What a Wondrous World

The world in which we live is a pretty spectacular place filled with all sorts of wondrous things. To see some of these things, both man made and natural, are among the reasons I like to travel so much. Often, seeing pictures doesn't come close to relaying the beautiful and awesomeness as does being there in real life.

Throughout my travels, esp. when in proximity to some especially wonderful place or building, the conversation often turns to The Seven Wonders of the World. I've yet to meet someone who can name all of them (without the help of the internet). It was amidst one of these converstations that I got to thinking about the wonders of the modern world.

Well, it turns out I am not alone. Days after I had this conversation, I ran across this site on one of the blogs. It is accepting votes on what should be included on the new seven wonders list. Unfortunately it requires signing up for something which makes me think it is some promotion or something, but the concept is good and browsing the nominations is very interesting.

Perhaps the best site I've seen on world wonders is Hillman Wonders of the World. This list contains 100 wonders and is good for killing a whole afternoon's worth of productivity. I've visited to 26 of the wonders, 8 of which were in this last trip. How many have you been to?
Tuesday January 16 2007File under: travel, links

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on Tue 16th Jan, 2007 05:50 am UTC Mom said:
My meager 4 are all from the last column. I'd better get crackin' I can see I've got places to go, things to see!
on Tue 16th Jan, 2007 06:04 am UTC Saxtor said:
I've been to 15, not so bad! The list of 100 seems to be a pretty good guideline for future travels. Thanks!
on Tue 16th Jan, 2007 08:05 am UTC Horge said:
I've been to ten of them. But I noticed that most of the ones I've been to have been of the man-made variety. Only one and a quarter of mine were natural wonders (I can't decide what category a city, like Dubrovnik, should fit in. I guess more man-made). But I think I need to step it up on the earthly wonders...
on Tue 16th Jan, 2007 04:35 pm UTC Sara said:
I have 18, but half of them are from Italy. Not bad. There are a lot of places I'd like to see!
on Wed 17th Jan, 2007 02:31 am UTC Cousin Sonya said:
I have been to only 4...I would love to take a year to see about 80 of them! Kids included!
on Wed 17th Jan, 2007 06:43 pm UTC Chris said:
Sadly I can only claim two, although I don't even think "San Francisco" should count.
on Wed 17th Jan, 2007 10:01 pm UTC Saxtor said:
We had a discussion about Hillman's list last night, and I mentioned (personal bias aside) wondering why there are no attractions in the Pacific Northwest on the top 100, let alone the top 1000? There are two that could be, but are a pretty big stretch. Banff makes the top 100, but we don't really consider the Montana Rockies the PNW, and I don't think Alberta qualifies either. The other, on the top 1000, is an Alaskan Cruise. While there are cruises that depart Seattle and Vancouver for Alaska and the highlight is probably the inside passage, you can catch an Alaskan cruise in Alaska and see nothing but Alaska. Why no Hoh Rainforest, Crater Lake, Vancouver skyline or Oregon Coast? I love this list, but I can't help but feel that he leaves a significant gap.
on Fri 19th Jan, 2007 01:57 am UTC Mom said:
i got a big fat ole 7... although i agree with chris about san francisco counting...ummm. it makes my seven feel tiny
on Mon 22nd Jan, 2007 05:29 am UTC Mom said:
Wait a minute, there's something fishy going on here or else I did some fast traveling between comments 1 and 8 to add 3 more places to my life list.
on Fri 02nd Feb, 2007 05:53 am UTC Kristine said:
I have to agree with Evan that there should be something from Alaska on there, if not other wonders of the NW. Especially if San Fran is on there! Fun as it is...the wild, raw beauty of Alaska is mind blowing. I must admitt I'm just a tinsy bit proud of my 21, though that leaves more than 3/4 of the list to inspire me.

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