Destination: Monaco

Official Name: Principality of Monaco
Established: 1861 (Franco-Monegasque Treaty) 
Population: 38,300 (2019 estimate)
Religion: Catholic
Language: French
Capital: Monaco (largest quarter Monte Carlo)
Order of Visit: Nineteenth   
First Visit: 26 June 2006
Last Visit: 26 June 2006
Duration: 1 Day
Visit Highlights: Expensive yachts and cars
Places Visited: Monaco
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Destination: Vatican City

Official Name: Vatican City State
Established: 1929 (Lateran Treaty) 
Population: 825 (2019 estimate)
Religion: 100% Catholic
Language: Italian
Capital: Vatican City
Order of Visit: Eighteenth  
First Visit: 12 June 2006
Last Visit: 12 June 2006
Duration: 1 Day
Visit Highlights:  Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s ‘Book of Genesis’, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, stunning artwork.
Places Visited: Vatican City
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Destination: Italy

Official Name: Italian Republic
Established: 1861 Kingdom of Italy 
Population: 60,317,116 (2020 estimate)
Religion: 83.3% Christianity, 12.4% No religion, 3.7% Islam
Language: Italian
Capital: Rome
Order of Visit: Seventeenth  
First Visit: 8 June 2006
Last Visit: 22 June 2006
Duration: 15 Days
Visit Highlights:  Gondola ride in Venice, Rialto Bridge, Visiting The Colosseum (Rome), Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon,  The buried city of Pompeii, Stunning views from the Isle of Capri, travelling along the Amalfi coast, exploring Florence, seeing Michelangelo’s David, the crazy and energetic Italians!
Places Visited: AmalfiFlorenceIsle of CapriNaplesOrvietoPisaPompeiiPositanoSorrentoRavelloRomeVenice
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Destination: Nepal

Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Established: 1768 Kingdom of Nepal 
Population: 28,095,714 (2018 estimate)
Religion: 81.3% Hinduism, 9% Buddhism, 4.4% Islam
Language: Nepali
Capital: Kathmandu
Order of Visit: Sixty-Ninth 
First Visit: 13 October2018
Last Visit: 27 October 2018
Duration: 6 Days
Visit Highlights:  Kathmandu Streets, Thamel Market, Durbar Square, Sisterhood of Survivors, hiking around Panauti, dancing with Panauti locals, Panauti homestay
Places Visited: Kathmandu, Panauti
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Destination: Tibet

Official Name: Tibet Autonomous Region
Established: 1951 (As part of the People’s Republic of China), 
Population: 3,180,000
Religion: Tibetan Buddhism
Languages: Tibetan, Mandarin
Capital: Lhasa
Order of Visit: Seventieth 
First Visit: 17 October 2018
Last Visit: 26 October 2018
Duration: 10 Days
Visit Highlights: The Himalayas, Mount Everest, Tsamkhung Nunnery, Polata Palace, Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse Bazaar, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, Gyatso la pass, Yamdrok Tso Lake, The clear air
Places Visited: Lhasa, Gyantse, Shegar, Rombuk, Shigatse, Mount Everest 
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IMDb Top 100 Movie Review Retrospective

Way back in May 2017 after a discussion with my nephew Andrew and his fiancé Danelle we commenced watching the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Top 100 Movies. At the time they have temporarily move in with me while saving for their wedding and a future house. While they didn’t quite make it to the end after moving out I did and due to the unfortunate COVID-19 situation I watch the last 66 movies over five months.

So after starting with Yankee Doodle Dandy (ranked 100) and finishing with The Godfather Part II (ranked 13) on Friday 4 September 2020 this turned out to be highly enjoyable and exposed me to many great films I would never have experienced.

Overall the IMDb Top 100 listing was exceptionally strong which was what I was hoping for. Nineteen of the movies I rated 9.5 or 10 out of 10. Of these nineteen films I had previously only watched 8 of them including my only rated 10 /10 film the great Schindler’s List.

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