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Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby Rico » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:11 am

I was thinking this morning about the traditional "Wonders of the Modern World" and how many I have visited, and which ones might be on my bucket list to see before I die. In doing some research I discovered all the controversy about these wonders. What qualifies as a wonder? Is limiting the number to "7" bad?

For me the number 1 wonder is Niagara Falls. But then I discovered that among Canadians, something called "Sleeping Giant" (a series of mesas and sills on Sibley Peninsula) and the "Bay of Fundy" (for some reason) both beat out Niagara Falls in a vote AMONG CANADIANS as wonders. Who knew?

Which wonders of the modern world have you visited? Why did you consider them wonders? What are some of the hidden wonders you know about and are willing to share with the rest of us? Which of the known wonders are are your bucket list?
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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby olywaguy » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:31 pm

Here is a wikipedia entryfor the Wonders of the World. They have the Ancient wonders, the Medieval Wonders, the Wonders as chosen by engineers, natural wonders, USA Today's wonders (where they included the Internet) :shock: ...you name it.

I really don't like the list for the Modern Wonders. A wonder should inspire awe like:

1. The Grand Canyon
2. The Sahara Desert
3. Niagara Falls
4. Great Pyramid of Giza (only surviving ancient wonder)
5. The Himalayas
6. Angel Falls in Venezuela (tallest falls in the world)
7. The Colosseum

(I tried to make sure every continent was represented)

Honorable Mentions:

8. Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
9. The Amazon River Basin
10. Taj Mahal
11. Maya Ruins
12. Aztec Ruins
13. Inca Ruins
14. Siberia
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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby Earl Butz » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:16 am

I've seen the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. And the Las Vegas strip. I've seen that on some wonder lists. I'd never even heard of the sleeping giant! That is strange it won the "contest" or whatever it was. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world....I knew that was a legitimate wonder.

I think the Golden Gate bridge qualifies as a wonder. And Rio de Janeiro. Would like to see that some day. All sorts of things in Europe qualify as wonders....you could cross at least twenty off the list there.
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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby nimby » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:53 am

I haven't seen much of anything on that list. I'm so, um, naieve.
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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby DeckApe » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:08 am

I scored a big ol' zero on that list too, so I guess I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to travel.

But then, I see wonders in just about anything. Homemade potato chips, for example. (Rose's Restaurant & Bakery on Broadway in Portland, OR. Cheers!)
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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby Cajun » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:28 pm

I'd put the Palace at Versailles on the list, just for its sheer magnitude.......
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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby Rico » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:00 pm

See what I mean? Based on O's list I've seen three: Niagara Falls, the Colosseum, and the Sahara (or at least a tiny part of it, since how can anyone really see the Sahara unless it's viewed from space?)

I've seen another frequently mentioned natural wonder, and that's the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro. It's really breathtaking when seen from above:

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Re: Where are your "Wonders of the Modern World?"

Postby Earl Butz » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:35 pm

I have that poster in my bedroom! Mother Nature has the best wonders. :mrgreen:
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