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Backpacker blogger Ben Groundwater names the 10 best things he has seen around the world.




1. The Taj Mahal. So what makes it so impressive? The smooth, shapely lines of the marble? The reflection pool running through the middle of the well-kept gardens? all of those things, and none of them. Photo: Quentin Jones
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10. The Hollywood sign. It's not an architectural achievement, or a feat of engineering, or even very nice to look at. But there's a definite buzz the first time you stare at the world's biggest street sign. <i>Photo: AP</i>

10. The Hollywood sign. It's not an architectural achievement, or a feat of engineering, or even very nice to look at. But there's a definite buzz the first time you stare at the world's biggest street sign. Photo: AP
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9. Big Ben. Actually, Big Ben is a bell, which isn't very impressive at all. But the clock tower, and the surrounding parliament house and Westminster Abbey, are as English as you can get. <i>Photo: Reuters</i>
9. Big Ben. Actually, Big Ben is a bell, which isn't very impressive at all. But the clock tower, and the surrounding parliament house and Westminster Abbey, are as English as you can get. Photo: Reuters
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8. The Berlin Wall. Given the history, it seems slightly wrong to talk about this as the "best", but it's that history that makes the Berlin Wall so amazing. Pity about all the graffiti.
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7. The Colosseum. It's huge - absolutely huge. You don't realise that until you set eyes on it yourself, and then all of the scenes from Gladiator suddenly rush to life in this crumbling cauldron. <i>Photo: Reuters</i>

7. The Colosseum. It's huge - absolutely huge. You don't realise that until you set eyes on it yourself, and then all of the scenes from Gladiator suddenly rush to life in this crumbling cauldron. Photo: Reuters
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