Ray K (2/4/2011)
Getting quiet here again. Let's toss out another geography-related topic here . . .
Hypothetical: you just won an all-expenses-paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where do you go?
Well, I would like to make a thorough exploration of Europe (back to all my old haunts and find some new ones) but the stated ground rules won’t let me go anywhere in Spain or the UK so I can only go to 44 of the 48 European countries. I would want to spend enough time in each country to see the interesting bits – no awful guided-tour-like 15 minutes to explore a large city nonsense.
I guess I could start with Iceland, then Ireland (only the Republic, not the NE corner of the island, because of the ground rules), and then Portugal, to get the awkwardly isolated ones out of the way. Then visit the rest in a sensible travel order: Andorra; France (including Corsica, which is a bit out of natural travel order but never mind, and taking in Monaco in passing); Luxembourg; Belgium; The Netherlands; Denmark (excluding Greenland, which is not geographically part of Europe); Norway; Sweden; Finland; Russia (excluding Kaliningrad, and only the European bits, not the Asian bits); Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania (taking in Kaliningrad in passing); Belarus; Ukraine; Moldova; Romania; Bulgaria; Turkey; both parts of Cyprus; Greece (including Crete); Macedonia; Albania; Kosovo; Bosnia; Serbia; Croatia; Slovenia; Hungary; Slovakia; Poland;Czech Republic; Germany; Austria; Liechtenstein; Switzerland; Italy (including Sardegna and Sicily, and taking in both San Marino and the Vatican City in passing); and Malta (although I might give that one a miss, it appears to have turned into a somewhat nasty place).
Of course such a trip might take quite a long time, and timing would have to be organised not to be anywhere cold in the winter (quite difficult, given the geography).