50 States/50 Countries-Famous World Landmarks

Website TripAdvisor recently published a list of the world’s 25 top landmarks based upon votes from their millions of readers. We have been to half the ones listed (which means we have a lot to go!) and wanted to share our photographs with you, in order, from the top vote-getter down. How many have you seen?

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Duomo di Milano – Milan, ItalyPICT0034 (3)

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Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California177770941

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris, FranceNotre Dame2PICT0793 (2)PICT0795 (3)

Eiffel Tower – Paris, FrancePICT0816 (2)

Tower of London – London, United KingdomPICT0473 (3)Acropolis – Athens, Greecetravel photos 063 (2)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) – Bangkok, ThailandFAR EAST 2009 ALL 567 (2)

Mutianyu Great Wall – Beijing, ChinaFAR EAST 2009 ALL 1076 (2)

Sydney Opera House – Sydney, AustraliaAustralia Dec. 2008 169 (2)

One of the great world landmarks left off this list is the Great Pyramid & Sphinx near Cairo, Egypt which I think has to be included…

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What other sites would you add? Here are some of my suggestions…

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Happy travels!  Rich

 

 

50 States/50 Countries – Windsor Castle

PICT0731 (2)Everyone is getting excited about the upcoming Royal Wedding (week from Saturday) and the site of the wedding in Windsor Castle, so I thought I’d share a few photos of my visit there during Queen Elizabeth’s 25th Anniversary celebrations…

PICT0713 (2)Notice the date on the banner 1977!

PICT0714 (2)Queen Elizabeth the First (The Virgin Queen)

PICT0720 (2)A busy weekend at Windsor…

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PICT0728 (2)When this flag is flying the Queen is in residence…

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PICT0717Most folks don’t realize Windsor Castle is huge! (William the Conqueror built it starting in 1017 in the town of Windsor, high above the Thames River, and completing construction 16 years later in 1033 AD).

PICT0726 (2)Inside the walls around the castle keep…

PICT0727 (2)Arrow slots to defend the castle…not today, but a good vantage point to see and hear the band…

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The marriage chapel is inside and off limits to the general public, so I might as well just cruise on down the Thames to London…

PICT0712 (2)Good Day, Guv’ & Happy Travels!  Rich

 

 

50 States/50 Countries – World’s Best Museums

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I love art. We have been fortunate to visit some of the greatest museums in the world…Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Le Louvre, and Musée D’Orsay, Paris, France. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece. State Hermitage Museum and Palace, St. Petersburg,  The British Museum, London, England. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.Farmer (2)The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, and The Uffizi Gallery, Italy. The Art Institute of Chicago and many more. Here are but a few of the original masterpieces we have spent hours admiring…

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50 States/50 Countries – Cuba

 

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Everyone got excited when Americans were cleared to go to Cuba in 2016, but there was a window in 1973 when Russian cruise ships were allowed to sail to Cuba from New Orleans. We went…

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This was our voyage aboard the M/S Kazakhstan…

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Interesting to experience the Russian traditions to included costumes, food, language and even a friendly US vs USRR basketball competition…

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And then there was Cuba…communist country, many years under Castro, since the fifties, cars looking the same, famous Tropicana nightclub, 100% employment (including standing on the corner), former US mansions & hotels turned into museums…

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Check out the cars…

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Tropicana…

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Another exciting adventure in the Caribbean…Rich

 

50 States/50 Countries – The Great Wall

 

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The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups. 

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The Great Wall is one of the few man-made objects that can be seen from space, but not from the moon as the myth suggests. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is approximately 6000km long and stretches across North China from east to west for over 6,000 kilometers.

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Exploring in communist China…

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Another exciting adventure in the far east…Rich

 

50 States/50 Countries – Panama

One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken…The Panama Canal.PICT1472 (2)

The canal, a 48-mile narrow waterway connecting a series of lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans with locks on both ends to account for the different water levels, significantly reduced shipping times and eliminated the need to navigate the treacherous Cape Horn.

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The construction of the canal was completed in 1914, 401 years after Panama was first crossed by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The United States spent almost $375,000,000 (roughly equivalent to $9,169,650,000 now) to finish the project. The canal was formally opened on August 15, 1914, with the passage of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

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We visited the canal in December 1973, taking a train from Colon on the Atlantic side, riding alongside the waterway until we reached…

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Panama City on the Pacific side, viewed the locks, ate at a MacDonalds (where there was no cue and the hamburger buns were weird),

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and then returned back to Colon. Only later we discovered the train often was filled with bandidos and very dangerous.

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Another exciting adventure in Central America…Rich