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Historic Places to See – My wishlist.

I dream of traveling the whole world like most people do; it’s on almost everyone’s bucket list. I have a list of destinations solely based on the history of the place which some people think is weird but it’s not. As long as I can remember I have had an unexplained interest in history. I love to reading histories be it of a person or a place. I like to imagine how it was during the olden days; it’s one of my favorite pass times. I have a travel wish list to satisfy the history buff in me.

  • Pompeii

Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city along with Herculaneum was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It is said to have been a bustling town since 1st century AD. After the eruption though Pompeii and other towns were buried and remained undiscovered until a part of the place was unearthed in 1599 but remained forgotten till 1748 when explorers rediscovered the site. The objects buried beneath Pompeii were well-preserved under the ash due to lack of air and moisture. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Athens

Athens, Greece is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city has a recorded history of over 3000 years but it is said to be inhabited for the last 7000 years. In ancient Greece, Athens played an important role in art, literature, drama, philosophy, and science. There are beautiful structures symbolizing the Greek civilizations like the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The city has a rich cultural heritage and is a must-see for history lovers.

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  • Machu Picchu

This ruined city is located in Peru which is accessible only through a train or a four-day trek as it is situated at the top of a mountain. It was built as an estate for Inca Emperor Pachacuti during 1438-1472. This beautiful ancient city was abandoned after the Spanish Conquest of the region and discovered again after decades. It was named as one of the New Wonders of the World in 2007.

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  • Colosseum

Rome has been the heart of art and culture in Italy since centuries. The most symbolic structure in Rome is the Colosseum which was built in the first century AD. It is also the largest amphitheater in the world. It was used for Gladiator combats, spectacles, and even executions during the early Roman Empire. It has crumbled a little over the years and parts of it are restricted but it is still a very captivating part of the western civilization.

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  • Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is situated on the bank of the river Yamuna in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a magnificent structure of white marble built by the Mughal King Shah Jahan as a tomb for his wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world and famous as a symbol of love all over the world. It is an architectural gem from the period of the Mughal rule in India.

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There are many more fascinating historic places I hope to see someday the list could go on and on but these are the ones which sit at the top of my list. I have imagined visiting them since I read about them in history text books. Cities like Athens and Rome have such an incredible and vast historic significance even in today’s world.

My trip to Thailand.

Looking at the blank pages in my Passport for the last seven years was annoying, to put it mildly. Finally, my cousin and I decided to go to Thailand. It seemed like a convenient option since it’s not too far; a four-hour flight from Mumbai. It’s a beautiful country and perfect for our first international trip. We only had five nights of stay in total so we spent two nights in Pattaya and three in Bangkok. We tried to see as many sights as we could in the limited time at hand, some places were just a fraction more impressive to me personally than others.

  • Pattaya Tower

The tower is situated close to Jomtien Beach. The view from the observation deck which is on the 55th floor is simply breath-taking. You get a beautiful view of the beach. From the 56th floor, you can take the tower jump which has two options – single seating or double seating. If you are unadventurous like me, you can stay on the deck level take in the view with a cup of coffee. There are also three revolving restaurants situated in the tower on the 54th, 53rd and 52nd floors.

  • Coral Island

It is a picturesque island in Pattaya, which takes around 30 minutes speedboat ride to get there from the city beach. It is beautiful with its white sand beaches and the clear water is so peaceful, makes you want to stay there as long as possible. There are particular areas like zones for water sports and swimming so it doesn’t get too crowded in the water. On the island, there is a shopping area which had some pretty cool touristy and local things to buy.

  • Nong Nooch Village

This is a very beautiful and unique man-made village and it is spread over many acres.  There are so many different pockets to this place. We walked around the big lake, visited the pottery garden where every structure was built using pots, it was amazing; there is a butterfly garden which has so many pretty varieties of flowers. I had a chance to see the Thai Cultural Show and also the Elephant show, which is a famous feature of the place; it was one of the highlights for me in the Nong Nooch Village.

  • Safari World

Safari World was a must-see for when I planned this trip because I read a lot about it so going there was really exciting. It lives up to the hype created around it over the years. Firstly, you get to see so many exotic animals in their natural habitats. You can drive around in your car and see them in the open, it’s fascinating. Secondly, the dolphin and sea-lion shows are just incredible, it’s once in a lifetime kind of a moment. The park itself is huge, we just walked around till it was physically possible but we didn’t even cover half of it.

  • Madame Tussauds

 

We went to the Madame Tussauds Museum in Bangkok and I was ecstatic. I always wanted to visit one since I was a little girl so I was a little a star struck when we got there. I definitely felt like one of my childhood dreams was coming true. We got to see these cool wax statues of celebrities and click pictures; it was a lot of fun. We got tickets to see a 15 minutes clip of the movie Ice- Age in 4D. It was one of the favorite places to see in Bangkok.

 

There were many other places we visited like the Gems Gallery, Chao Phraya River Cruise and ‘Wat-Pho’ – the temple of the reclining Buddha and ‘Wat Traimit’ – the temple of the Golden Buddha to name a few. All of the places were characteristic and lovely in their own way but these are the ones that stood out for me.