Thursday Thirteen #23: The Armchair Traveler

(Header created by me, just because I felt like it..)

A few days ago I was looking through the bookshelf for a book, when a couple of titles from our minuscule travel section caught my eye and practically demanded I visit with them. The Encyclopedia of Sacred Places by Norbert C. Brockman is a lovely and comprehensive book of sacred places around the world, and whets my appetite for “old stones”. It’s what started the revised version of the list in the first place. The Art of Pilgrimage (Phil Cousineau) is a book I’ve babbled about before, but it too called my name. So, with no further lead-up, I give you…

Thirteen Places On My Dream Travel List
  1. Machu Picchu, Peru – The fact that it wasn’t discovered until 1911 stirs the Indy in my blood. It’s been at the top of my list forever.
  2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia – Re-discovered in the 1850’s by French archaeologists, Angkor Wat has figured in movies such as Tomb Raider (the first one) and in Phil Cousineau’s travel recollections.
  3. Cairo, Egypt – I blame this one on the kind adult who gifted me with a colour-catalogue style book on Tutankhamen when I was a pre-teen. For a while there I had a serious crush on Howard Carter…
    Nikko, Japan – According to what I’ve read, it was established in the eighth century and became a training center for Buddhist priests. The Tosho-gu Shrine,Rinno-ji Temple, and Kegon Falls are just some of the places I’d like to see for myself.
  4. Borabudur, Java – Rediscovered and rejuvenated by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the early 1800’s. Where to begin explaining the strength behind the image of its two thousand carvings? Check out The Lost Temple of Java by Phil Grabsky. The photos are extraordinary.
  5. Glastonbury, England – I was lucky enough to spend the day there a few years ago, and the strange, strong energy was palpable. Chalice Well, Glastonbury Tor, the Lady Chapel at Glastonbury Abbey? I could spend weeks there.
  6. Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, Canada – Probably the most accessible of the bunch, the Charlottes were Emily Carr’s lifelong obsession, and probably one of the earliest links I had to native history here in BC. The only things I’ve ever seen of this culture are in museums, and while I appreciate that, it’s a little isolating.
  7. Paris, France – Like you couldn’t see that coming from miles kilometers away! All that history laid out in the arrondissements, the Louvre, Versailles….
  8. Jerusalem, The Holy Land – the desire to see this for myself has been with me for as long as I can remember, and when I read “Digging for God and Country, Explorations, Archaeology and the Secret Struggle for the Holy Land, 1799 – 1917” by Neil Asher Silberman a few years ago, I knew it was a place I needed to go.
  9. Marrakesh, Morocco – In 1917 the Saadian Tombs were discovered and restored by the Beaux Arts Service. When I go, this is where I want to stay.
  10. Granada, Spain – Specifically, Al Andalus. The name most of us know it by is Alhambra. a poetic sounding moniker that, depending on who you read, is translated as ‘The Red” or “The Red Fort”in Arabic. It became famous in North America when Washington Irving had his Tales of the Alhambra published in 1831.
  11. Petra, Jordan – Yes, it too figured in an Indiana Jones movie. But long before I sat in the dark and watched Indy put himself through the paces in order to save his father, a friend of the family showed me photographs of this desert city, and I knew I wanted, someday, to touch the delicately carved stone for myself.
  12. Santiago, Chile – Born there. My family’s history lies there – that’s enough of a reason to go, don’t you think?
  13. Chichen Itza, Mexico – well, really that’s just one of the sites I want to see in Mexico. Add to that Teotihuacán,Tulum, and Palenque and…

Looks to me like I could probably do a second list and perhaps, next week, I will. I’ve neglected whole continents!

Your turn – where would you go? Not sure? Here’s a jumping off point.

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Posted on December 7, 2006, in Books, Holidailies 2006, Lists, Thursday Thirteen, Travel, Writers. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great list! 🙂 Chichen Itza is amazing – my husband and I climbed the pyramid there, and Paris is lovely. Crowded and dirty, but an amazing place to visit.

    We hope to get to Cairo sometime this year or next. I must see the Great Pyramids at some point while we’re posted to Germany (for the next two and a half years).

    Happy T13. 🙂

  2. Nice list!
    I’ve been to paris. You have to visit the Eiffel-tower and it’s light show! Brilliant!

    Hugs and Happy TT from Germany,

  3. Thanks for sharing this very interesting TT! I´ve been to the Louvre a few weeks ago… as amazing as it ever has been to me!

    Happy TT from Germany,

  4. I would love to travel to some of these places. Scotland is high on my list right now. Peru is a close second. Great list and happy TT!

  5. i looked at your subject and thought “i won’t be able to relate” as i’ve just not traveled much outside of the U.S. but then i got to #13 – and amazingly enough i have been there! it is amazing. i took a ton of photos. we also saw tulem that same trip.

    happy TT!

  6. I haven’t been to any of them, and am still trying to settle on places to see near home.

    My TT this week is on new year’s finances. And visit my Friday Photo.

  7. England sounds wondeful..YOU have some great places listed..travelling is so much fun

  8. A list like that would bring out the Indiana Jones in me too! I even have the hat and the jacket for it…let’s go!

    Happy TT…and Happy New Year!

  9. I have never been outside the U.S. but it was great reading your list. I may make it to Scotland in the next two years, but for now, I’ll just enjoy the mountains here. Happy Friday.

  10. What a wonderful post! So well written and enlightening. I’m geographically challenged, so this is quite helpful–really! I’m destined to be mostly an armchair traveler, so I found this wonderful blog called My Marrakesh at Until you are able to go there, you should visit her blog–interesting, informative, well-written. The only downside is that it will make you want to go there even more. I very much enjoyed visiting. My blog is Gem-osophy and the link to my latest TT post is
    Happy New Year!

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