Sunday, January 25, 2009

Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die



So, there's this book, see? It's called "Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die" by Steve Davey. This is the list of places he believes we should see. I tend to agree with many if not all of them. My question to all of you is: what's missing from this list? Additional questions: Which of these have you visited and of them, which do you recommend and why? I've placed a star next to the few I've seen. I really do want to see the Grand Canyon!

01. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
02. St. Petersburg, Russia
03. Havana, Cuba
04. Wat Phra Kaeo, Bangkok, Thailand
05. Grand Canyon, Arizon, USA
06. Taj Mahal, Agra, India *
07. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
08. The Alhambra, Granada, Spain
09. Aitutaki, Cook Islands
10. Pyramid of Kukulcan, Mexico
11. Venice, Italy *
12. Dead Vlei, Namibia
13. Iguassu Falls, Brazil and Argentina
14. Petra, Jordan
15. College Fjord, Alaska, USA
16. Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt
17. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
18. Taman Negara Rainforest, Malaysia
19. Jaisalmer Fort, India
20. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
21. Manhattan Island, New York, USA *
22 Lake Titicaca, Bolivia and Peru
23. Monet's Garden, Giverny, France
24. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
25. Santorini, Greece
26. Drakensbert, South Africa
27. Zanzibar, Tanzania
28. Makalu, Himalayas, Nepal *
29. Lalibela, Ethiopia
30. Machu Picchu, Peru
31. Uluru, Australia
32. The Ghats, Varanasi, India
33. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
34. Lhasa, Tibet
35. Yangshuo, Guilin, China
36. Dubrovnik, Croatia
37. Ephesus, Turkey
38. The Bund, Shanghai, China
39. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
40. Killary Harbour, Ireland

3 comments:

Steve Davey said...

Hi Joe,
Thanks for the mention. It gets even more complicated. My latest book for the BBC is on Unforgettable Islands...

Ignoring the islands that appear in the first book (and in order of appearance), this is the list:

The Society Islands - French Polynesia
Si Phan Don - Laos
Newfoundland - Canada
Ile de la Cite - Paris, France
Islands of Lake Tana - Ethiopia
Pico Ruivo - Madeira, Portugal
Sagar - India
Vanuatu
Isle of Skye - Scotland
Cousine & Praslin - The Seychelles
Santa Barbara Islands - California, USA
Hong Kong Island - China
Amorgos - Greece
The Golden Temple - Amritsar, India
The Florida Keys - USA
Bali - Indonesia
Southern Dalmatian Islands - Croatia
Yasawa Islands - Fiji
Madagascar
Stockholm - Sweden
Lord Howe Island - Australia
Sri Lanka
Sark - United Kingdom
Bacuit Archipelago - Palawan, Philippines
Lamu - Kenya
Big Island - Hawaii, USA
St Lucia - Windward Islands
Mont Saint-Michel - France
Tierra del Fuego - Argentina
Sicily, Italy
Mount Desert Island - Maine, USA
Svalbard - Norway
Eleuthera - The Bahamas
Ibiza & Formentera - Spain
Kubu Island - Botswana
Isles of Scilly - England
Phanga Nga Bay Islands - Thailand
Socotra - Yemen
Tokyo's Parks - Japan
Rapa Nui - Chile

Are there many on here that you agree/disagree with?

Best wishes,
Steve Davey

Joe Ganci said...

How cool to have the actual author of the book comment! Steve, thanks, that's great news. I really like your book, it's just in-depth enough without going too far. As you can see from my list, I've not been to too many places on your list.

As for your islands list, the ones I've visited are few as well:

Ile de la Cite - Paris, France
Stockholm - Sweden
Not the Big Island, but Maui, which was lovely
Sicily, Italy, from whence my family is

You travel so much! How I envy you!

Jim said...

Sicily? I guess I didn't catalogue that fact in the right neuron!

Silly question - could you have possibly known anyone with the last name, Pocino?

Wow. I've been on the move most of my life, but it is clear that i never really travelled.. I"ve only seen two of Steve's Must See places.

Time to get seeing. Thanks Steve for the book and list, and thank you once again, Joe, for opening my world a little bit more. jim