Here is a running list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that we visited during our travels abroad. For a complete and detailed listing of the 5 W’s of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, please see their website: http://whc.unesco.org/ Then, try to find a World Heritage Site near you, and go check it out! Or, create a ‘Bucket List’ of your own!
This place is cute. I hadn’t realized how much Norway belonged to the old VIKINGS before. Old-town is situated along a port-like area where I’m sure generations of people-and Vikings- have come along this area.
Plitvice Lakes National Park area:
This place is incredible! Really. Amazing. The tufa created out of the limestone layers via percolation through the years…. then the cascades and waterfalls? Incredible. Go.
There is a palace, an old-wall, and even some old Roman-style columns laying around a square. We didn’t stay here long, but seeing the basement tunnels of the old Palace was intriguing.
more photos on the way [internet upload time is a serious consideration!]
The old wall took many years to construct. The walk around the top of the city wall was memorable: it felt like walking around in a movie-set.
Trulli huts, in Alberobello, Southern Italy. These little huts were originally built by (for?) the poorer peasants of the area [seems to be a running theme]… They are really neat looking, very unique! I was glad we got the opportunity to see them.
Sassi of Matera. This place is an incredible little gem of cultural history mingled with an architecture in stone. Very interesting and worthwhile destination. [photo coming soon]
Roma. This city has layers upon layers of history and cultural imprints.
Impressive all around, I am glad we went even though ginormous cities are difficult to relax in!
Pompeii. The archaeological ruins of Pompeii are amazing for anyone
interested in geology or cultural history, although unfortunately a very touristic destination. If you’re in the area, it’s certainly worth a visit.
Cinque Terre. This place is amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys walking around small towns along the sea. Most memorable!
Mantua. A charming little town in Northern Italy, it appears to be completely surrounded by a brick wall and a moat. Only here a few hours, but it was a lovely evening to walk around the village.
The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1037
This mountain range is the bomb! I am thrilled to finally get an opportunity to see it in person.
Old City of Bern. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/267 A gorgeous little
town along very cool cobblestone streets and a bend in the river… just incredible.
Canals of Amsterdam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canals_of_Amsterdam
Mechelen St Rumbolds’ Cathedral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Rumbolds_Cathedral
Belfries: Mechelen City Center http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfries_of_Belgium_and_France
Paris: Banks of the Seine river
L’œuvre architecturale et urbaine de Le Corbusier, 2006 [currently as a tentative listing]
two of the largest and most famous megalithic monuments in the world. They relate to man’s interaction with his environment. The purpose of the henges has been a source of speculation, with suggestions ranging from ceremonial to interpreting the cosmos.
Jurassic Coast “Dorset and East Devon Coast” England
The cliffs that make up the Dorset and Devon coast are an important site for fossils and provide a continuous record of life on land and in the sea in the area since 185 million years ago
The Straight of Dover For it’s geology, for the narrow straight, as well as for it’s relation to the events of WWII
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Dover currently on the “application for tentative listing”