Monday, September 6, 2010

Places to Go...

If I had the time and money, hoo boy!

I've been very lucky. I've seen some of the most interesting and inspiring things in the world. I've been to five countries outside my own! Of 28 wonders of the world I've seen 10. That's pretty awesome. (GG Bridge, Empire State Building, Aurora Borealis, Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Hagia Sophia, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Stonehenge, and the Colosseum.)

Here are places I'd like to go/things I'd like to see.

First Order:

Egypt - Pyramids, Historic sites of Alexandria and Cairo, The Nile and Abu Simbel
China - The Great Wall, The Qin Mausoleum, Lushang National Park, Defeng and the Longmen Grottoes, Beijing (Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, National Museum, Imperial Tombs, Zoo), Nanjing (Temple of Confucius, Nanjing Museum, City Wall and Stone Town, Linggu Temple)
Brazil - Harbor and Sugarloaf in Rio, The Central Amazon forest and river, Itaipu Dam, Baia
Japan - Himeji, Okayama and Kanazawa Castles, Itsukushima, Hiroshima, Kyoto (Kiyomizu, Golden Temple, To-Ji, Jodo Shinsu Temples), Tokyo (Mt. Fuji, National Museum, Imperial Palace)
Australia - Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Tasmanian Wilderness, Sydney (Opera House, Luna Park, Blue Mountains)
India - Agra Fort and Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Mahabodhi Temple, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Sundarbans National Park, Kolkata (Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Dakshineswar, Jorasanko Thakur Bari), Mumbai (Elephanta Caves, Victoria Terminus, Hanging Gardens, Sanjay Gandhi National Park)
Mexico - Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec sites of La Venta, Palenque, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, and Calakmul, Mexico City (National Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, Xochimilco)
France - Chartres, Mont St. Michel, Chunnel, Versailles and Fontainbleau, Paris (Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Louvre and D'Orsay, Tuileries, Notre Dame)
Iran - Bam, Persepolis, Cyrus' Tomb, Tehran (National Museum and Golestan Palace)
Indonesia - Bali, Komodo, Sumatra (Gunung Leuser), Borneo (Gunung Palung), Java (Borobudur and Prambanan)

Second Order:

Spain - Alhambra, Cordoba
Nepal - Lumbini, Everest
Cambodia - Angkor Wat
Mali - Timbuktu
Russia - Historic Novgorod, Moscow (Red Square, Trinity of Lavra), St. Petersburg (Peterhof, Winter Palace, Hermitage)
Saudi Arabia - Mecca and Medina
Panama - Canal
Canada - L'Anse Aux, CN Tower, Banff National Park
Iraq - Historic sites of Baghdad, Babylon and Ur
Chile - Easter Island
Tanzania - Olduvai, Great Migration
Jordan - Petra
Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls, Great Zimbabwe, Zanzibar
Peru - Machu Pichu
Netherlands - Modern protection works, Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum, Royal Palace)
Israel - Historic Jerusalem
Ecuador - Galapagos

Tertiary Sites (Places I'd need to go back to):

Italy: Last Supper
Turkey: Troy, Cappadocia, Pamukkale
Greece: Rhodes
UK: Canterbury, London Science Museum

Places in the US to go to:

Monticello and Mt. Vernon, Falling Water, Amish Country and Gettysburg, Everglades, Badlands and Mt. Rushmore, Ellis Island and the Staue of Liberty, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, New Orleans, Big Bend and the Guadalupe Mountains, Grand Canyon, Glacier Bay and Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska, and Hawaii.

Places in the U.S. I've already seen:

Arcadia, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Arches, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Gunnison, Capitol Reef, Lassen Volcanic, Kings Canyon, Redwood, Sequoia, and Rocky Mountain Parks, Independence Hall, NYC (Guggenheim, MoMA, Natural History Museum, MET, Central Park), Boston (Faneuil Hall, Trinity Church, adjacent Quincy and Salem, MA), Newport mansions, Hearst Castle, LA (Getty, La Brea tarpits, Disneyland, Griffith Park and Grauman's Chinese Theatre), Seattle's Space Needle, The Capitol and White House, Lincoln, Vietnam and Jefferson Memorials, and San Francisco (everything is cool).

Cool Places elsewhere I've already seen:

The 9 wonders listed above
Monte Verde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica
Delphi, Mycenae and the Acropolis in Greece
Grand Bazaar, Topkapi, Blue and Suleymanie Mosques, Cagaloglu Hammam and Ephesus in Turkey
The Giant's Causeway, Historic Liverpool, Bath, and York, Oxford, British Museum, Tower of London, National Gallery, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye, Avebury, Tintern Abbey, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds in the UK

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