Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Country Review: USA

Dates there: 24th to 28th February, 22nd to 27th July, 6th August to 1st September, all 2014: 37 days

USA's Wonders: Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Mount Rushmore, The Gateway Arch, Walt Disney World, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam

Also visited: The Bean/Cloud Gate, the Chrysler Building, the Bay Bridge, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood sign, Willis Tower/Sears Tower, Hancock Center, Crazy Horse Memorial, Cahokia Mounds, One World Trade Center

On the Longlist: The White House, the Pentagon, United States Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Mesa Verde

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Longlist: Cahokia

What's the Longlist? It's the list for all the other great man-made spectacles in the world that haven't quite made my shortlist. I don't feel the need to research them or visit them, but as long as this blog is about the world's best man-made structures, they deserve some kind of mention. Today, Cahokia.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Update: Job

Well, it would seem that I've got myself a job. I now work here:


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Country Review: Greece

Dates there: 4th to 13th April 2014: 10 days

Greece's Wonders: The Parthenon, Meteora

Also visited: Temple of Olympian Zeus

On the Longlist: Mount Athos, Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, Acropolis of Rhodes.

Original Wonders (no longer with us): The Colossus of Rhodes, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia.

Friday, 13 March 2015

The Longlist: Monte Alban

What's the Longlist? It's the list for all the other great man-made spectacles in the world that haven't quite made my shortlist. I don't feel the need to research them or visit them, but as long as this blog is about the world's best man-made structures, they deserve some kind of mention. Today, Monte Alban.

What do you get if you cross Teotihuacan with Machu Picchu?
 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Old Pictures: The Banaue Rice Terraces

When Burness and I were in Banaue, and went on a three-day trek around the mountainous countryside filled with rice terraces, our guide told us about some old black-and-white photos he had seen. These days the rice terraces are in a permanent state of danger, at risk from neglect as locals prefer to find their fortune in the cities rather than spend their lives farming. The customs and traditions that made the rice terraces possible for up to 2000 years are under threat. Oddly, tourism and the money it brings in is a side-effect of the modern world that actually helps the terraces.

Anyway, although the rice terraces of Banaue and the surrounding area look pretty good today, our guide told us they had once been even better. He told us of these old photos. But he didn't have a copy to show us. I wonder if it might have been these:


Friday, 6 March 2015

Country Review: Spain

Dates there: 29th April to 15th May 2014, 3rd to 5th July 2014: 20 days

Spain's Wonders: Sagrada Familia, The Alhambra, City of Arts and Sciences

Also visited: Granada Cathedral, the Mezquita of Cordoba, Metropol Parasol, Seville Cathedral, the Alcazar in Seville, La Pedrera.

On the Longlist: Burgos Cathedral, Guggenheim Museum, Nou Camp, El Escorial, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, the Roman Theatre in Merida, Aqueduct of Segovia, Palma Cathedral.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Longlist: The Reichstag

What's the Longlist? It's the list for all the other great man-made spectacles in the world that haven't quite made my shortlist. I don't feel the need to research them or visit them, but as long as this blog is about the world's best man-made structures, they deserve some kind of mention. Today, the Reichstag.