Places I want to visit before I die. Admittedly, I’m cheating here a bit. I want to witness these historical places sure, but I also want to see the country/city associated with them. This is a list of place I want to explore.
- Aldford Castle
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Machu Picchu
Remember the scene in Braveheart when Stephen refers to Ireland as “my island”? Aldford Castle is my castle. Built in the 12th century by Richard de Aldford, my great-grandfather many times over. I will concede that a motte-and-bailey castle built some 900 years ago is not really worth looking at but it’s mine. A trip to England would be amazing in its own right, highlighted by a journey into my history would make it perfect.
Rome was the center of the known universe, in the west anyway, for a millennium. The Forum, the Colosseum, the cathedrals and the art all make Rome a place that I must see someday. Although I am honestly more interested in the later period of Raphael and da Vinci. St Peter’s Basilica is the apex of Renaissance art and architecture, the work of Michelangelo and Bernini. I can’t fathom the grandeur of walking through the plaza and entering the Basilica, but I want to find out.
South East Asia fascinates me, always has. There is something about the beauty, mystery and danger of the jungle and an exotic culture that captivates my imagination. The manifestation of all that for me is Angkor. Ancient and beautiful, it has an allure. A mighty civilization once thrived and prospered here and to see something so foreign and exotic would be a helluva trip.
Machu Picchu is simply mind-boggling to me. Four day hike to get there, which begs the question, how did they build in such a remote place? Better still, why did they build in such a remote place? That’s part of the coolness of the site, no one really knows. Theories range from remote prison camp to agricultural test station. Whatever, I really want to explore this ancient site at the top of the world.
Kilimanjaro is the biggest of the cheats on this list. I’m not a climber and have no aspirations to mount an ascent. The reason to include it here is East Africa itself. I have always wanted to see the savanna, the Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Zanzibar and of course Kilimanjaro. The chance to go on safari or to see the gorillas in the highlands is something I hope I get the chance to do.