 2020:

      It’s really difficult to choose from! I like visiting places that I used to live to see how they changed and they also bring back many nice memories, so Japan, Denmark and Italy are on that list. There are also a few that I would gladly return for another holiday, like Iceland and Portugal.

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      Gail Molloy answered on 20 May 2020:

      I visited Ethiopia a couple of years ago, it is a fabulous country with lovely customs and foods. We saw a lot of rural Ethiopia, it is such a large country but sparsely populated in the country side. There are a lot of different tribes and cultures in different areas and we got to see how people live day to day. The rural communities feel their heritage and traditions very strongly and wish to keep them alive. It is very interesting to see where a river is running dry, there will be parts that there is little or no water flowing as there has been no rain. You can see the river bed which looks like a massive trench but because there is no rain outside the rainy season there are no plants or anything that looks like a river bank- very different to Ireland and Britain. It is very warm in Ethiopia and I was fascinated at how people that live in these climates can tolerate the intense heat and sun. Every body we met seemed to be happy.

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      Jun Lin answered on 20 May 2020:

      California academy of sciences in San Francisco is my favourite place so far. I’d highly recommend the planetarium in there.

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      Karen Bacon answered on 20 May 2020:

      I loved visiting Kenya many years ago, I also love London and visit whenever I get a chance. I lived there for a year and that was great.

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      Aisling Ryan answered on 20 May 2020:

      One summer I went travelling around Thailand and that was my favourite holiday ever. I had never travelled outside Europe before going. Their culture is so different to European culture and it was so exciting to experience so many new things like food, religion, architecture, wildlife. There are lots of elephants in Thailand. I got to spend two days in a national park where the people who work there care for elephants and are passionate about conservation. Each elephant has a ‘mahout’ which is a very personal keeper that communicates with the elephant. An interesting fact we learnt is that Asian elephants don’t have tusks and African elephants do! This along with the shape of their ears helps you to tell the difference between the two different types. I also saw lots of different temples and went to food and crafts markets and beautiful island beaches! I’d go back in a heartbeat 🙂
      What’s your favourite place you’ve visited?

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      Jennifer Cookman answered on 20 May 2020:

      The Rhine Westphalia region of Germany I love so much and have been there a lot over the past few years to do research. The wine is so nice there and not to mention the Nuerburgring, it’s only €25 to drive your own car around the track!

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      Francesco Floris answered on 20 May 2020:

      I love Sardinia, actually I grow up there and I think is one of the best places to live.

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      Aruna Chandrasekar answered on 21 May 2020:

      Rome, Italy. It is so beautiful filled with amazing historic artifacts and is a vibrant city filled with kind and friendly people.

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      Dimitar Shterionov answered on 21 May 2020:

      One of my favourite places is Nishiki market in Kyoto, Japan. A lot of food, a lot of people, strange things and culture …

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      Fiona Malone answered on 21 May 2020:

      Japan – it’s amazing!

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      Roisin Jones answered on 29 May 2020:

      I really loved Italy, I’ve been a few times to Milan, Florence, Bologna, Sorrento, Rome…it’s all amazing, I would love to go back when travel is possible again!