Friday, May 05, 2006

Vote for Seven EXISTING Wonders, oh ye world travelers

Since the last seven wonders of the world are defunct (six of them, anyway), there's an endeavor underway to name Seven New Wonders.... well, not new, as the list largely consists of remains (in some cases, literally) of civilizations now dead or declining. [via]

You can vote online or by phone (online, you have to register, but you get seven votes and a chance to buy a certificate! By phone, you have to pay for an international call, and only get two votes) sometime before next July (yes, the announcment will be on 7/7/07).

Now, I'm going to try to start a new meme, to spread the news: Here's the list of candidate wonders, with the ones I've visited in bold. And the ones I'd never heard of before are in italics (this includes places I've heard of but didn't realize were "wonders").

the Acropolis in Athens
the Alhambra in Granada, Spain
Angkor, Cambodia
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
the Colosseum in Rome
Easter Island Statues, Chile
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Great Wall, China
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Kremlin/St. Basil, Moscow
Machu Picchu, Peru
Neuschwanstein Castle, F├╝ssen, Germany
Petra, Jordan
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
the Statue of Liberty, New York
Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
Sydney Opera House, Australia
the Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Timbuktu, Mali

Obviously, I have some serious world travel on my life agenda....

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