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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!

NORWAY

Old-town Bergen.

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.

1st building in old-town Bergen. [if I understood correctly]

1st building in old-town Bergen. [if I understood correctly 

Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park area:

Plitvika Lakes, Croatia

Plitvika Lakes, Croatia

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.

Old-Town Split.

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!]

Old-Town Dubrovnik.

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.

Italy

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.

Temple in Rome

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

Artifacts from Pompeii

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!

Riomaggiore of 5 terre

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.

Streets of Mantova at night

SWITZERLAND

The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch  http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1037

“Top of Europe” Swiss Alps

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

Old City of Bern, complete w/ cobblestone

town along very cool cobblestone streets and a bend in the river… just incredible.

NETHERLANDS/HOLLAND

Canals of Amsterdam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canals_of_Amsterdam

One of the named canals on UNESCO list

BELGIUM

Mechelen St Rumbolds’ Cathedral http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Rumbolds_Cathedral

Cathedral in Mechele

Belfries: Mechelen City Center http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfries_of_Belgium_and_France

Belfry in Town Square, Mechelen

FRANCE

Calais Belfry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfries_of_Belgium_and_France

Belfry of Calais

Hôtel de Ville Calais 

Le Havre, the City rebuilt by Auguste Perret

Built from 1945–1964 by theAtelier de Reconstruction du Havre d’Auguste Perret   Honfleur, closest town to Le Havre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Havre

Paris: Banks of the Seine river

L’œuvre architecturale et urbaine de Le Corbusier, 2006 [currently as a tentative listing]

ENGLAND

Stonehenge The Neolithic sites of Avebury and Stonehenge are

Incredible Stonehenge

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 Jurassic Coast at the town of Beer.

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_Coast

The Straight of Dover For it’s geology, for the narrow straight, as well as for it’s relation to the events of WWII

Quintessential White Cliffs of Dover

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Dover currently on the “application for tentative listing”

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