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25 Beautiful Stories from 10 Wonders of the World

Jonny Miller

Reading stories from these iconic artefacts and learning about remarkable feats of mankind's ingenuity stretch our imaginations in the best possible way...

If reading the first few stories from Machu Picchu make you feel a little tipsy with intrigue, then chances are that by the time you get to the end of the list, you'll be roaring drunk with wonderment!

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    It's amazing to see all these different perspectives of these super diverse places. I didn't even know about Petra. Glad to expand my mind a little about ancient cities. It's pretty amazing how you gathered these stories, too Jonny. Wondering how you find such interesting travelers and photographers?

    • Jonny Miller

      Likewise, I knew very little about Petra let alone the history behind the Machu Picchu ruins... it was totally fascinating to research the history behind these places! For example, I learnt that in fact the Great Wall of China cannot actually be seen from space (although the Great Barrier Reef can be) and that this was a myth started by a British antiquary in the 18th century...

      Some of the stories we stumbled upon by chance (eg. the incredible Hiram Bingham story from 1911 was available in the commons) a few we found scattered online and reached out to the authors to ask for their permission to include it in the theme and the others were submitted by our wonderful community of talented photographers and writers.

      We actually have six more 'natural wonders of the world' stories to come in a couple of days too ;)

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Wow- that's so fascinating about the Wall of China! Totally reminds me of Marco Pollo/Vasco de Gama and how some explorers just made things up! Would love to see a series on places where explorers made up stories!

        • Jonny Miller

          Nice idea ;) I suppose before the 'Age of Google' explorers could say pretty much what they liked and no one could fact-check them!

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            How terrible would it be if people back in the day could Google explorers to fact check them? They'd say things like: "I know you trekked all the way across the Pacific- but this electronic map and GPS system basically says you're all wrong." There's something kinda cool about the fibs explorers told. I think it made people want to trek to places they'd never otherwise go to- like California during the Gold Rush.

            • Jonny Miller

              It's true... I have a map of Africa from the 16th century up in my room here and I love that the majority of the the continent is completely blank—you can almost imagine the 'narcotic tingle of possibility' (as Rolf Potts calls it) the explorers would have felt from seeing all of the unexplored territory.