Best 250 Travel Destinations in the World (according to Gary) — Installment 31 — #86-90

             “Old” is well represented in this grouping of the best travel destinations in the world with sites in Egypt and Greece; “newer” destinations include the birthplace of Jazz and a South Pacific island.

           90.  Abu Simbel, Egypt — This site, about 175 miles (270 km) southwest of Aswan, is one of Egypt’s finest relics of the Dynastic Period. Although erected in the 1200s BC, the site was buried in sand and only rediscovered in 1813. It was later moved during the 1950s and 60s in preparation for the construction of the Aswan Dam. The site is noted primarily for the Great Temple of Abu Simbel, dedicated to honor Pharoah Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most famous rulers.

            89.  Moscow, Russia — Despite the menacing reputation of the Kremlin and the dark, somber look of Red Square, tourists are flocking to Russia’s capital. They perhaps note that opposite the Kremlin is the fanciful and exuberant St Basils’ Cathedral, a kaleidoscope of colorful turrets. Perhaps the latter is the image of Russia that travelers are beginning to remember. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)

           88.  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA — New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz, and great music can be heard at any time of the day or night, especially in the French Quarter. Food also reigns supreme here, as many excellent restaurants prepare their Cajun or Creole masterpieces. (Walking Tour available for purchase on website)                       

St Louis Cathedral & Jackson Square

           87.  Bora Bora, French Polynesia — This island is one of the Windward Society Islands of French Polynesia and is a quintessential South Pacific island. It is relatively small (9 km by 4 km) and encircled by a lagoon which acts as a buffer against the incursion of the ocean. Many tourists have a desire to stay in a hotel or resort which offers individuals bungalows on wooden pilings over the water. This is the island for you!

           86.  Delphi, Greece — The Greeks believed that this place was the center of the Universe. While we know that is not true, we cannot deny the historical and legendary importance of Delphi. It was here that the most famous oracle in the world decided the fate of kings. Despite the fact that all that remains here are ruins, one can feel the energy, the mystery, and the significance of the place.                            

Temple of Apollo at Delphi

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