Tall Matt's Travels



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Donna Dement


Wed Jan 31, 2007 @ 02:08PM

Thought it would be fun to: A) count the "wonders" Matt has/will see, plus B) offer an educational exercise - (it will help give Matt's site even more class)!

A) By perusing Matt's other travels, he has already seen: 1)MT. FUJI in Japan, and more recently 2)THE GRAND CANYON in Arizona, U.S., and now 3)THE PANAMA CANAL in Panama. There may be others.

B) Can anyone name (or make up) what the original Wonders of the Ancient World are?


Author Comments
Matt Bellomo
Wed Jan 31, 2007 @ 05:43PM

A link to the 7 Wonders of the ancient world


Tue Feb 06, 2007 @ 12:34PM

Great topic. Actually, when I started seriously thinking about this little adventure, I needed to figure out what to see. Where do you start? Where do you go first? I too had the "Wonders of the World" in my head. I'd never thought about them much - i didn't even know what the original 7 were. I just remember King Kong was supposed to be the 8th.

Anyway, i did some reasearch about a year and a half ago. There's no "official" list anymore. Groups all over the world have thier own opinions, and it's tough to decide which one I agree with most. To bypass that, I've included some links, and some of the most-agreed upon lists I found. And I say "lists" because now people have divided them up into "modern", "natural", "forgotten", etc.

When I actually took a look at the list - I realized i haven't seen much of the world. It was yet another motivator for the trip.

Let me know what you think...

< Note: I've notated those I've already seen at some point in my life with an (X) >

Wonders according to: "Wonderclub.com" - http://wonderclub.com/AllWorldWonders.html

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
• The Great Pyramid of Giza
• The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Gone)
• The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (Gone)
• The Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Gone)
• The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Gone)
• The Colossus of Rhodes (Gone)
• The Pharos of Alexandria (Gone)

The Seven Wonders of the Medieval Mind
• Stonehenge
(X) The Colosseum
• The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
• The Great Wall of China
• The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing
• The Hagia Sophia
• The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World
• Mount Everest
• The Great Barrier Reef
(X) The Grand Canyon
• Victoria Falls
• The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
• Paricutin Volcano
• The Northern Lights

The Seven Underwater Wonders of the World
• Palau
• The Belize Barrier Reef
• The Galapagos Islands
• The Northern Red Sea
• Lake Baikal
• The Great Barrier Reef
• The Deep Sea Vents

The Seven Wonders of the Modern World
(X) The Empire State Building
• The Itaipú Dam
• The CN Tower
(X) The Panama Canal
(X) The Channel Tunnel
• The North Sea Protection Works
(X) The Golden Gate Bridge

The Seven Forgotten Natural Wonders of the World
• Angel Falls
• The Bay of Fundy
• Iguaçú Falls
• Krakatoa Island
(X) Mount Fuji
• Mount Kilimanjaro
• Niagara Falls

The Seven Forgotten Modern Wonders of the World
(X) The Clock Tower (Big Ben)
(X) Eiffel Tower
(X) The Gateway Arch
• The Aswan High Dam
• Hoover Dam
(X) Mount Rushmore National Memorial
• The Petronas Towers

The Seven Forgotten Wonders of the Medeival Mind
• Abu Simbel Temple
• Angkor Wat
• Taj Mahal
• Mont Saint-Michel
• The Moai Statues
• The Parthenon
• The Shwedagon Pagoda

The Forgotten Wonders
• The Aztec Temple
• The Banaue Rice Terraces
• The Borobudur Temple
• The Inca City
(X) The Statue of Liberty
(X) The Mayan Temples
• The Temple of the Inscriptions
• The Throne Hall of Persepolis
• Petra
• The Suez Canal
• The Sydney Opera House
• The Red Fort in India

I also thought this was a pretty good list: http://ce.eng.usf.edu/pharos/wonders/other.html

Forgotten Wonders
• Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt
• Angkor Wat in Cambodia
• The Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Mexico
• The Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines
• Borobudur Temple in Indonesia
(X) The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
• The Great Wall of China
• The Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru
• The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
• The Mayan Temples of Tikal in Northern Guatemala
• The Moai Statues in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
• Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
• The Throne Hall of Persepolis in Iran
• The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
• Petra, the rock-carved city in Jordan
• The Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar
• Stonehenge in England
• Taj Mahal in Agra, India
• The Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico

Modern Wonders
(X) The Channel Tunnel
(X) The Clock Tower (Big Ben) in London, England
• The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
(X) Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
(X) The Empire State Building in New York City, USA
(X) The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, USA
(X) The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
• The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt
• Hoover Dam in Arizona/Nevada, USA
• Itaipú Dam in Brazil/Paraguay
(X) Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA
(X) The Panama Canal
• The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• The Statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(X) The Statue of Liberty in New York City, USA
• The Suez Canal in Egypt
• The Sydney Opera House in Australia

Natural Wonders
• Angel Falls in Venezuela
• The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada
(X) The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
• The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
• Iguaçú Falls in Brazil/Argentina
• Krakatoa Island in Indonesia
• Mount Everest in Nepal
(X) Mount Fuji in Japan
• Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
• Niagara Falls in Ontario (Canada) and New York State (USA)
• Paricutin Volcano in Mexico
• Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe

These are some In interested in seeing personally...
• The Barringer Meteor Crater - Flagstaff?
• Ayers Rock
• The Matterhorn
• Aurora Borealis

Eric Morgenstern
Wed Feb 07, 2007 @ 02:08AM

Matt -- you will encounter "everyday" wonders...everyday. Enjoy each moment!

Sat Feb 10, 2007 @ 02:39PM

Eric, you couldn´t be more right. Just had another one... Involving a white-knuckle bus ride through the mountains of Peru, sharing a plate of pasta with a Missionary-turned RN from Costa Rica, and a stomach churning flight over the Nazca Lines. More to come soon.

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