We aren't quite done with this blog as we haven't even finished our accounts of South and North America. However, we are home and I have been going through things like: Where we went. I also noted other things that I like to keep track of. I am a little bit of a freak that way I'll admit. I'll start with the obvious: How many countries and cities we managed to visit. Now in order for me to count a country/city the consensus seems to be to count it if you slept there. Also, I debated whether or not I should count all of the countries we stayed in while in the U.K. as separate entities or just as one country. Well, if you ask any Scotsman they will give you your answer. All in all we visited 26 different countries, 27 if you include Canada, and 65 different cities and towns with populations as diverse as Tokyo's 32.45 million to towns like Trinidade and Anafi that I estimate to have a population of 200 to 400. Here is a break down of where we went, in the order we went there:

I) Canada -Vancouver (1)
II) U.S.A. -New York City (2)

New York's Guggenheim Museum

III) England -London (3)
-York (4)
IV) Scotland -Edinburgh (5)
V) N. Ireland -Belfast (6)
VI) Ireland -Drougheda (7)
-Dublin (8)
VII) Germany -Berlin (9)
VIII) Netherlands -Amsterdam (10)
IX) France -Paris (11)
-Bordeaux (12)
X) Spain -San Sebastian (13)

Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum near San Sebastian

-Barcelona (14)
XI) Italy -Rome (15)
-Naples (16)
XII) Croatia -Dubrovnik (17)
-Split (18)
-Plitvice (19)
-Trogier (20)
XIII) Switzerland -Geneva (21)
XIV) Hungary -Budapest (22)
XV) Greece -Athens (23)
-Delphi (24)
-Santorini (25)
-Anafi (26)
-Rhodes (27)
XVI) Turkey -Istanbul (28)

Istanbul's Blue Mosque

-Denizli (29)
-Izmur (30)
-Goreme (31)
XVII) U.A.E. -Dubai (32)
XVIII)China -Hong Kong (33)
IXX) Singapore -Singapore (34)
XX) Malaysia -Malaka (35)
-Pulau Penang (36)
XXI) Thailand -Bangkok (37)
-Koh Chang (38)
-Koh Maak (39)
-Chang Mai (40)
XXII) Cambodia -Siem Reap (41)
-Phnom Penh (42)
-Sihanoukville (43)
-Koh Russi (44)
-Kampot (45)
XXIII) Vietnam -Phu Quoc (46)
-Can Tho (47)
-Da Lat (48)
-Nha Trang (49)
-Ho Chi Minh Cit y (50)
XXIV) Japan -Tokyo (51)
-Shimizu (52)
XXV) Brazil -Sao Paulo (53)
-Rio de Janeiro (54)
-Trinidade (55)

Igreja de Santa Rita in Paraty, near Trinidade Brazil.

XXVI) Chile -Santiago (56)
XXVII)Peru -Lima (57)
-Paracas (58)
-Ica (59)
-Cuzco (60)
U.S.A. pt.2 -Los Angeles (61)
-San Francisco (62)
-Sonoma (63)
-Yosemite (64)
-Fargo (65)

As far as the usual "What was your favorite?" ...I don't think I can answer that. Far too many good times and very few disappointments. Honestly, disappointment is probably too harsh of a word... The overall feeling of "When's the next time we will be in 'X' " outweighed the
negative aspects. So suffice to say, nothing truly bad happened to us. I mean, sure, we got swindled in Istanbul and trying to get to Phu Quoc and I even had my wallet pick-pocketed in Cuzco. But we never felt like we were in danger.

We also added to my previous list of coveted UNESCO sights which I will recap... quickly. Once again, in order of appearance:

1) Statue of Liberty, New York City, U.S.A.
2) Tower of London, London, England
3) Old and New Town of Edinburgh, Scotland
4) Giants Causeway, Belfast, N. Ireland
5) Bend in the Boyne, Drougheda, Ireland

Passage tomb at the Bend in the Boyne

6) Palaces of Potsdam, Berlin, Germany
7) Rietveld-Schroder House, Utrecht, The Netherlands
8) Left and Right Banks of the Seine River, Paris, France
9) Palaces of Fontainebleau, Paris, France
10) Jurisdiction of St. Emilion, France
11) Works of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain
12) Vatican City, Vatican City
13) Rome's Historic City Center, Italy
14) Naples' Historic City Center, Italy
15) Pompeii's Archeological Areas, Italy
16) Dubrovnik's Historical City Center, Croatia
17) Diocletian Place, Split Croatia
18) Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
19) Trogir's Historic City Center, Croatia
20) The Banks of the Danube, Budapest, Hungary
21) Athens' Archeological Areas, Greece
22) Delphi's Archeological Areas, Greece
23) Rhodes' Medieval City, Greece
24) Istanbul's Historic Areas, Turkey
25) Pamukkale & Heropolis, Denizli, Turkey
26) Goreme National Park, Turkey
27) Malaka's Historic City Center, Malaysia
28) Ankor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
29) Lima's Historic City Center, Peru
30) The Nazca Lines, Nazca, Peru

Nazca lines "The Hummingbird"

31) Cuzco's Historic City Center, Peru
32) The Lost City of Machu Pichhu, Peru
33) Yosemite National Park, U.S.A.

That's 27 countries and 33 UNESCO world heritage sights for an average of 1.222 sights per country in, as the song states, 525,600 minutes... Well, quite a bit fewer than that, closer to a paltry 432,000... as we had to cut our trip short 93,600 minutes or 2 months.

We will be back with more posts, I promise. And funner ones too!



Anonymous said...

OK I'll try for a second time Love the way you chronicled all of the information and events Good Job

Mahmoud said...

I may try doing something similar when I'm back. Wow you got about a bit in your time travelling. ;)

Margo said...

wow, that is a lot to remember. Good work taking time to get it down while you still can. It will give you lot of fodder for your blog in the coming months, and I am really looking forward to hearing about all of it! (I never can say what my favorite is about anything - always have to rephrase in my head to say, "what is my favorite for the next five minutes." :)