Thursday, June 14, 2007

The New Seven Wonders

Kevin and Karen, the intrepid travelers, have a post up about the election of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Since only one of the Ancient Wonders still exists (hint: it's not the hanging gardens of Babylon), a Swiss Entrepreneur has begun a campaign to choose seven new ones. Check out Kevin's post for the details- I'm far too lazy to plagiarize them from him.

Voting ends on July 6, so the new 7 wonders will be named on 7/7/07. Of the 21 finalists, I have only seen three of them: the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Statue of Liberty.

I voted for seven that I have never seen, but always wanted to:

1. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
2. Stonehenge, England
3. The Great Wall of China, China
4. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
5. Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. Easter Island Statues, Chile
7. Machu Picchu, Peru


Kevin said...

Thanks for the publicity, Eileen! I have to say, though, you´ll be disappointed with Christ the Redeemer statue when you do see it. Having said that, the landscape in Rio is amazing (I think) and there´s more than just a statue to keep you entertained, so you won´t be disappointed.

eileen said...

Yeah, Kev, it's more of the natural landscape of Rio that interests me. Back when I used to watch Brazillian telenovelas, the aerial shots of Rio always took my breath away.

I've heard all about the city's problems, but I'd still love to go there someday.

Kristine said...

Stonehenge = huge freakin' disappointment. Seriously. They don't even let you get near it these days. You're standing 200 feet away on a roped off path in the middle of a freezing, wind-swept field in England listening to a stupid walkie-talkie thing tell you how some ancient guys maybe built the thing. (Can you tell I'm still bitter?)

The Colosseum is definitely good though.

eileen said...

RT- sounds lame. Wish I could change my vote :)

Kevin said...

Actually, I agree that Stonehenge is a huge disappointment. There´s actually not much to see. However, I still voted for it because I think it´s pretty cool that some culture about 3000 years ago decided to move big massive stones many miles and lifted them up. So, even though the sight itself is disappointing, the story behind is still pretty good.

Biby Cletus said...

Hello, i just surfed in searching for interesting blogs on new seven wonders of the world, you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. i live far from where you are and its nice to be able to see what people from across the world thinks.

Warm Regards from the Other Side of the Moon.

On a related note perhaps you might find the following links interesting. we're reviewing the best among the competing 21 participants for the new 7 wonders competition. i'll like to hear your take on the subject via comments. i'll be back soon...

The Kremlin and the Red Square
Angkor Wat
Eiffel Tower
Hagia Sophia

ps. if you have your own favourites list or if you'd like us to write about other wonders pls do mention about it in the comments.


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