Below is the view from my hotel room – or at least that’s the view I’d want. You’ll notice that there’s a series of monuments, landmarks, and icons from countries around the world. How many can you name?
Let’s make it a travel contest to see who can come up with the most – the Travel Trivia Challenge. Try to name every world landmark you see. For each one you correctly identify, you get one point for the landmark name and one point for the city or country where it’s from. For example, if you can identify the Sydney Opera House in the front of the image, and know it’s from Sydney, Australia, you get two points.
How many world landmarks can you name from this image?Click the image to see a larger version, then right-click it to save as your new desktop image.
Ask me if you need hints for naming any of the buildings, landmarks, or monuments.
Hint: I saw two of these landmarks in the first half of my recent Asia trip – I wrote about both experiences and posted the photos. Which ones?
Post your totals in the comments or on our Visit50 Facebook page and afterward we’ll crown the winner of the 2011 Travel Trivia Challenge.
Photo/Art credit: I can’t remember where I received this image from, and would like to provide the appropriate credit. I’ve had it on my computer for a few years now – great desktop background!
Travel Trivia time! How much do you know about the world? Test your knowledge here, with this 6 question trivia quiz. Let me know how you do in the comments below!
1. How often is the Eiffel Tower painted?
Every seven years. And get this – it’s hand-painted! The last time the Eiffel Tower got a paint job? In 2009. The work was done by painters from Romania and Greece, using a special paint from Norway – a truly multi-national endeavor.
2. What city is sinking 10 times faster than is Venice?
Hint: I’ve been there, although I didn’t know that little factoid at the time.
Built on a soft lake bed, Mexico City is sinking faster than Venice, at 10 cm a year on average. Yipe. The city’s famous Angel of Independence monument already had to have 23 extra steps added to it.
3. What is the deepest part of the world’s oceans?
The Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean. According to Wiki, “If Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft), was set in the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, there would be 2,076 metres (6,811 ft) of water left above it.” Oh my god. It’s deep enough to swallow Mount Everest plus the massive granite dome called the Liberty Cap shown here to the left of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park. Yikes!
4. What is the official language of Suriname?
Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America, and one of the most multilingual societies in the world.
The official language… is Dutch! More than 60% of the population speak Dutch as their mother tongue.
5. What is the original name of the city most of us now simply refer to as Buenos Aires, Argentina?
Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Aire, Argentina. It translates to Our Lady Saint Mary of the Good Air.
6. What country has more volcanoes than any other?
Indonesia. The world has 850 known active volcanoes, and 167 of them are there
How’d you did do on this travel quiz? Did you like this travel trivia? Let me know in the comments
Sources – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / quiz is originally from the former Tripping site