Things don’t always come in threes. Another ‘magic number’ is the 7. Here is a selection of important and beautiful destinations around the world as well as other attractions, all connected to the number 7.
Seven miles beach Grand Cayman
There are quite a few fabulous beaches around the world which can compete for the title ‘Best beach in the world’ and 7 miles beach on Grand Cayman is certainly one of the for runners. In my personal book of favorites it ranks even better than South Beach in my beloved Miami. Although called 7 miles beach, the beach is ‘only’ 5.5 miles long, but, believe me, that’s enough to spend an absolute dream day. I stay at the aptly named Comfort Inn Suites at one end, a nice hotel, directly on the beach, small, unpretentious but with everything you need, including a waffle maker for breakfast.
Of a morning, I just put on my bikini, grab a towel, sandals and hang a credit card in a water tight pouch around my neck and am off to a marvelous day on the beach. I juts walk along in the sand, go for a swim, then walk on, resting from time to time in the shade of palm trees and let my mind drift over the turquoise expanse of the ocean. My first major stop of the luxurious Ritz Carlton, which is why I need the T-shirt and the credit card. All day long I do nothing but walk, swim, have a snack and a drink, it’s heaven. Just make sure you slab on a good thick layer of waterproof sun protection before you set out or the Caribbean sun will burn you badly.
Seven miles bridge/ Florida Keys
Forming a part of US1, seven miles bridge connects Knight’s key, a part of Marathon, with Little Duck Key in the lower keys. There are actually two bridges, the old one was badly damaged in the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, but the remains are still there and serve as fishing piers for many, many fisherman. Driving over 7 miles bridge is like driving into eternity. It’s hard to describe, you have to do it yourself to experience the utter sense of freedom you feel. Doing so in a convertible with the top down is the ultimate!!
Maybe less exotic but nonetheless worthwhile is a visit to Seven Sisters in North London. The name derives from a circle of seven elm trees, planted perhaps in the 1500. Today, the area is famous for the seven sisters market with colorful stalls and a strong Latin American influence.
Seven Sleepers/ Ephesus/Turkey
Legend has it, that seven Christian youths who feared for their lives during the reign of Decius retired to a mountain cave near Ephesus to avoid persecution in about 250 AD. They fell asleep and awoke some 200 years later under the reign of Emperor Theodosius II. The seven sleeper cave is a major attraction in Ephesus and nearby Selcuk and a visit makes a nice detour from the more famous ancient site of Ephesus.
Seven wonders of the ancient world
Do you remember which they are? To refresh:
Pyramids of Giza
Hanging gardens of Babylon
Temple of Artemis Ephesus
Statue of Zeus/Olympia
Mausoleum of Halicarnassos
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Of these wonders, only the pyramids have survived relatively intact. There is one column left of the Artemis temple in what is today Selcuk and bits and pieces of the mausoleum in what it today Bodrum.
Seven wonders of the modern world
In 2001 a Swiss foundation, the New7Wonders Foundation, started an initiative to nominate the seven wonders of the modern world. Over 200 monuments were entered into the competition and the result of the polls was announced in Lisbon in 2007. They are:
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Christ the Redeemer, Rio
Great Wall of China
Mach Picchu, Peru
Of those I have only visited Petra and Rome, so there is a lot of travel still to be done, all in the name of the number 7.
Snow-white and the seven dwarfs
These fairy tale figures can of course not be left out, as they give countless kids and adults a lot of joy when visiting Disneyland or Disneyworld in Orlando, Los Angeles or Paris.
7 ingredients of Green Sauce
Yes, the magic number 7 extends to the world of fine cuisine too. As is the case in Frankfurt’s famous green sauce, a cold sauce or vinaigrette which must include seven herbs: parsley, borage, sorrel, garden cress, chervil, chives and dill. Finely chopped the herbs are mixed with vinegar and olive oil and the sauce is a fine accompaniment to fish as well as meat.
The green sauce isn’t restricted to Germany though, there are variations popular in France and Italy too.
If you have any magic 7 to add, please feel free to do so.