Wanderlust (noun) \ˈwän-dər-ˌləst\: A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.
Bucket lists are made up of the places and things we dream of experiencing. Today we’re going to make a few additions to our lists. For inspiration, we perused stunning images in the new Getty Images store. You can find photography from several different categories, including architecture, nature and sports. After a deep dive, here are five places you might like to visit…
On a clear day at the top of the Eiffel Tower, you can see more than 42 miles away. Originally the 20-year plan was to dismantle the Eiffel Tower and sell it as scrap. That was a sigh of relief you just heard from our side of the computer screen. After all, the Eiffel Tower is backdrop to so many well-loved TV moments and movie scenes.
Looking for a new high-risk business venture? You can sell famous landmarks to tourists. In 1901, a conman by the name of William McCloundy did just that. He sold the Brooklyn Bridge to a passerby, and was later sentenced to two and a half years in prison. We can only hope McCloundy sold the Brooklyn Bridge for even a fraction of its value—it cost $15 million to build, which equates to more than $320 million today.
Big Ben is London’s most popular tourist attraction, and is the nickname given to what is known as the Clock Tower. Some say the tower was named for Benjamin Hall, a very tall civil engineer and politician. Each year the clock’s time is recalibrated with an old British penny. If the clock runs fast, a penny is added to the pendulum; however, if the clock is slow, a penny is removed.
The Grand Palace
Wat Phra Kaew is a stunning structure within the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, and is a reflection of the creativity and skill of Thai artisans. Each gate of the balcony is guarded by giant Yaksa Tavarnbal.
Piazza dei Miracoli
The “Square of Miracles” is recognized as one of the world’s main centers for medieval art. It is here that you will find the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This free-standing bell tower tilts 3.99 degrees to one side. The lean began during construction due to a sandy and inadequate foundation.
What places and spaces will you be adding to your bucket list? Share with us in the comments below.