Visiting the Colosseum during my 2011 Eurotrip was a dream come true. My favorite view of the ancient arena was during my tour of the Roman Forum when I ventured up to the Temple of Venus and Rome. I don’t think many people realized they could go up to the temple because I had the entire place to myself, so I just sat for a while admiring the view, snapping photos, and appreciating an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the bustle of Rome.
The temple itself is neat and worth a visit, but the best reason to go is for this view of the Colosseum. I can’t decide which of the photos I like more so I’m sharing both. The first features the Colosseum in all its glory taking up the entire frame. The second is a lower angle with less of the Colosseum visible, but I like the inclusion of the grass and the columns to the right.
I didn’t specifically plan to see one of the 7 New Wonders on a yearly basis, but I think it’s cool that it worked out that way. However, I’m not sure if I will make it to all of them. The Great Wall and Christ the Redeemer are probably more realistic possibilities than Petra and the Taj Mahal, but I have no immediate plans to travel to any of those areas, so it looks like my consecutive Wonder string will be broken next year.
On a side note, there are also many spectacular places from the list of finalists that should be part of any bucket list:
Among these I’ve visited Neuschwanstein and the Statue of Liberty (it’s weird to think of this as a Wonder since I’ve seen it so many times). There are many others on this list I want to see, with Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower, and the Acropolis of Athens being the likeliest in the near future.
How many of these places have you visited? Did they exceed your expectations or were there any that failed to live up to the hype?