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When did you last see your britches? 
2nd-May-2007 11:35 pm
Stolen from cobrabay:

This is the list of the 50 most-visited tourist attractions in the world. They left out pilgrimage stuff like Mecca, but put in Notre Dame because it's usually visited by tourists as an architectural wonder, not religious pilgrims.

Bold where you've been, italicize where you WANT to go, and name one place you want to go that is NOT on the list.

1. Times Square, New York City, NY: 35 million visitors every year
2. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. (Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the war memorials): About 25 million
3. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.: 16.6 million
4. Trafalgar Square, London, England: 15 million
5. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.: 14.7 million
6. Niagara Falls, Ontario and New York: 14 million
7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Calif.: 13 million
8. Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea, Tokyo, Japan: 12.9 million
9. Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France: 12 million
10. Disneyland Paris, Marne-La-Vallee, France: 10.6 million
11. The Great Wall of China, Badaling area, China: About 10 million
12. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina: 9.2 million
13. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan: 8.5 million
14. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris, France: 8 million
15. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France: 7.5 million
16. Everland (amusement park), Kyonggi-Do, South Korea: 7.5 million
17. The Forbidden City/Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China: At least 7 million
18. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: 6.7 million
19. Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, Fla: 6 million
20. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando, Fla: 5,740,000
21. Pleasure Beach (amusement park), Blackpool, England: 5.7 million
22. Lotte World (amusement park), Seoul, South Korea: 5.5 million
23. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Japan: 5.4 million
24. Hong Kong Disneyland, China: 5.2 million
25. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France: 5.1 million
26. Tate Modern, London, England: 4.9 million
27. British Museum, London, England: 4.8 million
28. Universal Studios Los Angeles, Calif.: 4.7 million
29. National Gallery, London, England: 4.6 million
30. Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY: 4.5 million
31. Grand Canyon, Ariz.: 4.4 million
32. Tivoli Gardens (amusement park), Copenhagen, Denmark: 4.4 million
33. Ocean Park (amusement park), Hong Kong, China: 4.38 million
34. Busch Gardens (amusement park), Tampa Bay, Fla.: 4.36 million
35. SeaWorld California, San Diego, Calif.: 4.26 million
36. Statue of Liberty, New York, NY: 4.24 million
37. The Vatican and its museums, Rome, Italy: 4.2 million
38. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: More than 4 million
39. The Coliseum, Rome, Italy: 4 million
40. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY: 4 million
41. Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Calif.: 4 million
42. Empire State Building, New York, NY: 4 million
43. Natural History Museum, London, England: 3.7 million
44. The London Eye, London, England: 3.5 million (Most recent of the list, was on it in March)
45. Palace of Versailles, France: 3.45 million
46. Yosemite National Park, Calif.: 3.44 million
47. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: 3 million
48. Pompeii, Italy: 2.5 million
49. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia: 2.5 million
50. Taj Mahal, Agra, India: 2.4 million
The recent additions
51. Angel Falls, Venezuela
52. Pyramid Kukulcan in Chichen Itza, Yucatan Mexico
53. Temple of the Descending God in Tulum, Quintana Roo Mexico
54. Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
55. Star Trek: The Experience, Las Vegas, NV
56. Space Needle Seattle, WA
57. Machu Pichu, Peru
58. Antarctica
59. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

My addition:
60. The Terracotta Army, Xi'an, China

Been to 34. Hmm... must try harder.

Other things:
Spent last two days in the Hamnersmith office grabbing files for next project. Was invited along to a softball and beers session after work today, a pleasant way to get to know them but it did mean I had miss the Farscape pub meet.

I was also struck by how many people in the pub after the game were cheering on AC Milan rather than Man U.

Got most of my gear together for the muster at Lulworth except for one thing: buggered if I can find my britches. WTF? It's not like it's an item I wear terribly often...
3rd-May-2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
This list was brought to you by the Disney corporation, Universal studios, and the united conglomeration of international air carriers. Any inclusion of tourist attractions not resulting in direct profits to one of the above is entirely accidental. In the unlikely event of independent non sheep like behaviour please seek immediate psychological help.

Probably just me feeling put out that I can only claim about four of them and all in london ;)

I guess the interesting question is of the 34 which most deserve their place on the list and are there any that don't really merit their place?

3rd-May-2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Given that it's a global list, it'd be hard to come up with many (any?) entries which wouldn't result in profits to airlines. Likewise, the list also does say it's based on numbers of visitors rather than any cultural aesthtic or similar merit so it's not surprising that a lot of big theme parks appear on the list (note that most of my unvisited sites are theme parks and I've marked none of them as places I especially want to visit) and by that criterion, they all deserve their places on the list, assuming the visitor figure data is correct.

However, to try to answer your question, I'm not that bothered about the them parks but I'm still glad I went to them, just not in a great rush to see any more. The others I feel more than merit their places on any sort of list must-see I might draw up.

And, yeah, doing memes is sheep-like behaviour but I figure that's part of the fun of it. It's certainly little different to say, playing Anywhere But Here or Shove, Shag Or Marry with mates while at the pub.
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