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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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1I’ve been struggling for a while on whether to actually create some kind of list to roughly guide future travel decisions… so I’ve started a list, and one of the things I wanted to set as a goal is to visit 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites. There’s nearly 1000 listings, so I don’t think I’m really pushing the boundaries here, but I suspect I’m going to end up with a pretty lengthy future travel guide as it is.

So based on this, I decided to look back and see how many sites I’ve had the chance to visit already… and here they are, with some pictures (because blogs without pictures are boring!) … 25 more to go!

– Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
– Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
– Historic Centre of Vienna

– Rideau Canal
– Historic District of Old Quebec

– Old City of Dubrovnik

Czech Republic
– Historic Centre of Prague

– Morne Trois Pitons National Park

– Acropolis, Athens

– Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

– Historic Centre of Florence
– Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
– Venice and its Lagoon
– Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
– Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
– Costiera Amalfitana
– Historic Center of Rome

– Himeji-jo
– Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
– Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

St. Kitts and Nevis
– Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

– Works of Antoni Gaudí

– Grand Canyon National Park
– Statue of Liberty
– La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico

Embarassingly enough, there are some pretty close ones in Canada that I have yet to visit (Old Town Lunenburg, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, and Grand Pre) – so I’ll aim to rectify that sooner rather than later… and in 2013, I already have plans to knock off Tallinn’s Old Town (Estonia), Places and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany), Historic Center of St. Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russia), and the Tower of London (England).

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux


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