Celebrating the publishing of my new travelogue Planes Trains & Sinking Boats I am continuing my countdown of top 100 list of places I want (and wanted) to see when I was a student. In the intervening 15 years or so, some of them I have seen more than once and others remain and remind I should get my skates on if I want to get round to seeing the overwhelming majority of them. If you missed the countdown so far you can click on the links to read 100-91, 90-81 and 80-71 here.
70 Cappadoccia in central Anatolia. A unique place full of underground cave houses and fairy chimneys. Not too far from here is a place by the coast of the Mediterranean Sea where natural and eternal flames come up through the rocks. The whole of Turkey is somewhere I would love to visit but alas there are only 100 places available on my list!
69 Rio De Janeiro – Possibly the coolest city in the world and definately the most famous in South America. So much to see and so little time I fear will be the issue with this amazing city. Head and shoulders above everything else is the amazing statue of Christ of the Redeemer on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and a unmissable cable-car ride. If you don’t like heights then enjoy the countless beachside bars, restaurants and food.
68 Yosemite National Park Apparently Yosemite is sitting on top of a giant super-volcano and that sometime in the next few hundred thousand years it will be totally destroyed. Knowing my luck it will be when I am there so I should either get there quickly or ask for money and I will consider not seeing this amazing national park and so save it from disaster in my life-time at least.
67 Japan. So many places to see. Tokyo, Shinto temples, The Bullet train, Mount Fuji and some Japanese styles castles such as the one at Nagoya.
66 The Taj Mahal. Said to be the most famous and beautiful monument to love ever built. This beautiful building is always crowded with tourists so capturing that must-have photo is going to be difficult.
65 Sydney If you go to Australia then you pretty much have to go to Sydney. One of the most beautiful city bays in the world, topped by the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, a copy of the real bridge in my home city of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
64 The Lake District. 300 miles northwest of London lie the home of many of the best walks and views in Britain and also to most of the rain!
63 Alhambra, the ancient palace and fortress in Andalusia in Spain.
62 Salzburg. Birthplace of Mozart and home to the Sound of Music. The fine buildings and museums mean there isn’t much not to like about this place.
61 Potsdam. Potsdam is to Berlin what Versailles is to Paris or Windsor is to London. A small place full of history and the most amazing palaces imaginable. Just at the end of the Berlin metro and then a short bus ride takes you to the homes of the old rulers of Prussia.
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.
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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.
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