Friday, October 9, 2015

My history with history: visiting world-famous sites

In 6/15, I had the privilege of seeing in person one of the most beloved buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It made me wonder how many other wonders of the world I have visited.

Here are the ones at which I was photographed:

 Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, 1984

 Washington Monument, Washington DC, 1984 
(with my dad)

 Niagara Falls, NY, 1987 
(with my dad, my sister, and a rainbow)

 Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1993 
(with a shockingly bad shirt)

 Notre Dame, Paris, France, 1993 
(with my friend Seth,
who would also accompany me to Easter Island
almost 20 years later)

 Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, 1993

 Colosseum, Rome, Italy, 1993

 The Vatican, Rome, Italy, 1993

 Berlin Wall, Germany, 1993

 Berlin Wall, east side

 Berlin Wall, west side 
(yes, dirtier than east)

 Little Mermaid statue, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1993

 Stonehenge, Salisbury, England, 1993

 Strawberry Fields, Liverpool, England, 1993

 Major Oak (Robin Hood hideout), Sherwood Forest, 
Nottingham, England, 1993 
(with my friend Phil)

 Empire State Building, New York, NY, 1995 
(with friends and other people 
whose names I don't remember)

 Washington Monument, Washington DC, 1995 
(with my friend Drew; including this second 
appearance due to oddball photo)

 Kitty Hawk, NC, 1996
(where the Wright Brothers first flew)

 Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA, 1998
(with my best friends)

 Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, CA, 1998 
(with my mom and that tourist)

 Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO, 2008

 Easter Island, 2012

 Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2014
(then the world's tallest building)

 La Sagrada Família church, Barcelona, Spain, 2014
(with my wife Daniela)

Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 2015
(my second of the New Seven Wonders of the World)

 Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, AR, 2015

 Rhea County Courthouse (Scopes trial), Dayton, TN, 2015

 Mt. Everest, Nepal, 2016 

 Petronas Towers (world's tallest building 1998-2004)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016

 Hỏa Lò Prison (the "Hanoi Hilton"), Hanoi, Vietnam, 2016

 Hamilton-Burr duel site, Weehawken, NJ, 2017

Tikal (Mayan ruins), Guatemala, 2018

 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL, 2018

Lorraine Hotel (site of assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 
now the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, 2018

White House, Washington DC, 2018

Machu Picchu, Peru, 2018
(my third of the New Seven Wonders of the World)

Rock of Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula (Spain), 2018

Plymouth Rock, MA, 2019
Abbey Road, London, England, 2021

Bremen Town Musicians statue, Bremen, Germany, 2022
(with my son Rafael)

Big Ben, London, England, 2023

Buckingham Palace, London, England, 2023

Westminster Abbey, London, England, 2023

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2023

Petra, Jordan, 2023
(my fourth of the New Seven Wonders of the World)

Dead Sea, Jordan, 2023

Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Jerusalem, Israel, ???? (postponed from 2023)

Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel, ???? (postponed from 2023)

4/1/23 addendum: Gallery of iconic pop culture sites I've visited.

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