Bucket list destinations
Many people have a cuisine-related item on their bucket list. Some just want to experience food festivals like La Tomatina in Spain (where people throw tomatoes at each other purely for fun) or wander around awe-inspiring markets, like the world-famous fish markets of Japan. Others are looking to challenge the tastebuds (and stomach) with national delicacies such as Scottish haggis, fried insects across Asia, or sheep's brains in France.
Instead, a bucket list dining experience may be a ticket to 'foodie' heaven. Experience the best the world's kitchens have to offer by dining at a 3 Michelin starsi restaurant or those on the World's 50 Best Restaurantsii list. Establishments include El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spainiii, Nihonryori RyuGin in Tokyo, Japaniv, or for vegetarians and vege-lovers alike, L'Arpège in Paris, Francev.
For grapes, wines and vineyards, there are the top regions in the world. If you want to venture out to some of the most famous wine growing areas, the vineyards of Tuscany, Italy, and Provence, in the south of France are must-visits. In Tuscany, you can cycle through the vineyards up into the historical towns of Florence, Siena, and even to the leaning Tower of Pisa! In Provence, you can sip wine surrounded by the vineyards first cultured by the Ancient Romans and Greeksvi, soak in the sunshine and scenery, and live 'la vie en rose' (or rosé, as the case may be).
Sport & Recreation
As a sports fan, you've probably dreamt of scoring a try against (or maybe for) the All Blacks, of kicking goal in the World Cup, of wearing the Green Jacket, or of lifting the Wimbledon Cup above your head. But if that doesn't happen, you can still fulfil your sport-related fantasy by being a spectator at some of the world's great sporting events.
Experiences may include watching one of Hawaii's numerous surfing championships, Monaco's annual Grand Prix, the controversy filled Tour de France or the grunts and squeals of tennis' on-grass Grand Slam, Wimbledon. Or it could be attending one of the world's upcoming sporting mega events: the FIFA World Cup (Brazil 2014, Russia 2018), the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil 2016, or for lovers of winter sports, the Sochi, Russia 2014 or Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Art & Culture
London, Paris and New York are shrines to art and culture. London's museums, galleries and theatres - many of which have free entry - are home to collections from all over the world, including the coveted Rosetta Stone and treasures from the Pyramids of Giza (British Museum), the contemporary collections of Matisse (Tate Modern), and the identically-reconstructed Globe Theatre where Shakespeare's plays are regularly performed.
Get inspired like those before you in Paris: the likes of Degas, Renoir, Picasso, and van Gogh all wandered the Parisian boulevards gaining inspiration from their surroundsvii. Paris is packed with art venues including the Musée du Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Musée de l'Orangerie among many churches, cathedrals and monuments. And across the Atlantic, New York is home to the unforgettable Guggenheim, Met and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
If history's your thing, take a trip to Peru's Machu Picchu where the altitude won't be the only thing to make your head spin. This UNESCO World Heritage site was left by the ancient Inca people complete with its Intihuatana (Hitching post of the Sun), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windowsviii. For ancient rushes of another type, take a cruise down the Nile and see the unforgettable and timeless wonders of the Pyramids of Giza, the Temple of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Rome and Athens are other classic bucket list destinations for any ancient history buff: Rome offers us the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum and gladiatorial Colosseum, while Athens gives us the Acropolis and temples of ancient Greek worship.
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