Seven Modern Day Wonders

I have added something else to my Bucket List. It is travel related but as it covers a number of countries I have just left it on the actual Bucket List page.

Now I have always been aware of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. There are only one of these still in existence in today’s world. However, I was not aware until recently of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World or as they are sometimes call “The New Seven Wonders of the World”.   SO, guess what is now on The Bucket List –

Visit the New Seven Wonders of the World 

If you are unaware of what these New Seven Wonders are I have listed them below. I have already been to one, so six more to go.

  1. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janerio
  2. The Great Wall of China
  3. The Colosseum, Rome – complete July 2017
  4. Petra, Jordan
  5. Machu Picchu, Peru
  6. Chichen Itza, Mexico
  7. The Taj Mahal, India

Now I don’t know who decided these were the New Wonders but I am in no way qualified to disagree with the decision.  I believe from what I have read on the internet that there was an vote and these Seven were chosen from a choice of two hundred existing monuments.

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I found this map on the World Atlas page which gives an indication on where these Wonders are located over the World.

I have no idea how many I will actually see but it is something to aim for.

The website for the Seven New Wonders is a good reference to use for places to visit. Not only does it list the Seven New Wonders but also the New Seven Natural Wonders and the New Seven Wonder Cities. To have a look <<<Click Here>>> I am thinking about adding both lists to my Bucket List too.

If you are now wondering what the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World were, I have listed them below:

  1. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt (The only one still visible today)
  2. The Colossus of Rhodes, Greece
  3. The Lighthouse of Alexandra, Egypt
  4. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
  5. The Hanging Garden’s of Babylon, Iraq
  6. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Turkey
  7. The Temple of Artemis, Turkey

Lu’s Travel Bucket List

It’s really odd because I never really had any desire to travel till a couple of years ago. There were places I wanted to go to of course but did not really worry about it too much. In fact I don’t really ever think I thought much about leaving the UK. Now I spend a good few moments everyday wondering how I can get to certain places? What it would be like to live there? What job could I do there? Besides a million other questions. I know of course that the likely hood of me moving anywhere is a distant dream at the moment. I can however try and visit there.

A few years ago I decided to start a Travel Bucket List due to there being so many places I want to see and visit. I began this list on my old blog and when I ended the blog, I forgot to move the list over. So, over the past 12 months I have been trying to find time to do it again and every so often I add something new to My Travel Bucket List pages.  I have so many places I want to visit I now have 3 pages -My normal BUCKET LIST , EUROPE – BUCKET LIST & the UK – BUCKET LIST.

I have been trying to complete the Lists manually and then add them onto my blog when I remember or have time. All the lists have so many items now that I think I am going to have to create a separate page for each Continent.  I have sought ideas from websites such as Tripadvisor and Pinterest, as well other sites I happen to stumble across. However, I am still looking for inspiration and ideas.

I will be completing the other Continent pages over the next week hopefully. I would really appreciate any ideas either for places, things to do or even websites to visit for inspiration.

Thank you for your help

lu

A Bostin’ Day In Brum

On Monday 20 February 2017, myself and my daughter decided to make an impromptu trip to Birmingham. We caught the train and 20 minutes later we found ourselves in one of the biggest cities in the U.K.

I have not spent a day in Birmingham for years. I have passed through it a few times and after Comic Con I went into the Bull Ring but I didn’t have much time. I was also worn out.

I decided to begin our adventure by taking my daughter on a mini tour and where best to begin this tour – than the Birmingham Mailbox. Walking up the steps to the Mailbox is quite an imposing feeling. The white and red building looms above you as you pant your way to the enterance. Joking… the steps are not that bad, but the building is intimidating inside as well as out. The two greeters on the door were lovely though and answered our questions, as well as providing us with some useful information.

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The inside of The Mailbox is beautiful and there is some interesting art that faces you as you walk in. The shop displays are also worth looking at. As well as housing a variety of shops and restaurants, The Mailbox is also home to the BBC Midlands Today. Due to this and also the various other things the BBC produces in the Midlands, the Beeb has a visitor centre bit which you can just walk in and have a look at.

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Of course we enjoyed because they had various Doctor Who things scattered around. You can see the Dalek in the photo above.  Following that we had a look at the shops, debated if we wanted to stop and have a drink. Then headed towards the canals.

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Even though it was February the weather was glorious. The walk along the canal was lovely and there was a very appetising aroma wafting over us from the Italian restaurant. Not that we went in and tried the food but it smelt very scrummy. We then walked through the ICC to Birmingham Library. I have been longing to have a look around since they did spruced it up.

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To walk around the library was wonderful so many books and different floors so many things to see. Unfortunately the Secret Garden floor was closed for refurbishment but we did get to the top floor and we also saw the Shakespeare Room.

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Following our walk around the Library we made our way to the Bullring. After having a lovely lunch in Nando’s we shopped, shopped and shopped. We of course spent the majority of our time in the Disney Store and then a discovered a little stationery shop called Smiggle.

I came back from our day in Birmingham slightly poorer but on the whole it was a Bostin, I mean smashing day.

lu

To Disney World & Beyond

This is a true account of my awful journey on National Express and the wonderful Virgin Atlantic staff.
Sorry it is a bit wordy…

This is the first in a series of posts I am planning for every Thursday. From now until the end of the year, I will be sharing my thoughts on our holiday to Orlando.

Orlando was my daughter (16) and myself’s first holiday on our own, our first long haul flight and our first 21 day holiday.

To The Airport (My Rant)

Our journey to Gatwick was a complete disaster. If it had all gone to plan we would have arrived at Gatwick with about 2.5 hours to spare, having a little time to relax before catching our flight.  National Express however had over plans. national_express-bus

Dark clouds hung low in the sky, as we awaited the arrival of National Express. It was 4 am and the sun wasn’t even thinking of raising its head. When the bus finally ar
rived, already late, it was already busy. Myself and my daughter could not find seats together but that didn’t matter, we were about to spend 21 days with each other.

The driver of the bus had a bad attitude to start with. At the next stop he decided he wanted a coffee and fag break, he had only just taken over and the stop was literally 15 minutes from where we began. All of us on the bus watched him bleary eyed, silently willing him to get back on the bus and start carry on the journey.

Unfortunately our driver was not the only delay on our journey. We got stuck in a traffic jam for a over 90 mins, due to an RTA, where someone sadly lost their life. Our driver though insisted that he was going to sit in the lane that was closed for what seemed to be a life time instead of trying to move over into another lane that was actually moving. It was so frustrating.

When we got to Heathrow (the stop before ours), they decided that we were going to change buses. Not just once, but twice. That required moving not just a bus full of people but also their luggage, TWICE.  Due to this we missed our flight. We arrived just in time at Gatwick to see our plane take off. I can not even begin to describe how devastated we both were.

The Flight

Our fligvirgin_atlantichts were booked with Virgin Atlantic and the lady on the desk was wonderful. I cannot remember her name but she was fantastic. I owe so much to her – hats off to the that lady. She got us seats on the next flight, a fast pass through security and she also wavered the cost for my daughter.

We were on our way to Orlando. The flight was smooth. We had a whole row of seats to ourselves, the cabin crew were lovely and so were the other passengers. I watched Star Wars – The Force Awakens, Zootropolis and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It was all good. Until we landed in Orlando. First we had to wait 30 minutes on the plane before we could depart due to amount of planes that had arrived and then we had to queue for two hours in immigration.

By the time we arrived at our hotel in Walt Disney World to check in, I had been awake for over 24 hours and I was making no sense to anyone. Thank fully my daughter was there and she was a little more awake. Looking back I feel really sorry for the guy who was at the desk. I never saw him again else I would have thanked him. Then we found our room and crashed…

In Review

I am sorry this is a bit of a rant but I wanted to share the experience of our journey with you. If you are planning on going to Orlando in peak season, apparently two hours in the Immigration Queue is quite good. I have had people tell me that they waited 6 or 8 hours in the queue. One person told me, that while she was waiting, the people around her began to throw up. Nice!  

I’m also sorry for the lack of photo’s but i forgot to take any.. I was stressed and tired

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National Express – In this post I have given you the edited highlights of the journey there were a few other things that happened too. I didn’t want to witter on too long…  After sending them a couple of letters complaining about the journey and their decision to take the bus off, they refunded me half of my ticket money. All I wanted was an apology so that was nice of them. However, I am in no hurry to catch a National Express coach again.

NEXT WEEK – WALT DISNEY WORLD (more of a fun post… with photos!!!)