December 14th 2012 was my 39th birthday, and I have made a list of the forty places I wish to visit over the course of the next year before turning the big four oh and specifically what I would like to see and do there.
Last year when we started our adventure in Europe, Kelley Scarsbrook launched her 40 before 40 blog on all the ambitious things she wanted to do before turning forty. Our family followed her over the course of the year and watched her tick? the items off her list.
She has inspired me to do something similar, except being a travel writer my list will be exploration related. Although I would love to: meet Oprah Winfrey, jump out of a plane and drive a Ferrari before I die, this last year before reaching forty will focus on travelling to the places close to our new home and accomplishing a few more of my goals. That is why we moved to Europe after all and a little tribute seems in order.
Paris – Eiffel Tower Lookout Paris – Tour Boat on the Seine River Paris – Arche de Triomphe Paris – Champs Elysees
- Andorra -Mushing (in Seturia)
- Andorra – Horse Back Riding through snow
Venice Italy – Classic Gondola Ride Venice Italy – Basilica di San Marco
- Rome Italy – Vatican City
- Rome Italy – Colosseum
- Rome Italy – Pantheon
Milan – da Vinci’s Last Supper Milan – Duomo Roof View Milan – Spin on the Bull’s Balls Milan – Leonardo da Vinci’s Canal
- 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
Cycling tour down the Canal Du Midi Canal Boats with the kids Languedoc Winery Tour
- 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
Pyrenees – Ski with the kids Barcelona – Sagrada Familia Church Barcelona – Montserrat’s Sanctuary & The Black Madonna Barcelona – Picasso Museum Barcelona – Güell Park (Gaudi)
- Valencia Spain – Cathedral of Santa Maria de Valencia
- Valencia Spain – Parque Natural de la Albufera
- Hot Air Balloon (Andora?)
River Rafting Roquebrun
After reviewing our finances this year as well as the allotted holidays during the up and coming year, and I do not think, yet hope, it is possible to accomplish the entire list. SO I have decided to add swap out items incase this occurs. Also if we are at a location and go to an amazing site, we may add it to our list.
Learn Left Hand on the Piano (which I have been working on) Published in a Book (writing second book) Learn French (working on CD’s) Put Together Cook Book (Grandmas recipes)Travel Eat Repeat Solo in the choir I have a small solo part in Bohemian Rhapsody for the end of year concerts: dates pictures and photos to follow. Visit an Olive Garden and see how they make olive oil Port Adventura Themed Park with kids SPAIN Tarragona Spain Pescatarian in France Scotland Visit Step-Sister & New Baby Plant Vegetable Garden Loose 5 kilos Write for a magazine Write for a magazine and get paid House Hunter’s Returns Run in an election campaign Go Karting spelunking Saint Andrews Falkland Palace Glasgow Scotland Partake in a grape harvest
OK so I have an unexpected hysterectomy operation come Nov 19 with a 4 week recovery. In all fairness, and not for lack of trying, I am tacking on 4 weeks to my 40 before 40 list. So, for the kids Christmas holidays we are ticking the final items off my list! ??