Original Newsletter
Space A Outing
Battlefield Tours
European Art Museums
European Trains/Discount Airlines
Travel to Crete and Greece and Joe's Aviano Report
The Wonders of The World
The Floods of Europe
Cheap European Airlines, Trains(re-issue)
How to Travel in the Virtual World
March 6, 2004        Cranston RI                Volume1,  Issue 11a         401-785-0411

The Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders of the World (re-revisited)


Ed Prifogle

Our planet is a interesting place to visit. You could  spend a lifetime exploring it and never experience all its wonders.  UNESCO lists 755 properties  as World Heritage sites.  Watch the following video clips to learn about these wonders both in the US and world-wide. The Virtual World offers us an opportunity to experience many of them.  One suggested journey for military travelers is to explore the  wonders in this country by auto or RV taking along Ann Crawford's Military Living's CONUS Military Base Guide and Map such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Miltiary travelers can visit many of the world's wonders referenced in the article (see list at the bottom of this page).

Other Wonders of the World Sites:

View this World Heritage Site for panoramic World Heritage fullpage VRs that refresh every 20 seconds.
Also view Hillmans top 100 wonders of the world.
Another interesting  "Wonders of the Ancient World" site  is Ancient Sites.
This Thinkquest "Wonders of the World" Project is interesting and very complete.

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Stonehenge                                 Grand Canyon



Can you name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Don't panic if you can't. With modern monuments, the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages, and the world's Seven Natural Wonders in the mix, very few people can sort out these astounding ancient architectural feats. What makes it even harder is that only one still exists.

Inspired by mythology, religion and art, ancient civilizations undertook these seven imposing projects from about 2700 B.C. to about 270 B.C. Only one, the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, has survived  View this timeline of the Pharaohs. Fires, earthquakes, conquests and the ravages of time have led to the others' demise.

The Temple at Artemis

The ancient Greeks and Romans are said to have initiated the original "Seven Wonders" list, perhaps as an early travel guide of sorts. Over time, the inventory was added to and culled, then finally "completed" during the Middle Ages. Classical writers later disagreed on the final list, but the following seven works of art and architecture were among those most commonly included.

NEW- Recently divers have discovered remains of the lighthouse at Pharos, and the ruins of the residence of Cleopatra. Review the following article Alexandria Lighthouse Ruins Discovered

Unfortunately, relatively few drawings or sketches exist of the wonders that vanished, so archaeologists have relied on ancient tales and literary works to get an idea of their appearance and history.

View these video clips to get a better understanding of the Glories of Ancient Greece.

Six out of seven Ancient Wonders did not survive to this present day. Human imagination urged poets, writers, and historians to seek "replacements" for the fallen monuments. Some proposed a new list for the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Others argued that Ancient civilizations which the Greeks did not know of, erected monuments that should have been included in the original list. Wonders such as the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Temple of Angkor in Cambodia are a few examples.

Like the ancient list, the new ones include fascinating monuments and structures that changed the existing landscape. However, no single list won unanimous approval among historians, artists, and architects. Here is an alphabetical listing of some Forgotten, Modern, and Natural Wonders. NEW The UNESCO  World Heritage List has 729 sites throughout the world that should be preserved.
Petra-the rock-carved city in Jordan. See this full page Panoramic View.

  1. Abu Simbel Temple in Egypt
  2. Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  3. The Aztec Temple in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Mexico
  4. The Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines
  5. Borobudur Temple in Indonesia
  6. The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
  7. The Great Wall of China
  8. The Inca city of Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  10. The Mayan Temples of Tikal in Northern Guatemala
  11. The Moai Statues in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile
  12. Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
  13. The Throne Hall of Persepolis in Iran
  14. The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
  15. Petra, the rock-carved city in Jordan
  16. The Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar
  17. Stonehenge in England
  18. Taj Mahal in Agra, India
  19. The Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico


MODERN WONDERS (click to enlarge)

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Petronas Towers      Empire Stae Bldg    Hoover Dam    CN Tower

There are 17 modern projects that are considered wonders by the Amercian Society of Civil Engineers The following is a list of these projects and their locations,

  1. The Channel Tunnel
  2. The Clock Tower (Big Ben) in London, England (Web Cam)
  3. The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
  4. Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
  5. The Empire State Building in New York City, USA
  6. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, USA
  7. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
  8. The High Dam in Aswan, Egypt
  9. Hoover Dam in Arizona/Nevada
  10. Itaipu Dam in Brazil/Paraguay
  11. Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota
  12. The Panama Canal
  13. The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  14. The Statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  15. The Statue of Liberty
  16. The Suez Canal in Egypt
  17. The Sydney Opera House in Australia

I doubt if many people are aware that the largest dam project in the world is located between Paraguay and Brazil. It generates 10 times more power than Hoover Dam. The Itaipu Dam generates enough electrical power to light up the whole State of California.
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Itaipu Descrption


Most of the natural wonders are well known, with the exception of the one's that exist in South America. Iguassu Falls located between Brazil and Argentina is even larger than Victoria Falls in Africa, and Niagara Falls. See this slide show.

The Iguassu Falls are located in the Iguassu National Park, at the border of Brazil and Argentina. In a horseshoe form, 2,700 meters wide between the two countries, the Iguassu; Falls fill the visitors's view with the spray of 72 meter-high falls - the number of them varies between 150 and 300, depending on the flow of the Iguassu; River. The panorama overwhelms the onlooker with a sensation of fright, fascination and respect for the perfection of nature. A visit to the Falls and the contact with wildlife and the spectacle of the waters awake an emotion that many hope to experience once in a lifetime. The following list contains 12 of the most famous natural wonders.

  1. Angel Falls in Venezuela
  2. The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada
  3. The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
  4. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  5. Iguassu Falls in Brazil/Argentina
  6. Krakatoa Island in Indonesia
  7. Mount Everest in Nepal
  8. Mount Fuji in Japan
  9. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  10. Niagara Falls in Ontario (Canada) and New York State (USA)
  11. Paricutin Volcano in Mexico
  12. Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwi
View this slide show of major volcanic rock sites throughout the world including Paricutin and Krakatoa.


                             Mount Fuji


                                      Machu Picchu
Military Travel to World Wonders

A. European World Wonders Destinations

European ITT and USO Information

1. Mildenhall RAF England- Bus or Train to Stonehenge,  Channel Tunnel, Big Ben, Mont Saint Michel- and Eiffel Tower, Paris (by Eurostar or Ferry). Check with ITT office.

2. Ramstein AB+Rhein Main Germany- Eiffel Tower, Paris - Auto or Train. Also view the many German Castles.
Check with ITT office and USO for tours.

3 Naples NAS, Italy- Bus or Train to Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mount Vesuvius, and Pompei.
Check with ITT office and USO for tours.

4.Aviano AB Italy- Train or bus to Venice. Train to Rome to see Roman Collesium and Ferry to Greece to Visit the Parthenon and other Greek Antiquities. Check with ITT office and USO for Tours.

5. Souda Bay NAS, Crete- Plane, or ferry to Athens and Egypt  including the Parthenon, Ancient Grecian Sites,  Egyptian antquities such as the pyramids, the Alexandria Lighthouse. Also the Aswam Dam.
Check with ITT office and USO for Tours.

6. Sigonella NAS, Sicily- Train to Rome,  Plane or Ferry to Egypt (see above).
Check with ITT office and USO for Tours.

B. Pacific World Wonders Destinations

Pacific ITT and USO Information

1. Hickam AB, Hawaii- Go to the Big Island to visit the volcanos.

2. Richmond RAAF, Australia- To see the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House/

3. Yokota AB, Japan- To see Mount Fuji and  visit China to see the Great Wall.

4. Singapore- Visit Kuala Lumpur to see the
Petronas Towers., and Cambodia to see Angkor Wat

5. Don Muang AB-Visit India to see the Taj Mahal.

C. CONUS World Wonders Destinations

1. McGuire AB, NJ and Willow Run NAS, PA-- Visit NYC and see the Empire State Bldg. and the Statue of Liberty

2. Brunswick NAS- Visit  New Brunswick, Canada to see the Bay of Fundy

3. Scott AB, IL- Visit St. Lous to see the Gateway Arch.

4. Luke AB AZ and Nellis AB NV- Visit the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.

5. Travis AB, CA- Visit San Fransico to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Big Sur, and Yosimite.