Friday, July 06, 2007

New 7 Wonders

Thank God all the hoopla around the "New 7 Wonders" thing is about to get over and we can all put down the swadeshi topi and get back to normal life. If u r in US, start making plan to visit the Statue of Liberty on the next long weekend if u haven’t been there yet or start planning a vacation to Europe or to South America. By all standards, The monuments in the New 7 Wonders list are some of the most amazing places on the face of the earth and fabulous tourist destinations. Though there may be nothing official about it, the amount of patriotism people are associating with it is simply astounding. Chain mails are being forwarded, people back home in India admit to receiving SMS from long lost contacts urging them to vote for Taj. Anyway, let’s not get into this more.

Peepal, I am introducing a tag. Heres what u need to do?

Pick the Top 3 destinations from the
list of New Seven Wonders that you would want to visit and write down a few lines about why u want to visit. Don't forget to tag more people and inform them about it.

Simple in'it? (Sorry, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom movie has left some lasting scars in my mind).

So here is my list of top 3 destinations:-
1) Machu Picchu, Peru (Img: http://www.new7wonders.com/)
Machu Picchu is a symbol of Community & Dedication!
I am sure everyone has heard about this place, or read about it . The 'Lost City' of the Incans was discovered and brought to light by Americam archaeologist Hiram Bingham. I remember, when I was small, reading a novel - Hardy Boys & the Inca Treasure or something similar and then I became curious and read up a little about it. It was the pre-google-and-internet-not-quite-there time when people actually went to library to find out more about things. I found only a couple of pages in some encyclopedia but the name registered somewhere in my mind. With so much available at the touch of a button you can practically know and see all thats to it in the comfort of your couch. But to see a monument in person is an alltogether different feeling.

2) Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Img http://www.new7wonders.com/)
Christ Redeemer stands for Welcoming & Openness!

Now who doesn't want to go to Brazil. :) It's the first place that comes in mind when u talk about South America or football or beaches or supermodels (Gisele B√ľndchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio). I think the first time I saw the statue in the video of the song Brazil by VengaBoys. This country is a sure shot fav among people from all over the world and no wonder Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the world.

3) The Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia (Img: http://www.answers.com)The Kremlin/St. Basil’s Cathedral represents Fortitude & Symbolism!
God bless Russia for inventing Vodka! Russia has always been the friendly country from where we bought arms. The cathedral is def one of the cutest, if I may say so, ones in the world. It was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible and built on the edge of Red Square between 1555 and 1561. Legend has it that on completion of the church the Tsar ordered the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to be blinded to prevent him from ever creating anything to rival its beauty again, much like our own lore about Taj's architect. Anyway, Russia and the other eastern european countries have caught my fascination for some time now. And it would be great to be there and have a quick peek at what lies behind the Iron Curtain.
What the heck... I would absolutely love to be able to visit ANY one of the sites. And as a traveller I realise that you don't need a reason to travel. You travel coz u want to.
I tag:-
Here are my pics, of the 3 sites from the list of New 7 Wonders, where I have been to:-

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

Neuscwanstein, Bavaria, Germany.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy.

11 comments:

Sakshi said...

I love this!!
But can I pick something other than those seven effin marvels? I am hatke y'know :P

Oh haan - Arpz, thenga! I get the gold..
*Maniacal laughter abounds*

Delphic said...

Too busy with work man, but shall get to your tag sometime soon.

Sakshi, kyon khaali peeli style maar rahi hain....jo tag mein bola hain wohi kar

Shek said...

the weekend says that the tag is doable in the next two days.

silverine said...

Machu Picchu is a place I want to visit in this lifetime, if not I will haunt the place after lol!! This is one region of the world that fascinates me. I remember seeing a program on Discovery of the steps of an Inca monument that looks like a lifelike snake at a certain time in the evening. Amazing.

arpana said...

@lalit -tag will be done

@sakshi - you'd requested *special emphasis there* me to give up 3 golds as a "thank you" for linking me in ur blog :P
aap bhi kya yaad rakhengi, kite dildaar hain hum

Priyanka said...

Mission Accompolished Sire!

Shek said...

Mr. Lalit,
You are tagged. More details here: link

Chitrangada said...

:)

u r lucky doofus :P


hey change comment font color :P
contact blog admin abhi :P


n ur tag is done :)

Sayesha said...

Kar liya aapka tag! :D

confused said...

Lalit Singh,

Apka aadesh sar aankhon par.

Term Papers said...

The places like that i love it