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Review #200: New 7 Wonders (world & nature)

  • Jan 24, 2010
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It wasn’t too long ago that I hit my 100th reviews. Wow, time surely slips by and now I’m at my 2nd 100th! Hip, hip, hurray!!! That makes this review #200! Amazing! Incredible for someone who doesn’t even like to write. It does say something about persistence although not about progress, LOL… I mean for someone who doesn’t like to write, I certainly have lots to say and share. That makes me… what? Opinionated? I guess that must be it! ;-) 

 [Read my review on Writing if you are a little teeny tiny bit curious ;-)] I'm learning a little about blowing one's own horn here (or is it tooting? tweeting, tooting, whatever...), courtesy of American authors :-)
I didn’t begin to write about reviews. I did begin writing travelogs on VirtualTourist.com. And despite the name of the site, many of its members are real world travelers, not virtual tourist at all! I’m one of those ‘crazy’ members, naturally.
When it comes to travel, I’m obsessed.
Possessed? Perhaps too!
God knows the last decade was my golden era in traveling. I didn’t plan for it nor did I pray for it. I did get by it. By that, I don’t mean I got a job that took me around the world. Neither do I take business trips. There were, essentially, all, yes, all leisure trips. Envious? Wanna shoot me?
Don’t be. You can do it too. You can travel from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle (which I did, naturally ;-)), set foot on all the 7 continents in a single year (which I also did; I know, aren’t I bad? ;-)) or you can visit half of America or whole of China (I know, shoot me, LOL…).


Jokes aside, one thing I’ve yet done (would have done if they didn’t change the rules of the game, that is) is to see one of the new 7 wonders, Christ Redeemer in Rio (Brazil). Oh, I did go to Brazil, just not Rio. Iguazu Falls is a must! Trust me.
So, what’s this NEW 7 wonders? Well, on July 7, 2007, the world voted in tandem and elected a new set of 7 Wonders of the World. Here’s a list of them:
  1. Great Wall of China (China) [Many visits; first visit 1993, last visit 2009]
  2. Taj Mahal (India) [Visited 2004]
  3. Chichen Itza (Mexico) [Visited 2003]
  4. Machu Picchu (Peru) [Visited 2004]
  5. Petra (Jordan) [Visited 2009]
  6. Colosseum (Italy) [Visited 1993]
  7. Christ Redeemer (Brazil) [2010? I hope so!]

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The point to all this is… there is another round of voting for the next batch of NEW 7 wonders (of nature). This time round, it is Natural Wonders! AND, you can decide along with the rest of the world. You can be part of history, isn’t that great? Yes, the new 7 wonders of Nature will be unfold in 2011. I’ve voted, have you?
If not, here are the finalists:
  1. Amazon
  2. Angel Falls
  3. Bay of Fundy
  4. Black Forest (Germany)
  5. Bu Tinah Island
  6. Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
  7. Dead Sea (Israel/Jordan)
  8. El Yunque
  9. Galapagos (Ecuador)
  10. Grand Canyon (U.S.A.)
  11. Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  12. Halong Bay (Vietnam)
  13. Iguazu Falls (Brazil/Argentina)
  14. Jeita Grotto
  15. Jeju Island
  16. Kilimanjaro
  17. Komodo
  18. Maldives (Maldvies)
  19. Masurian Lake District
  20. Matterhorn (Switzerland)
  21. Milford Sound
  22. Mud Volcanoes
  23. Puerto Princesa Underground River
  24. Sundarbans
  25. Table Mountain (South Africa)
  26. Uluru
  27. Vesuvius
  28. Yushan
I’m curious as to why Mount Everest, Sahara Desert, Canadian Rockies and Carlsbad Caverns didn’t make it onto the list! Are you NOT curious???
Those with the country next to the sites are the ones I’ve personally visited. As for the rest, well, whichever that got into the new 7 wonders of nature, here I come! :-D
So, guys, don’t make it so tough I’ve to go all 7 of them! ;-)
Here’s my pick, if you are interested, that is.
Dead Sea  (Visited 2009)
Galapagos  (Visited 2005)
Grand Canyon  (Last visited 2008)
Great Barrier Reef  (Visited 1997)
Iguazu Falls  (Visited 2003)

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February 01, 2010
Congrats again on review #200! I've read about this website before on a news site, but definitely not in this much detail nor from a user's experience. Love it! Love all your pictures, too :)
February 01, 2010
The pix are from the site itself :-) Glad that you are enjoying the review.
January 30, 2010
Great review, Sharrie. And my how you have traveled. That's fantastic! I've been to the Great Wall a couple of times and it is amazing. I just visited El Yunque this year and found the waterfalls and hiking trails to be incredible. These other locations are on my "to-do" list:)
January 31, 2010
Great! Keep traveling :-)
January 25, 2010
nice 200th review, Sharrie...look at you all spiffy in those photos. My seven wonders are...me, my family, my friends, and...oh, you meant places? I dunno. Does food count? LOL!
January 25, 2010
I meant the world wonders, not yours alone, lol... Well, it counts if you are referring to durian!!!
January 24, 2010
I've been to the Arctic a number of times but I've never seen the other side of the earth. I absolutely HAVE to see the Antarctic before I die. Nice review, Sharrie.
January 24, 2010
Yes, Paul. You MUST see it, well, not before you die but before it melted away, lol... Thanks for the compliment. Cast your vote! I believe Bay of Fundy is on the list!
January 24, 2010
Congratulations on review #200. And what a review. I envy you so much. Guess you've been just about everywhere. I had never heard about this site or about the New 7 Wonders of the World. Fabulous topic. We really enjoy your contributions to Lunch.
January 24, 2010
Thanks, Paul! I'm afraid the world is a lot bigger than I had envisioned ;-) No, I probably haven't seen a third of it! But am hoping to see more if opportunities arise! First, I need to look for funding :-) New7Wonders.com is interesting. The world as a whole casts the votes. 07.07.07 was a historic date for travelers. You may wish to cast your vote too, for the 7 Wonders of Nature. I'm looking forward to the list which will unfold in 2011 :-)
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Be part of history by voting for the new 7 natural wonders of the world & then visit them all. I did with the manmade wonders!
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New Seven Wonders of the World was a project that attempted to update the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World concept with a modern list of wonders. A popularity poll was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber[1] and organized by the Swiss-based, government-controlled New7Wonders Foundation,[2] with winners announced on July 7, 2007 in LisbonPortugal.[3]

The theme song of the contest was written by Tony (a/k/a Taloch) Jameson of the UK medieval folk/rock band, The Dolmen. The band performed the song live at the Lisbon ceremonies.[4]

The New7Wonders Foundation claimed that more than 100 million votes were cast through the Internet or by telephone. Nothing prevented multiple votes, so the poll was considered "decidedly unscientific".[5] According to John Zogby, founder and current President/CEO of the Washington-based polling organization Zogby International, New7Wonders Foundation drove “the largest poll on record”.[3]

The program drew a wide range of official reaction. Some countries touted their finalist and tried to get more votes cast for it, while others downplayed or criticized the contest.[3][5][3] After supporting the New7Wonders Foundation at the beginning of the campaign, by providing advice on nominee selection, The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) distanced itself from the undertaking in 2007.[6][7] Many monuments were supported by ...

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