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-travel: Taj Mahal Milestone – Our 7th New Wonder

November 7, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Taj Mahal Milestone – Our 7th New Wonder 

  • It is Official…taj4

…we have now been to all 7 New Wonders of the World!

…and to 19 of the 21 landmarks vying for that title.

  • Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983…

…for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India…

…and universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”…

…this masterpiece made of semi translucent white marble…

…is polished to emphasize…

…the exquisite detailing of flower carving.

  • 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…

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…polished and leveled to the surface of the walls.

FUN-fact – We arrived in time for a sunset visit and then had a sunrise the next morning. Good thing we had both! Best photos were at sunset (foggy in morning) and no long lines to enter inside in the early morning.

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FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Up – Red Square

February 20, 2015 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Up – Red Square 

Red Square FUN-facts

  • The square was considered the central square and main marketplace with all roads
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    St. Basil’s Cathedral

    originating here.

  • It sits just outside of the Kremlin.
  • It’s bordered by St. Basil’s cathedral, Lenin’s tomb, GUM department store & Moscow museum. The word red in Russian means beautiful and applied to St. Basil’s Cathedral.
  • GUM is a three-arcade structure with three tiers of all worlds’ brand stores and cafés.
  • Over the centuries has been the site of national celebrations, coronations, executions, hand-to-hand battles, and May Day Parades.

FUN-Fact – St. Basil’s Cathedral was built in 1561 at the behest of Ivan the Terrible who allegedly killed the architect.

More FF – It’s a New 7 Wonders of the World runner up and #18 on our list that we have visited.

  • 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.”
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Moscow Museum Opposite St. Basil’s Cathedral

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

TBA #7 – The Taj Mahal – Agra, India

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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

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TBA #20 – Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto, Japan

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

 

FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Up – Neuschwanstein Castle

January 13, 2014 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Up – Neuschwanstein Castle 

Neuschwanstein Castle FUN-facts

  • It was built from 1869 to 1886 by King Ludwig II.Fussen, Germany 2013 59
  • He died mysteriously and building ceased.
  • He only lived there for 172 days.
  • It was only 1/3 complete.
  • It was designed by a stage painter – not an architect.
  • It had gravity fed fresh water & sewer systems.
  • It is built over the ruins of 2 medieval castles.

More FF – Rumor has it he was spending way too much money & was declared insane. The next day he and his psychiatrist were found drowned in a Munich lake
– It was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty & Disneyland castles.
– It’s a New 7 Wonders of the World runner up and #17 on our list of the 21 vying for it.

  • 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.

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  • 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 – 2005Fussen, Germany 2013 31
#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 – TBA

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

# 9 Statue of Liberty, New York – 2005
#10 Sydney Opera House, Australia – 2005
#11 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul – 2007
#12 Acropolis, Athens – 2007
#13 Angkor Wat, Cambodia – 2010
#14 Eiffel Tower, Paris – 2010
#15 Stonehenge, England – 2011
#16 Alhambra, Spain – August, 2012
#17 Easter Island, Chile – February, 2013
#18 Neuschwanstein Castle – Füssen, Germany – September, 2013
#19 The Kremlin, Moscow – TBA
#20 Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto, Japan – TBA
#21 Timbuktu – Mali, Africa – TBA (may never happen due to current civil war)

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FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Up: Easter Island, Chile

July 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: New 7 Wonders of the World Runner Up: Easter Island, Chile 

Easter Island FUN-facts

  1. Dutch explorers landed on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722, and named it Easter Island.Easter Island, Chile 192
  2. There are 887 “moai” stone statues – the biggest at 32 ft high and weighing 82 tons.
  3. They were carved with stone chisels between 1100 & 1680 AD and took a team of 5 -6 men one year to finish.
  4. Over half of all the statues are located around the quarry at Rano Raraku.
  5. It’s one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and a long way to the middle of nowhere. 2200 miles from Chile, it takes 5 hours by plane, and 5 days by ship.
  6. 15 miles long by 7.5 miles at the widest and a total of 63 square miles.
  7. Easter Island is pretty primitive and our best guess is probably what Hawaii was like in the 60’s.
  8. Hanga Roa is the only town and has paved roads. Most of the other roads are bumpy dirt roads.
  9. It’s part of the Polynesian triangle with Hawaii at the top and Tahiti to the west.
  • 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.
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Rano Raraku

  • 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.Easter Island, Chile 6
  • 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, we go back and see all of them together!

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 – 2012
#4 Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 2012
#5 The Colosseum, Rome, Italy – 2012

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

#9  Statue of Liberty, New York – 2005
#10 Sydney Opera House, Australia – 2005
#11 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul – 2007
#12 Acropolis, Athens – 2007
#13 Angkor Wat, Cambodia – 2010
#14 Eiffel Tower, Paris – 2010
#15 Stonehenge, England – 2011
#16 Easter Island, Chile – 2013

119 Easter Island, Chile

Ahu Tongariki

 

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