The Times has published a list taken from The Rough Guide of what they consider to be the top 25 places to visit in the world. I can check off two of them, Vegas and the Grand Canyon. And while you may wonder why Vegas is there in the first place, consider why a dam is there at all (even if it is so friggin’ huge) and that the Galapagos Islands are not….

The 25 Wonders of the World

1 Salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

2 Uluru or Ayers Rock, Australia

3 Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

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4 Drifting down the Amazon

5 “Fairy chimneys” and caves of Cappadocia, Turkey

6 Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

7 Petra, the city carved from stone in the Jordanian desert

8 Machu Picchu, Peru

9 Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s masterpiece in Barcelona

10 Perito Moreno glacier, Patagonia

11 Sistine Chapel, Rome

12 Trekking in the Himalayas

13 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

14 The canals and palaces of Venice

15 Taking a camel train across the Sahara

16 Great Wall of China

17 Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

18 Paddling in the Barrier Reef, Belize

19 Taj Mahal, India

20 Maya ruins of Mexico and Guatemala

21 Stone giants of Easter Island

22 Grand Mosque, Djenné, Mali

23 The temptations of Las Vegas

24 Forbidden City, China

25 Itaipú, the world’s biggest dam, Paraguay and Brazil

And while fair Australia is only represented once, alas, I have not been there. I’ll have to rectify that.

Japan has a grand total of zero, which isn’t fair when you consider the silent splendour of Fuji-san, or the endless wonders of Kyoto…