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During my travels and meeting new friends, and when the conversation turns to travel, I am regularly asked what my favorite country is.  My response is always the same - the next one.  (I stole this line from an 80-year-old owner of a family vineyard who was asked what her favorite glass of wine was; her response was perfect - “the next one”) 

 

However, I do have special memories of a number of places I have visited and events that I experienced.  Although my list is not as comprehensive as Patricia Schultz’s 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (which I use to get ideas of what to see and do when I travel) the listed places, in no particular order, bring a smile to my heart when I think about them.  This list will also never be completed.  Some special places are buried deep in my subconscious.  I should have started this list 30 years ago.  I will add to the list as I go through boxes of memories, photos and T-shirts.  And of course, there are always new places to visit and experiences to live.

       

North America (188)

 

1.        Alaska

A.    Seeing grizzly bears fishing at Brooks Lodge, Katmai National Park, Alaska

B.    Kenai Fjords National Park / Wilderness Lodge

C.   Wet suit snorkeling in Ketchikan, Alaska

D.   Denali Park bus ride to Wonder Lake

E.    Denali Flightseeing (Sheldon Air) and landing on a glacier

F.    Cruise up to Hubbard Glacier

G.   Denali – Anchorage by Rail

2.        Arizona

A.    Boyce Arboretum

B.    Canyon Lake

C.   OdySea Aquarium

3.        Arkansas

A.    Walmart Museum, Bentonville

4.        California

A.    Skiing Heavenly Valley, Lake Tahoe

B.    San Francisco

1.     The Walt Disney Family Museum

2.     Fisherman’s Wharf

3.     Cable Cars

C.   Los Angles

D.   Disneyland

E.    Universal Studios Hollywood

F.    17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach

G.   Hearst Castle

H.   Redwood National Park

I.      San Diego

J.     Pacific Coast Highway

5.        Colorado

A.    Bishop Castle

B.    Steamboat Springs, Colorado

1.     Skiing

2.     Hot Springs

3.     Hospital staff (snapped clavicle)

C.   Skiing

1.     Snowmass

a. Pine Creek Cookhouse - Aspen sleigh ride and dinner

2.     Vail

6.        Connecticut

A.    Mark Twain House

7.        Georgia

A.    World of Coca Cola

B.    CNN

C.   Stone Mountain

D.   Georgia Aquarium

E.    Savannah: Wormsloe, Bonaventure Cemetery, City Trolley

8.        Florida

A.    Disney World Resort

B.    Trainer for a Day, Discovery Cove, Orlando 

C.   Busch Gardens, Keeper for a Day, Tampa

D.   Key West

1.     Circumnavigate on jet skis

2.     Duval St

3.     Hemmingway House

E.    St Augustine

9.        Illinois

A.    Chicago

1.     Millennium Park

2.     Cloud Gate

3.     Buckingham Fountain – Grant Park

4.     Navy Pier

10.    Hawaii

A.    Open door helicopter in Kauai, Hawaii

B.    Road to Kana via rental car and App.

C.   Lahaina Lights Tasting Tour with GiGi

D.   Airbnb on a 70’ Wooden ship in Honolulu

E.    Molokini Snorkeling (with a full whale breach on the way)

F.    Tour of Oahu with Cyndia (Donna’s Detours)

11.    Louisiana

A.    New Orleans Jazz Fest

B.    Aquarium of the Americas

C.   French Quarter

D.   Honey Island Swamp Tour

12.    Massachusetts

A.    Boston

B.    Big E, Springfield

C.   Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield

D.   Cape Cod

E.    Martha’s Vineyard

F.    Nantucket

13.    Michigan

A.    Biking around Mackinac Island

B.    Henry Ford Museum

14.    Minnesota

A.    State Fair

B.    Chain of lakes, Minneapolis

C.   Guthrie Theatre

D.   Walker Art Center

E.    Paisley Park

15.    Missouri

A.    Lake of the Ozarks

B.    Top of the St Louis Arch

16.    Montana

A.    The National Bison Range

17.    Nevada

A.    Inside the Hoover Dam

B.    Las Vegas

1.     Helicopter to Grand Canyon

2.     Vegas Strip

3.     Bellagio Hotel & Fountains

4.     MGM Lions (pet cubs)

5.     Zumanity

18.    New Jersey

A.    Atlantic City

19.    New York

A.    New York City

1.     World Trade Center Memorial

2.     World Trade Center, Top of the World observation deck

3.     Circle Manhattan cruise

4.     The Cloisters

5.     Statue of Liberty

6.     Ellis Island

7.     Central Park

8.     4th of July Fireworks, East River

9.     Tram to Roosevelt Island

10.  Subway System

11.  Grand Central Station

12.  High Line Park

13.  Lincoln Center

14.  Christmas at Rockefeller Center

15.  Time Square

B.    The Rockefeller Estate

20.    New Mexico

A.    Albuquerque, Breaking Bad RV Tour

B.    Taos, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

21.    North Carolina

A.    Drove/Ferry NC Outer Banks – Highway 12: Point Harbor to Cedar Island

22.    Pennsylvania

A.    Philadelphia

B.    Falling Waters

C.   Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center

23.    Ohio

A.    Pro-football Hall of Fame, Canton

B.    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

C.   Siberian Tiger Conservation Association, Gambier (shut down by USDA)

24.    Oregon

A.    Walking to the top of Multnomah Falls

B.    Crater Lake

25.    Rhode Island

A.    Newport Cliff Walk

26.    South Carolina

A.    Charlestown

1.     Aieken-Rhett House

2.     Drayton House

27.    South Dakota

A.    Black Hills,

1.     Mount Rushmore

2.     Crazy Horse

3.     Wall Drug

B.    Corn Palace, Mitchell

28.    Tennessee

A.    Louisville

1.     Churchill Downs, Kentucky Oaks

2.     Jim Beam Distillery

3.     Claiborne Farms

B.    Memphis, Tennessee

1.     Beale Street

2.     Graceland

29.    Texas

A.    San Antonio

1.     Alamo

2.     River Walk

B.    Austin

C.   Dallas

30.    Utah

A.    Temple Square,

B.    Antelope Island State Park

C.   Skiing

1.     Deer Valley

2.     Park City

3.     Snowbird

4.     Alta

31.    Vermont

A.    Lyndon, Vermont Covered Bridges

B.    Killington, skiing

32.    Virginia

A.    Colonial Williamsburg

B.    Mount Vernon

C.   Arlington National Cemetery

D.   National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

E.    Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E (Virginia, Beach)

33.    Washington, DC

A.    Washington Monument

B.    U.S. Capital

C.   National Air and Space Museum

D.   Hirshhorn Museum

E.    Museum of American History

F.    White House

G.   Kennedy Center

H.   National Zoo

I.      Segway Tour of the Mall

34.    Wisconsin

A.    House on the Rock, Spring Green,

B.    Wisconsin Dells

C.   Circus World Museum, Baraboo

D.   Wisconsin State Fair

E.    Milwaukee County Zoo

F.    Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls

G.   Airbnb Schwartz House, Two Rivers (Frank Lloyd Wright House)

35.    Wyoming

A.    Devils Tower

B.    Yellowstone National Park

1.     Old faithful Geyser

2.     Geyser Basins, Hot Springs, Mud pots,

36.    Canada

A.    Niagara Falls in Canada

1.     Maid of the Mist

2.     Butter Fly Garden

B.    Bicycling around Niagara on the Lake

C.   Lake Louise Ski resort, overlooking lake and hotel

D.   Carefully skiing trees in Whistler, British Columbia

E.    Bay of Fundy

F.    Prince Edward Island Lighthouse tour

G.   Montreal

1.     River cruise

2.     Old Montreal

H.   Toronto

1.     CN Tower

I.      Old Quebec City

J.     St. John's, Newfoundland

1.     Signal Hill

37.    Manitoba

A.    Winnipeg

1.     Canadian Museum of Human Rights

2.     Visiting Polar Bears outside of Churchill, Manitoba 1997 and 2017

38.    St. Pierre Miquelon (France)

 

 

Africa (72)

 

39.    Angola

A.    Luanda

1.     Augostinho Neto Mausoleum

2.     Fortaleza de Sao Miguel

3.     Church of Our Lady of Nazareth

40.    Botswana

A.    Okavango Delta

1.     Mokoro canoe ride

2.     Sleep in a tree house

B.    Chobe National Park

41.    Cape Verde

A.    Mindelo

42.    Ethiopia

A.    Lalibela Churches

B.    Lucy at the National Museum of Ethiopia

C.   Addis Ababa recycle market

43.    Ghana

A.    Kakum National Park

B.    Elmina Castle

44.    Ivory Coast

A.    Abidjan

B.    Cathedrale St. Paul

45.    Kenya

A.    Carnivore Restaurant: Beast of a Feast

B.    Maasai Mara safari,

C.   Maasai Village, Kenya

D.   Balloon Ride over Maasai Mara

E.    Nairobi

1.     Giraffe Manor (Kissing Stacy)

2.     Kazuri Bead Factory

3.     Kibera slum – Nubian Quarter

4.     Local Bus ride (Disco)

F.    Lake Nakuru National Park

G.   Amboseli National Park

H.   Maasai Livestock Sale

46.    Lesotho

A.    Afriski (summer)

47.    Morocco

A.    Casablanca

B.    The Hassan II Mosque

C.   Camel meat market

48.    Namibia

A.    Swakop and Khan River Valley - a unique tour of the Namib Desert

B.    Walvis Bay

49.    Rwanda

A.    Kigali Genocide Memorial

B.    Gorilla Trekking

50.    Sao Tome & Principe

A.    Coco Plantation(s)

51.    Senegal

A.    Dakar

1.     Le Monument de le Renaissance Afriquaine

B.    Goree Island

C.   Pink Lake

52.    South Africa

A.    Cape Town

1.     Table Mountain

2.     Historic City Walking Tour

3.     Bo-Kaap Walking tour

4.     Camps Bay

5.     Boulders Beach (Penguins)

B.    Johannesburg

1.     Apartheid Museum

2.     Soweto

3.     Kliptown Youth Programme

4.     Mandela house

C.   Sani Pass

D.   St. Lucia

1.      Boat Ride St Lucia Estuary with Hippos

E.    Golden Gate Highlands National Park

53.    Tanzania

A.    A balloon ride over the Serengeti at dawn.  Getting married at touchdown was a super added bonus. Re-experience 10/2018

B.    Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

1.     Visit with Hadzabe: the Bushman

C.   Maasai Village

D.   Mto Wa Mbu Village

E.    Sarengeti National Park

1.     Tented camp, with pit & bucket shower

F.    Tarangire National Park

G.   Arusha National Park

54.    The Gambia

A.    Banjul

B.    Serrekunda Central Market

C.   Bakau

D.   Tanji Fishing Village

55.    Togo

A.    Lome

1.     Fetish market

2.     Guen Village and Voodoo ceremony

56.    Tunisia

A.    La Goulette

B.    Sidi Bou Said

C.   Carthage

57.    Uganda

A.    Entebbe

B.    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

1.     Gorilla trekking

2.     Bwindi

C.   Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

D.   Kibale Forest National Park

E.    Queen Elizabeth National Park

1.     Boat Ride up the Kizinga Channel

58.    Zambia

A.    Devils Pool, on the edge of Victoria Falls

B.    Kafue National Park

59.    Zimbabwe

A.    Harare

1.     Meet Lazarus Takawira, sculptor

B.    Victoria Falls

1.     Cross bridge to Zambia

C.   Lake Kariba

D.   Hwange National Park

60.    Swaziland (Kingdom of eSwatini)

A.    Mlilwane Wildlife Sancuary

 

 

Great Britain, Western Europe and Scandinavia (259)

 

61.    Austria

A.    Salzburg

1.     Hellbrun Water gardens and Palace

2.     Fortress Hohensalzburg

B.    Vienna

1.     St Stephen’s Cathedral

2.     Hofburg

3.     Lipizzaners Morning Exercise

4.     Schönbrunn Palace

C.   Wachau Valley

1.     Melk Abby (Outside Only, err)

2.     Durnstein

62.    Belgium

A.    Brussels

1.     Les Galeries Saint-Hubert

2.     Manneken-Pis

3.     Atomium

63.    Corsica

A.    Bonifacio

64.    Denmark

A.    Kronborg Castle

B.    Copenhagen

1.     Tivoli Gargens

2.     Little Mermaid

3.     Walking Nyhavn (New Harbor)

65.    Elba

66.    England

A.    Stonehenge

B.    Bath Abby

C.   Leeds Castle

D.   Carlisle Castle and Cathedral

E.    London

1.     Tower of London

2.     Madame Tussad’s

3.     Windsor Castle

4.     Westminster Abby

5.     Lloyd’s of London

F.    Holy Island and Lindisfarne Priory (abbey)

G.   Farne Islands

H.   Durham Cathedral

I.      North York Moors National Park

J.     Rievaulx Abby

67.    Faroe Islands

A.    Vestmanna Sea Cliffs,

68.    Finland

A.    Helsinki, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

69.    France

A.    Paris

1.     Eiffel Tower

2.     Versailles

3.     Louvre

4.     Notre Dame

a. Climb to Belfry

5.     Arc De Triumph (climb to top)

B.    St Emilion

1.     Underground Saint-Emilion

C.   Bordeaux

1.     La Cite du Vin (Wine museum)

2.     Mellesima wine merchant

3.     River side Fountains

D.   Mont-Saint-Michel Abby

70.    Germany

A.    Mercedes Benz Plant tour, Stuttgart

B.    Frankfort, Christmas Market

C.   Berlin

1.     Brandenburg Gate

2.     Holocaust Memorial

3.     Eastside Gallery

71.    Greece

A.    Athens

1.     Acropolis/Parthenon site

2.     The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament and the Changing of The Guards

3.     New Acropolis Museum

4.     Temple of Zeus

B.    Corinth Canal

C.   Rhodes

1.     The Palace of the Grand Master

D.   Delphi

E.    Chios

F.    Corfu

1.     Achillion Palace

2.     Paleokastritsa

3.     Kanoni

G.   Santorini (beautiful, but it scarred me)

H.   Olympia

I.      Zakynthos

1.     Blue Caves

J.     Patmos

1.     Monestary of St John

2.     ATV tour of the whole island

K.    Crete

1.     Knossos

2.     Archaeological Museum

L.    Mykonos

1.     ATV Tour

M.   Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

1.     Saint Hilarion Castle

2.     Bellapais (Tree of Idleness, Monastery, Durrell (Bitter Lemons) house)

72.    Greenland

A.    Kulusuk

73.    Gibraltar, United Kingdom

74.    Guernsey – Castle Cornet

75.    Iceland

A.    Blue Lagoon

B.    Geyser

C.   People (First Visit)

D.   Water Falls

E.    Dry snorkeling touching two continents

F.    East Highlands

76.    Ireland

A.    Ashford Castle

B.    Adare Manor

C.   Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

D.   Ring of Kerry

E.    Dromoland  Castle

1.     A falcon walk/hunt in Ireland, with an owl finish

F.    Dublin

1.     Guinness Storehouse

2.     Temple Bar

G.   Skellig Michael

77.    Isle of Man

A.    Peel

B.    Lakey Wheel

C.   St Johns and Tynwald

D.   Cregneish Village and Sound

78.    Italy

A.    Pompeii

1.     Villa of the Mysteries

B.    Venice

1.     St Mark’s Basilica

2.     Piazza San Marco

3.     Cruise Captain night tour

4.     Peggy Guggenheim Collection

5.     Murano

6.     Doge’s Palace

a. Bridge of Sighs

7.     Gondola through the canals

8.     Rialto Bridge

9.     Speed Boat to airport

10.  Redentore Festival Fireworks

C.   Rome

1.     Spanish Steps

2.     Colosseum

3.     Pantheon

4.     Trevi Fountain

5.     The Forum

6.     Capuchin Crypt

D.   Fresh olive oil in Tuscany, with wine and bread. You can taste the color green!

E.    Florence

F.    Leaning Tower of Pisa

G.   Capri, funicular up the hillside

H.   Amalfi Coast

1.     Cathedral of Amalfi

I.      Treviso

J.     Ravenna

1.     Basilica of San Vitale

2.     Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

K.    Sorrento

L.    Taormina, Sicily

1.     Mt Etna

M.   Bologna

1.     Food Tour: Parmigiano Reggiano, Conti Prosciutto Di Parma, Picci Vinegar (Balsamic) factory

N.   Modena

1.     Pavarotti House

79.    Jersey

A.    War Tunnels

B.    Mont Orgueil Castle

80.    Luxembourg

A.    Viaden Castle,

81.    Malta

A.    Valletta City Center

B.    Mdina

C.   St. Pau’s Catacombs

82.    Monaco

A.    Monte-Carlo Grand Casino

83.    Netherlands

A.    Walking the Red Light District of Amsterdam

B.    Keukenhof Gardens

C.   Van Gogh Museum

D.   Royal Delft Factory

E.    Amsterdam canal tour

F.    Den Haag

84.    Northern Ireland

A.    Giant Causeway

B.    Carrick-A-Rede and Larrybane

C.   Bus Tour of Belfast

85.    Portugal

A.    Lisbon

1.     Belem Pastry

2.     Caltelo de S. Jorge

3.     Torre de Belem

B.    Palace of Pena

C.   National Palace of Sintra

D.   Funchal, Madeira

1.     Cabo Girão

2.     Porto Moniz

86.    San Marino

A.    Fortress 1 & 2

87.    Sardinia

A.    Neptune’s Grotto via walking from the top of Capo Caccia

88.    Scotland

A.    Edinburgh Castle

B.    New Town

C.    St Giles Cathedral

D.   Linlithgow Palace

E.    Medwyn House B&B (best carrot soup)

89.    Spain

A.    Madrid

1.     Bull Fight in Madrid

2.     Museo Del Prado

B.    Alhambra, Granda Spain

C.   Cordoba

1.     Mosque Cathedral

D.   Barcelona, Spain

1.     Sagrada Familia

2.     Park Güell

3.     La Pedrera

4.     Gothic Quarter

E.    Seville

1.     Plaza de Espana

2.     Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla)

F.    Toledo

G.   Mountain of Montserrat

1.     Basilica and La Moreneta (Black Madonna)

H.   Mountain drive to Andorra

I.      Merida

J.     Mallorca

1.     Cathedral of Majorca

2.     Palma

3.     Bellver Castle

4.     Valldemosa

K.    Tenerife, Canary Islands

1.     Auditorio de Tenerife

2.     National Park of the Canadas

L.    Santa Crus De La Palma, Canary Islands

1.     National Park Caldera de Taburiente

2.     Las Nieves

3.     Las Manchas (Plaza de La Glorieta)

90.    Sweden

A.    Visby / Gotland

B.    Stockholm

1.     Vasa Museum

2.     Drottningholm Palace

3.     Royal Palace

4.     Skansen 

91.    Switzerland

A.    Hotel Bellevue, Mt Pilatus Switzerland

B.    Geneva

C.   Zermatt

1.     Paragliding

D.   Car Train

E.    Glacier 3000

F.    Chillion Castle, Montreux

G.   Thun Castle, Bern

H.   Jungfraujoch

I.      Gruyères

J.     Basel

K.    Rapperswil – Town of Roses

L.    Murten - Morat

92.    Turkey

A.    Istanbul

1.     Topkapi Palace

2.     The Blue Mosque

3.     Basilica Cistern

4.     Haghia Sophia

5.     Bosphorus Boat ride

6.     Church of St. George, Istanbul

7.     Galata Tower

B.    Ephesus

C.   The Virgin Mary’s Natural and Cultural Park

93.    Vatican City

1.     St. Peters Basilica

a. Climbing to the top

2.     Vatican Museums

3.     St Peter’s Square

4.     Sistine Chapel

94.    Wales

A.   Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

B.    Conway Castle

C.    Caernarfon Castle

D.   Snowdonia National Park

 

Balkans, Eastern Europe and Russia (94)

 

95.    Albania

A.    Bunkers

B.    Countryside

C.   Elbasan

D.   People

96.    Belarus

A.    Minsk

B.    Convent of St Ephrosinia

C.   Khatyn Memorial

D.   Mir Fortress

E.    Njasvizh Palace

97.    Bosnian-Herzegovina

A.    Republic of Srpska

B.    Gradacac (City and Fortress)

98.    Bulgaria

A.    Arbanasi

99.    Croatia

A.    Dubrovnik

B.    Sibenik

1.     Krka Waterfalls

C.   Brijuni, Tito’s Zoo

D.   Korcula

E.    Pula

F.    Mali Lošinj

G.   Vukovar Memorial Cemetery

H.   Cathedral in Dakova with fresco showing the handing down of the ten commandants to Moses, by Allah

100. Czech Republic

A.    Prague

1.     Charles Bridge

2.     Prague Castle

3.     St. Vitus Cathedral

4.     St Nicholas Church

5.     Astronomical Clock

6.     Jewish Quarter

7.     Karlstejn Castle (outside of town)

101. Estonia

A.    Biking in Tallinn

102. Hungary

A.    Kalocsa (Red Paprika, Horsemen, Cathedral)

B.    Budapest

1.     Hero’s Square

2.     City Park, including Széchenyi Baths and Vajdahunyad Castle

3.     Jewish Quarter

4.     Shoes on the Danube Bank

5.      Central Market Hall

6.     Castle District

7.     Matthias Church

C.    Eger (in the valley of the beautiful women)

1.     Magic Tower

2.     Wine Caves / Wine Bars

103. Macedonia

A.    Memorial House of Mother Theresa, Skopje

B.    Achaeological site Stobi

C.   Ohrid

D.   Habitat for Humanity build, Veles

104. Moldova

A.    Chisinau

B.    Curchi Monastery

C.    Orhei Vechi Monastery

D.   Transdniestr

1.     Turkish Fort

105. Montenegro

A.    Kotor

1.     Isles of Sevti Dorde (St George) and Gospa od Skrpjela (Our Lady of the Rocks)

2.     Cathedral of Saint Tryphon

3.     Climbing to the city walls and fortress

106. Romania

A.    Bucharest

1.     Palace of Parliament

2.     Royal Palace Square

B.    The Statue of King Decebal

C.   Sinaia (Peles Castle and Sinaia Monastery)

D.   Transylvania

1.     Bran Castle

2.     Rasnov fortress

107. Russia

A.    St Petersburg,

1.     Peterhof Fountains

2.     Amber Room at Catharine’s Palace

3.     Church a Spilt Blood

4.     St Peters Cathedral

5.     Hermitage Museum

6.     Peter & Paul Fortress

7.     Smolny Cathedral

108. Serbia

A.    Djerdap Gorge (Iron Gate)

B.    The Trajan’s Tablet

C.   Belgrade

1.     Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Belgrade

2.     Kalemegdan Fortress

109. Slovakia

A.    Bratislava

1.     Old Quarter

2.     Bratislavia Castle

110. Slovenia

A.    Koper

B.    Hrastovlje

1.     Church of Holy Trinity – Dance of Death

C.   Sečovlje Salina nature park

D.   Plahuta Winery, drinking Refošk and Malvazia

1.     Brasov (Black Church, Rope Street, Black and White Towers)

111. Ukraine

A.    Kiev

1.     Lavra Monestary

2.     St Sophia Cathedral and Monestary

3.     Freedom Square

4.     WWII Memorial

B.    Lviv

C.   Chernivtsi

1.      Residence of Bukovynian Metropolitans, now Chernivtsi National University

2.      St Nicholas Cathedral

 

Middle East (34)

 

112. Bahrain

A.    With a woman guide with many interesting opinions

B.    Bait Al-Qur’an

C.   Camel farm

D.   King Fahad Causeway to Tower restaurant

113. Qatar

A.    Doha

1.     Equestrian Club

2.     Markets: Falcon, Fish, Old Souq

114. Israel

A.    Masada

B.    Swimming in the Dead Sea

C.   Jerusalem

1.     Mount of Olives

2.     Dome of the Rock (view)

3.     Church of All Nations, said to enshrine a section of bedrock where Jesus prayed before his arrest

4.     Western (Wailing) Wall

5.     Church of the Holy Sepulcher

6.     Walk through Muslim Quarter, Christian Quarter and part of the Via Dolorosa the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion.

115. Oman

A.    Muscat

1.     Forts Tour

a. Nizwa - Round Tower Fort

b. Jabrin

116. Palestine

A.    Birkat Al Mauz

B.    Check points and Murals

C.   Bethlehem

1.     Manger Square

2.     Church of the Nativity

3.     Christian Grotto

117. United Arab Emirates

A.    Dubai

1.     Staying at the Burj Al Arab

2.     Ski Dubai

3.     Flying over the World and Palms

4.     Sundowner Jeep safari of the dunes and a camp dinner

5.     Dhow cruise

B.    Abu Dhabi

C.   Visiting all other Emirates by car

 

Asia (75)     

 

118. Bangladesh

A.    Meghna River Cruise

119. Bhutan

A.    Chime Lhakhana dedicated to Lam Drnkpa Kuenley the “Devine Madman

B.    Punakha Dzong

C.   Tiger Nest Monastery

120. Brunei

A.    Jam’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

B.    Kampung Ayer (floating village)

C.   Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall

121. Cambodia

A.    Angkor Temples, Cambodia

B.    Floating villages of Kompong Kleang, Cambodia

122. China

A.    Three Gorges Dam under construction in August 2000

B.    Great Wall of China

C.   Beijing

1.     Forbidden City, Beijing

2.     Tiananmen Square

3.     Hutong

4.     Imperial Summer palace

D.   Xian China

1.     Terra Cotta Warriors,

2.     Biking City Wall

E.    Chengdu

1.     Dujiangyan aqueduct system

2.     China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas, Dujiangyan Base

F.    Lhasa, Tibet

1.     Potala Palace

2.     Jokhang Temple

3.      Norbulinka - Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama

G.   Kunming

1.     Green Lake Park

2.     Stone Forest

3.      Jiuxiang Karst Cave

4.     Red Lands

123. Hong Kong

A.    Chi Lin Nunnery

B.    Victoria Peak

C.   Ritz Carlton Ozone Bar

D.   Cheung Chau

E.    Avenue of the Stars

124. India

A.    The Taj Mahal

B.    Tiger safari

1.     Kanha Game Park

2.     Bandhavgarh National Park

C.   Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

D.   Fatehpur Sikri Mosque

E.    Holi Festival, India

F.    Gurdwara Bangla Sabib Kitchen

G.   Calcutta

1.     Flower Market

2.     Granges River

H.   Kaziranga National Park

I.      Sikkim

125. Japan

A.    Tokyo and Beyond

1.     Tokyo Disneyland

2.     Tokyo Subway

3.     Tokyo Tower

4.     Nikko Toshogu Shrine

5.     Mt Fuji – Hakone National Park

a. Bullet Train back to Toyko

B.    Okinawa

1.     Shurijyo castle

2.     Shikinaen Royal Gardens

3.     Bise village

4.     Cape Manzamo

126. Korea

A.    Seoul

B.    Jeju Korea

1.     Loveland

C.   JSA, Korea 

127. Macau

A.   A-Ma Temple

B.    Cotai Strip

128. Malaysia

A.    Kuching

B.    Bako National Park

C.   Batang Ai reservoir and longboat to longhouse

D.   Sepilok Orangutan Sancuary

E.    Kuala Lumpur

129. Myanmar

A.    Yangon

B.    Bagan

1.     Sunrise Balloon Ride

130. Nepal

A.    Kathmandu

1.      Great Boudha Stupa

2.      Pashupatinath Temple area

3.      Hanuman-Dhaka Dunbar Square

4.     Swayambhunath Stupa

B.    Chitwan National Park

C.    Manakamana Temple

131. Seychelles Islands

A.    La Digue

B.    Fregate Island

C.   Aride

D.   Cousin

E.    Curieuse

F.    Praslin

G.   Mahe

132. Singapore

A.    Singapore City Gallery, Singapore Past, Present and Future

B.    Hawker Centers (food)

C.   Gardens by the Bay

1.     Supertree Grove Light Show

133. Sri Lanka

A.    Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya

B.    Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic

134. Taiwan

A.    Taipei City

1.     The National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

2.     Taipei 101

135. Thailand

A.    Bangkok Temples

B.    Hellfire Pass, Kanchanaburi

C.   Tiger Temple, Kanchanaburi

D.   Swimming with the elephant Apple in the River Kwai

E.    Breakfast on the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

F.    Feeding Monkeys on the way to the Gulf of Thailand via small boat

G.   Sukothai

H.   Yao and Ekaw tribes

I.      Mekong River

1.     Cross to Tachilek, Myanmar

2.     Cross to Laos

 

Antarctica, plus Central and South America (and off coast islands) (140)

 

136. Antarctica

A.    South Georgia Island

1.     Grytviken Station

B.    Antarctic Peninsula

1.     Landing Hope Bay

2.     Landing at Chilean base camp

3.     Seeing giant icebergs while soaking in a hot tub on deck 8

C.   Prone traveling the Drake Passage

137. Argentina

A.    Buenos Aires

1.     Plaza de Mayo

2.     San Telmo

3.     La Boca

4.     Recoleta Cemetery

5.     Subway

B.    Iguazu Falls

1.     Boat ride up into Devil’s Throat Canyon

C.   Ushuaia, El Tren Del Fin Del Mundo (The End of the World Train)

D.   Mendoza

1.     Aroma Room at Belasco de Baquedano winery

138. Belize

A.    River boat on the New River

B.    Mayan Ruins - Temples of Lamanai

139. Bolivia

A.    La Paz

1.     Valley of the Moon

2.     Cable Cars

B.    Lake Titicaca

1.      Copacabana and Island of the Sun

C.   Sajama National Park

D.   Salar de Uyuni

1.      Palacio de Sal - Salt Hotel

E.    Uyuni Train Cemetery

F.    Crossed 16,125 feet on way to Dali Desert

140. Brazil

A.    Iguazu Falls (different perspective from Argentina)

B.    Rio De Janeiro

1.     Sambadrome Carnival Parade 2017

2.     Christ the Redeemer monument

3.     Sugarloaf Mountain via Cable Car

4.     Copacabana Beach

5.     Ipanema Beach

6.     Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps)

7.     Sao Bento Monastery

C.   Manaus

1.     Swim with Pink Dolphins

2.     Meeting of the Waters – Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes

3.     Teatro Amazonas (Opera House)

D.   Olinda

E.    Recife

1.     Capela Dourada

F.    Boca Da Valeria

G.   Fortaleza: Cumbuco Dunes

H.   Parintins: Boi Bumba stadium and neighborhoods

I.      San Pablo

141. Chile

A.    Zapallar

B.    Parque Metropolitano de Santiago

C.   Punta Arenas Penguin Colony

D.   Strait of Magellan

E.    Valparaiso

F.    Easter Island

1.     Rapa Nui National Park

2.     Moai Stautues

3.     Snorkeling

142. Columbia

A.    Cartagena

1.     San Felipe Fort

2.     Walled City

3.     La Popa Monastery

B.    San Andres Island

143. Costa Rica

A.    Poas volcano

B.    La Paz Waterfall Gardens

C.   Zip Line, Bahia Drake

D.   Veragua Rainforest

1.     Zipline

144. Ecuador

A.    Quito,

B.    Banco Central Del Ecuador – Museo Nacional

C.   Intinan Museum

D.   San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

E.    Middle of the World (not really)

F.    The Galapagos Islands

1.     Santa Cruz Island

a. Giant Tortoises

2.     Bartolome Island

a. Lava field

3.     James Island

4.     Fernandina Island

5.     Isabela Island

6.     North Seymour Island

a. Frigatebirds

b. Snorkeling

145. El Salvador

1.     Joya de Ceren

2.     Coatepeque Lake

3.     Cerro Verde

146. Falkland Islands

A.    Driving past mine fields

B.    Bluff Cove Lagoon

147. French Guiana

A.    Salvation Island, Ile Royale (Devil’s Island)

B.    Penal colony of Saint Laurent de Maroni

C.   Guiana Space Center Museum

148. Guatemala

A.    Iximche Mayan Ruins

B.    Antigua

149. Guyana

A.    Kaieteur Falls

B.    Howler Monkey Chorus - Mahaica River

150. Honduras

A.    Roatan

1.     Zip Line

B.    Trujillo

151. Mexico

A.    Tijuana

1.     Border Wall, old and USA Prototype

2.     Beach area

3.      Panteon Municipal #1, Tomb of Juan Soldado

B.    Puerto Vallarta

1.     AzAmazing Evening

C.   Huatulco - Snorkeling

D.   Los Cabos

1.     ATV Off Rode Adventure

E.    Cozumel

1.     Snorkel

2.     Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins

F.    Costa Maya

1.     Dolphin Swim

G.   Cancun

1.     Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

2.     Touring Cenotes

152. Nicaragua

A.    Habitat for Humanity Build, San Rafael del Sur

B.    Granada

1.     Boat Tour

C.   Masaya Volcano National Park

D.   Leon Viejo and Leon

E.    White Towns-Caterina overlook of Laguna de Apoyo volcanic crater lake

153. Panama

A.    Full transit through the Panama Canal

B.    Tour of Panama City

154. Paraguay

A.    Friendship Bridge to Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este from Brazil

155. Peru

A.    Museo Oro del Peru

B.    Villa El Salvador, Lima

C.   Guinea Pigs (at home and on a plate)

D.   Cuzco

1.     Sacsayhuaman Healer

E.    Climbing Wayna Picchu

F.    Machu Picchu

G.   Pisco Sour 

156. Suriname

A.    Paramaribo

157. Uruguay

A.    Colonia, Tour via golf cart. 

158. Venezuela

A.    Tour of Caracus

1.     Mount Avita cable car

2.     Museum of Colonial Art

3.     National Heroes Boulevard

B.    Margarita, La Restinga National Park

 

Caribbean (70)

 

159. Antigua

A.    Sting Ray City

B.    St. John’s

C.   Betty”s Hope

160. Aruba

161. Bahamas

A.    Scooter around Nassau, (scarred again)

162. Barbados

A.    Silver Moon Snorkeling, Barbados

B.    Crane beach & resort

C.   St. Peter’s Parish Church, Speightstown

163. Bermuda

A.    National Museum of Bermuda

B.    Crystal Caves

C.   Town of St George

164. Bonaire

A.    Golf cart circumnavigation

B.    Slave Huts

C.   Mango Forest

D.   Snorkeling

165. Cuba

A.    Coincidencia Farm

B.    Havana

1.     Fusterlandia

2.     Hotel Nacional

3.     Floridita bar

4.     Tropicana

C.   Sancti Spirtus

D.   Topes de Collantes

E.    Las Terrazas

F.    Che Guevara Mausoleum

G.   Las Terrazas

H.   Cojiimar

166. Curaco

A.   Willemstad

B.    Scuba lessons @ The Dive Bus (flunked out)

167. Dominica

A.    Emerald Falls

B.    Indian River

C.   Fort Shirley

168. Dominican Republic

A.    Santo Domingo

1.     Columbus Light House

2.     Cathedral of Santa Maria

3.     Ozama Fortress

4.     Ciudad Colonial

169. Grand Cayman

A.    Turtle Farm

B.    Hell

C.   Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park

D.   Drive: Barkers to Rum Point

170. Grenada

A.    Gouyave nutmeg station

B.    Snorkeling and statues underwater

171. Guadeloupe

A.    Botanical Garden of Deshaies

172. Jamaica

A.    Montego Bay

B.    Ochio Rios

1.     Blue Hole

2.     Tubing down White River

173. Martinique

A.    Fort-De-France

B.    Saint-Louis Cathedral

174. Monserrat

A.    Apple Records

B.    Volcano Zone C

175. Puerto Rico

A.    Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe and Castillo Cristobal

B.    El Yunque rain forest

C.   Kayaking in Luminescent Bay

176. Saba

A.    Flying in & out

177. Saint Barthélemy (St Barts)

A.    Sharing an ATV around the island

178. St. Lucia

A.    Sulfur ponds

B.    Pitons

179. St.Kitts

A.    Romney Manor

B.    Brimstone Fortress

C.   Nevis

180. Saint Martin

A.    Ferry to Anguilla

B.    Grand Case restaurants

181. St. Thomas

182. St Vincent

A.    Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary

B.    Montreal Gardens

183. Tobago

A.    Tour with Peter Cox: Rain Forest / Argyle Waterfall / Adventure Humming and Nature Reserve

184. Turks & Caicos

 

Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands (36)

 

185. Australia

A.    Sydney

1.     Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge

2.     Manly Ferry – Beach to City

B.    Blue Mountains

1.     Meat Pie

C.   Cairns

1.     Snorkel Great Barrier Reef

2.     Sky Rail

3.     Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge

D.   Ayers Rock

1.     Field of Light

2.     Segway around Uluru at Sunrise

E.    Kangaroo Island

1.     Remarkable Rocks

2.     Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – for Koalas

F.    Tasmania

1.     Cradle Mountain National Park

a. Hike to Marion’s Lookout via Crater Lake and Dove Lake

b. Evening drive to find Wombat

c.  Tasmanian Devil visit at Devils@Cradle

G.   Melbourne

1.     Drive to 12 Apostles Rock Formation

2.     Trams

3.     Shrine of Remembrance

4.     Queen Victoria Market

186. New Zealand

A.    Auckland

1.      West Coast Rainforest and Beaches - Karekare and Piha

B.    Waitomo Ruakuri Cave & Glow Worms

C.   Wai-O-Tapu, Thermal Wonderland

D.   White Island Volcano via Helicopter

E.    Franz Joseph Glacier Valley Walk

F.    Queenstown

G.   Milford Sound via Bus, Cruise and Helicopter return

187. Tahiti,

A.    Moorea

B.    Bora Bora

1.     Sail to Marlon Brando’s atoll Tetiaroa

 

Food and Fun (123)

 

188. Competitours 2019     

189. Restaurants (In somewhat ranked order)

A.      Susan Dailey, Evening of Amuse-ment

B.      Hotel Restaurant Schweizer Stuben, Chef Dieter Müller (Germany)

C.     Alinea, Chicago

D.     Le Chique, Puerto Morelos, Mexico

E.      Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

F.      Willows Inn, Lummi, Island Washington

G.     Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

H.     minibar by Jose Andres

I.        Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

J.       Maaemo, Oslo

K.      The Restaurant at Meadowood, New Year’s Eve in the kitchen

L.      Inn at Little Washington

M.     Odette, Singapore

N.     The French Laundry (Two times)

O.     Veta Bistro, Santa Cruz, Chile, Chef Roberto Neira

P.      Attica, Melbourne, Australia

Q.     The Grove, Auckland, New Zealand

R.     Pineapple & Pearls, Washington, DC

S.      Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France (in the kitchen)

T.      Gustu, La Paz, Bolivia

U.     Atomix, NYC

V.      McCrady’s, Charleston, SC

W.    Bohemia, St. Helier, Jersey (Channel Islands)

X.      Boragó, Santiago, Chile

Y.      Amisfield, Queenstown New Zealand

Z.      Gaggan, Bangkok

AA.  KOKS, Faroe Islands

BB.  Steirereck, Vienna

CC. Eleven Madison Park, NYC

DD. Inakaya East, Tokyo, a robatayaki restaurant

EE.  Café Bern 

FF.   ZooFari, National Zoo, Washington DC (Annual Event)

190. Wine Touring (Actual wineries sometimes are too numerous to mention):

A.      Napa, California

B.      Sonoma, California

C.     Central Coast (Santa Barbara - Paso Robles) California

D.     Long Island, New York

E.      Finger Lakes, New York

F.      Willamette Valley, Oregon

G.     Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

H.     Halifax, Nova Scotia 

I.        Northern Virginia

J.       Western Central Virginia

K.      Sardinia (Wine Resort Leda d'Ittiri)

L.      Macedonia (Popova Kula Winery)

M.     Colchagua Valley, Chile

N.     Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, South Africa

O.     Hermanus area, South Africa

P.      Penedes (Cava) - Cavas Codorníu

Q.     Bordeaux - Right Bank: St Emilion, Pomerol,

R.     Bordeaux - Left Bank: Sauternes, Pessac- Leognan, Medoc, Pauillac, Margaux, St Estephe, Graves

S.      Santorini

T.      Jersey – La Mare

U.     Wachau Valley, Austria

V.      Eger, Hungery

W.    Chisinau, Moldova (Cricova and Asconi)

X.      Mendoza, Argentina

Y.      Casablanca, Chile

Z.      Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

AA.  Martinborough, New Zealand

AA.  Marlborough, New Zealand

BB.  Barossa Valley, Australia 

CC. Amalfi – Marisa Cuomo

DD. DCOG Prosecco

EE.  Sicily – Murgo

FF.  Chardonne, Switzerland

GG.Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Tenuta Casali and Tre Monti)

1.        Baseball, Basketball and Football Stadiums:

A.      Metropolitan Stadium, Minneapolis

B.      Metrodome, Minneapolis

C.     U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

D.     Fenway Park, Boston

E.      Nationals Park, Washington, DC

F.      Camden Yards, Baltimore

G.     Wrigley Field, Chicago

H.     Apartment roof top view of a Cubs game

I.        Yankee Stadium (old) New York

J.       SkyDome, Toronto

K.      Comiskey Park (new), Chicago

L.      Comerica Park, Detroit

M.     Milwaukee County Stadium, Braves and Brewers

N.     Skydome, Toronto

O.     Fed Ex Field (Redskins)

P.      Madison Square Garden

Q.     United Center (NBA Finals)

R.     Lambeau Field

S.      Pro Shop / Hall of Fame

T.      Target Center, Minneapolis

1.        World Series game(s), cheering for the home team 1987 and 1991 Eight games! 

2.        Super Bowl (XXVI)

3.        NCAA Final 4 – Minneapolis 1992

4.        NBA All-Star game (Minneapolis, MN)

5.        US Open Tennis, 1997,1998, 1999 – Woman’s Final, Serena’s First Grand Slam win.

6.        Australian Open Tennis, Woman’s Final 2018

7.        Les Misérables in London 1988 (and New York, Washington, DC and …..)

8.        Lena Horne, Broadway 1982

9.        Lion King, Broadway 1997

10.    Hamilton Broadway 2019

11.    Cruises:

A.      09/1991: RCL Caribbean

B.      01/1994: Renaissance, Seychelles

C.     10/1995: Renaissance, Rome to Istanbul 

D.     07/1997: Renaissance, Baltics

E.      08/2000: OAT, Yangtze

F.      08/2004: MS Dalmacija, Adriatic 

G.     08/2005: Amadeus, MS Artistry Bucharest to Budapest 

H.     02/2006: M/V Galapagos Explorer II

I.        05/2006: Oceania, Mediterranean

J.       02/2007: Princess, Western Caribbean

K.      06/2008: Carnival, Bahamas

L.      11/2008: NCL, Western Mediterranean

M.     12/2008: Voyages of Discovery, Antarctica

N.     10/2009: NCL, Bahamas

O.     05/2010: OAT, Galapagos

P.      05/2011: Oceania, Adriatic

Q.     01/2012: Windstar, Panama Canal

R.     11/2012: Windstar, Rome to Barcelona

S.      12/2012: Voyages of Discovery, Eastern Caribbean

T.      09/2014: NCL Alaska

U.     10/2014: RCL Quebec City to Quebec City

V.      11/2014: Oceania, Eastern Caribbean

W.    01/2015: NCL Hawaii

X.      08/2015: Oceania, Oslo to Stockholm 

Y.      11/2015: Oceania, Lisbon to Cape Town

Z.      02/2016: Azamara, Costa Rica to LA

AA.  09/2016: Oceania Athens to Athens

BB.  12/2016: Azamara, Caribbean

CC. 02/2017: Oceania Amazon - Miami to Rio

DD. 05/2017: Viking River Cruise – Bucharest to Budapest

EE.  07/2018 Azamara Rome-Venice


 

Updated 08/15/19:  Total +/- 1150  (Italicized line items are headings and are not counted.)  I still have many gaps in my memories and pictures to look through.