Walking Tours of San Diego

             The city of San Diego, in southern California, on the Mexican border, is well-known for its ideal weather. Because of this, its beaches, and its world-class attractions, it is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. The city possesses a wonderful blend of old and new and will occupy tourists for at least several days. However, the city is somewhat sprawling so a single walking tour would be too long and time-consuming. Thus, I have prepared two separate walks which address the two most popular areas of the city.

           Walking Tour 1 -BalboaPark

        This walk begins at San Diego’s #1 attraction, the San Diego Zoo, one of the best zoos in the world. It is in the far northern part of Balboa Park, the huge urban park that is a Mecca for locals and tourists alike. The zoo has an incredibly diverse collection of animals, including Koala Bears from Australia and Giant Pandas from China. The zoo itself involves much walking although there are trams that can save some wear-and-tear on your feet.

Koala Bear at San Diego Zoo

              From the zoo, head south from the exit, past the Spanish Village Art Center, which is basically a series of shops. South of the Art Center is the San Diego Natural History Museum which has numerous exhibits specializing in the wildlife of the Southwestern United States.

             After the museum, turn left and then immediately right on El Prado, a beautifully-landscaped Spanish walkway. Kids will love the San Diego Model Railroad Museum on the left. On your right, just after the Junior Theater and set back off the road beyond the Lily Pond is the Botanical Building which displays thousands of exotic plants, including a carnivorous plant bog.

Botanical Gardens

             Art lovers will enjoy the Timken Museum of Art, on El Prado, just beyond the Botanical Building, and the San Diego Museum of Art, just beyond that, on the Plaza de Panama, a beautiful square.

California Tower, Balboa Park

             Continuing west on El Prado, the Alcazar Garden is on the left, and the San Diego Museum of Man is on the right, with outstanding anthropology exhibits from Egyptian mummies to Native American inhabitants of the Southwest US.

Museum of Man

            From here, reverse direction and head east to the Plaza. Turn right here and work your way south. On the left is the Casa del Rey Moro Garden, then the Japanese Friendship Garden, a delight to stroll through.

            Continue south and eventually you will reach the Pan American Plaza. On your right is the San Diego Automotive Museum which displays cars and motorcycles from around the world. Across the plaza is the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, the perfect venue for the sports fan.

            Now, head west on Presidio Way to Park Boulevard and take a left, heading northward. Check out the Veteran’s Memorial Garden, on your right, and then continue north. Your next stop might be the Reuben H Fleet Science Center, with numerous hands-on exhibits involving science, technology, and mathematics.

            Further north are the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden and the Desert Garden, both on the right hand side of the road and both interesting to explore.

                When finished, continue up the road and just past the Carousel, take Zoo Place left which returns you to the starting point of the walking tour.

            Note: this walk with many stops is at least one full day, but, more appropriately, several days, so adjust your schedule according to the amount of time you have in town.

          Walking Tour 2 -Old Town San Diego

             Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is an admirable attempt to preserve some historic buildings and adobe homes from San Diego’s original settlement, in the mid-19th century.

            This walk begins at Plaza del Pasado, a very attractive and colorful square featuring a beautiful fountain surrounded by restaurants and shops. The floral displays are particularly enchanting. It is located in the northwestern corner of the Old Town, at the junction of Wallace Street and Juan Street, where some parking is available.

            From the plaza, take Calhoun Street south. Check out the Casa de Estudillo on your right and Seeley Stables, on your left. Take a right on Twiggs Street at the southern end of Old Town Square, a broad expanse of grass which is a popular gathering place. Turn right again onto San Diego Avenue.

            Ahead on your left are a number of interesting stops. First is the Courthouse, then a bit further north is the Wells Fargo Museum/Colorado House, and several doors further down the street is Casa Machado-Silvas. At the end of the road is the Robinson Rose House, a two-storey adobe house built in 1853, which now houses Park Headquarters. Stop in for a map and information before proceeding.

            Now turn left and follow Congress Street which features Casa Machado Stewart, which provides a glimpse of early San Diego life, circa 1830.

            Turn left on Mason Street to the see the Mason Street School, the town’s first schoolhouse. When you reach San Diego Avenue, turn right. The Immaculate Conception Church is on your left. As you continue walking south, just past the intersection with Harney Street, the Whaley House, considered the oldest two-storey brick house in Southern California, will pique your interest.

Main Street, Old Town San Diego

             After the visit, proceed southward to Conde Street and turn right. The Old Adobe Chapel is on your left, a classic early-period church in this region. After a short visit, retrace your steps back to San Diego Ave and turn left. Then turn right at Twiggs Street and left on Calhoun Street. This time, check out Casa Bandini, another house of this time, on your right, and, behind it, the Blacksmith Shop, where demonstrations are occasionally held.

            Continue straight to return to the Plaza del Pasado where you began your walk.

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Walking Tour of Portland, OR

           The delightful city of Portland is located at the junction of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, in the northwestern part of the state of Oregon.  It enjoys a picturesque setting near the base of Mount Hood, a snow-capped volcanic peak, just to the east.  Portland became a Mecca for “hippies” and other alternative-living Americans, back in the 1960’s, and has retained an avant-garde lifestyle since then.  One sees evidence of this heritage in the Portland Saturday Market (under the Burnside Bridge), near the riverfront, and in the dress of some of the locals.

             My walk begins in Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a lovely, landscaped expanse that runs, roughly, between Burnside Street, in the north, and Madison Street, in the south. Wander around the grounds for a while before proceeding, and be sure to check out the Salmon Street Springs, one of the city’s more spectacular fountains.

            Exit the park on Jefferson Streetand walk west. Turn left on 3rd Avenue and then right on Clay Street. In this block is the Ira Keller Fountain, a wonderful fantasy of water. Exit on 4th Avenue and turn right, then left on Jefferson Street. When you reach Park Avenue, look for the Oregon History Museum, at 1200 Park Avenue. Exhibits explore the rich history of this pivotal northwestern state. Also enjoy the museum’s huge murals.

            Continue west on Jefferson Street to 11th Avenue to see the Old Church. Free organ concerts take place here each Wednesday at noon. Now return to 9th Avenue and turn left, walking through South Park Blocks, a lovely stretch of greenery between 9th and Park avenues, which runs all the way to Salmon Street. Continue north on either 9th Avenue or Park Avenue to Burnside Street and turn left.

            A little more than a mile ahead is the Portland’s premier attraction, Washington Park (keep in mind that much of this walk is uphill). Wander through the immense (130 acres) park, spending much of your time in the International Rose Test Garden and the superb Japanese Gardens.

Japanese Garden, Washington Park

             If the weather is good, don’t miss the incredible view from the park toward the city and, beyond, to Mt.Hood. 

Portland Cityscape

              When you leave the park, walk (downhill) east on Burnside Street. When you reach the area of Broadway, you have arrived at the Skidmore/Old Town District. There are numerous shops and restaurants here. At 2nd Avenue, turn right to Ankeny Street. On the corner is the New Market Theatre Building (at #50 2nd Avenue). It has been transformed into New Market Village, a large collection of shops and restaurants. Now walk east on Ankeny Street to the waterfront, where the walking tour began.

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Walking Tour of Lunenburg

                   This UNESCO World Heritage Site represents a good example of a typical British Colonial city in Canada. Keep in mind, during your walk, that the overall ambience is more important than individual buildings (although, if you are very interested, the Visitor Center can provide a listing of historic homes and their addresses). Lunenburg was also the home base for the Bluenose, the schooner whose likeness can be seen on the Canadian dime. The legendary boat was an undefeated champion within the fishing fleet and also a victor in numerous sailing races.

             My walk begins on the harbor, where the Bluenose II, a replica of the original, is docked, when in port. From the center of the wharf area, walk one block north to Montague Street and turn left. When you reach Cornwallis Street, turn right. Make note of some of the historic homes along the way.

            Several blocks ahead, on the left, is the Zion Lutheran Church. It was built in 1776 and contains the bell from Louisbourg Fortress. Now, turn left on York Street and then cross Kuhlbach Street to see the distinctive, yet charming, Lunenburg Academy.

Lunenburg Academy

            Next, walk south (toward the waterfront) on Kuhlbach Street and then turn left onto Townsend Street. You will pass more historic properties here, especially on the left side of the road. Further ahead, also on the left, is the lovely St John’s Anglican Church, established in 1734. Its interesting architecture requires a closer look.

St John's Anglican Church

           Now, continue east on Townsend Street to Hopson Street and turn right, and then right again on Lincoln Street. When you reach King Street, turn left to return to the docks where the walking tour began. Before leaving the town, consider walking down to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, on Bluenose Drive, to the west.

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Travel Bucket List #19 (Final, Consolidated, Distilled) — My Travel Bucket List

   Of course, no one has 18 bucket lists! What I tried to do in the previous post was to look at the USA and the world from different perspectives, in the process listing many of the world’s greatest tourist attractions. Now is the time to put them all together into a single list, which is my Travel Bucket List! I will try to connect all the lists together into a consolidated whole. Here it is.

            African Safari

           Alaska*

           All 48 continental US States (I have been to 47)*

           Argentina (Buenos Aires)

           Aruba*

           Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, etc)

           Austria (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, etc)*

           Barbados*

           Belgium (Brussels, Bruges, etc)*

           Belize (Belize City)

           Bermuda*

           Bhutan

           Bora Bora, French Polynesia

           Bosnia (Medugorje)

           Brazil (Rio, Iguazu Falls, etc)

            British Virgin Islands

            Cambodia (Angkor Wat)

           Chile (Santiago, Torres del Paine, etc)

           China (Beijing, Great Wall, Shanghai, Li River, Xi’an, etc)*

           Colombia (Cartagena)

           Costa Rica (National Parks)

           Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, etc)

           Cuba (Havana)

           Czech Republic (Prague, Cesky Krumlov, etc)*

           Denmark (Copenhagen)

            Disney World*

           Dominica*

           Dominican Republic*

           Easter Island

           Ecuador (Galapagos, Quito)

           Egypt (Cairo, Pyramids, Nile Cruise)

           England (London, Bath, York, Cotswolds, Stonehenge, etc)*

           Estonia (Talinn)

           Ethiopia (Rock Churches)

           Finland (Helsinki, Turku)

           France (Paris, Loire Valley, Normandy, French Riviera, Provence, Alsace)*

           Germany (Bavaria, Berlin, etc)*

            Greatest American travel cities (New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, etc.)*

           Greatest Canadian travel cities (Quebec, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, etc)*

           Great European Castles (Neuschwanstein, El Alcazar, etc)*

           Great European Palaces (Versailles, Schonbrunn, Buckingham, etc)*

           Greece (Athens, Delphi, Greek Islands)*

           Guatemala (Tikal, La Antigua)

           Hawaii*

           Honduras (Copan)

          Hong Kong*

          Hungary (Budapest)*

           Iceland (Golden Circle)

           India (Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, etc)

           Indonesia (Bali, Borobudur)

           Ireland (Dublin, Killarney, Kilkenny, etc)

           Israel (Jerusalem)

           Italy (Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, etc)*

            Jamaica*

            Japan (Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo)

            Jordan (Petra)

            Kosovo (Mostar)

            Liechtenstein

            Lithuania (Vilnius)

            Luxembourg*

            Major US National Parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Great Smokies, Everglades, Arches, etc)*

            Malta (Valletta)

              Maritime Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, etc)*

              Marocco (Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, etc)

               Martinique*

              Mexico (Cancun, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, etc)*

                Monaco*

                Montenegro (Kotor)

               Myanmar (Bagan, Yangon, etc)

               Nepal (Everest, Kathmandu)

              Netherlands (Amsterdam, Delft, etc.)*

              New Zealand (Rotorua, Christchurch, etc)

              Northern Ireland (Giant’s Causeway)

              Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Fjords)

              Panama (Panama Canal)

              Peru (Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lima)

               Poland (Krakow, Warsaw, etc)*

               Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Algarve, etc)

               Puerto Rico*

               Republic of South Africa (Capetown)

               Romania (Transylvania)

              Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg)

             Scotland (Edinburgh, Highlands, etc)*

              Singapore

              Slovakia (Bratislava)*

              Slovenia (Ljubljana)

             Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba, Seville, Toledo, etc)*

             Sports/Entertainment Halls of Fame (Pro Football, Basketball, Baseball, Rock & Roll, Cowboy)*

              St Lucia

              Sweden (Stockholm, Visby)

              Switzerland (Luzern, Bernese Oberland, Basel, Zurich, etc)*

              Tahiti

              Tanzania (Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar)

              Thailand (Bangkok)*

              Turkey (Istanbul, Ephesus, etc)*

               Uruguay (Montevideo)

              US Virgin Islands*

               Venezuela (Caracas, Angel Falls)*

               Vietnam (Hue, Hanoi)

               Wales (Conwy, etc)

       Total = 100 (I have seen 43) I should also note that my list has changed over the years — I have added more places as I have been traveling, since travel has become my passion. If I had presented my original Travel Bucket List, I would probably have checked off 80% of the destinations. Now, however, I have well-defined goals and much work to do to whittle this list down before I die.

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Travel Bucket List # 18 — Castles & Palaces of the World

     Europe is the quintessential place to see castles and palaces — they are everywhere, most of them throw-backs to earlier times when wealth was flaunted and when there were dangers all around. A list of the major and/or best of either of these categories would take up much too much room, so I will try to concentrate on the very best of each.

        Castles are truly fun to visit, since they typically have very unusual architecture, are almost always high on hills, and just look formidable. Palaces traditionally overwhelm the visitor with frescoes, fancy furninture, and gold everywhere.

            Chambord* — Loire Valley, France

            Chenonceau* — Loire Valley, France

            El Alcazar* — Segovia, Spain

            Forbidden City* — Beijing, China

         Grand Palace* — Bangkok, Thailand

         Hofburg* — Vienna, Austria

         Linderhof* — Near Mittenwald, Germany 

         Neuschwanstein* — Near Fussen, Germany

          Nymphenburg* — Munich, Germany

          Palacio Real* — Madrid, Spain

          Potala Palace — Lhasa, Tibet

         Reggia di Caserta* — Caserta, Italy

         Residenz — Wurzburg, Germany

         Schonbrunn* — Vienna, Austria

         Summer Palace* — Beijing, China

         Versailles* — Versailles, France  

         Wawel Castle* — Krakow, Poland

   Total = 17 (We have toured 16 of them)

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Travel Bucket List # 17 — Castles & Palaces of the US

      Despite its youth, the United States has its share of maybe not castles, but palaces, grand residences fit for a king. None of them are quite as elaborate as the European chateaus, such as Versailles or Schonbrunn, but there are some mansions in America which deserve to be included with these grand and opulent creations.

              Batcheller Mansion* — Saratoga Springs, NY

             Biltmore Estate* — Asheville, NC

             Boldt Castle — Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY

             Breakers* — Newport, RI

             Gillette Castle* — East Haddam, CT

             Hearst Castle* — San Simeon, CA

             Iolani Palace* — Honolulu, HI

             Rosecliff* — Newport, RI

             Scotty’s Castle* — Death Valley National Park, CA

     Total = 9 (I have seen 8!)

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Travel Bucket List # 16 — Statues & Memorials Around the World

       World history has many heroes. In an effort to preserve the memory of these great men and women of the past, society often memorializes them with statues or other types of markers. Frequently these commemorative tributes are high on the list of attractions for tourists to a particular city or country.

        Be sure to notice them in your travels and try to ascertain the reason or reasons for their immortalization.

               Anne Frank House* — Amsterdam, Netherlands (the house in which the author of the famous diary hid, at Prinsengracht 263, has become a museum detailing her plight as well as the entire holocaust)

                  Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum* — Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China (the Communist leader has lain in state since 1976 where he has been visited by thousands each day)

              Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum — Hanoi, Vietnam (the “father” of modern Vietnam is revered and his tomb is visited by thousands each day) 

              Jan Hus Memorial* — Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic (this large sculpture is dedicated to a Czech martyr who was burned at the stake by the Catholic Church in 1415 — he has come to symbolize dissidence)

              Lenin’s Mausoleum — Moscow, Russia (the leader of the Russian Revolution still lies in state, since his death in 1924, in Red Square, just outside the Kremlin)

               The Little Mermaid — Copenhagen, Denmark (this symbol of Copenhagen was erected in 1913 in memory of children’s author Hans Christian Anderson)

                 Nelson’s Column* — Trafalgar Square, London, England (commemorates the naval victory at Trafalgar over Napoleon’s forces, under the command of Admiral Horatio Nelson, who perished in the battle)  

              Padrao dos Descobrimentos — Belem District, Lisbon, Portugal (this massive ship-shaped monuments remembers Portugal great explorers, such as, Henry the Navigator, Magellan, and Vasco de Gama)

               Peter the Great Statue — Decembrist Square, St Petersburg, Russia (this equestrian statue memorializes one of Russia’s most influential tsars).

                    Pyramids of Giza — Near Cairo, Egypt (these tombs of Egyptian pharoahs, Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, are some of the most impressive of man’s constructions)

                    Sir Walter Scott Memorial* — Edinburgh, Scotland (this tribute to one of Scotland’s greatest literary figures was erected in 1844)

                  Statue of Dante Alighieri* — Florence, Italy (commemorates the contributions to literature of this native of Florence)

                  Statue of Johann Strauss II* — Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria (dedicated to the “Waltz King”)

                  Statue of Mozart* — Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Vienna (a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born here in 1765)

                   Statue of Ramses II — Giza, Egypt (this 3200 year old statue will be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum when it opens in 2013)

                  Taj Mahal — Agra, India (dedicated by Shah Jahan to his beloved and favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, when she died during childbirth in 1631 — it is considered the greatest tribute to the power of love in human history)

              Victor Emmanuel II Monument* — Rome, Italy (dedicated to modern Italy’s first king and hero of Italian Reunification)

              Vigeland Scupture Park — Oslo, Norway (this tribute to Norway’s greatest sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, contains 212 sculptures by the artist)

               Wallace Monument* — Near Stirling, Scotland (commemorates the contributions of William Wallace, immortalized in the movie “Braveheart,” who was one of the leaders in the Wars of Scottish Independence)

     Total = 19 (I have seen 10 — not too bad)

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Travel Bucket List # 15 — Statues & Memorials of the USA

       All of us want to preserve our past and honor our heroes, and America seems to have had a wealth of men and women to memorialize in statues and monuments. Everywhere you look there are commemorative figures, words, buildings, or monuments to the people that we revere. Many of these memorials are major tourist attractions, not to be missed when visiting an area.

          Here is my bucket list of American monuments and memorials.

                    Andrew Jackson Statue* — New Orleans, LA (the equestrian statue of the 7th president in a lovely park known as Jackson Square recalls his victory in the Battle of New Orleans against the British in 1815)

                  Astronaut Memorial* — Cape Canaveral, FL (remembers the astronauts of the US space program who perished during missions)

                    Crazy Horse Memorial — Black Hills, SD (the world’s largest sculpture is being carved to memorialize this great Sioux chieftain)

                    Franklin Court* — Philadelphia, PA (a group of buildings and museums dedicated to the famous American statesman, inventor, newspaper editor, and signer of the Declaration of Independence)

                   Einstein Memorial* — Washington, DC (commemorates the contributions to science of one of the world’s most intelligent men)

                    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial* — Washington, DC (dedicated to the beloved American president who steered the country through the Great Depression and through World War II)

                    Iwo Jima Memorial (Marine Corps War Memorial)* — Arlington, VA (this sculpture is a replica of the famous photo of US Marines planting a US flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the South Pacific during World War II) 

                   Jefferson Memorial* — Washington, DC (a statue within the rotunda of a grand, circular, Greek-revival building dedicated to America’s 3rd president and writer of the Declaration of Independence)

                    King Kamehameha Statue* — Honolulu, HI (dedicated to Hawaii’s first king, the man who united all the islands in 1810)

                  Lincoln Memorial* — Washington, DC (a seated statue and words of inspiration from one of America’s most beloved presidents)

                   Miami Holocaust Memorial* — Miami Beach, FL (dedicated to the 6 million who lost their lives due to Nazi atrocities during World War II)

                   Mount Rushmore National Memorial* — Black Hills, SD (Giant sculptures of the heads of four of the country’s greatest presidents — Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt — carved into the side of a rocky outcropping)

                   Muir Woods National Monument* — Just north of San Francisco, CA (this pristine grove of Redwoods pays tribute to noted conservationist, John Muir)

                       National September 11 Memorial & Museum (World Trade Center Memorial)* — New York, NY (tower currently being built will immortalize the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives in the single largest disaster in America’s history on 9-11-2001)

                    Oklahoma City National Memorial* — Oklahoma City, OK (recalls the April 19, 1995 explosion in the Federal Building which killed 168 men, women, and children)

                    Statue of Liberty* — Liberty Island, New York, NY (a gift from France to the United States, this well-known statue symbolizes the hopes and dreams of thousands of immigrants who arrived in this country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries)

                    Stone Mountain* — Near Atlanta, GA (Relief carved into a giant stone monolith commemorates the leaders of the Confederacy, Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson)

                      Tomb of the Unknown Soldier* — Arlington, VA (dedicated to all those warriors who died in wars without ever being identified)

                    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum* — Washington, DC (dedicated to all those who were imprisoned or lost their lives in German concentration camps during World War II)

                   USS Arizona Memorial* — Near Honolulu, HI (dedicated to the sailors who perished in the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941)

                     Vietnam War Memorial* — Washington, DC (dedicated to the almost 60,000 men and women who lost their lives during the conflict in Vietnam)

                   Washington Monument* — Washington, DC (the cornerstone of the National Mall, dedicated to America’s first president and hero of the Revolutionary War)

                   Wright Brothers Memorial* — Kitty Hawk, NC (recognizes the contribution to flight by the two brothers from Ohio who were the first to achieve manned flight)

      Total = 22 (I visited 21 — only Crazy Horse has eluded me to date)

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Travel Bucket List # 14 — Architectural Gems of the World

       Architecture is an important part of traveling. The investment of communities into their significant tourist attractions is a direct reflection of the pride that residents have in their city or country. We have witnessed some incredible architecture in our limited travels. However, the world is full of wonderful buildings and other structures, many of which we can only dream about at this point. What an amazing list!

              Arc d’Triomphe* — Paris, France

              Alhambra* — Granada, Spain

              Bank of China Tower* — Hong Kong, China

              Basilica of St Francis* — Assisi, Italy

              Big Ben & Parliament* — London, England

               Brandenburg Gate — Berlin, Germany

              Casa Mila — Barcelona, Spain

              Chambord* — Loire Valley, France

              Chenonceau* — Loire Valley, France

              City Palace — Udiapur, India

              Cloth Hall (Sukiennice)* — Krakow, Poland

              CN Tower* — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

              Cologne Cathedral — Cologne, Germany

              Cristo Redentor — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

               Dome of the Rock — Jerusalem, Israel

               Duomo* — Florence, Italy

               Duomo* — Milan, Italy

               Duomo* — Siena, Italy

               Eiffel Tower* — Paris, France

               El Alcazar* — Segovia, Spain

               El Escorial* — Near Madrid, Spain

               Forbidden City* — Beijing, China

                Forbidden Purple City — Hue, Vietnam

               Ginkaku-ji Temple — Kyoto, Japan

               Golden Temple — Amritsar, India

               Grand Palace* — Bangkok, Thailand

               Great Wall of China* — Badaling, China

               Hagia Sophia* — Istanbul, Turkey

               Hofburg* — Vienna, Austria

               Hohensalzburg* — Salzburg, Austria

               Kappelbrucke* — Luzern, Switzerland

               Kiyomizudera Temple — Kyoto, Japan

               Kremlin — Moscow, Russia

              La Mezquita* — Cordoba, Spain

              Linderhof Palace* — Romantic Road, Bavaria, Germany

              Louvre* — Paris, France

              Mehrangarh Fort & Museum — Jodhpur, India

              Mont-St-Michel Abbey* — Mont-St-Michel, France

              Municipal House* — Prague, Czech Republic

               Neuschwanstein* — Near Fussen, Germany

              Notre Dame Cathedral* — Paris, France

              Opera House — Sydney, Australia

              Pantheon* — Rome, Italy

              Parliament Building* — Budapest, Hungary

              Parliament Building — Ottawa, Canada

              Parliament Building* — Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

              Parthenon* — Athens, Greece

              Pena National Palace — Sintra, Portugal

              Peterhof Palace — Near St Petersburg, Russia

               Petronas Twin Towers — Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia

              Piazza dei Miracoli* — Pisa, Italy

               Pink Palace — Jaipur, India

              Plaza de Espana* — Seville, Spain

              Potala Palace — Lhasa, Tibet, China

              Red Fort — Old Delhi, India

              Residenz — Wurzburg, Germany

              Roman Aqueduct* — Segovia, Spain

              Royal Pavilion* — Brighton, England

               Sagrada Familia Church — Barcelona, Spain

              Schonbrunn Palace* — Vienna, Austria

               Schwedagon Stupa — Yangon, Myanmar

              St Basil’s Cathedral — Moscow, Russia

              St Mark’s Basilica* — Venice, Italy

              St Peter’s Basilica* — Vatican City, Rome Italy

              Taj Mahal — Agra, India

              Theater of Epidauros — Epidauros, Greece

              Tower Bridge* — London, England

               Tre Castelli* — San Marino, Italy

              Trevi Fountain* — Rome, Italy

              Versailles Palace* — Versailles, France

     Total = 70 (I have managed 44 — better than originally thought)

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Travel Bucket List #13 — Architectural Gems of the USA

      I love great architecture. As I travel, I am always looking for interesting buildings and elegant structures. Lee & I have discovered many hidden gems along city streets or country lanes. Although they may not be the major reason to visit a place, travels become more enjoyable when good architecture is part of the location.

         My USA list is derived from many resources, but primarily my own travels.

            Air Force Academy Chapel* — Near Colorado Springs, CO

            Biltmore Estate* — Asheville, NC

            Chrysler Building* — New York, NY

            County Courthouse* — Santa Barbara, CA

            Disney Concert Hall — Los Angeles, CA

            Empire State Building* — New York, NY

            Fallingwater* — Ohiopyle, PA

             Flagler College* — St Augustine, FL

            Gateway Arch* — St Louis, MO

            Golden Gate Bridge* — San Francisco, CA

            Gugenheim Museum* — New York, NY

            Hearst Castle* — San Simeon, CA

            Jefferson Memorial* — Washington, DC

            Loretto Chapel* — Santa Fe, NM

            Monticello* — Charlottesville, VA

            Old State House* — Boston, MA

            Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum* — Cleveland, OH

            San Xavier del Bac* — Tucson, AZ

            Space Needle* — Seattle, WA

            St Louis Cathedral* — New Orleans, LA

            St Patrick’s Cathedral* — New York, NY

            USS Arizona Memorial* — Honolulu, HI

            Wrigley Building* — Chicago, IL

      Total = 23 (I have seen 22 — fantastic!)

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