There is nothing wrong with attempting to somehow categorize the places on the Earth, and attempt to rank them. The problem is stating that these particular 7 are the best as if it is some kind of fact. I actually have a list of the best 500 Rock Songs of all time, topped by Stairway to Heaven of course, which should never be banned. Now that's the kind of list I don't mind...with a list of 500 things, you can look through, use it as a reference, and find some good nuggets that you might like yourself. Here's one particular list of the World's Most Fascinating Places that I can't get enough of. Its one of the best things on the Web IMO.
That all aside, I have been paying more attention to one particular list: the "New 7 Wonders," for the simple fact that after this year, I will have seen them all. Its not at all any attempt to brag. In fact, its all happened fairly accidentally: these "7 Wonders" just happened to be places that I agreed I wanted to see as I planned my last couple round the world trips. So that begs the questions... how do these 7 wonders stack up to my All-Time Favorite Places?? (Doh....I guess that means I have to decide which places are my All-Time Favorite Places. Sounds like another blog...) Well, I will start by first ranking the 7 amongst themselves. Then, next blog-time, next blog-channel, I will add in some of my other favorite places and see how the 7 stack-up.
So with no further ado, here they are for your viewing pleasure!!! Of course, this ranking is based solely on my personal experience with each, and therefore should be viewed as absolute and irrefutable fact.
2 Taj Mahal
|Agra, India|| |
Despite all the garbage, beggars, honking horns, and other aspects that make Agra so jolting, once you step onto the gardens of the Taj it all seems to vanish. Yes its crowded, but somehow the place still amazes in spite of the modern world surrounding it. Catch it at sunrise or sunset if you can, when the white marble grabs onto the sun's colors and transforms.
|4 Christ the Redeemer|
O Cristo Redentor
|Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Personally for me, Christ the Redeemer itself is very nice, but nothing spectacular compared to say, the Statue of Liberty. But the setting, well that is quite another matter. As anyone who as seen a postcard of Rio knows, Jesus sits atop a central little mountain in the middle of the gorgeous city, with the beaches and green hills below. The scene is one of a kind. His arms open outwards to those below, as if to say to the Cariocas: "I am here for you."|
|x Great Wall of China|
|People's Republic of China|
|Ma'an Governorate, Jordan|