What’s a bucket list? Well, before you kick the bucket you make a list of all the must see places you wish to see before you die. In the movie, ‘The Bucket List’, the two main character both have terminal illness and they wish to break out of their normal routine and they make a list of things they want to do before they die and start doing them. An excellent movie, it made the concept well-known terminology, and ask anyone, most will have a bucket list.
I started making my bucket list a few years back, and every year we tick off a few items off our list. The ones that will take more planning and execution will have to wait until the children are bigger.
The Traveler’s Bucket List
#1 Congo- Meeting the silverback gorilla in the jungles of the congo. A guided tour, where they take you hiking through the overgrown jungle, until you make your way to the gorilla group of ten.
#2 Machu Picchu, South America – 15th century abandoned Inca City, that was voted a new seven wonder of the world and declared a UNESCO heritage site. This city has been under restoration for decades, giving tourists a better idea of what the city was like. It was believed to be abandoned in 1524, after 2/3 of the population died from small-pox, after the Spanish arrived.
#3 Deserts of Morocco- Images of riding camel back across a hot sandy desert spring from my imagination. An experience waiting for us when the children are old enough to enjoy it.
#4 Swimming with a whale shark at Ningaloo Reef – I would love to snorkel with one of these gentle giants located between Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay. It is one of 15 national parks in Australia.
#5 Indian Yoga Retreat – Perhaps idea made famous by the book Eat, Pray, Love, I love the idea of going to India and learning the art of Yoga. Before children I was very much into Yoga, and for years this was my morning routine. I would love to pick it back up for the second half of my life to centre myself and stay focused on my goals.
#6 The Camino de Santiago de Compostela -also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James’s Way, St. James’s Path, St. James’s Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela,and Road to Santiago,is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes (most commonly the Camino Francés or French route) to the shrine of the apostle St. James the great in the Cathedral of Santiago de COmpostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.
My Short Term Bucket List From 40 Before 40
Paris – Eiffel Tower Lookout √ Paris – Tour Boat on the Seine River √ Paris – Arche de Triomphe √ Paris – Champs Elysees √
- Andorra -Mushing (in Seturia)
- Andorra – Horseback Riding through snow
Venice Italy – Classic Gondola Ride √ Venice Italy – Basilica di San Marco √
- Rome Italy – Vatican City
- Rome Italy – Colosseum
- Rome Italy – Pantheon
- Florence Italy – Piazza della Signoria
- Florence Italy – The Campanile bell tower in Piazza del Duomo
- Florence Italy – The Baptistery of John the Baptist
- Ferry Ride to Corsica
- Corsica – Ajaccio
- Corsica – Propriano
- Morocco – Hercules’s Cave Tangier
- Morocco – Visit a Tannery
- Moroccan – Beach Swim
- Morocco – Petit Socco for mint tea
- Morocco – Grande Socco for mint tea
- Morocco – Place Du France evening stroll
- Morocco – Tangier American Legation Museum
- Hot Air Balloon (Andorra?)
- Visit Tim in Greece
When we meet the people who stay in Le Petit Platane, our little apartment rental here in Capestang, France, we listen to their stories and we ask…
Where are you from?
What brings you to Capestang?
Where else have you been?
Where are the must see places to add to my bucket list?
If you only had one year left to live, what would you see?
Sometimes, we get to know them quite well and even stay in touch long after the few nights renting our holiday home.
I decided to start this list of must see places based on our guests. Now that’s my Hamori Bucket List so far.