I've had a trial subscription for ten weeks of the Sunday paper. It's almost done, and today is the first time I am actually sitting down with a cup of coffee and the paper in hand on a Sunday morning. (And what do I do? I read one article, put the paper down, and start to blog. Silly geek.)
The Egyptian pyramids are the only surviving structures from the original list of seven architectural marvels. Long gone are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria. Those seven were deemed wonders in ancient times by observers of the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Candidates for the new list have been narrowed down to 21, including the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. The public can vote until July 6, 2007, by Internet or phone. The seven winners will be announced July 7 in Lisbon, Portugal.
You can vote online, at the New Seven Wonders web site, or by phone. I think my votes would go to:
- the Pyramids of Giza
- the Hagia Sophia
- the temples at Angkor
- the Great Wall of China
- the Taj Mahal
But I'll think about it a little more. Who would you vote for? (Here's a list of the 21 finalists.)