Here they are, in no specific order:
1. Drive cross country: Although I am not a camper, I would love to rent an RV and drive from coast to coast with no time limit, allowing time to stop for anything I would like to see, including obscure attractions like the World's Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin, Minnesota!
Photo courtesy of roadsideamerica.com
2. Spin around on the hill in the opening scene of "The Sound of Music": Being a huge fan of the movie, I've wanted to do this for over 40 years. After doing a some research, it seems that the hill is called the Mellweg , and it actually located in the town of Schellenger, Liechtenstein, about six miles from Salzburg, Austria.
3. Traverse the Panama Canal on a ship: Many cruise companies offer this trip now so finding one would not be the problem, but it is a very lengthy trip, with the average number of days per trip being fourteen. This one may have to wait until retirement!
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Queen Mary 2: Because it involves two of my favorite things, ocean liners and New York City, I eagerly look forward doing this. I would like to make this trip at night, preferably at the beginning of a voyage, when the lights of the city, the bridge and the Statue of Liberty are sparkling. The QM2's funnel clears the bridge with a clearance of only 13 feet during high tide; being on the top deck would offer some spectacular views!
5. Spend my 50th birthday in Paris: Only five more years until this much anticipated milestone! Since my birthday is on a major holiday, it is going to be difficult, but even if I have to go alone, I will wake up on the morning of my 50th in the City of Light, and will enjoy my birthday dinner at The Jules Verne Restaurant located inside the Tour Eiffel.