Friday, February 06, 2009

World Postcard Quiz

I've run this fun world postcard quiz with friends at work and friends on Facebook. If you'd like to try it, you can view the postcards on Flickr. Can you identify these 25 places around the world? Try to do it without consulting any references (no Google, no Wikipedia, no Flickr browsing). For each, identify the subject of the photo and its location (city/country). Extra credit for any factoids you can add about the subject. You can email me privately with your answers, and I'll give you a score, or if you just want to see the answers yourself, click here and they will be revealed below. (I gave 2 points for identifying the subject, 1 point for the city, 1 point for the country, and 1 extra point for any decent factoid.

High scorers from my Facebook friends included:
* Mom and Dad (107, but they've been everywhere)
* Katy (who's been almost everywhere)
* Patrick (80 with lots of architectural extra credit)
* Bernie (74 who also named all the architects)
* Jo (71)
* George (69)
* Jason (67)

Here are the answers!

01 Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background. Sydney, Australia.
02 Temples at Abu Simbel in southern Egypt.
03 Golden Pavilion Temple, Kyoto, Japan.
04 Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
05 Trafalgar Square, London, England.
06 Angkor Wat, Angkor, Cambodia.
07 Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
08 Ayers Rock or Uluru, south of Alice Springs, Australia.
09 Forbidden City, Beijing, China.
10 Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain.
11 Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey.
12 Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France.
13 Tikal, Guatemala.
14 Winter Palace / Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
15 Iguazu Falls, border Brazil and Argentina.
16 Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel.
17 Petra, Jordan.
18 Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
19 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.
20 St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square, The Vatican (enclave in Rome, Italy).
21 Table Mountain, Capetown, South Africa.
22 Ghats on the river Ganges, Varanasi, India.
23 Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden.
24 Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy.
25 Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, border Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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