Does your landscape change much if you travel an hour away from home?

@thea09 (18327)
Greece
August 11, 2009 5:06am CST
The landscape here is lush with olive trees, the sea on one side and the mountains behind, it is incredibly beautiful. If I was to drive an hour south though deep into the Mani the landscape would change dramatically, the sea and mountains would still be there but the land is more or less barren, with rocks but few trees, It feels as though it is a completely different place, almost forbidden. Do you also see changes as you head away from home?
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
Hi thea, My landscape is almost the same after an hours travel by car. All are tree of rocks. Only the different is the shape of it. I stayed at North Petaling Jaya, so if I go to west (Kuala Lumpur), south (South Petaling Jaya) or north (Damansara) all fill with sky high building. Nothing else. More stones then trees. The only different if I go to east (Klang/Shah Alam) where I still can see some tree after more then 30 minutes drive. I hope I can see more trees and more fresh air. But it is a very exclusive thing in a big city. The only trees left are trees of rock. Happy mylotting and have a nice day.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hi akuler, reading that makes me realise how lucky I am to live in a relatively isolated spot surrounded by great beauty, even the town an hour away is a lovely place, except for the motorists. The towns there have very exotic sounding names but to only see buildings! Some people do prefer the fast pace of city life though and thrive in that environment. I think I'll stick with the quiet country life for now as one of my favourite things is the silence outside.
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
That is why I am thinking about return to my hometown. At least I can see a lot of trees. Even though it is mostly a palm oil trees. If I am lucky enough I still can see some orang utan. The air is also much much more fresher there then here.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
12 Aug 09
Hi akula, urangatans, coolOur local wildlife is mainly confined to goats and donkeys, but I do love to see the donkeys working in the winter, ambling along the side of the road in the original way with bunches of olive branches on their backs and a couple of old folks walking by their sides. It is a disappearing sight as the new generation of olive owners access their lands with vans and don't use the donkey method anymore.
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@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
11 Aug 09
I feel the difference that many places to stay in the house first. in the way home I do not see more trees and rice fields in the street. all has changed with the house. I very sad to see all this.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hi indahfth, it sounds as if your landscape has changed due to being more built up and that you miss the rich sights of the rice fields and trees. This is very sad if it is happening but know too that it will happen here. Luckily they can't build on the sea or the side of the mountain but they can certainly chop plenty of olive trees down as the price of the land outweighs the return on the olives.
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@akuler (3539)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
That is the price that we have to pay for the development. More building and less trees. And we all complaint about the pollution is everywhere. It is a very exclusive thing to breath the fresh air in a city. The only thing to breath is a polluted air.
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@indahfth (11173)
• Indonesia
12 Aug 09
air pollution could not have been more manageable. I, very sad, all this should not happen, if the trees are planted.
@malpoa (1218)
• India
12 Aug 09
hi thea, it is pretty much the same. just tht it gets more crowded, i n dnt like going to the city, it is polluted too. but it is a different scene altogether where i was born n brought up, near a beach n the place is nice. if we travel a few kilometers, there u get backwaters n rivers n lakes. such a beautiful place, now i get to go there only once a year.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
12 Aug 09
Hi malpoa, it must certainly be difficult to leave a beautiful place with natural sights such as rivers and lakes, to move to a more crowded place. Pollution is a sad price which comes with much new development whilst the air in the country is still fresh and clear. Amazingly we don't tend to have lakes and rivers in this area, but the sea and the mountains make up for it.
@mikeyo105 (125)
• Hong Kong
12 Aug 09
Theo09 where are you from and where do you live? I'm so jealous that your landscape is lush with olive trees that sounds beautiful!.. where i live is sorta a suburb of Hong Kong.. maybe 30 minutes away from the city center except it doesn't feel like much of a suburb since buses roam my area and on weekends you see masses of tourists flock over to the beaches.. making traffic actually pretty bad..it isnt quite as developed as the city but on weekends you hardly see it as a suburb.. as i move away from my suburb and towards the city it just becomes more and more developed... there is almost no greenery.. no beaches.. just tall buildings
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
12 Aug 09
Hi mikeyo, the sight of Hong Kong is a very famous one but to just see development all the time must get old pretty quickly. I think I'd find it hard to live without greenery now, or the constant sight of the sea. Here there are also many tourists in the summer clogging the roads as they slow down to look at the views. Possibly my avatar will give you a clue as to where I live
• United States
11 Aug 09
The landscape doesn't change very much if we drive about an hour away from home. My mother in law lives about an hour from us so I know the hour drive very well. LOL It doesn't change much though....just stays the same. Trees, trees, and more trees and dirt. Now if we travel abot 3 hours we will start to see sand because we will be at the beach.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
12 Aug 09
Hi sweetgirl, you make it sound as if you could possibly be a little bored - of trees. Trees and dirt. At least when I make the regular one hour trip up to town the usual scenery shows many changes as some of the trees on the way will change colour in the different seasons and have pink or red blooms on them.
@sanelaze (167)
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
I live in a densely populated city - Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The environs of Metro Manila is a lot different. Two of which are my favorite and has a 'distinguished' character or feel to it. If you go down south, there is Tagaytay City. The weather is cool and windy. Its the 'nice' weekend getaway from the city where you can relax (there are known spa and resorts there)or try some adventure activities like the zipline, biking, etc. An then there's Coreggidor island, a historical fortress that's 45 minutes away from the city via fastcraft. The beach is different and but I had a blast going there with my friends. But my favorite landscape when I go to and from work is passing by the Walled City of Intramuros. It looks even nostalgic at night. The preserved architectural edifice almost lets you feel the grandeur of the Spanish Era. It's about an hour away from my home. When I head up north, the view changes dramatically. I love the mountain and rural view as I go the expressway
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hello sanelaze, I can feel your feeling for your country in your description which is very beautiful. I barely know anything about the Philipines except from fellow mylotters but you make me want to see it. Is the Walled City of Intramuros very ancient with its own history? It sounds as if you have treaures and beautiful scenery as we have here.
11 Aug 09
Go on make even more insanely jealous than I already am. If it’s not enough that you put up photos of your lush landscape, olive trees and the fishing village you now taunt me with your description, lol. Well for me if I drove an hour south I would be in the centre of London which isn’t very nice. An hour North as well as West and everything would be pretty much the same as where I live, which is an ever expanding town. But if I was to break the speed limit and head East I may just reach the coast line, although even here that’s no where near as exciting or scenic as what you get to see, lol.
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
11 Aug 09
Hello, Thea. When we drive the 500 miles from our home in the Costa Blanca to the ferry port in Santander, Northern Spain, we travel through so many different regions you find it difficult to believe you're in the same country. Where we live, we have quite a mixture - there are the salt lakes, orange groves, sea and mountains all within a short distance and often overlapping. Around Alicante, about 35 miles away, it's different again, with quarries and industry on one side, and the sea and beautiful beaches on the other. Another 20 miles or so, and there's Benidorm, which is dominated by skyscrapers, but with a stunning coastline. Just up the road are the pretty, almost unspoilt fishing villages of the Northern Costa Blanca. Then you get into the middle of Spain, around Madrid, where it is very barren, and of course, there are factories around the bigger towns, so it's not very soul inspiring. Northern Spain has more rain, so it's very green and lush, much like England, and there are the stunning mountains. We like driving through there between December and March, when you can see snow on the tops of the mountains, and lovely green fields and rolling hills at eye level.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hi Sandra, I've gone through Spain quite a lot of times, we used to drive through there when I was a child. My favourite place there ever was Pamplona, that's the sort of landscape that really sticks in the mind, a dusty hot village with the meat hanging outide the butcher's shop teeming with flies stuck at the top of a mountain with stunning views, and a frightening road with hair pin bends. If you go up there let me know if it's changed, it could be all modern now for all I know. It's lovely to feel the landscape puts one on mind of different countries. I definitely prefer the sound of your place with the orange groves and mountains to the built up coastline of Benidorn, but for me the unspoilt fishing villages would definitely appeal most, I love the traditional aspect of those kind of villages. (I put a pic on my profile of my little fishing village).
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I don't get too far from home but basically things look about the same around Tennessee. It's a beautiful state in my opinion.I knowit must be pretty around u to. It sure does sonnd pretty.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hello Jo, I don't have a clear image in my mind of Tennessee though I'm sure there must be something which would spark one off, my own images of the different parts of the US are quite different in my mind, though I have never ventured over the Atlantic. Here it is more than pretty, it is stunning, which is why so many people like to come, but certainly we are much more of a hidden secret than the much more famous Greek islands.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 Aug 09
mAYBE SOME DAY U WILL GET TO VISIT. i AM PROUD OF WHERE I LIVE JUST AS U ARE. THAT'S THE WAY I THINK people should feel about their honeland. Have a good one.
• United States
11 Aug 09
No. Our lawn does change though. I came back once after a week and now we have mint. LOTS of mint. It was kind of weird.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hi bluehibiscus, I love mint and use it in lots of things. The variety which grows wild within walking distance of the house is very flat on the ground and dried up as soon as summer started, but the varieties which grow as plants are still going strong, but grow upwards. I didn't realise it could grow on garden lawns though, we don't have lawns over here, just very rough and tall grasses which need constant cutting after it has rained.
@sanelaze (167)
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
tagaytay city (taal volcano) - Tagaytay City view of taal volcano.
I live in a densely populated city - Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The environs of Metro Manila is a lot different. Two of which are my favorite and has a 'distinguished' character or feel to it. If you go down south, there is Tagaytay City. The weather is cool and windy. Its the 'nice' weekend getaway from the city where you can relax (there are known spa and resorts there)or try some adventure activities like the zipline, biking, etc. An then there's Coreggidor island, a historical fortress that's 45 minutes away from the city via fastcraft. The beach is different and but I had a blast going there with my friends. But my favorite landscape when I go to and from work is passing by the Walled City of Intramuros. It looks even nostalgic at night. The preserved architectural edifice almost lets you feel the grandeur of the Spanish Era. It's about an hour away from my home. When I head up north, the view changes dramatically. I love the mountain and rural view as I go the expressway.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Thanks for adding the lovely photograph sanelaze. We are only allowed to respond once with the same comments and not supposed to upload photos until we have 500 posts.
11 Aug 09
If I travel an hour away from home, my landscape changes slightly. I am closer to the beach now, and it is a nice sight with the waves and scent of the ocean. Where I live, it is near the mountains, so the land is more barren then most other places.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hi virusxtreme, another Californian, I had another discussion up today and I think that four Californians responsed to it. I presume that your mountains are quite rocky when you say the land is more barren. Here because the olive trees can grow in the peculiar of places the mountains are full of trees until we go deeper into the Mani. There are also lots of cave features higher in our mountains. It is always good to have sight of the ocean and be able to watch its moods change.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Aug 09
it depends on which way i travel! i live in southern ontario (canada) and if you go one way, you head towards toronto, which is one of canada's largest cities, the other way, its farmland, sure there are smaller cities but nothing as big as toronto around here.
• United States
11 Aug 09
an hour away? depending on which way you're going,like to the capital city,it's more congested. if you go the other way off island,it's woodier,but still populated.they're carving more and more housing developments out of the woods,it's sad. i wish they'd pass a law that existing houses be filled before permits will be issued for new ones.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
hi scarlet_woman, it's so sad when all the landscape starts to disappear due to development and it can happen so quickly. Out here more and more olive groves are giving way to the development of new houses and I agree that new building permits shouldn't be issued now as there are so many houses which have just been built on spec in the last few years and now stand empty or part finished. But still everyone comes wanting to build there own dream place which means another olive grove disappears. At the moment there is one km between our two neighbouring villages but in another five years it will probably be filled with houses so the villages may end up losing their separate identities.
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
11 Aug 09
The landscape and scenery is pretty much the same either going south or north after driving an hour because there are towns adjacents to the city and most townhalls and parks and schools can be seen from the highway as you drive by. But going west up to the mountains is different where you can see trees and rivers, gorges and waterfalls before entering a populated area.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
11 Aug 09
Hi sandymay, I'd love the chance to drive along and see the landscape of the different towns, it's always a fascinating thing to do when first arriving in a foreign country. I hope that you have plenty of opportunities to go west into the mountains if you like to see nature, I love to see natural waterfalls and gorges can be quite stunning. I have to pass through a very dramatic gorge on my way up to town and most time the sun just seems to disappear as one drives through it.