Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bucket List

The cover of this week’s New Yorker magazine is fantastic. It shows eleven sites around the world that a well travelled person should have seen by the time they croak. Kind of a bucket list of places.

I have been to the first seven places on the list, and the good news is that I really don’t have any desire to see the last four on the list.

The Coliseum - Rome, Italy
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben - London, England
Eiffel Tower - Paris, France
Leaning Tower - Pisa, Italy
The great pyramids of Giza - Cairo, Egypt
Parthenon on the Acropolis Hill - Athens, Greece
Statue of Liberty - New York City, U.S.A.

Moscow, Russia
Taj Majahal - India
Opera House Sydney, Australia
The Great Wall of China

On my own bucket list I have checked off many other places including these:

Stonehenge, Bath, Glastonbury, and Hadrian’s Wall
The castles along the Rhine River in Germany
Copenhagen, Denmark
Amsterdam, Holland
The highlands of Scotland
Dublin, Ireland
The Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate
Scuba diving coral reefs in the Caribbean
Backpacking and snow skiing in the Swiss Alps
The beaches of Normandy and the castle at Versailles
Pompeii and Hercolano under Vesuvius
Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea
Mexico City, Mazatlan, Cozumel, the Yucatan Peninsula
The Copper Canyon in Chihuahua
New Orleans before the flood
Whale watching in the Pacific Ocean
Deep sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean
Taos, Santa Fe, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Great Salt Lake, and Las Vegas.
Scuba diving in the Great Lakes, Toronto, and Niagara Falls
The Grand Canyon, Yosemeti, and Disneyland

Maybe this is why I no longer have much of a burning desire to travel. I have already seen most of the places I would like to. Lots of them like London, Paris, and Berlin many times.

The travel part of my bucket list is pretty much completed.