Tuesday, May 17, 2011

#TTOT Round-Up: Modern Wonders of the World

Every Tuesday it's Travel Talk on Twitter! Follow the #TTOT tag to see what all the commotion and Tweets are about! There are two sessions to join, one at 9:30am GMT and the other at 9:30pm GMT.

Here's the round-up of this week's #TTOT: 

Q1 via : Which 'modern wonder of the World' left you almost speechless/breathless?
  • : The Sydney Opera House! I was totally dumbstruck by it
  • : I am pretty sure the Taj Mahal (Shrine of LOVE) will leave me breathless in October...can't wait 
  • : Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain even when it's not yet finished
  • : Not sure what you're calling modern, but the Eiffel Tower as first seen from the Tracadero was amazing! 
  • : The Empire State building was mind-blowing to someone who lives in a country with no sky-scrapers!
  • : Loved climbing the Great Wall and seeing the Terracotta Army in
  • : Petronas Towers. Stunning scary walk across! 
  • : Santorini and the Grand Canyon natural wonders that made me speechless
  • : The Karakoram Highway between Pakistan and China. Remarkable example of human will imposed on landscape
  • : Kidlet on camel playing violin at Petra certainly rocked!
  • : I've been to the Alhambra seven times. Never fails to inspire, impress, blow me away
  • : Bagan, Burma. No tourists, sunset light and two rainbows in the sky. 
Bagan, Burma
Q2 via : What ancient wonder would you have most wanted to see for yourself?
  • : Atlantis -I swear it's out there and I want to explore it!
  • : Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Such an extravigance for a desert culture in particular 
  • : Great Library of Alexandria. I've been to the new one, and it's cool and all, but not the same
  • : I reckon Colossus of Rhodes would have been pretty spectacular, especially for its time 
  • : All of them. Equally sorry not to have seen all the ruins destroyed in the recent wars in Iraq. Maybe someday.
  • : The pyramids in Egypt- people say it's amazing. A true wonder of the world
Giza, Egypt

Q3 via : Which 'modern wonder of the World' is all hype and disappointed you most?
  • : Stonhenge..interesting but doesn't compare with the others
  • : Chichen Itza - there were so many tourists. It took away from a place that should have felt very eery and spiritual 
  • : The Grand Canyon ... it's just a big hole in the ground:)
  • : The Leaning Tower of Pisa I guess...it was tiny!  
  • : Mall of America!
  • : Colosseum. Ok, it's big, it's great, but it's falling apart and not really at its best. Inside is disappointing!
  • : It has to be the Channel Tunnel! Very useful but visually a bit shit!

Q4 via : What are some sites that could arguably [be] a Modern Wonder of the World that isn't one already?  
  • : What about the underwater world of the Great Barrier reef as long as its still there?
  • : The MI6 building in London...may not be great for national security to publicise it as a modern wonder though!
  • : Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, it is really an amazing and unique place to visit
  • : I'd put the London Tube down as a modern wonder worth visiting
  • : The Astoria Bridge from Oregon to Washington is memorable and spans a beautiful river
  • : Trees. They are fighting a losing battle(against us) and all the time they are keeping us all alive. Now that's a wonder
Q5 via : If you had to pick one modern wonder to see before you died, what would it be?
  • : It's not an official Modern Wonder, but my answer is: Antartica - as long it's still there! :)
  • : Great Wall of China - love to walk the entire length for charity one day
  • : Everest. Someday, somehow
  • : That Heaven everyone has been talking about ...I fear it's a hype!
  • : Lady Gaga's penis 
  • : Petra
  • : Still gotta get my picture in front of the Taj Mahal
  • : I would like to see all the Wonders, one at time, for a life of travel
  • : Noctilucent Clouds are worth seeing
  • : UAE. Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • : I would love to see Machu Picchu 
Macchu Picchu, Peru
And there you have it, "Modern Wonders of the World"!

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Have you got anything to add to the Modern Wonders of the World discussion? 

© Connie Hum 2011


  1. I loved the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls; people have said they're overrated, but I was still overwhelmed by their beauty and grandeur. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul were fantastic -- in fact, so many things in Istanbul, and all over Turkey, were amazing. In Turkey, there are so many ruins that aren't even properly listed on the map -- you're spoiled for choice, and it's impossible to list them all.

    I'd love to see Macchu Picchu, the pyramids in Mexico, the terracotta soldiers, and the Great Wall of China. My husband's seen the Great Wall; someday I tell myself I will too.

  2. I'm confused about the number of people referring to the Great Wall of China, Petra, etc. as modern wonders. They seem kinda old to me. ;)

  3. Nice round-up! I would LOVE to go to Machu Picchu, can't wait to head to South America.


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