I have a dream … I would like to travel and visit every single country in the World. The problem is that day by day the World is becoming a very dangerous place. Look at this list of countries (For E.g.):
It is not clear how I will manage to visit these countries, as of now 😦 Each day I check the newspapers, I see more countries getting added to this “dangerous” list. Anyway, all I can do is to plug away and hope that time will “heal” the problems these countries are facing. Luckily, there are many other countries which can satisfy my travel urges in the meantime 🙂
Note: In my “Country Counter” (below), I am not including countries I was taken to as a child (E.g. Italy, Iran Etc.).
Country Count == 45
My Top-5 Countries and the reasons “WHY”
A huge country with Tsar opulence (Palaces, Museums Etc.) and the majestic Siberia …
The Top-Dog as far as scenery goes … The Fjords are a must-see. The towns are so cute … Well, how about the Winter? 🙂
The history! One of the “7 Wonders of the Modern World” (Petra!)
The islands … Hah! Santorini was oh-so-cute. We had a rocking week over there. Athens is almost the cradle of civilization.
Duh … 🙂 No Country (so far) has the sheer range of USA. Huge cities, Natural Wonders (Niagara Falls, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Everglades Etc.), Mountains (Rockies), Rivers (Mississippi/Missouri) Etc.
Honorable Mentions: Czech Republic, Turkey, France, Peru, Brazil, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina
My Top-5 Cities and the reasons “WHY”
A small city, but a city with a distinct “personality” … Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the up-and-down Streets Etc. All adds to the charm of the city …
A new entrant, knocking of London 🙂 The Old Town Square, the Christmas Markets, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge Etc. Just a Winter Wonderland … (And I am sure, a Summer Wonderland as well)
Huge Churches, massive Museums and Palaces … You name it, St. Petersburg has it. One of the most ornate cities you will ever see. The Tsars sure knew how to live it up 😉
The pride of the Orient … Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar … Wow!
Ah … What a city! Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe … You can spend weeks exploring this mighty city.
Honourable mentions: London, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Athens, Moscow, Beijing, Oslo, Hong Kong, Edinburgh