FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World #7 – The Taj Mahal

May 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World #7 – The Taj Mahal 

Taj Mahal FUN-facts

  • Translated means Crown of the Palace.
  • Commissioned in 1632 by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.
  • She was a Persian princess who died giving birth to their 14th child.
  • It took 20,000 artists 10 years to complete at a cost of 32 million rupees.
  • In 2015 it would have cost 52.8 billion rupees or $827 million US.
  • Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”

FUN-Fact – It is made of semi translucent white marble and polished to emphasize the exquisite detailing of flower carvings.

More FF – Specialists brought in from as far away as Europe produced magnificent marble screens, archway spandrels decorated with highly stylized almost geometric vines, flowers and fruits, and pietra dura (marble inlay work) made with thousands of semiprecious stones, yellow marble, jasper and jade then polished and leveled to the surface of the walls.

  • In the summer of 2007, more than 90 million people cast their votes to determine which architectural marvels in the world deserved to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. There were a total of twenty-one landmarks vying for that title.

  • Of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, only the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt still stand. The pyramids were given an automatic spot after infuriated Egyptian officials said it was a disgrace to have to compete for something that had belonged to their country for so long. I agree!  We saw them in 2007.
  • It is our goal to see all twenty-one landmarks. Also, Chris and I have collectively seen a lot of the twenty-one, however, not together. So the rule is, “If you’ve been there but not together, it doesn’t count.”

New 7 Wonders of the World we’ve been to:

#1 Chichen Itza, Mexico – 2005

#2 Great Wall of China – 2010

#3 Machu Picchu, Peru – February, 2012

#4 Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro – February, 2012

#5 The Coliseum – Rome, Italy – August, 2012

#6 Petra, Jordan – March, 2013

#7 The Taj Mahal – Agra, India – November 2016

New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Ups we’ve been to:

# 9 Statue of Liberty, New York – May, 2005

#10 Sydney Opera House, Australia – January, 2006

#11 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul – May, 2007

#12 Acropolis, Athens – May, 2007

#13 Angkor Wat, Cambodia – March, 2010

#14 Eiffel Tower, Paris – October, 2010

#15 Stonehenge, England – October, 2011

#16 Alhambra, Spain – August, 2012

#17 Easter Island, Chile – February, 2013

#18 Neuschwanstein Castle – Füssen, Germany – September, 2013

#19 Red Square, Moscow – July 2014

TBD #20 – Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto, Japan – April 2018

TBA #21 – Timbuktu – Mali, Africa (may never happen due to current civil war)

FUN-video: Last BIG Fat Vacation – Movie Trailer

December 27, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-video: Last BIG Fat Vacation – Movie Trailer 

We have now officially made it to all of the New 7 Wonders of the World…and 19 out of the 21 that were vying for that title.

  • In addition…we visited a total of 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites…with our modes of transportation including: 1 elephant – 2 camel carts – 2 horse carts – 3 rickshaws – 4 jeep safaris – 1 boat safari – 1 houseboat – 1 live aboard – 1 river cruise – 5 lake boats – more than 2500 kilometers driven – 9 international flights – 17 domestic flights…and it took 50+ hours to get home.

Thank god the bucket list is almost done!

  • Here’s a little snippet of the trip from over 5 hours of edited video. Enjoy!

FUN-photos: Incredible & Insane India – 42 Crazy & Chaotic Days – Part 2

December 26, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Incredible & Insane India – 42 Crazy & Chaotic Days – Part 2 

20 Days – Nagerhole National Park…for more safari…Chikmagalur…and temple touring…Historical Hampi…with its Rocks and Ruins…Aurangabad and the Elaborate Ellora & Amazing Ajanta Caves… carved out of solid rock hillsides…Multi Cultural Cochin…called the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”…Kerala…land of Coconuts & Curry…on a Heavenly Houseboat for a backwaters cruise…Picturesque Periyar National Park…Magnificent Madurai Monuments…and Marvelous Mamallapuram…for more monolithic… Indian rock-cut architecture.

FUN-photos: Incredible & Insane India – 42 Crazy & Chaotic Days – Part 1

December 24, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Incredible & Insane India – 42 Crazy & Chaotic Days – Part 1 

  • We covered a lot of territory…from the tippy top in the Himalayas…and ending … at the very end… literally! …in the city of Trivandrum.

First 22 Days – Bustling Bombay…our Himalayan high…Dizzying Delhi… Awesome Agra with its Majestic Taj Mahal and Red Fort Complex…Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary…Rathambore Reserve… in search of the ever elusive tigers…which remained just that…Jaipur Palaces…Pushkar Camel Fair…Commanding Kumbhalgarh Fort… Jain Temple Treat…Unbelievable Udaipur…and Very Sacred – Very Special – Varanasi…where we celebrated Dev Dewali on the Ganges.

FUN-travel: Last “Big Fat” Vacation – THE END!

December 20, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Last “Big Fat” Vacation – THE END! 

  • We ended our India trip… at the end of India… literally! in the city of Trivandrum.

Our Best Beach Bungalow

Saving the Maldives for last was brilliant…as it was so relaxing… and the environment was the polar opposite… of the prior crazy & chaotic 6 weeks.

Mamallapuram

  • Thank god the bucket list is all most done…it took us 50+ hours to get home!… And that was enough to convince us…

…it’s time to tour North America!

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