When we were younger, we traveled a but really developed a passion for travel in our 40s, and over the last seventeen years together have started working on a bucket list.
Seven Ancient Wonders
One of our bucket lists, yes, we have more than one, are the Seven Modern Wonders.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with that list, initially, there were Seven Ancient Wonders.
- Great Pyramid of Giza
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
- Statue of Zeus at Olympia
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
- Colossus of Rhodes
- Lighthouse of Alexandria
Except for the Great Pyramid of Giza, the others were destroyed by the 15th century, so we are not seeing them any time soon.
The list of Seven Modern Wonders includes:
- Chichen Itza – Yucatan, Mexico
- The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
- Great Wall of China
- Taj Mahal – Agra, India
- Machu Picchu – Cusco Region, Peru
- Petra – Jordan
- Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Great Pyramid of Giza holds an honorary status as an eighth wonder.
Of that list, Chuck and I have been to Chichen Itza separately and together. Chuck went at a time where you could still navigate the passageways under the Temple of Kukulcan, and we’ve been when you were still able to climb to the top.
We visited the Colosseum in Rome on a Mediterranean cruise for my fiftieth birthday.
In 2018, we traveled to China as part of a group tour visiting Beijing and climbing The Great Wall, about an hour outside of the city.
Next year we are headed to India for fifteen days in the spring, including a visit to the Taj Mahal, and in the fall, we are heading to Machu Picchu and two more wonders off our list bringing our current total to five.
Chuck, who has had back surgery, and does a 165-mile charity bike ride every year, climbed up to the top of The Great Wall, past the fourth rampart.
We are still pretty active travelers, admittedly we don’t stay in a hostel and like the comfort of a nice hotel, but we enjoy very physical vacations.
We moved Machu Picchu up on our travel list for two reasons. First, we knew that at some point, Chuck’s back might make it difficult for him to navigate. Secondly, we are afraid that at some time in the future the wear and tear of visitors and the effects of pollution may limit what we would be able to see.
See The World
Modern Wonders are only part of our list. Our recent trip to Kenya and game drives on the Masai Mara were at the top of Chuck’s list.
Somewhere down the road, I would like to see the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria and also head back to the Netherlands during tulip season.
So, what’s on your travel bucket list?