Each week Stasha picks one lucky Blogita to choose the topic for her Monday Listicles. Now, I’m not usually one to deviate off topic, but this week I’m going to pull a Chick and do a little something different.
Since I already did a Halloween related post last week (I thought it might be a bit redundant), I’ve decided to list several things I wanna do before I kick the bucket.
Although, you’ll find quite a few items on my bucket list kinda fall right in line with the whole Halloween theme anyway because I warped… Apparently!Now I realize I’m late… again! I know! But yesterday was Halloween, so lay off!!
Not to mention it took nearly a day to even write this with all the cross checking my facts and finding images worthy enough to convey the awesomeness of my bucket list.
Ok. Ya… I know… real original! But, this is MY bucket list and I’v been dying to go there so it’s going on there! Between the jaw dropping countryside to it’s remarkable history, architecture, cathedrals, sculpture, and artwork – what’s not to love!
There are so many places in Italy I’d want to make sure and see (as long as they’ve managed to wash the skank off left there by the Jersey Shore cast!) I seriously would need to plan on a minimum of a month!
And #1 on my list of places to visit in Italy would be…
to visit the mysterious city of Pompeii
As most of you probably already know – Pompeii, along with Herculaneum was destroyed and completely buried under 20 ft. of ash on August 24, 79 AD by a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuviuss. The towns lay buried and forgotten about for 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. The surge cloud of rock, fragments and gas from Vesuvious rushed through the streets of Pompeii at temps up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit instantly killing and burring anything in its path literally freezing them in time and amazingly preserving fresco paintings and other art work from its time.
During early excavations of the site, occasional voids in the ash layer had been found that contained human remains. Once they realized what these were they injected plaster into them perfectly recreating the forms of Vesuvius’s victims. Even teeth in the skull of a plaster case can sometimes be visible.
Morbid, I know… but I find this story completely fascinating and how impressive it would be to walk the actual paved streets of an ancient civilization frozen in time. It would be amazingly eerie.
Another place in Italy I would definitely have to hit up is the City of Rome!
The Colosseum being stop numero uno once I got there!
Who doesn’t want to see this amazing ancient amphitheater?! Located in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, it’s the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered to be one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering ever built… AND it was built between the years of 72 AD and 80 AD. Unbelievable!
Though I don’t get or agree with some of their forms of entertainment back in those days the Colosseum was used for many things such as gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, theatrical re-enactments of famous battles, and so on.
The history of it all is what amazes me. Being there would allow a little glemps of what life was like over 1900 years ago; It would almost feel like you were taking a step back in time.
Ok, so you’re probably going to be totally grossed out by this one!
The Capuchin Catacombes of Palermo is located in Sicily. Outgrowing its original cemetery in the 16th century, they began to mummify and place the bodies into open catacombs that lined the walls. The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies.
Originally the catacombs were intended only for the dead monks; but eventually it became a status symbol to be entombed into the Capuchin catacombs. Some of the bodies were embalmed and others enclosed in sealed glass cabinets. They dressed them in their everyday clothing; and some are even set in poses — creepy
Probably one of the most famous of “occupent” is a little two year old girl named Rosalia Lombardo. She died of pneumonia on December 6, 1920. The remarkable embalming technique remained a mystery; until recently. Even an X-rays of her body show that all the organs are remarkably intact.
And of course… what’s a trip to Italy without a wine tour or two… or three… the all equip with stunning views and tasting rooms, of course.
The Lost City of Petra
Deep withpetrain the deserts of Jordan lies the ancient city of Petra. Established sometime around the 6th century BC the site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812.
What amazes me about the spectacular ruins of Petra, is that it was chiseled by hand into the sandstone cliffs of Jordan in the form of freestanding temples, rock-cut tombs, dwellings, banquet halls, altars and niches.
To give you a perspective of how impressive these structures really are notice the people walking about at the base of the temple in the picture to the left.
What I wanna know is how the heck did they do that back in 6th century BC??
It’s truly amazing. My only thing is that I don’t know if this is the safest place to travel. This one may have to stay on my bucket list for quite a long time! :^(
The Lost City of the Incas
Machu Picchu is a breathtaking “estate” situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. It was built around 1450, and was abandoned just over 100 years later.Just to walk around the deserted structures and buildings taking in all agricultural beauty would be well worth the trip in my opinion!
The Terracotta Army
Going to China and not seeing the Terracotta Army is like going to Egypt and not going to see the Pyramids!
The tomb was discovered not all that long ago in 1974 by some local farmers. They date all the way back from 3rd century BC. The tomb contained over 8,000 life-sized individual soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses; and took an estimated 38 years to build. AH-MAZ-ING!!
The figures are a form of “funerary art” buried with the emperor in 210-209 BC to protect the him in his afterlife. Reconstruction is still taking place today, but many of the statues are available to view at a local Museum. I would one day L.O.V.E to visit China for many reasons. The amazing beauty of the countryside and architecture for one two; but the Terracotta Army is one I definitely would not miss!
Germany is another country I’m dying to get to. What I love about Germany is that it encompasses a multitude of regional varieties and styles (gothic, renaissance, baroque and classic) that have all contributed to Germany’s unique appearance. Between the all the castles & cathedrals, & amazing scenery (Ahmm… Black Forest) I don’t even know where to begin… Oh, wait… Yes I do!!
The largest of 13 wine regions, and it’s the birthplace for my favorite wine, Riesling!! I mean… HELLO! Enough said!
Look at that view! Unbelievable!!
There are way to many cathedrals and castles I want to visit to even list. Basically in a nutshell, I just want to travel the country side and see and drink all I can!
Oh, and I’d also stock up on my favorite candy made by Haribo. Though we have Haribo candy available here in the US, it’s not the same as the yummy goodness made in Germany!
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London
Although Madame Tussaud has locations here is the US, I’d still like to visit the museum in London. The London museum was the first and original opening back in 1835 with one of her main attractions the Chamber of Horrors. The exhibit is made up of victims of the French Revolution and newly created figures of murderers and other criminals.
It’s just so sad how much of our worlds history historical landmarks are destroyed by war. Unfortunately, between a fire in 1925 and German bombs in 1941 most of the origional 400 figures were destroyed. Fortunately, most of them have been able to be re-created; however, it’s still not the original made by Marie Tussaud.
Eventually other famous people were added to the museum such as historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and famous murderers. It just amazes me how lifelike they are able to make these figures.
I’d probably just live off kalamata olives and wine the whole time I’m there! I’d do that while trekking across the southwest Peloponnesian coast (ok… well maybe not actually trekking) taking in all the World Heritage List archaeological sites such as Olympia, Mystras, and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae.
Can you tell I am totally fascinated and obsessed by ancient ruins, architecture and the history of it all?! It fascinates me. The culture that once was is so intriguing to me.
So there you have it! My bucket list! Well… I actually have many many more destinations on my bucket list. This was just the top 10, ok 12 (or so). And it was hard enough for me to narrow it down to just that!
All I gotta say is I better get to it… I’m not getting any younger! The closest thing I’ve ever gotten to some of the those places is in the World Showcase at Epcot… like 10 times! Guess it’s better than nothing though. Oooo… btw, next time you’re there do yourself a favor and get a soft pretzel from Germany! Yummmy! Oh, and also the grand marnier orange slush drink in Paris. Sooo goooood!The only 2 things keeping me from chippin away at my list is $$ and my kids. I have a thing about leaving my kids — I Hate It!! What if my plane goes down, or something?? No one boards a plane knowing the bitch is going down!… Am I right!!? And unfortunately, my kids are still waayyyy too young to take to most of these places. Especially the ones that focus on death! Geez… I seemed to really be drawn to gruesomeness, don’t I??
I’m just hoping it’s gonna be a while before I expire so I’ll have a chance to at least knock a couple of these off my list.
I’m also happy to be linking up with the lovely Erica for her linkup Lovelinks!