Bucket List for Travel

My Travel Bucket List

 

If a task is not written down on a list for me it will likely not get done, or certainly not get done on time.  I am a methodical list maker.  With that in mind, I created my first travel bucket list.
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Porto, Portugal

Porto Douro River View

Porto Douro River View

Porto, Portugal was built along the Douro River in northern Portugal.  This view is of the oldest section, Riberia, which is largely dedicated to the port wine and tourist industry.  The bright yellow billboard near the center of this photograph is the Sandeman trademark of one of these wines.
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Sedona, Arizona

Schnebly Pools

Sedona was our first extended stay since returning from six months in Europe.  Driving across the country from the ship’s port in Fort Lauderdale to Northern California can wear a person down.  Clearly it is better than sitting in a cubical struggling with a company budget on a cold, windy Chicago day, but the travel can get a bit old.  We do our best to find fun places to visit along the way such as Graceland, but three weeks in Sedona, not having to move suitcases or learn new appliances and shower workings, was a welcome relief.

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York, England

York Minster Cathedral

The prominent attraction and landmark in York, England is York Minster Cathedral.  Our landlord was kind enough to escort us to hear the choir sing one evening.   While we had already been to many churches in Europe and Great Britain, we realize each church is unique if you take the time to learn about them.  For example, it is easy to gaze upon a huge stained glass window, think it is beautiful and move on, not seeing anything special or unusual.  In one window of York Minister, there was a surprising amount of humor.  For example, one pane depicted a wife twisting the ear of her husband who was on his knees.
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Glasgow, Scotland

Red Flowers

When traveling we try to alternate between visiting a rural location and a big city, so Glasgow followed our stay in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland.  Our condo was right downtown near then main shopping and business areas.  Not much in the way of great photography, but of course Doug, the visiting photographer, got me out to make the most of it.  The photo above shows a typical color of the buildings in Glasgow, contrasted with some very bright red flowers.

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Westport, Ireland

coffee-shop(Click to Enlarge)

This is one of those lay-over locations or stops we scheduled.  We had traveled five hours from the last stop in Dingle, and had another five to go to get to Bushmills and the Giant’s Causeway at the northern tip of Ireland.  So we stopped for two nights in Westport, a city of about 5,500 people.  Finally in a bigger city, we opted for Indian food, and took my photographer friend along for his first ever dish of Indian cuisine.  With no real sights to see, we walked around the town, photographing the buildings and city life.
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Paris, France

 

Three GracesStairs to LibraryParis is a beautiful city with a great deal of wonderful sights to see.  However, due to the Bastille Day festivities, many were fenced off or had fences around them that spoiled photographs.  Also, the unusually hot humid weather made venturing out a chore.  It seems a month-long stay in Pairs would be necessary to see the public fountains and sights in the right light.

Photos here are of the ‘Three Graces’ in the Louvre looking at an adjacent painting and the winding staircase leading to the Versailles royal library where I got a rare, private tour.
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Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck Austria We certainly wanted to visit Innsbruck, but it was also a convenient stopping point in our journey from the Dolomites, Italy, to Switzerland. We traveled by bus, two trains and taxi to arrive at the Hotel Mondschein, which is the lighter pink building just right of center above.

Innsbruck is a neat, clean town and we were happy to finally get away from the pizza and pasta of Italy.  We celebrated by going to both a good Thai and a Nepalese restaurant.  Also, Austria is where I got my first international haircut, by the most skilled barber ever…

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Salmon Spawning in California

While walking the banks of the Sacramento River near Redding, California I heard a surprisingly loud racket sounding like loud drums beating.  I soon found the source of the noise were salmon spawning.  Here is a short video of a couple trying to make it upstream to their spawning grounds.