Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Old Pictures: Akshardham

Meet Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He's the current guru of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the impossible-to-say religious offshoot of Hinduism based upon the 18th and 19th Century teachings of a spiritual leader called Swaminarayan. Don't worry about these confusing names though, all we need to worry about for now is that this guru and this religion are behind one of my Wonders, Akshardham. It was only finished in 2005, after five years of work. Here's a little reminder.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Country Review: Mexico

Dates there: 2nd to 19th, 22nd to 29th September 2014: 26 days

Mexico's WondersTeotihuacan, Palenque, Chichen Itza

Also visitedMonte AlbanPuebla Cathedral, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor

On the Longlist: Uxmal, Great Pyramid of Cholula, Calakmul, Mayapan, Yaxchilan, Becan, 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

The Longlist: Winay Wayna

What's the Longlist? It's the list for all the other great man-made spectacles in the world that haven't quite made my shortlist. I don't feel the need to research them or visit them, but as long as this blog is about the world's best man-made structures, they deserve some kind of mention. Today, Winay Wayna.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Old Pictures: Ayutthaya

Today, the ruins of Ayutthaya are just that: ruins. Set within the modern city of Ayutthaya, the historic UNESCO-rated park of old Ayutthaya is a couple of miles north of Thailand's capital, Bangkok. But Bangkok will forever be the new boy, Ayutthaya was the classic capital of Thailand (or Siam as it was then). It was a majestic city of gold spires and palaces, surrounded by three converging rivers. It all went downhill in 1767, when the Burmese trashed it, but the good news is that the Europeans had been visiting for three centuries before this happened.