Even though we can get to the other side of the world in less than a day, there are still places that resist becoming everyday. Over the centuries they have accumulated tall stories like Manhattan accumulates tall buildings. So pack your compass, reading glasses and imagination for a journey to sites of myth and legend. Here are ten places that are caught in the imagination more tightly than on any map.
Zanzibar, a place right out of 1001 Arabian Nights that entered 1940’s pop-culture with the Crosby/Hope/Lamour movie, Road to Zanzibar
Valley of the Kings, the ancient site along the Nile where the tombs of those famous pharaohs Ramses and Tut were carved into the hills. Also a popular shore tour with photo ops on all those modern Nile cruises
Troy, famous for Helen of, a huge wooden horse and more recently a man-candy movie starring a mostly unclothed Brad Pitt
Karakorum,Mongolia, the 13th century capital of Genghis Khan’s empire. If you’re thinking of a quick summer vacation-- there’s no way to get there by air.
Carthage, home of Rome’s archenemy Hannibal and his army of elephants
Timbuktu, famous for being the end of the earth somewhere in the desert (Trivia note--the 1959 movie was filmed in Kanab, Utah, home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary)
Avalon, of the King Arthur legend which also figures in the delightful and totally anachronistic BBC’s series, MERLIN
Shambhala,Tibet, the real Shangri-la of James Hilton’s book, Lost Horizon, and the 1937 movie with Roland Coleman and Jane Wyatt