Miss Mabrouk of Egypt

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Who Appreciates Egypt These Days?

The pyramids of Giza - the oldest and sole survivors of the Seven Wonders of the World - only secured eighth place in an updated list of modern marvels revealed yesterday.

Don't reach for your dagger just yet. It is only the travel magasine Wanderlust’s readers who have been voting. Ptah! And the British are calling themselves civilized! Another reason for the Pharaohs to turn in their graves. That is, had they still been there and had not British archaeologists already shipped half of the treasures from the pyramids to a certain museum in London.

The top wonder of the 21-century according to the magazine’s readers is the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru. Somewhere in the mountains, I believe. You cannot even reach that place with the tube. How 21-centurish is that! And I'm not sure it deserves to be called antique: some insignificant Incan Pharaoh built it around 1460 AD.

Second place: temple complex of Angkor in Cambodia; third: India's Taj Mahal; Petra in Jordan fourth. Then there is the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador. Nothing in Egypt. Have the British lost their ability to marvel? No wonder our Arab brothers are trying to blow up London once in a while. If this is how the UK has become, I wouldn't stand being there either. Give their national detoriation ten more years and they will vote for Bodrum and Hurghada and think I ought to be pleased with that. I see now why the Queen is detaching herself from the English people.

Travellers in the old age knew how to appreciate their destinations: The seven wonders of the ancient world were the pyramids at Giza, built during the fourth dynasty; the hanging gardens of Babylon; the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the statue of Zeus at Olympia; the Colossus of Rhodes, and the lighthouse at Alexandria. Link.

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