I try to avoid going to Lemuria Books, our independent bookstore here in Jackson, because I always end up spending large sums of money. But I never succeed in staying away for too long.
Recently, I grabbed a huge book off the shelf called 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die. Weighing in at around 10 pounds, 1001 Buildings combines stunning imagery of world landmarks with succinct descriptions and historical information, and stretches from pre-historic times through the present.
I’m not sure whether to be depressed or challenged by my progress so far: 22 out of 1001.
My List, now that I’m past the halfway point to “three score and ten” years:
- Albert Dock, Liverpool
- Banquetting House, London
- British Museum, London–not the place to be on a hottish summer day
- Houses of Parliament, London
- Liverpool Cathedral Church, Liverpool
- Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
- Midland Grand Hotel/St. Pancras Station, London
- Red House (William Morris House), London
- Church of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, London
- Sir John Soane’s Museum, London–AMAZING!!! Must return!
- Maison Carree, Nimes–under renovation though when I was there
- Basilica of St. Sernin, Toulouse–thanks to the volcano, I had lots of extra time in Toulouse
- Charles-de-Gaulle Airport–more time here than expected
- Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
- Empire State Building, NYC–although I didn’t make it to the top, so maybe it doesn’t count
- Fallingwater, somewhere in Pennsylvania–extremely cool, albeit leaky
- Gamble House, Pasadena, CA
- Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
- Monticello–not the town in Mississippi
- Pentagon–not inside
- Sears Tower, Chicago, IL–no I won’t call it the Willis Tower
- Thorncrown Chapel, somewhere in Arkansas
I do think it’s a real snub for the list to include the British Houses of Parliament and not the U.S. Capitol.
And of course, there’s no Mississippi building here, or even New Orleans. I’m going to count the U.S. Capitol as 1002, and our Mississippi New Capitol as 1003, which means I’ve seen 24.
That still leaves, what, 979 to go? Let’s hope I make better progress in the next 38 years.