Here are the places I've seen since then:
- Blenheim Palace, which we visited in 2005.
- Vienna, which I visited in 2007.
- Paris, which we visited in 2005.
- Place Stanislas, which I visited in 2008.
- The Rhine Valley, which I first visited in 2006.
- Cologne's Cathedral Quarter, which I visited on the same trip.
- La Sagrada Familia, which I visited in 2007.
- Museu Picasso, which I visited on the same trip to Barcelona and found a bit disappointing.
- The Hermitage, which I visited in 2006.
- The Park Hyatt Tokyo, which I walked by last year.
- Tsukiji Fish Market, which I ate at last year.
- Hagia Sophia, which I visited in 2008.
- Topkapi Palace, which I visited on the same trip.
- Headhunter's Trail, which I visited in 2007
- Raffles Hotel, which I visited earlier this week.
- Singapore's Street Food, which I also sampled this week.
- The Great Ocean Road, which we drove in 2008.
- Hotel Del Coronado, which we first visited in 2008.
- Museum Mile, which I visited in 2008.
- Graceland, which we visited in 2005.
- Old San Juan, which we visited in 2005.
What prompted me to revisit the list? I wrote a review of this book for the site Goodreads. Goodreads offered to let me post the review to my blog. In order to have the content in a more open place (and to provide more content for this blog), I've decided to start doing that with some of the reviews. (I'm also posting some to Amazon.)
1000 Places to See Before you Die by Patricia Schultz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It's an intriguing concept, and kinda fun to page through, but way too heavy on $300/night hotels, spas, etc. Let's say I'm going to Dublin (to open to a section at random). She recommends a festival, the Book of Kells and the pubs (possibly in conjunction with St. Patrick's Day). All good. But she also recommends a $65/plate restaurant and a $300/night hotel. I could forgive the restaurant if there was less of that kind of stuff.
I prefer to use the almost-1000-long World Heritage List. Maybe it's just as arbitrary in its own way, but at least it's the product of a consensus, and it's heavier on cultural and natural must-sees.
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