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The 7 wonders of the world

Post by darvé » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:02 am

My boss has just got back to work today after a 4 week trip to Peru, she's just been talking about Machu Picchu which, scarily, seeing as i work in a travel company, some of my colleagues had never heard of.

A quick recap has got them all talking about the 7 wonders of the world and which ones they know/have been to/would like to go.

Heres a list of the current 7

http://www.new7wonders.com/classic/en/n7w/results/

Anyone been to any? anyone want to go to any? I've only done Christ the Redeemer which was just amazing (as is Rio in general) If i had any money, i'd be off to Peru in a shot.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:39 am

I've been to the Taj Mahal. It is fantastic, there's no doubting that, but I wasn't taken with the building itself so much as the atmosphere around it. There's an area on the platform behind the main building where you can go and stand and look over the Ganges, looking down on a garden full of parrots, and the river just sweeps across everything you can see, and it looks like it goes on for miles.
I think its partly the experience you have at a place that makes it memorable. I had an incredible feeling of peace and contentment there.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:52 am

Hobart Paving wrote: and the river just sweeps across everything you can see, and it looks like it goes on for miles.
Errr...that's because it DOES. Sorry, I was trying to describe quite a personal experience and didn't to it very well.

Its nice, let's just say that.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:48 pm

Just looking at that list of nominees. I wonder why the pyramids were good enough to make the original list but not the new one? Out of everything on the list, I would love to see them.

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Post by darvé » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:09 pm

Hobart Paving wrote:Just looking at that list of nominees. I wonder why the pyramids were good enough to make the original list but not the new one? Out of everything on the list, I would love to see them.
Apparantly they (whoever they are) wanted 7 new wonders so the pyramids were discounted. However, they receieved an honarary 'once a wonder, always a wonder' mention. Much life winning a lifetime achievement award at the Brits or something i should imagine.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:22 pm

Was the Colloseum one of the ancient ones? I can only ever remember six.

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Post by darvé » Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:04 pm

No, unless you mix the Colossus and the Mausoleum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Wond ... ient_World

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:16 pm

Turns out I only knew five. I thought I knew what these were, as well!

Haven't heard of these before:

Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Maussollos,

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Post by darvé » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:30 pm

Hobart Paving wrote:Turns out I only knew five. I thought I knew what these were, as well!

Haven't heard of these before:

Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Maussollos,
The Mausoleum of Maussollos sounds like a Dr. Who episode.

I think most of my knowledge of the ancient wonders comes from playing Civilization years ago.

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Post by RITH » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:29 pm

I loved the Colosseum, but also here it's a feeling, the historical experience, more than the actual thing itself.

If you walk around Rome without any historical knowledge whatsoever, it's still pretty of course.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:21 pm

I should like to see a few more of those.

I have seen the two of them which are in South (not Central) America and they were both fantastic.

Of the two of them, I think Machu Picchu had the edge.

I would most like to see the Great Wall and Petra, of the others.

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Re: The 7 wonders of the world

Post by KingPanda » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:51 pm

of the places in the world I have been to, the most wondrous was probably the Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek. It is only really five or sex pillars holding up what is now only a tiny proportion of the temple, but you get a real sense of the cyclopean scale the place must have originally had.

The surprisingly unfamous Herod Pool outside Bethlehem is pretty flash too. OK, it is just a big hole in the ground, but it is a very big hole.
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