Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen 14: Round the World

Thirteen countries on my tourist wish list (excluding any I have already visited) ...

1. Peru. Maybe I read too much Paddington Bear as a child.

2. Mali. I want to visit Timbuktu.

3. Botswana. I was going to put South Africa (which Tevye says is the most beautiful place he has ever visited), but the 1st Ladies Detective Agency makes Botswana sound appealing.

4. Egypt. To unleash my inner archaeologist.

5. India. One of the legacies of empire is lots of Indian-themed British literature (Kipling, Rumer Godden ...), which has caught my interest.

6. Tibet. On the list thanks to a combination of Michael Palin's Himalaya documentary and this book.

7. Japan. Ancient and modern. And I love sushi.

8. New Zealand. All that natural beauty. Think Lord of the Rings, which was filmed there.

9. Maldives. For that lazy holiday on a tropical island ...

10. Norway. Natural beauty again, with northerliness (is that a word?).

11. Austria. I have always loved Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School books, and it would be so fun to visit Achensee, which is the real-life Tiernsee, setting for many of the books.

12. Greenland. Because I don't know anyone who has been there.

13. United States of America. Last, but by no means least!


dorothy said...

Well, I hope you get to visit at least some of them!

PS Can you take me to India with you?

Anonymous said...

One day... when I've made my first million!!!


Anonymous said...

Glad to see New Zealand on the list lol, best country in the world, although I am British lol.Love your blog.
Nicky in New Zealand