I’ve often accused people who compose lists of having little to write about, but a mundane list of the 10 “must see places before you die” (recently published in the travel section of a British broadsheet) has prompted me to dash to the computer with my own suggestions. Would you care to add some of your own special places?
A magical place, Uluru, the giant monolith lying in west of Alice Springs, in Outback Australia is a sacred site for local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines who ask that visitors do not climb it.
I was mesmerised by Rangiroa which I first visited in 1968. One of the world’s largest atolls, it surrounds a vast lagoon filled with marine life from tiny coral fish to rays and sharks.
Varanasi is considered the Hindu spiritual capital of India. The scenes of cremations along the ghats and of people bathing in the river are one of the world’s great travel experiences.
On a visit to Praslin, General Gordon of Khartoum described the lush valley as being the closest thing to the Garden of Eden on Planet Earth. It is famous for the giant coco-de-mer bearing erotic nuts.
Ancient monuments to a magnificent past, the Great Pyramid and several others are located a short taxi-ride from central Cairo. They are central to Egypt’s rich Pharaonic heritage.
Isfahan which numbers some of the most glorious mosques in Islam was capital of the Safavid Shahs in 16th century Persia. Even today, it retains much of its glorious past.
The soaring Buddhist stupa in Rangoon has existed for 2,500 years. The crown is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. It is best visited at dusk as people come to worship.
Awesome is the only description of Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders- where the mile wide Zambesi river plunges into a chasm sending spray 1,300 feet into the air.
The magnificent buildings lining its canals attest to the prosperity of Venice as a great maritime entrepôt especially during the Middle Ages. No list is complete without it.
Founded in the 9th century, Fez el-Bali is a living museum whose craftsmen ply trades little changed over time. The zaouia, or shrine of ruler Moulay Idriss II is on the right of the photograph.