On July 7 this year, an unremarkable day in my life, suddenly I’d visited 2 of the 7 Wonders of the World. That’s the day the New 7 Wonders Foundation announced the results of public voting. Says Very Short List, introducing a site with stunning panoramas of the new wonders:
Sure, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon sounded cool, but since — like all of the other original wonders (except for the Great Pyramid of Giza) — they no longer exist, we were glad to see that their replacements are equally spectacular. The new wonders — Machu Picchu, the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, Petra (the ancient Jordanian city, not the Christian rock band!), the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Chichen Itza, and the Great Wall — are open to tourists, but now you can visit them without using up frequent-flyer miles, thanks to the Website Panoramas.
These aren’t the panoramas from that site – you have to go there for the full breathtaking effect – but they’re the 2 I’ve checked off my list. Just 5 more to go … someday.
Meh. Niagara Falls wuz robbed.
Notice anything about the list? Like, that they’re all man-made monuments? They’re doing a 7 Wonders of Nature next – go nuts and nominate Niagara Falls.
Though I hear they’re only worth it for the Maid of the Mist.