bucket listDo you have a Bucket List?

It’s funny, a few years ago I found a bucket list I had created about 10 years earlier and to my amazement, I had achieved over 70% of what was on the list!  …even though I think I probably just wrote it, pondered it for a day or two and then put it in a notebook, not to be seen again for a decade…

So, here is my updated bucket list (and some other cool things I’ve done) with items already completed with strike-through and in italics.

Btw – I regularly add to this bucket list with cool things I come across that I want to do; places I have been, things I have experienced and soooo much more – and strike off things as I complete them, so feel free to check back from time to time…

I hope this list inspires you to create your bucket list!  (and the items in italics that are greyed out are items I have already achieved and crossed off!)

  1. Achieve over 50,000 Followers on Twitter (it’s down to around 37K now, and it was a wonderful experience building the following – it’s interesting that once I stopped actively building, the ‘fluff’ fell off and the ones that remain are constant, loyal followers)
  2. Acropolis, Greece
  3. Adopt a Kepler Planetary System – the Pale Blue Dot Project (White Dwarf Research) is a non-profit organisation of professional astronomers that raises research funds for the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium – adopting a Kepler Star or Planetary System helps support their research
  4. Adopt a Rescue Dog
  5. A la Ronde, Devon, UK
  6. Alien – Meet a highly-evolved and loving Extra-terrestrial Alien   
  7. All events in the ‘English Season’ UK > Cartier International Polo (July), Chelsea Flower Show (May), Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival (March), Cowes Week (August), Epsom Derby (June), Formula 1 British Grand Prix (July), Goodwood Festival of Speed (June/July), Glorious Goodwood (August), Glyndebourne Opera Festival (May-August), Henley Royal Regatta (June), Last Night of the Proms (September), Louis Vuitton Classic (June), Royal Ascot (June), The Boat Race (March/April), The Grand National (April), The Queen’s Club Aegon Tennis Championship (June), Wimbledon (June).
  8. Amalfi Coast
  9. Angel Oak
  10. Antebellum Homes – I have actually visited just about every antebellum (pre-Civil War) home of significance in America
  11. Arabia Steamboat Museum (the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world)
  12. Area 51 – to the heavily-guarded border thereof – and you can also watch the unmarked Area 51 planes (or Janet flights, so-named for their Janet call sign) taking off and landing at McCarran Airport, Las Vegas
  13. Arrive by Helicopter
  14. Arrive by Sea Plane
  15. Ashford Castle, Ireland
  16. Aspen
  17. Atalaya Castle
  18. Ate squirrel and rabbit gumbo (where both critters were shot on the same premises they were cooked and eaten – certainly an ‘interesting’ experience but not one I recommend! (for you or the squirrel!))
  19. Athens, Greece
  20. Attend a Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas
  21. Attend a Polo Match
  22. Attend a Rodeo
  23. Attend all three Triple Crown events UK – Private Box
  24. Attend an Eagles concert – when all original band members were still alive
  25. Attend an Event with International Heads of State
  26. Attend an international basketball game
  27. Attend an international soccer match
  28. Attend a ‘State of Origin’ match
  29. Attend College Football Game (LSU @ Tiger Stadium) & Tail-gating
  30. Attend International Surfing Competitions (not as a competitor!)
  31. Attend Invitation-Only Winemaker’s Dinner
  32. Attend Private Event in US House of Representatives
  33. Attend Revolutionary & Civil War Re-Enactments
  34. Attend the Opera in a Private Box
  35. Attend Zulu Lundi Gras
  36. Attend Renaissance Festival
  37. Attended a Louisiana Cajun Boucherie
  38. Attended an international IndyCar race – the sound is truly awesome, like giant mosquitoes whose buzz you can feel in every fibre of your being
  39. Australian Outback
  40. Austria
  41. Avebury, Wiltshire UK
  42. Bagni Wildbad Thermal Bath Resort Ruins – Innichin, Italy
  43. Bath Abbey, UK
  44. Battle Abbey
  45. Battle of Hastings (1066) 950th anniversary on the site of the battle (this was SO cool!
  46. Beach landing in an aircraft – flying from Glasgow or Benbecula to Barra, Scotland, UK (and the landing strip (aka the beach!) actually disappears twice per day due to tides!)
  47. Be a Ghost-Writer
  48. Become independently wealthy
  49. Be honorable, respectful and a good steward of the blessings bestowed upon me
  50. Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield UK
  51. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon UK
  52. Be the voice for an animated feature film
  53. Been on stage with Jay Leno
  54. Biltmore
  55. Birdoswald Trail along Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  56. Blarney Castle, Ireland
  57. Blenheim Palace, UK
  58. Blue Caves, Zakynthos Islands, Greece
  59. Blue Ridge Mountains, USA
  60. Boat License
  61. Bonfire on the Beach
  62. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, UK
  63. Boston, USA
  64. Bought a quality western cowboy (or should that be cowgirl) hat and had it custom-fitted (I love bespoke experiences like that!)
  65. Bowl a 200+ game
  66. Brasov, Romania
  67. Brewed Beer
  68. Brighton, England
  69. Bring a Stranger Home for Dinner
  70. Brooklyn Bridge
  71. Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol, UK
  72. Buchanan Castle, Scotland UK
  73. Bucharest, Romania
  74. Buckfast Abbey, Devon UK
  75. Buckingham Palace, UK
  76. Build a Blanket Fort (with multiple rooms, of course!
  77. Build a Labyrinth
  78. Build a smart-phone app (several)
  79. Build a Snowman
  80. Build a Clock
  81. Build a Water Feature
  82. Build several businesses (some were successes – some were monumental failures – although thankfully there were more of the former than the latter!)
  83. Build Websites
  84. Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur
  85. Buy jewellery at Tiffany & Co.
  86. Buy something at an Auction
  87. Cambridge University, UK
  88. Camera Obscura, Scotland UK
  89. Camping By Myself – beside a lake… it was magical!
  90. Canada
  91. Canal Boat Trips through UK and Europe
  92. Canal De Corinto, Greece
  93. Cannes Film Festival – with one of my films entered
  94. Cape Cod USA
  95. Carnac Stones, France
  96. Castell Coch, Wales UK
  97. Catalina Island
  98. Change clothes in an old red phone booth
  99. Channel Islands, UK
  100. Charleston, South Carolina – one of my favorite places on the planet
  101. Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
  102. Chateau Montelena, USA
  103. Chateau Rhinafa, Wales UK
  104. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire UK
  105. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (with a vintage rail carriage as my state room)
  106. Cheddar Cave, Somerset, UK
  107. Chetham’s Library, Manchester UK
  108. Chopsticks – I can use them, but it’s not pretty!  LOL!
  109. Christmas Caroling
  110. Churn Butter By Hand
  111. Civil Rights Museum in Lorraine Hotel
  112. Clambake
  113. Claridge’s – stay there as my regular base in London UK
  114. Classic Car Rallies and Concours events
  115. Climbed all 272 steps of the Batu Cave Temple in Malaysia (complete with an army of macaque monkeys ‘helping’ every step of the way)
  116. Co-Host Drive Time on Major Commercial Radio Station
  117. Coliseum (this place was AWEsome in every sense of the word!
  118. Competition Ballroom Dancing (as a teenager, and won two awards)
  119. Concours of Elegance, UK
  120. Coney Island, USA
  121. Conquered fear of Public Speaking (and a good thing, too, given that I chose to go into the field of media and entertainment!)
  122. Contact one or more of my heroes – I sent a copy of Quantum Lace Book One to two of my heroes – Lord Julian Fellowes and Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe – and both emailed me back with very positive comments!
  123. Contact someone I don’t know who also has my name
  124. Continually improve my diction and enunciation
  125. Continually Learn about Quantum Physics
  126. Continue to explore my ancestry, including visiting places from which they originated
  127. Continue to facilitate inspiring events…
  128. Continue to make a difference and help people achieve their dreams…
  129. Continue to regularly attend exhibitions at the Smithsonian, USA
  130. Cook and eat a fish I caught (but no, I didn’t clean it!)
  131. Coral Castle, Florida USA
  132. Cotswold Olimpick Games, Gloucestershire, UK (June)
  133. Crack a Whip
  134. Crater Lake
  135. Create My Own Family Crest
  136. Crooked House Pub, Dudley, UK
  137. Cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a canal boat
  138. Cruise the Crinan Canal on The Clyde Puffer – VIC 32 – Crinan, Argyll, Scotland – UK
  139. Crystal Cave, Vatnajökull, Iceland
  140. Cuddle a Koala
  141. Daily continue to see the beauty, give and receive love, enjoy the bliss and be thankful to God…
  142. Daily Full-page “Life with Leigh” series in Major Metro Newspaper
  143. Daily Successfully manage several health and mobility ‘challenges’ that sometimes slow me down but never stop me from doing something I reeeeeeally want to do…
  144. Danced/Played the giant piano in FAO Swartz in New York
  145. Dartmouth Royal Regatta (August) UK
  146. Death Valley, USA
  147. Debutante Ball – yes, I was actually a debutante when I was a teenager and attended my debutante ball, complete with long white dress, dashing partner… It was magical
  148. Dennis Severs’ House, London UK
  149. Develop a fictional character I love and publish stories about her journeys (click here to meet Bridgit!)
  150. Develop a range of inspirational books, journals, items etc from my photography
  151. Develop/achieve my ideal body – fit, healthy, flexible, and sexy
  152. Difference Engine – Babbage’s prototype computer – London, UK
  153. Dined at the Boat House in Central Park
  154. Discover my signature perfume
  155. Disneyland, USA
  156. Dive on “Christ of the Abyss” off San Fruttuoso, Italian Riveria – Italy
  157. Do my own gel nails – such a fabulous treat, especially when globe-trotting and not needing to find a salon!
  158. “Do or do not – there is no try”  Yoda
  159. Do several ‘staycations’ where you stay in a hotel in your city and be a tourist in your own town
  160. Do something ‘big’ completely on faith
  161. Donate Blood
  162. Don’t talk to/with anyone for an entire three-day long weekend
  163. Dover Castle, UK
  164. Dracula’s Castle in Romania
  165. Drink milk/juice from a fresh coconut
  166. Drink more water!  
  167. Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  168. Drive Across the USA Coast to Coast and Top to Bottom (several times)
  169. Drive entire length of Historic Route 1 / Hwy 101 from Mexico to Canada
  170. Drive in Celebrity Speedway Race
  171. Dropped 75lb after putting it on during an illness (still have more to drop and am not yet back to my normal size, but every day I get closer!)
  172. Dubai
  173. Dún Aonghasa, Galway Ireland
  174. Dursey Island cable car, Cork Ireland
  175. Duxford Airshow, UK
  176. Easter Island
  177. Eat a a Michelin award-winning restaurant (several!)
  178. Eat at a revolving restaurant
  179. Eat Crocodile
  180. Eat Fried Grasshopper
  181. Eat Kangaroo
  182. Eat Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  183. Eat possibly the world’s best Lobster Slider – Plymouth (near ‘the rock’)
  184. Edgar Cayce Museum, USA
  185. Edinburgh Castle, UK
  186. Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland UK
  187. Elvis Presley Aircraft Museum
  188. Email someone I admire – I emailed Professor Fred Alan Wolf (one of the world’s best-known quantum physicists) with the first chapter of my Quantum Lace series asking for his feedback on whether my physics was sound – and he replied with a wonderful message in the affirmative! 
  189. Emergency Paramedic Ride-a-long
  190. English Riviera – Torquay, Devon
  191. Entertain elderly people at a nursing home
  192. Etiquette – continually improve my knowledge and application thereof
  193. Experience a Real White Christmas
  194. Experience a tornado
  195. Explore a Completely Uninhabited Ghost Town
  196. Explore an abandoned amusement park
  197. Experience Chinese Cupping Therapy
  198. Fairy Glen – Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland UK
  199. Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island
  200. Fairy Pools in Scotland UK (https://wowscotlandtours.com/tours-from-inverness/private-day-tours-inverness/private-fairy-pools-tour/)
  201. Fan Bay Deep Shelter, Dover UK
  202. Faery Circles in Ireland
  203. ‘Fellsman’ Steam Train – Settle to Carlisle + classic coach + historic steamer on Ullswater Lake (http://statesmanrail.com/fellsman.html)
  204. Find and purchase a copy of the original book, “The Making of Star Trek”
  205. Find True, Pure, Blissful Joy in pretty much every moment…
  206. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland UK
  207. First-Class Overnight Train Trip from Vienna to Rome
  208. Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex, UK
  209. Fishbowl Margarita in El Paso
  210. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland
  211. Fly a Plane
  212. Fly in a helicopter
  213. Fly Internationally First Class
  214. Forbidden Corner, Coverham UK
  215. Forgive and move on
  216. Fort Sumter – the official start of the American Civil War
  217. Fossick for Thunder Eggs on Tamborine Mountain
  218. Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland
  219. Fountains Abbey, UK
  220. Four-wheeling over monster sand-dunes
  221. French Quarter in New Orleans
  222. Front-row-center at Don McLean concert
  223. Fundraising for various causes
  224. Galloway Forest Park, the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland – and hopefully even see the Northern Lights! UK
  225. Gaping Gill, North Yorkshire UK
  226. Get caught in a dust storm with zero visibility (Ok, so not something I planned, but experience worthy of the list)
  227. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
  228. Gleniff Horseshoe, Ireland
  229. Glow Worm cave
  230. Goodwood Revival Classic Car Race UK
  231. Go on a Blind Date – and it ended up being to a Rolling Stones concert!
  232. Go on a Cruise
  233. Go on a Hay Ride
  234. Go on a news fast – unless I have been a captive audience somewhere like a salon where a television has been directly in front of me, I have not watched the news nor read a newspaper since 2007!  If something happens I need to know about, someone is bound to tell me
  235. Gorgeous collection of Jewellery, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories
  236. Graceland
  237. Grand Canyon
  238. Grand Central Station
  239. Grand Ole Opry, USA
  240. Great Orme Tramway, Wales UK (March – October)
  241. Greece
  242. Greek Islands
  243. Grow all my own vegetables in my very own vegetable garden!
  244. Guest Soloist with Sydney Conservatory Choir
  245. Hadrian’s Wall, UK
  246. Haggle at an Asian Market
  247. Hand-carved, crafted and created a marionette
  248. Hastings Bonfire
  249. Hastings Castle
  250. Have an old-fashioned, physically posted letters pen-pal (his name was Sang Guy Lee and he was from South Korea)
  251. Have dinner, drinks and/or work with on an inspiring project (in no particular order) – HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York ~ Sarah, Duchess of York ~ Dick Van Dyke ~ Sir Patrick Stewart ~ Stephen Fry ~ Christopher Plummer ~ Robert Redford ~ Barry Meguiar ~ Lord Julian Fellowes ~ Gerard Butler ~ Robert Osborne ~ Dame Judy Dench ~ Colin Firth ~ Dame Maggie Smith ~ Dr Fred Alan Wolf ~ Dr Leonard Susskind ~ Dr Brian Greene ~ Michael Caine ~ Donald Sutherland ~ Joel Osteen ~ Hugh Bonneville ~ George Noory ~ Peter Diamandis ~ Ina Garten ~ Nigella Lawson ~ Lee Strobel ~ Oprah Winfrey ~ Blake Shelton ~ Gwen Stefani ~ Tom Hanks ~ Drew Barrymore ~ Clint Eastwood ~ George Clooney ~ Jeff Goldblum ~ Michael J Fox ~ Tom Hiddleston ~ Alastair Bruce ~ Dr Bruce Lipton ~ Ken Burns ~ Rick Steves ~ Blythe Danner ~ Kate Winslet ~ Sandra Bullock ~ Will Smith…
  252. Hearst Castle USA
  253. Help a family who is homeless to get a job, a home and a new life
  254. Herculaneum, Italy
  255. Herd Cattle
  256. Highgate Cemetery, London UK
  257. Highland Games, Scotland UK (May-Sept)
  258. Hiking Through Rainforest
  259. Historic Santa Monica Pier
  260. Historic Vicksburg
  261. HMS Victory, Portsmouth England UK
  262. HMY Brittania UK
  263. Hold a Tarantula
  264. Hole in One (OK, so it was mini-golf!)
  265. Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny Ireland
  266. Hollyrood Abbey Ruins, Scotland UK
  267. Hollywood Walk of Fame (no, I’m not ON it, I just walked along it)
  268. Hoover Dam
  269. Horseback riding on the beach
  270. Horseback Riding through Antebellum Plantation
  271. Horseback riding in the snow
  272. Host “Achievers and Unsung Heroes” TV & radio shows
  273. Host a Christmas Party for people who have nowhere to go and no one with whom to spend the holidays
  274. Host “Going Green” TV show
  275. Host Movie Premieres at Warner Bros
  276. Hot air ballooning
  277. Hug a Redwood in the Redwood Forest
  278. Hyperbaric Chamber
  279. I absolutely ADORE what I do for a living and the clients with whom I work!
  280. Ice Hotel in Sweden
  281. Indonesia
  282. Improve my diction and elocution 
  283. Integrity and authenticity in all things
  284. Interlaken, Switzerland
  285. Ireland
  286. Isle of Man UK
  287. Isle of Wite UK
  288. Italian Riviera
  289. Iveragh Peninsula (The Ring of Kerry), Ireland
  290. Jack Daniels Distillery
  291. Jane Austen’s House Museum, UK
  292. Jarlshof, Shetland Islands UK
  293. Jekyl Island
  294. Jesse James’ family home
  295. Jet-boating
  296. John Rylands Library, Manchester UK
  297. Joshua Tree National Park, USA
  298. July 4th on the Water in Savannah, Georgia
  299. Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire UK
  300. Kiss passionately in the rain
  301. Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ireland
  302. Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
  303. La Marmite Restaurant, St Moritz
  304. Lancaster Amish Country, USA
  305. Land’s End in Cornwall – Britain’s most easterly point UK
  306. Langtry Manor – this is the manor house that King Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) had built for Lillie Langtry and I actually stayed in the King’s private suite!  Magnificent!
  307. Lasik Eye Surgery
  308. Lasso a Fence Post – OK, so the post wasn’t moving, but it was still cool to do it!
  309. Lavender Fields, Norfolk, UK
  310. Lead in Musical Theater
  311. Leadenhall Market, London UK
  312. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  313. Leap Castle, Roscrea, Offaly Ireland – considered the world’s most haunted castle
  314. Learn CPR
  315. Learn Sign Alphabet
  316. Learn to better appreciate wine
  317. Learn to Salsa
  318. Learn to sew, knit, embroider, macrame and crochet – none of which I do exceedingly well 
  319. Learn to Tango
  320. Learn to Throw a Clay Pot
  321. Leave nothing ‘unsaid’
  322. Le Mans 24 Hour Race, France
  323. Line Dancing
  324. Live in a house with secret passageways…
  325. Live in a Marina (again)
  326. Live in a luxury ski resort for a year and a half – just glorious!
  327. Live in a two-storey villa in a 4.5 star resort with a friend’s 65′ yacht moored at my front door
  328. Live in Las Vegas
  329. Live in USA (my dream since I was a small child) – I lived there for ten years
  330. Live on a Yacht for a Week
  331. Live on the Great Barrier Reef
  332. Live with Private Beach at my Doorstep
  333. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales UK – and yes, I actually can pronounce it!  (The name translates to “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”)
  334. Loch Lomond, Scotland UK
  335. Loch Ness UK
  336. Long Room Library at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
  337. Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall UK
  338. Louvre, France
  339. Love Unconditionally
  340. Low Country Boil
  341. (ref scene in Pretty Woman) Lunch at Bar at the Beverley Wilshire (they’ve redecorated since the movie)
  342. Machu Pichu
  343. Made my living as a Professional Entertainer
  344. Made paper by hand
  345. Magic Circle Museum, London UK
  346. Magnificent Historic Charleston, South Carolina
  347. Major art and architectural icons through Europe
  348. Make a Difference in Someone’s Life
  349. Make a Kiva loan
  350. Make an entire Chess Set by hand – including all the pieces and the board!
  351. Malaysia
  352. Manage a Charity Feeding Homeless Children
  353. Mardi Gras Ball
  354. Mark Twain’s beloved Hannibal Missouri
  355. Marqueyssac Gardens, France
  356. Martha’s Vineyard USA
  357. Maunsell Army Sea Forts, UK
  358. Medieval Festival
  359. Meet and fall mutually in love with the Man of my Dreams
  360. Member of Mensa
  361. Memphis, USA
  362. Member of various Private Members’ Clubs
  363. Mermaid Inn, Rye, UK – 12th century haunted pub
  364. Met Masaru Emoto
  365. Met the Principals of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet & had front row seats
  366. Meteora Floating Monasteries just 4 hours outside Athens, Greece
  367. Mexico
  368. Milk Cows both by Hand and Machine
  369. Minack Theatre in Cornwall UK
  370. Monaco
  371. Monaco Grand Prix
  372. Monticello
  373. ‘Monuments Men’ – Attended Private Book Signing with the Author and Bill Murray (who was one of the stars of the film)
  374. Moonshine
  375. Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club
  376. Morris Dancers at the medieval Fleece Inn near Evesham, Worcs, UK
  377. Mount Olympus, Greece
  378. Mount Vernon
  379. Mud Bath
  380. MV Plassy, Inis Oírr, Galway Ireland
  381. Mystic Seaport
  382. Nantucket USA
  383. Naples
  384. Narraganset Rune Stone USA – I did visit Wickford, however couldn’t find the stone…
  385. Nashville
  386. Natchez Pilgrimage
  387. Natural Bridge in Virginia
  388. Natural Hot Springs
  389. Natural Pool, Santorini Greece
  390. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
  391. New Orleans
  392. Newport Tower
  393. Newport, Rhode Island
  394. New Year’s Eve on the river in Savannah, Georgia
  395. New Years Eve on Sydney Harbor
  396. New York City
  397. Niagara Falls (& also did a horse-drawn carriage ride in middle of winter – stunning!)
  398. ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ House USA
  399. Northern Lights in Scandinavia or Iceland
  400. North Laine, Brighton, UK
  401. Nova Scotia
  402. NY World’s Fair Globe USA
  403. Off-Roading Through Monster Sand Dunes
  404. Ogham Stones in Kerry & Killarney, Ireland
  405. Old railroad tunnels in Hope, British Columbia, Canada
  406. Oxford University, UK
  407. Own a grand piano
  408. Own AV Studio
  409. Own Personalized Private Label Wine
  410. Own several Civil War Gowns
  411. Own the Car of My Dreams – well, one of them (she’s a classic Jaguar convertible I restored who has been my constant travel companion for several years while living in the USA – when preparing to finally leave the States, I donated her to a children’s charity.  I just couldn’t bring myself to ‘sell’ her so I gave her to a children’s charity for them to use her to raise money, where she could continue to bring smiles to people…)
  412. Paddlewheel Boat Cruise on the Mississippi River
  413. Panama Canal
  414. Pantheon, Italy
  415. Paramedic ride-a-long
  416. Participate in a Variety Club Bash Fundraising Rally – dressed for several days as a cross between Elvira and Morticia Addams!
  417. Participate in Murder Mystery
  418. Pay it forward at a toll booth and pay for the car behind me – hey, we all talk about it, but have you ever DONE IT?
  419. Pebble Beach Concours USA
  420. Picnics are usually 5 Star with Vintage Crystal Glasses & Estate Silverware
  421. Pike’s Market USA
  422. Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls, Wales, UK
  423. Pixies’ Parlour UK (a cave in sandstone on the banks of the River Otter, about a mile south of the Otter Road bridge in Ottery St. Mary)
  424. Plant a memorial tree
  425. Play Bocce
  426. Play classical piano – not well!  LOL
  427. Pompeii, Italy
  428. Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester UK
  429. Portmeirion Village, Wales, UK
  430. Portofino, Italy
  431. Positano, Italy
  432. Posture and deportment – continue to improve
  433. Private Plane (I don’t want one, I just want to travel in one if I need to fly anywhere)
  434. Produce inspiring short films
  435. Put money into a stranger’s expired meter
  436. Puzzlewood, Coleford England UK
  437. QEII
  438. ‘Quantum Lace’ to be turned into a successful mini-series
  439. Queen Mary USA
  440. Really explore Napa Valley USA
  441. Rebuild a Car Engine (twice – and no, it wasn’t the same one! LOL!)
  442. Record an album
  443. Regularly make something with my own hands
  444. Regularly Send Handwritten Notes with Wax-Sealed Envelope, Written with Fountain Pen
  445. Rennes le Chateau, France
  446. Reverse a Trailer Around an Obstacle Course
  447. Ride a Camel
  448. Ride a Greyhound Bus across several States (boy, was that an experience!)
  449. Ride an Elephant
  450. Ride in a Tiger Moth
  451. Ride in a Tuk Tuk
  452. Ride the Incline Railway (world’s steepest)
  453. Ride the L train in Chicago
  454. Ride up top on a double-decker bus in London
  455. Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire UK
  456. Rock of Cashel, Ireland
  457. Rocky Mountains, USA
  458. Roman Bath
  459. Romania
  460. Rome
  461. Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland UK
  462. Roughting Linn Waterfall, Northumberland, England UK
  463. Route 66
  464. Row 6 – Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour
  465. Royal Windsor Horse Show UK
  466. Royston Cave, Hertforshire, UK
  467. Ruby Falls
  468. Rye, UK
  469. Sailing
  470. Sailing on a tall ship
  471. Salisbury Cathedral Medieval Clock (oldest in the world), Salisbury UK
  472. Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK
  473. Sam Cody’s (replica) of British Army Aeroplane No 1 at Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum in Farnborough UK
  474. San Antonio Riverwalk
  475. San Francisco Cable Car, USA
  476. Santorini, Greece
  477. Sardinia – Italy (Tomb of the Giants)
  478. Sat beside Walt Disney’s original “Dreaming Tree” on the farm where he grew up – while the original tree has fallen over, the trunk is still there, a sapling from the tree is growing next to it – and the entire field is awe-inspiringly beautiful!  Wild flowers that grow as high as your waist in some places…  It is one of my top 10 spots on the planet.
  479. Saut de Brot Bridge – Boudry, Switzerland
  480. Scotland UK
  481. Sean’s Bar – the oldest pub in Ireland and possibly the oldest in the world!  Athlone, Ireland
  482. See icebergs up close
  483. Sell 1 million + copies of my books
  484. Shear a Sheep
  485. Sheep Highway at Dunquin Pier, Ireland
  486. Shenandoah National Park, USA
  487. Shoot a Bow & Arrow
  488. Shopping on Rodeo Drive
  489. Shucking Oysters Fresh from the Fire at an Oyster Roast
  490. Silent (no talking) for 48 hour
  491. Sing for a Living
  492. Singapore
  493. Sistine Chapel, Italy
  494. Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland
  495. Skara Brae, Scotland UK
  496. Skellig Michael, County Carey, Ireland
  497. Skinny dipping
  498. Slieve League, Ireland
  499. Sligo Abbey
  500. Smithsonian
  501. Smoky Mountains, USA
  502. Smoo Cave, Scottish Highlands UK
  503. Snorkled on the Great Barrier Reef
  504. Snowdon Mountain Railway, Wales UK
  505. Sorrento, Italy
  506. Speak Italian, French, German and Greek (I don’t need to be fluent, just enough to understand and to be understood)
  507. Speak on stage at the United Nations in New York
  508. Speak to a group of people who are hearing-impaired, with the assistance of sign-language translators
  509. Speak to a group of international delegates with the assistance of multi-lingual translators
  510. Spend a whole day at a luxury spa, then elegant dinner and a show
  511. Spent several inspiring hours at the Georgia Guidestones
  512. Spent Significant Time Touring Through 42 States (so far) – all by Road
  513. Spent three days travelling with the military covering a story on the dual lives of men and women in the Army Reserves
  514. Sponsor a retired working horse – well, actually I’m a softie and sponsored two!
  515. Spun wool
  516. Stand on the Greenwich Meridian Line
  517. Start a Non-Profit
  518. Statue of Liberty Crown USA
  519. Stay at a Dude Ranch
  520. Stay in a Glass Igloo at the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland
  521. Stay in Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK
  522. Stay in a Lighthouse
  523. Stay in a luxury vintage rail car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (formerly a Victorian-Era rail station)
  524. Stay in Eco-Friendly Cavallo Point, California
  525. Stayed AirBnB
  526. Stayed in a number of glorious vintage hotels
  527. Stayed two nights in one of America’s most haunted B&Bs
  528. St. Dunstan-in-the-East Ruins, London UK
  529. Steampunk Festival
  530. Stewardship – be a respectful and mindful steward of my resources
  531. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall UK
  532. St Moritz
  533. St. Nectan’s Kieve, UK
  534. Stokesay Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire UK
  535. Stonehenge
  536. Stone Mountain
  537. Struck by lightning – and obviously lived to tell the tale!  Actually, the lightning hit the roof of the garage I was in and went through the power line to the charger cable that was beside me – the spark arced from the cable to my leg, causing a weird burn/bruise-like injury, my hair stood on end, my heart started beating to a very different drum!  Not only that, but it fried the wiring in the garage and even literally ‘blew up’ the automatic sprinkler controller on the wall – we found pieces everywhere!
  538. Study Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University for a semester (for fun)
  539. Super Cars – Ridden in (but don’t want to own) Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, Maserati, McLaren; Haven’t ridden in (and don’t want to own) Bugatti; Haven’t ridden in (and DO want to own) Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar XK 120
  540. Survive an Illness that was supposed to kill me
  541. Swim in a Tea Tree Lake
  542. Swim with Horses off the Cornish Coast (http://www.atthepeepout.co.uk/)
  543. Swim Naked Under the Stars in a beautiful a lake
  544. Swim with Dolphins
  545. Switzerland
  546. Sydney Opera House
  547. Take an Improv class
  548. Target Pistol Shooting
  549. TCM Cruise as a VIP
  550. Teach at a World’s Top Business School
  551. Teach Someone who is Illiterate to Read – I volunteered as an adult literacy tutor for several years
  552. Teotihuacan
  553. Thailand
  554. The Glen, Sligo, Ireland
  555. The Grand Tour classic car rally/concours
  556. The House of Automata, Forres Scotland UK
  557. The Jacobite Steam Train Journey in Scotland UK
  558. Thermae Bath Spa – and watch the sunset from the rooftop pool, UK
  559. Tintagel Castle, Cornwal
  560. Tintern Abbey, Wales UK
  561. Tombstone, Arizona & OK Corral (where the shootout DIDN’T happen, by the way!!)
  562. Tour ~ and stay in ~ Castles across the UK and Europe
  563. Tour Historic Newport
  564. Tour Historic Philadelphia
  565. Tour Royal Selangor Pewter Factory in Kuala Lumpur
  566. Tour Stalagmite Caves
  567. Toured a submarine
  568. Toured an aircraft-carrier
  569. Tourlitis Lighthouse – Andros, Greece
  570. Tower of London, UK
  571. Traced my family tree back several hundred years and completed the Ancestry DNA analysis (I’m 40% UK, 26% Iberian Peninsula, 21% Scandinavian, 12% Irish and 1% from western Europe) – and am writing a novel based on some of the stories…  Stay tuned!
  572. Trans Siberian Railway
  573. Transfăgărășan Road – ‘Top Gear’ rated as most amazing road in the world
  574. Transylvania
  575. Travel the world full-time, 24/7, as a Luxurious Nomad – with a wonderful luggage concierge service picking up my cases at one amazing location and dropping them off at the next!
  576. Travel Through Asia
  577. Treat a Person who is Homeless to Thanksgiving Feast (I did this most every year when I lived in America)
  578. Troy archaeological site, Greece
  579. Truffles
  580. Tuscany, Italy
  581. Upperville Horse Show USA
  582. Unplug for an entire three-day weekend
  583. Use Limousines as primary method of transport when travelling
  584. Vaadhoo Island Sea of Stars, Maldives
  585. Venice, Italy
  586. Versailles, France
  587. Victor Borge 80th Birthday concert
  588. Victoria and Albert Museum UK
  589. Vienna
  590. View a piece of Harry Winston jewellery up close and personal
  591. Villa Honegg, Switzerland – stairway to heaven pool
  592. Vintage Rail Tours including Orient Express & Pullman Tours
  593. Visit ‘The General’ in Kennesaw Mountains
  594. Visit all Smithsonian Buildings in Washington
  595. Visit Cadillac Ranch
  596. Visit Churchill Downs (Home of Kentucky Derby)
  597. Visit every US state (42 down – 8 to go…)
  598. Visit Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina
  599. Visit Grant Park in Chicago
  600. Visit just about every significant Antebellum Home in the USA
  601. Visit New Zealand
  602. Visit Painted Desert in New Mexico
  603. Visit Parkes Observatory
  604. Visit the original Laura Ingalls Wilder house
  605. Visit Times Square
  606. Visited The Alamo
  607. Visit with the two retired working horses I sponsored – Princes Risborough, UK
  608. Volunteer at a shelter
  609. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  610. Volunteer at “il Club di Guilietta” (ref ‘Letters to Juliet’) Italy
  611. Volunteer on a meal truck serving people who are homeless
  612. Voya Seaweed Baths in Strandhill, Ireland
  613. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, UK
  614. Walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge
  615. Washington DC, USA
  616. Watch the sun rise and set at the horizon while at the Beach (obviously not at the same beach!  LOL!)
  617. Weekly massages and facials
  618. Westminster Abbey, UK
  619. Whitby Abbey Ruins, UK
  620. White Cliffs of Dover – from the water!
  621. White Pass and Yukon Railway (Skagway AK to Whitehorse, Canada)
  622. White Turf Race, St Moritz
  623. Whiteford Lighthouse, Wales UK
  624. Willard Hotel in Washington
  625. Win Awards for my Photography
  626. Winchester Mystery House USA
  627. Windsor Castle, UK
  628. Windsor Ruins
  629. Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada
  630. Winter – Scotland’s Enchanted Forest, UK
  631. Wistman’s Wood, Devon UK
  632. World’s oldest surviving Ferris Wheel – it is in Vienna and is BEAUTIFUL!
  633. Woven a basket from scratch, including creating the base in wood, drilling holes for the stays
  634. Wrap a Snake Around My Neck
  635. Write a song
  636. Write an Amazon #1 Best-Seller
  637. Ye Olde Trip to Jersulem – the oldest inn in England – Nottinghamshire, UK

…and whatever you do, have FUN with it!

~ Bella

Over 500 Bucket List Items – and more than half already checked off!

Today I checked off another two items on my bucket list – and that prompted me to go back through and take another look at not only what I still want to see and do, but also what I have already accomplished and checked off the list! I am a… Read more

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1066 Battle of Hastings

1066 Battle of Hastings – 950th Anniversary

I feel ever so honoured to be here in Hastings for the 950th anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.  Battle Abbey is magnificent!  I will add information and commentary later – wanted to at least upload the photos now…                    … Read more

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roman baths

Historic Bath and the Roman Baths

Bath is one of the most beautiful of places – and the Roman Baths are extraordinary!  I am yet to add the information to this post – but wanted to at least get the photos up…                              … Read more

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Stonehenge is on just about everyone’s bucket list and when I finally checked it off mine, the feeling was very surreal…  I wanted to at least get the photos up…  Will add details soon…                                … Read more

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travel bucket list

Creating Your Travel Bucket List

Do you have a travel bucket list? Creating your travel bucket list should be fun. It is what should inspire you to lead a more exciting and fulfilling life. But, sometimes, it can be difficult and overwhelming creating one. You have so much to see and experience in the world and… Read more

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