Bucket List - See the Sydney Opera House


The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

The original estimate to build Sydney Opera House was $7 million.
The final cost of Sydney Opera House was $102 million.
Sydney Opera House was largely paid for by a State Lottery.  There were  233 designs submitted for the Sydney Opera House design competition held in 1956.

In January 1957, Jørn Utzon was announced the winner. He won 15000 British Pound Sterling for his
design.  5000 British Pound Sterling equals about $8055.50 US dollars. 

Bucket List - Times Square for New Years


Times Square is an intersection in New York City formed by the juncture of Broadway, Seventh Avenue, and 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan. Long noted as a center of the city’s entertainment district, it is the site of annual New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Over the past 103 years, the world-famous ball has undergone seven transformations to today’s impressive 11,875 pound-version, with over 30,000 LED lights and thousands of Waterford Crystal adornments.

In 1942 and 1943 the Ball Lowering was suspended due to the wartime dim-out. The crowds who still gathered in Times Square celebrated with a minute of silence followed by chimes ringing out from an amplifier truck parked at One Times Square.  The tradition of lowering the New Year’s Eve ball began in 1907 with a 700 pound ball, made out of iron and wood, and covered in a modest 100, 25-watt light bulbs.


Tabulaa:  Bucket List - Visit Kiyomizu-dera


Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. 

Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

The temple was founded in 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633.  There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

The main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple has a huge wooden veranda that is supported by hundreds of pillars, that jut out over the hillside. It offers impressive views of the hills and the city of Kyoto. An Edo period tradition was that if you could survive a jump from the veranda, which is a 13m jump, your wish would be granted. This practice is now prohibited!