And the results are in...over 100 million people worldwide voted recently to update the Seven Wonders of the World. The new inductees into this unique category are...
Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru's Machu Picchu, and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid were chosen alongside the Great Wall of China, Jordan's Petra, the Colosseum in Rome and India's Taj Mahal.
The pyramids of Giza retain their status as wonders of the world outside this list.
What was more notable was the absence of...Hagia Sophia mosque, Istanbul, the Kremlin and St. Basil's, Moscow, the Acropolis, Athens, Stonehenge, London. I'm outraged at the St. Basil's/Kremlin omission, but I understand it, because Russia makes visiting extremely difficult. You will pay dearly in $$$ and patience to behold what I think EVERYONE should see once in his life. But zillions of people visit Athens, Istanbul and certainly London...there's a distinctly third-world feel about the list, almost a whiff of political correctness about it, a deliberate rejection of European sites. Besides, I think the Taj Mahal is just terrible, a monument to schmaltz.
Am I the only one who perceives this, or is my Europhilia showing?