Well I’m really stimulating a lot of interest in this feature so I thought I’d try theming some lists to see if it triggers anything in you. You don’t have to follow suit, just let me know of those places which truly captured your imagination. It doesn’t have to be 10; your perfect place will do. Anyway enough hectoring here are a few more great places we’ve really enjoyed:
1. San Francisco, my favorite city in America. You’ve got to do a cable car before they do away with them completely and re-trace the driving scenes from Bullitt.
2 . Wine-growing region round the Napa valley. Re-trace the drinking scenes from Sideways
3. Wild west gold-mining towns. Re-trace the shooting scenes from….I’ll stop this now.
4. Sequoia forests are unbelievably beautiful
5. Yosemite National Park. You’ll walk around open-mouthed. Just awesome.
6. Driving across the Mojave desert
7. You can keep Los Angeles but many beautiful little towns just up the coast; Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo mission
8. Driving along the Pacific Highway. Get an open-topped car and check out the log cabins near big Sur.
9. Carmel and Monteray
10 Two places we went up to go see and had to move on before visiting and wished we hadn’t: San Simeon and the Getty museum.
Yep as well as funny car names I like to visit these and ‘collect’ them. The most striking to me:
1. Golden Gate. Worth cycling there and just ambling across. The scale and setting is just incredible.
2. Brooklyn Bridge. NY has loads of great bridges but this is the daddy. The story of it’s making is just incredible. Visit the Manhattan side and re-create the early scenes from Once Upon a Time in America. Sorry I couldn’t resist that one. better still try and get a table for dinner at the River Cafe restaurant at the footings on the Brooklyn side and check out that view of the Manhattan skyline as it turns dusk.
3. The Forth railway bridge. Surely the most over-engineered piece of steel work in the world but still stunning.
4. Tower Bridge. Mock facade but a fascinating place. Check out the towers and have a walk across the high level, then check out the hydraulics for the raised section.
5. Menai suspension bridge. One of Brunel’s finest (I think). At uni we used to play against Bangor with this beautiful structure in the background.
6. Rialto bridge Venice. just so pretty.
7. Similarly the Ponte Vecchio Florence
8. Sunshine Skyways Bridge Tampa Bay. Used to be the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world at just under 9km. Went over it with John and Dee and the girls after visiting Busch gardens.
9. Millenium footbridge, London. Always makes me feel good to see London from the river. Great design.
10. Verrazano connecting Brooklyn and Staten island. Big mother – the largest suspension in the world between 1964 and 81.
There are many many bridges I’d like to see but the one which I really will visit before i die is the Millau Viaduct in S France, surely the most beautiful in the world and designed by an Englishman, Norman Foster. Good on yer Norm.
Next list galleries and museums ooh exciting.