- The Amalfi Coast, Italy offers unbelievable topography with houses perched among the cliffs, old world charm, great Italian Cuisine
- Siem Reap, Cambodia delivers overgrown temples amid the ruins of Angkor Wat and one of the world’s largest religious compounds, the 12th century Angkor Thom Royal City also the Angkor Night market and Cambodian Cultural Village
- Bagan, Myanmar formerly Burma located in Myanmar’s Mandalay region during the 9th-13th centuries Bagan was the capital of the pagan kingdom and houses over 2000 Buddhist monuments and the circa 1091 Ananda Temple and the Dhammayangyi Temple
- Bali, Indonesia is filled with elephant sanctuaries, ancient temples, exotic beaches and is known for its legendary sunsets. Bali is an Indonesian island recognized for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.
- Barcelona, Spain is the place to find Antoni Gaudi’s architecture from Guell Park and La Sagrada Familia to Casa Batllo. Other fascinating architecture includes the Palace of Catalan Music, the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia and the Barri Gotic Neighborhood. One of the most favorite for (futball) fans is the Camp Nou Stadium home of one of their most popular soccer teams, the FC Barcelona.
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia is a favorite South Pacific Island southwest of Tahiti surrounded by islets and a turquoise lagoon protected by a huge coral reef and is a scuba diving hot spot below Mt Otemanu a dormant volcano elevation 2385 feet
- Cappadocia Turkey has a semi arid climate known for its “Fairy Chimneys” tall stone chimney shaped rock formations located in areas like Monks Valley and Goreme covered with Bronze Age dwellings and rock faced churches carved long ago into the 100 meter deep Ihlara Canyon walls by Troglodytes (cave dwellers).
- Crete, Greece is the mythical birthplace of Zeus the King of the Olympian Gods. The home of archaeological and mythological history displaying ancient ruins like the Minoan Ruins of Malia built in 1900 BC and must sees like Chania Town’s Old Venetian Harbor, the monasteries and fortresses of Rethymnon and the majestic Mt Ida the cave reputed to be the birthplace to Zeus
- Cusco, Peru nestled in the Andes, once the capital of the Incan Empire is home to Incan artistry and wall dwelling ruins and Andean baroque architecture from the stone streets to the Church of Santo Domingo on the Plaza de Armas. This convent sits on top of the Qoriacancha Palace known locally as the Incan Temple of the Sun. It is a high altitude melting pot of Amerindian and Mestizo cultures. Cusco is famous for its textiles, summer festivals and archeological wonders.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates invites you to take in the Burj Khalifa at 830 meters or approximately 2717 feet it is the tallest building in the world. At its base is the beautiful Dubai Fountain whose lights and fountains are choreographed to music. Also visit the world’s largest Theme Park, the MG Worlds of Adventure. Take-in the new Dubai Marina Its completion makes it the world’s largest man-made marina. Look in on the the world’s 1st rotating skyscraper scheduled for completion in 2020. There is so much to see including their indoor Ski Center.
- The Great Barrier Reef on Australia’s coastline near Queensland is the largest living thing on earth and can be seen from outer space. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It stretches over 1500 miles covering 134,286 square miles. It is an ecosystem with over 3000 coral reefs containing over 600 different types of both soft and hard corals. It houses 1600 species of fish and aquatic creatures . It is struggling due to global warming. Don’t miss this one.
- Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan is a public park off Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan’s pacific coastline. Fascination everywhere you look: sand dunes forests, grasslands, springs and an amusement park. There are many attractions including cycling and BMX tracks. When visiting drone photography is forbidden and stay off the flowers.
- Hoi An, Vietnam was a trading port from the 15h-19th century. On the 14th night of each month all lights go out and are replaced by colored lanterns. Two of the must-see sights are the Japanese covered bridge and Pagoda and the Quan Cong Temple. Hoi An is famous for its canal rides, tailor shops and bespoke (pre-ordered) clothing items.
- Istanbul Turkey famous for their Turkish baths, mosques and bazaars like the Grand Bazaar which houses thousands of shops and the Egyptian Bazaar offering a vast array of fruits and spices. Other enticing spots are the Sultan Ahmet Camii known as the blue mosque, the Galata bridge and the Miniature Park filled with tiny artifacts. Istanbul is also known for its fabulous Turkish carpets and rugs.
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming is south of the Grand Teton National Park, 60 miles from Yellowstone National Park and 30 miles southeast of Granite Hot Springs . Jackson is home of the National Elk Refuge and the town square hosts arches made of shedded elk antlers. The National Museum of Wildlife Art located there houses work by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keefe and if you ski there are 3 famous resorts.
- Kathmandu Nepal the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is surrounded by a valley full of ancient temples and shrines. It is the largest Himalayan state in Asia. Famous for carpets and paper prints. The monuments in Durbar Square are enthralling. If you like trekking or hiking the Thamel district is the perfect place.
- Marrakech, Morocco known as the Red City” you will encounter magic marketplaces, gardens, palaces, mosques, courtyards and the snaking alleyways of Medina The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. Ochre is defined as an earthy pigment containing ferric oxide, typically with clay, varying from light yellow to brown or red. This garden comes to life amid exoctic trees and plants, bubbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus the fragrance is soothing. The Moorish and Art Deco building erected there comes alive in intense blues and brilliant colors. Note: You are not allowed to enter the mosques unless you are Muslim.
18. Meteora, Greece more than a fabled rock formation at its apex 60 monks run the 2nd largest complex of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries in the world.
19. Mount Roraima, Venezuela is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. Tepui translate from the local Pemon language as “House of the Gods.” This site was first described by the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh during his expedition in 1595. It is one of nature’s most extraordinary geological formations and forms the triple border for Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.
20. Phuket, Thailand is an island in the Andaman Sea. Above the lavish beaches are mountains and rainforest, limestone caves and stunning rock formations. The dry season is November through April. Enjoy the spas and art galleries.
21. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia is a forest reserve with 16 terraced lakes and waterfalls with walkways and hiking trails throughout. It’s Veliki Slap is the largest waterfall being 78 miles high.
22. Porto, Portugal nicknamed “City of Bridges” offers intimate beaches along the shoreline, historical sites, famous wine cellars including the Sandeman and Offley and of course bridges many of them iron including the Dom Luis Bridge designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel the designer of the “Eiffel Tower”
23. Prague, Czech Republic steaming full of gothic structures like The Old Town square, the Astronomical Clock and the Prague Castle the largest coherent castle complex in the world will leave you feeling like you’re visiting a fairy tale. As you cross the Charles Bridge rub a Saints Statue for luck.
24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Be welcomed by the largest art deco statue in the world, “Christ the Redeemer” looking down from Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy the annual carnival with food, music, costumes and dance the Samba and the Bossa Nova in the streets
25. Cayos Cochinos, The Bay Islands Roatan, Honduras Reef diving, zip lining and deep sea fishing are mainstays on this military protected island . The Cayos are a group of islands protected for scientific environmental research and recovery with some islands where only scientists are permitted. Due to conservation efforts the waters are clean and crystal blue. Cayos Cochinos is open to the public but can be reached by boat only and is 20 miles off the Honduras shore. While in the municipality of Roatan take in the Carambola Botanical Gardens and the Stone Castle Cameo Factory.
26. Santorini, Greece is known for its colorful beaches, the black sands of the Kamari Beach are the result of volcanic eruptions hundreds of years ago and the crimson sands of the aptly named Red Beach add these to ancient white lava spills, beside the cobalt waters of the Aegean Sea and it is spectacular. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its two principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater) and overlook the sea, Be sure to taste the locally produced vino (wine.)
27. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 5700 square miles of wildlife is the site of the “Great Migration.” Come visit the south end of the park in wet season to witness the zebras, gazelles, baboons, spotted hyenas,and millions of thirsty animals finding their way to life giving water
28. St Lucia is a Caribbean Island offering rainforests, mountains, scuba diving and palm fringed beaches. The Piton mountains deliver the 15 mile high waterfall Toraille
29. Sydney, Australia beyond the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Mrs. Macquaries Chair which was hand carved by convicts out of sandstone for Governor Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum there’s surfing at Bondi Beach
30. St Petersburg, Russia is Russia’s cultural heart. Their outstanding architecture includes The Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral. The Art Collection of the Hermitage can be observed sprawled across the Neva River Delta. It is definitely the place for art, nightlife and cuisine
31. Tahiti, French Polynesia is the largest island in this South Pacific Archipelago and is uniquely shaped like a lopsided 8. If you’re looking for waterfalls and clear turquoise water, you’ll find it here. There are ebony black sand beaches left behind by 2 extinct volcanoes right beside white sand beaches. Captain James Cook explored here in the 18th century and this locale was the subject of many paintings by Paul Gauguin.
32.Tianzi Mountains, China located at Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China close to the Suoxi Valley. Tianzi Mountains are named after a local farmer, Xiang Dakun of the Tujia ethnic group who lead a successful farmer’s revolt against a terrorizing ruler. Xiang called himself Tianzi meaning son of Heaven.
33. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe sets in west Zimbabwe and is the name of the falls, the river, the town and the Victoria Falls Bridge established in 1905 and is the major attraction of the Zambezi National Park a refuge for African wildlife including elephants and white rhinos.
34. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China AKA Zhangye Mountains is part of Zhangye National GeoPark which wanders across both Sunan and Linze counties. This rock formation features red cliffs and rainbow ridges and is a kaleidoscope of colors, filled with shapes that let the imagination envision cones and castles, towers, people shapes, creatures, animals, birds and beasts and so much more.
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My Bucket List of Places an Oklahoma Girl Wants to Go
- The Sepik River, New Guinea 699.7 miles long. Head Hunting is no longer a tradition but old men remember the days of curing heads and eating flesh. Seems a bit out there to this Oklahoma girl. I have a hog head cheese recipe I’d like to share.
2. The Hand in the Desert is constructed just outside the town of Antofagasta, Chile located in the Atacama Desert. The 36-foot-tall hand protruding out of the sand, is the work of a Chilean sculptor. I’ve seen the 30 ton “Praying Hands” at the Oral Roberts University so it just makes sense that this is on my bucket list.
3. Eternal Flame Falls is fueled by a natural gas well under the waterfall in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park in New York. Oklahoma has many natural gas wells but none under a waterfall. At least none that weren’t built and lit by a fisherman.
4. Colombia’s Cano Cristales turns red in the summer months. Actually, the river bed is covered by a unique species of plant, and that is what turns red. I’ve seen the Red River running across the Oklahoma-Texas border but I have a hankering to see this occurrence of nature.
5. Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in Peru is covered in wide lines of pastel blue, intense red, green, pink and yellow. There are currently no scientific explanations for this phenomenon. Guess I must look outside of Oklahoma’s borders to find a truly unexplainable phenomena and I thought Oklahoma had it all!!
6. Poland In an otherwise normal forest full of straight trees, there is this collection of over 400 curved trees, for which there is no scientific explanation. One of the world’s weirdest places, indeed. No such trees in Oklahoma except maybe a few hit by tornadoes.
7. The Bahamas The sand at this beach is actually pink in color due to the presence of certain minerals and planktons. I dream of sunning on a pink beach by the ocean. Must find my way to the coast.
8. Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is not your average run-of-the-mill pool. These pools are actually acid pools. Even what looks like land is brittle crusts of salt and sulphur. Totally one of strangest places on earth. Never seen anything like this in my old stomping grounds.
9. China Every year in Autumn, this beach comes alive with Suaeda salsa, a red colored plant that thrives well in salt water. The entire beach blooms red, leaving only thin strips of sea visible. As an avid Oklahoma gardener this is intriguing.