100 Places I Want To See Before I Die (90 – 81)

Continuing with my countdown of places that I really want to see to co-incide with my new travelogue book, here are places 90-81.  You can see my first 10 here.

Also a bit of new news on my books.  Planes Trains and Sinking Boats is now also available as a paperback on Amazon USA and Amazon UK it looks pretty good 🙂  My first novel, Let Me Help is available free of charge on Kindle format Amazon USA and  Amazon UK  plus worldwide until the end of Friday 7th June.  Why not check it out!

90 Stockholm.  Perhaps the grandest and most beautiful of the Nordic cities, the capital of Sweden is renowned for its fine architecture and beautiful views as well as its expensive beer.

Stockholm

Food and drink might be expensive in Stockholm but there is a whole lot to see for free in this beautiful city by the sea.

89 Transylvania.  I am into History, Horror and Literature and so what could be better than a trip to the home of Count Dracula.  The fact that the region is rich in fine old buildings and alpine scenery is a clincher too.

Transylvania

Beautiful scenery and lovely old buildings are just some of the things to see. Home of the legendary though mythical of Count Dracula.

88 Nubian Pyramids  These pyramids are much less well known and less visited than their more famous Egyptian neighbours but there is much evidence that these may have been the original pyramids.  Sadly some of them were blown up in the 19thC but there remains several clusters of these steeply sided Nubian pyramids in Sudan.  Makes for a good reason to see Khartoum as well.

Nubian Pyramids

In Sudan, these Pyramids were devastated 200 years ago by Giuseppe Ferlini who blew up the top of 1 and luckily found treasure so he blew up many more and found nothing. Schmuck!

87  Melbourne. Home of the MCG, Royal Botanic Gardens and numerous museums, cathedrals and galleries.  Also home of fictional Ramsay Street in televisions Neighbours!

Melbourne

A skyline to rival anywhere in the world in Melbourne, Australia.

86 Easter Island a possible warning to us all.  A successful civilisation that ruined its environment, resources and on more than one occasion almost wiped itself out, now all that remains are the giant heads that look out across the ocean.  Possibly the most unlikely place on my top places to see list but that’s ok, I’ve seen plenty of places that are probably just as wonderful if not as unique.

Easter Island

The heads were set looking out to sea but their builders should have paid more attention to what was happening on the island!

85 The Eden Project – Looking like a futuristic Martian colony, these 3 huge bio-domes in an abandoned quarry bring the jungle and the desert to Britain.  An amazing place to visit.

Eden Project

Cornwall might have palm trees but the biggest greenhouses in the world have an actual jungle… in England!

84 Barcelona.  Vibrant Catalan city in Northern Spain and more specifically for me, the Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona

City of two huge “cathedrals”, this one and the Nou Camp home of FC Barcelona.

83 Prague. The beautiful centre of the Czech capital is rightly famed for its beauty and the highlight for me was the Royal Palace full of fine arts with exhibits including a number of handwritten manuscripts by Beethoven.

Prague

The Old City in central Prague. A near perfect medieval city with astonishing buildings and artwork.

82 Kiev.  Old city and capital of Ukraine. Though the main square pictured below doesn’t look the prettiest place ever, if you know where to look there are a wealth of architectural wonders and a vibrant night-life. Full of places I’d like to see.

Kiev

There are few places with a finer array of Russian Orthodox Churches and architecture than Kiev.

81 Beirut.  The capital of modern day Lebanon and a unique mix of West meets East.  One of the trendiest places in the Middle-East to visit and due to the small size of Lebanon it makes for a great base to explore this tiny country that is rich in history and culture.

Beirut, Capital of Lebanon

One of a number of cities where West meets East. None though have the same vibrant and western feeling as the Paris of the East.

Remember, I am running a competition to win a copy of my new travelogue Planes, Trains & Sinking Boats.  The book is available on Kindle from all the Amazon UK  USA sites and will very shortly be available on the Apple iTunes iBookshelf for use with iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads.   A paperback edition is for sale at Lulu and on Amazon USA and Amazon UK and worldwide.

The reader who can guess what is number 1 on my list will receive a free signed paperback copy of Planes, Trains and Sinking Boats.  If no-one can guess number 1 then the person whose guess is highest on my list will receive a free e-book.   Send me an email with your guess or leave a guess in the comments below.

For the next 100 days anyone who follows my blog and purchases either Let Me Help or Planes, Trains and Sinking Boats on Amazon Kindle or in E-book format from Lulu or iTunes iBooks then I will send you a free E-book of the other title, just email me a screen dump proof of purchase.

Also, anyone who purchases a paperback copy of Let Me Help in the next 100 days and sends me proof of purchase I will send a free e-book format book to you.  I would ask that if you buy Let Me Help, you buy it from either Lulu or the more expensive copy on Amazon as the cheaper copy provides me with no royalties as the Publisher has now closed.

Next up cities 80 – 71!

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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12 Responses to 100 Places I Want To See Before I Die (90 – 81)

  1. Rosemarie says:

    Well, I was going to guess Easter Island. Hmmm. I’ll have to try again. The terra cotta soldiers in China?

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  4. Peggy Tee says:

    Why is Rapa Nui the least likely place you will get to? I was tempted to hop over from mainland Chile when I was travelling around South America two years ago, but the cost of it, for what was basically a day trip, was too exorbitant.

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    • Partly due to what you mention, the cost. Living in England, getting to Chile is already quite a trip. The main reason though is that I absolutely hate flying and most of the planes that go there are relatively small which in my mind makes it worst. I know some cruise ships go there but mostly “local” ones from places like Australia and not many of the larger ones from places like the U.K. or the U.S.A.

      I’ll try and find a way if I can though.

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      • Peggy Tee says:

        Are there cruise ships from Australia? I live in Sydney, so that might be an option… it’s a long way across open water with very few ports to stop at on the way though…

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