Destinations I Really Really Want To Visit. #26

It’s 2018 and everyone’s going to Amsterdam for the weekend and having a fun generic holiday, Amsterdam, along with about 15 other generic destinations that I’d NEVER EVER EVER want to visit, that I won’t mention for the sake of not peeing people off. I thought I’d be opinionated and tell you places that i want to visit, not just abroad, in the UK as well. I will try my best to limit it to about 10 places but who knows, it’s a lonely Saturday night & I’ll probably go crazy. I f*cking love cold countries, after visiting Copenhagen and freezing my bollox off for the weekend, I decided that i LOVE Scandinavia.

Reykjavik, Iceland.

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I love the colours of Iceland, even though it’s a freezing cold country, it’s still so vibrant.

What i want to do in Iceland?

Hallgrímskirkja, Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 74.5 metres high, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland and it is fkin cool. (Top Left)

Harpa, Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland.  The building features a distinctive coloured glass inspired by the landscape of Iceland, I have always wanted to see the opera and my god would this be the place to see it. (Top Right)

The Sun Voyager, The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the north of Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat or an ode to the sun and it is beautiful. (Middle Right)

Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús, Reykjavík Art Museum is Part of the trio of buildings that make up Iceland’s largest art museum, featuring pop art by Erró and landscape questioning art from Páll Haukur. (Bottom Right)

And of course, last but not least, The Blue Lagoon is not a natural phenomenon. While Iceland is a country full of natural hot springs, the Blue Lagoon isn’t one of them. The land is natural, as is the lava that shapes the pool, but the water is actually the result of runoff from the geothermal plant next door, however, still up there as one of the main things i would want to do in Reykjavik. (Bottom Left)

 

Stockholm, Sweden.

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Sweden, again, another beautiful Scandinavian country so obviously going to make it onto this list, also Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, Fact of the day.

What i want to do in Stockholm?

Nobel Museum, The Nobel Museum filled with Exhibits about the history of the Nobel Prize & the significant contributions made by its winners and as a worthy future winner of said prize i would love to pay a visit. (Bottom Right)

Vasa, Vasa is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged. (Top Right)

Skansen, Skansen is an open-air Swedish history museum, with buildings, people in costume & a zoo with Nordic animals, what more could you want from a museum? (Left)

 

*match of the day just came on and magically a beer landed in my hand so, this blog is definitely going to go into the early hours*

Oslo, Norway.

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As i slowly visit my way around the cold north of the world, I’d love a stop in Oslo, to see the sights and eat some amazing Norwegian food. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Including the Waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century

What i want to do in Oslo?

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Vigeland Sculpture Park is a Sculpture park & museum displaying the works of Gustav Vigeland, plus temporary art exhibitions and my god is it different. (Middle Bottom, Right)

Norsk Maritimt Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum is a shipping museum for marine archaeology & paintings, plus boats, a cafe & terrace with fjord views. What more could you want? Paintings, boats, a view and a coffee. Perfect. (Middle Left)

Vikingskipshuset, Vikingskipshuset is a Museum displaying 3 wooden, 9th-century Viking ships, plus artefacts recovered from burial chambers. With stunning shows and stunning presentations. (Top)

Holmenkollbakken, Holmenkollbakken is a large ski jumping hill located at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. It has a hill size of HS134, a construction point of K-120, and a capacity for 70,000 spectators and it’s idealistic. (Middle Top, Right)

Maaemo, Maaemo is a 3 Michelin star restaurant, that’s ethos is on a complete experience. In doing so, they want to highlight the relationship between the raw produce, and the finished product, and the food looks unreal. (Bottom)

 

Mykonos, Greece. 

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Taking a swift break from cold, Scandinavian countries and i jump down to Greece, where the sea is blue and the Pinterest photos are pretty and Mykonos is my personal favourite island in Greece.

What i want to do in Mykonos?

Relax.

Armenistis Lighthouse, Armenistis Lighthouse is a Lighthouse atop a steep hill offering picturesque views of sea, sunsets & neighbouring islands and it’s beautifully aged.

Little Venice, Little Venice is one of the most romantic places in the whole of Mykonos. This neighbourhood is replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. I mean, Any opportunity to visit the second Venice no?

Panagia Paraportiani, Panagia Paraportiani Completed in the 17th century, this whitewashed church complex is made up of 5 joined churches. Extremely Greek, Extremely beautiful.

To be honest, my opinion with Mykonos is to just relax, it has some beautiful beaches and superb scenery, id just want to take it in & drink Ouzo.

 

Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Having worked with the best person to come out of Scotland since Frankie Boyle i have since wanted to visit Edinburgh, with its high buildings and countless stairs and the simplest of castle beauty, why wouldn’t i want to visit?

What i want to do in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh from its position on the Castle Rock and it’s really bloody good looking. (Top Left)

Mary King’s Close, Mary King’s Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area of Edinburgh, It took its name from one Mary King, a merchant burgess who resided on the Close in the 17th century with Hidden streets from the 1600s below the Royal Mile, accompanied by tales from costumed guides, fun for all the family, or just me… (Top Right)

Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Gallery has European masterpieces and Scottish works, with seasonal exhibitions plus I feel anytime you get to visit a gallery you should because they are beautiful, not just the art but usually, the building and this is one of those, a classic but beautiful building. (Bottom Left)

HMY Britannia, HMY Britannia is Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997 and it is one of the coolest boats I’ve seen. (Bottom Right)

 

*quick 2-hour FIFA session and back to blogging*

Bern, Switzerland.

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I literally would love to visit Bern just for its picturesque views, just such a beautiful river surrounding the city. strap me up and fly me off

What i want to do in Bern?

Zentrum Paul Klee, Zentrum Paul Klee is a beautiful art gallery displaying about 40 percent of Paul Klee’s work, for the first 5 months of 2018 Paul Klee has created an exhibition about down syndrome with people with down syndrome and it’s honestly beautiful. (Bottom Left)

Aare, Aare is the longest river that both rises and ends entirely within Switzerland, with mountain views & perfect blue water, many hours could be spent walking down this river. (Top Right)

Bern Botanical Garden, Bern Botanical Garden is a botanical garden, The garden is listed as a cultural property of national significance, established in 1860 featuring thousands of plant species in greenhouses & outdoors. (Top Left)

Bern also holds host to 15 individual fountains, some of my favourites being; Kindlifresserbrunnen, Simsonbrunnen and Schützenbrunnen, but they are all interesting in there own way.  (Bottom Right 3)

 

Sydney, Australia.

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A huge leap over to the other side of the country, where everyone wears flipflops and lives the dream, Australia, and I beg anybody to tell me they wouldn’t want to go to Australia.

What i want to do in Sydney?

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera House As EVERYBODY knows is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings and its FUCK*NG AMAZING. (Middle Right)

Bondi Beach, Bondi Beach has a beautiful white sand cove with Reliable waves that draw surfers and as you know I’m an amazing surfer, maybe that was a lie but. meanwhile, nearby, hardy locals swim in the Icebergs ocean pool year-round, How much I’d love to be a hardy local. (Top Left)

Royal Botanic Garden, Royal Botanic Garden is a major botanical garden located in the heart of Sydney and its idealistic with Harbourside haven for city wildlife with a rose garden, fernery and ‘Jurassic Jungle’ for kids. (Bottom Right)

Luna Park, Luna Park excusing the extremely weird entrance it is the coolest Fun park?  reopened in 2004 after redevelopment, it now looks extremely fun and cool but i don’t know what it looked like before but it has a big top and a Ferris wheel. (Top Right)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art is a Cutting-edge Australian and international modern art housed in a grand, waterside art deco building and the building is stunning like if i was a billionaire I’d build a home as close as a replica as i could to this building. (Bottom Left)

 

Tokyo, Japan.

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Hopping around the East and Southeast i jump over now to Tokyo, not long after i will be in hong kong so hold onto your blog reading device as its gonna be a bumpy ride.

What i want to do in Tokyo?

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Tokyo, It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0, and it stands out above the skyline so why not go. (Bottom Right)

Sensō-Ji, Sensō-Ji is an ancient Buddhist temple, It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II and it’s a stunning building, iconic. (Top Right)

Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo DisneySea is inspired by ocean tales and legends, the seven themed ports of Tokyo DisneySea offer a wealth of fun attractions and entertainment, Plus its Disney Land, ON THE SEA. (Bottom Left)

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Tower is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower meets Blackpool and upgraded by Japan, this landmark features observation areas & other attractions, the second largest tower in Japan. (Middle Right)

Tsukiji fish market, Tsukiji fish market Sprawling wholesale fish market with an array of seafood & viewing areas for a popular tuna auction & if you’ve ever seen a tuna auction then you’ll understand why i want to go here. (Top Left)

 

*It’s 2:30 in the morning and i need to sleep, i will pick this up in the morning and I’m really enjoying writing this blog, so I’ll pick it up in the morning*

Hong Kong, China.

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As i said, I’m gonna jump around the east, and here I’ve landed in Hong Kong Woah.

What i want to do in Hong Kong.

Tian Tan Buddha, Tian Tan Buddha is also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993 the statue has 260 steps leading up to it and a carved bell, a museum and relics inside. (Bottom Right)

Peak Tram, Peak Tram having read up about this tram, pretty much everybody who’s been to Hong Kong says that you must ride this tram, the only way to see the beauty of Hong Kong. (Bottom Left)

Po Lin Monastery, Po Lin Monastery is a Colourful hillside monastery & site of the landmark, bronze Tian Tan Buddha statue that i have already said that i want to visit so why not kill two birds with one stone? (Top Right)

The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centres in the world. It occupies an area of 5.6 hectares and i bloody love a garden, sign me up. (Top Left)

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery a mid-20th-century Buddhist temple, A long flight of steep steps leads to this sizable, intricate Buddhist temple with lots of statues and its spectacular looking, but some of the statues are weird as hell. (Middle Right)

 

Lima, Peru.

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Slowly making my way around the world, now in South America, more specifically Peru, full of mountains, llamas and mountains, better pack my walking boots.

What i want to do in Lima?

Plaza de Armas of Lima, Plaza de Armas of Lima is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city featuring a fountain and is bordered by iconic palaces, stunning simple beauty. (Top Right)

Larco Museum, Larco Museum is a privately owned museum of pre-Columbian art, The museum is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid and honestly looks like a mafia boss would live there holding host to some of the weirdest artwork I’ve ever seen before. (Bottom Right)

Parque de las Leyendas, Parque de las Leyendas is a zoo that contains 215 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, with a total of 2071 animals and a beautiful waterfall, and those who know me know i love a waterfall. (Left)

*Sips Coffee*

Berlin, Germany.

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Back now to Europe, to a country with a lot of bitter history and a lot of stories, but greaves in such beauty.

What i want to do in Berlin?

Brandenburg Gate, Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument topped by a classical goddess statue, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the successful restoration of order during the early Batavian Revolution. (Top Right)

Fernsehturm, Fernsehturm is a television tower and like many other towers stands high above the city, 368m-tall tower, opened in 1969, with a viewing gallery at 203m and revolving restaurant at 207m, get me in that restaurant. (Middle Right)

Checkpoint Charlie, Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. Landmark boundary marking East & West Berlin with a white sentry guard house & cobbled borderline. (Top Left)

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. 2,711 columns forming a vast mazelike Holocaust memorial, with an underground exhibition room. (Left Middle)

East Side Gallery, The East Side Gallery is an open-air gallery in Berlin. It consists of a series of murals painted directly on a 1316 m long remnant of the Berlin Wall, with some of the most beautiful art about, with heartfelt meanings. Conserved graffiti project by 118 artists covering part of the Berlin Wall & celebrating its demise. (Bottom)

 

*I’m just going to make another coffee and maybe some scrambled egg because this blog is taking some serious time, on 2600 words at this point and i still have 4 large places left to do, its gonna be a long one*

I’m back and my scrambled eggs were lovely, as always.

Moscow, Russia.

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Back to my favourite the cold countries, nothing better than a thick coat in the snow and there’s nowhere better than Russia to test out a good coat, put it to good use, I’ve always wanted to go to Russia and i swear i will.

What i want to do in Russia?

Moscow Kremlin, Moscow Kremlin, usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. a compound of churches & palaces, with museums of Russian state regalia & art. (Bottom)

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Saint Basil’s Cathedral Multicolored domes top this 16th-century former cathedral that now contains a museum of the church and the building is like a kids representation of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. (Top Left)

Bolshoi Theatre,  Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, originally designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds ballet and opera performances, the building looks like it could be a museum or an art gallery. (Top Right)

White Rabbit, White Rabbit is a restaurant in Russia with a Storybook setting with spectacular views and creative cuisine. A few words on the chef: Chef Vladimir Mukhin is in the vanguard of a new wave of young Russian culinary talents. Known as much for his use of local, seasonal ingredients as for his charisma. The mans a legend. (Middle Right)

 

Rome, Italy

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Back to Europe and to the romantic town of Rome, with the city boasting nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display.

What i want to do in Rome?

The Roman Colosseum, The Roman Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the of Rome Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built once used for gladiatorial games and even beautiful in its semi remains. (Bottom Right)

Roman Forum, Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of Rome the area of Vast excavated  Roman temples, squares & government buildings, some dating back 2,000 years. (Top Right)

Trevi Fountain, Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci, completed in 1762, with sculpted figures and a beautiful fountain. (Top Left)

Spanish Steps, Spanish steps, in Italy? yes and Spanish Steps are a set of steps in climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top, Stunning. (Bottom Right)

* I’ve now started watching Gordon Ramsay funny moments, keep me sane my lord.*

The United States Of Bloody America.

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Instead of choosing a city in this big ass country i decided to just do a big overview of the whole country instead, another great idea from me, nearly 3200 words deep.

What i want to do in The USA?

Central Park, Central Park Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. state of New York. It comprises 843 acres, Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013, and one of the most filmed locations in the world. Iconic. (1 Up From the Bottom)

Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, sadly an organization estimates that more than 1,600 people have leapt to their deaths since the bridge opened in 1937. (3rd Down on Right)

Statue of Liberty, Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, the Iconic National Monument opened in 1886, offering guided tours, a museum & city views. (Top Right)

Empire State Building, Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 1,250 feet. (3rd Down On Left)

National September 11 Memorial & Museum, National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. (Top Left)

Arches National Park, Arches National Park lies north of Moab in the state of Utah.  it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red Delicate Arch in the east. Long, thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north. Other natural formations include Balanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park, Stunning. (2nd Down on Right)

Bellagio, Bellagio is a resort, luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and was built on the site of the demolished Dunes hotel and casino. Inspired by the Lake Como town of Bellagio in Italy, Bellagio is famed for its elegance. (2nd Up on Left)

Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Hollywood i mean, who wouldn’t want to visit the Universal Studios Hollywood? a film studio and theme park in Los Angeles, yes, please. (1 Down from Top Left)

Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, Notorious prison & once home to Al Capone, now a museum holding host to some of the most amazing but strange stories anyone can hear. (Bottom)

White House, White House is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. and has been the residence of every U.S. President since John Adams in 1800 and it’s iconic. A beautiful building. (4th Down on Left)

 

And Last but not least;

Canada

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Canada, again i am going to do Canada as one big place instead of breaking it down.

I never really thought much of Canada until i worked with the second best Canadian so it’s a relatively new one on the list but probably the one i would want to go to the most.

Château Frontenac, Château Frontenac is one of Canada’s grand railway hotels, located in Quebec City, Quebec. It is operated as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Château Frontenac is situated at an elevation of 54 m (177 ft). It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980 and it looks like Hogwarts. (Bottom Right)

Journey Behind the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls is an attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada located in the Table Rock Centre beside the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. YOU CAN GO BEHIND THE WATERFALL LIKE PLEASE. (Top Right)

Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Ontario, Canada and New York, America. The falls form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. Again Iconic (Top Left)

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in Vancouver. The current bridge is 140 metres long and 70 metres above the river so a pretty far fall to the water, Love it. (Bottom Left)

Moraine Lake, Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet and i want to stare at it forever. (Middle Left)

Sunwapta Falls, Sunwapta Falls is a pair of waterfalls of the Sunwapta River located in Jasper National Park, Alberta. The falls are accessible via a 600-metre access road off the Icefields Parkway, which connects Jasper and Banff National Parks and honestly, this place doesn’t even look real. (Middle Right)

 

I’m done 4000 words, i pray this blog makes me filthy rich and i can have my dream life and visit all of these places and do all of these things.

Links to all photos available, but I’m not putting them all on this blog because I’m a risk taker.

Thankyou if you’ve read all the way through you’re a legend.

Bless

Ethan X

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