365 Challenge: Day 196 – Country (Top 10)

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Country: (a) the third entry in the list series for Jay’s favorite pastimes, (b) a part of the US that is beautiful to visit


Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me.

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held

The current set of 5 Sundays covers the top 10 countries Jay has visited or researched extensively and would like to visit or live in; however, since I’m on a vacation and unable to post a lot, this is just a brief list and some pictures of the ‘country’ trip to Asheville, North Carolina. The ‘Top 10’ list for countries listed below, other than the USA, come from places I’ve either been and loved, or I know I want to I want to visit, as potential options for the future as a home or extended vacation. There are tons of other ones that I think would be cool, but these all have a special place in my heart, e.g. ancestry, things to do, culture or historical educational review:

  1. Canada
  2. Spain
  3. England
  4. Argentina
  5. France
  6. Scotland
  7. Ireland
  8. Australia
  9. Germany
  10. Italy

Below are all the pictures from today’s drive between Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina. It includes a few pictures from the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee Indian Nation properties and the views from the hotel where I am staying on the Biltmore property. More to come this week when I share all the pictures from the Biltmore House and grounds.



About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


24 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 196 – Country (Top 10)

    BrizzleLass said:
    September 24, 2017 at 6:24 AM

    Awww England is on the list! Who knows why you obviously haven’t spent enough time here! 😉

    I’m loving those photos although the hotel seems really out of place in that backdrop, it’s so big my English sensibilities say it should be a quaint country house!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 24, 2017 at 8:20 AM

      Love that place!!! Need to live there. 🙂

      Both, actually. LOL this is very reminiscent of England.


    Kathryn A Defranc said:
    September 24, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    You really have some great photos James! Have a delightful day today! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    roseelaineblog said:
    September 24, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Great clouds ☁️ 😉

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 24, 2017 at 3:29 PM


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    Ann Marie Bryant said:
    September 24, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    enjoying your journey…and all the pics…thanks for posting!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    You are just a state over from me James. I love the country I don’t think I would survive in the city.

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    September 25, 2017 at 3:58 AM

    awwww, beautiful pictures jay! 🙂

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      Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
      September 25, 2017 at 6:19 AM

      Beautiful pics! Therefore time I miss parts of my birth state. But dude, visit the California coast for amazing vistas!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 25, 2017 at 7:46 AM

        I love California. Lived there a year and traveled up and down the coast!!!


    Run Wright said:
    September 25, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    I’ve been away for a couple days and am just catching up. I am loving the pics.

    Liked by 1 person

    Robin @The Robin's Nest said:
    September 26, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    How beautiful. I grew up riding horses, growing gardens, being a kid and looking at those majestic mountains. I love that part of the map and miss it terribly. You shared some breathtaking photos – thank you Jay ♥

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    Darque Dreamer Reads said:
    September 27, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Home! So beautiful! Glad you enjoyed the drive!

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    WOW! Great photos. I have grown used to the flat, Texas prairie here on the Gulf Coast and forgot for a while that I miss the hills and mountains. Made me homesick!

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