I’ve been crazy about bucket lists ever since I watched the 2007 comedy-drama, “The Bucket List” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Haven’t seen it? Okay, quick recap.
So, fate lands two terminally ill strangers who have both been diagnosed with lung cancer in a hospital room. The unlikely duo, a mechanic and a billionaire, realise they share common interests, and against their doctor’s advice, they decide to embark on a road trip with a wish list before they metaphorically kick the bucket.
I learnt one big lesson from this movie. Enjoy life while you can. Don’t wait until your world is threatened by a death sentence.
On that note, here are 10 outdoor adventures that await you in Europe. Get out there and live your best life.
Visit Stockholm Palace
Located in Stadsholmen, the Baroque architecture is the major royal palace of the Swedish monarch and the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden.
It’s open to the public and consists of over 600 rooms, 5 museums, an armoury with royal costumes and armour, as well as coronation carriages and magnificent coaches from the royal stable.
Visit Plitviče Lakes National Park
This is a 295-sq km forest reserve in Croatia is considered to be one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. It’s a complex chain of 16 lakes connected to a series of waterfalls which extends into a limestone canyon.
The park is open all year round and offers a guided tour of 7 different routes and hiking trails that lead to the lake systems.
A closeup of Michelangelo’s David
When in Florence, take a moment to examine David. The renaissance, marble sculpture is a marvel. It’s 17ft of a nude male commanding your attention with his remarkable presence. David’s stance imagines Biblical David after his decision to fight Goliath, but before the fight itself.
It’s a comment on the moment between a conscious choice and the proceeding action.
Relax in the Cotton Castle
This natural site is called Pamukkale, which means cotton castle in Turkish. Located in the inner Aegean region of Turkey, the area of has a white, cottony appearance due to carbonate and calcium minerals in the flowing water.
It has a temperate climate and is largely known as a spa town due to tourists relaxing in the warm, therapeutic waters.
Love and art in Paris
There are over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world, so when in Paris, visit the original, enjoy the scenic views, and take lovely pictures to freeze the moment in time. Make sure to stop by the Louvre Museum.
Famous works include the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Liberty Leading the People, and the Code of Hammurabi.
Walk along the Berlin Wall
Travel through history as you walk or bike along the 13-mile-long concrete structure. Enjoy Cold War guides tours and famous artworks like the Fraternal Kiss at the East Side Gallery.