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. If you missed the countdown so far you can click on the links to read 100-91, 90-81 , 80-71 here and 70-61 here.
60 Dubrovnik. A beautiful Croatian city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Once a rival to Venice, this is the place to visit for those who want to miss out on the crowds of Italy.
59 The Dead Sea. One of the lowest points on the surface of the Earth, This is one spot I got before it might be too late. For centuries The Dead Sea has been famous for its healing qualities and the ability to float whilst reading a newspaper. However it is shrinking fast due to water being siphoned off from its source river. If nothing is done soon, The Dead Sea will be The Dead, Dead Sea as The Aral Sea already is.
58 Timbuktu. Recently in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The city has a legendary status and is still a centre of religion and learning. The place I want to see is the wonderful looking Djingareyber Mosque
57 The Dakotas. I like grassy lands and The Dakotas are essentially the similar to the Asian Steppe, the Polish grasslands or Salisbury Plain. The place I would make a bee-line to is to the location of Mount Rushmore.
56 Thailand and Cambodia. I like anyway with evidence of old civilisations and there are plenty of old and new civilisations here. Particularly must see the temple of Angkor Wat.
55 Georgia This ancient Christian country is brimming with old monasteries, castles and rough terrain. It’s somewhat off the main tourist track but along with surround countries, is well worth a visit if you’re prepared to rough it a little.
54 The Palace of Versailles . Located just outside Paris but well worth a place in its own right. The Hall of Mirrors has to be seen to be believed. I’ve been to plenty of palaces but this one is right near the top of them.
53 Stonehenge. One of the wonders of the world. In a country full of old things, this one is older than most. Maybe the oldest and longest running religious site in the world. Very nearby is Salisbury Cathedral, home to the best preserved Magna Carta document and the beginnings of democracy and human rights.
52 Berlin. This amazing capital is worth a visit by anyone to see the magnificent Brandenberg Gate and Bundestag. Full of galleries and museums it would already be my pick for top continental European city but for anyone with an interest in history the chance to wonder down the famous streets, stand by the Berlin Wall and metaphorically spit on Hitlers grave on the site of the old Fuhrers Bunker is not to be missed.
51 Bethlehem. Top of the list of this ancient Palestinian city has to be The Church of the Nativity followed by the 5th Century Greek Mar Saba monastery.
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.
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