Tagged With "UNESCO World Heritage Site"

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Impossible dream: Visit all 1031 World Heritage sites

PHeymont ·
In 1978, there were 12 World Heritage sites; in the time since the list has grown to over a thousand, spread across the world.
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Pompei expands visitor area, opens new sites

PHeymont ·
Pompei will open more areas to the public, and create new pathways in an effort to spread out the crowds that endanger the fragile area.
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Trinidad de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Trinidad de Cuba seems frozen in time. That was my immediate reaction on arrival. That was my leaving thought after exploring it for a week too. It's difficult not to fall in love with such a enchanting and unique city especially after experiencing a...
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Heroes Square, Budapest: Where Gumbo Was (#48)

PHeymont ·
  Lynn Millar and MAD Travel Diaries both identified where Gumbo was: Heroes’ Square, or Hosok tere, in Budapest. This giant square has served many kinds of memories and movements, beginning with its construction beginning in 1896 as a...
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Hailongtun Castle to be upgraded as top China tourist site

DrFumblefinger ·
  The government of Huichuan district plans to invest 2 billion RMB to upgrade Guizhou's first World Heritage site, Hailongtun Castle.  It is to be a 5A tourist destination, the highest rating given by the China National Tourism...
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Re: Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump (That's really its name)

Jonathan L ·
I loved Head Samshed In when I visited it. Definitely a must see if you get to that part of the world. If you do also go to the Frank Slide site. A massive land-slide took placein the 1920's (I think). i will find one of my photos.
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21 New UNESCO Heritage sites for 2016

PHeymont ·
UNESCO has named 21 new World Heritage sites for 2016. Here's the list!
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Where Gumbo Was, #6: The Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam

PortMoresby ·
  Congratulations to new member Club2013 for solving #6! Previous puzzle discussion HERE. This historic bridge is a fantastic structure and just one feature of the beautifully preserved central coastal town of Hoi An.  The town is...
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Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump (That's really its name)

DrFumblefinger ·
  I like direct clear-spoken people, so you can see why Native American names appeal to me.  ” Head-smashed-in-buffalo jump ” was just that — a place buffalo were chased off a cliff and killed for food.  (An...
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7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

Travelling Buzz ·
I'm honored to introduce you my charming and full of history home country - Bulgaria!   Bulgaria  is small but charming country in Southeast Europe. It is a European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. Its geographic...
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Re: Impossible dream: Visit all 1031 World Heritage sites

DrFumblefinger ·
I do know that some of the sites are not accessible. For example, there is a newly formed island of Iceland that is off limits to everyone except scientists, as they study how plant and bird life settle the new piece of land. It is a UNESCO site. All UNESCO sites I've visited have been interesting, but there's no question that it's highly political as well.
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San Antonio’s Historic Missions Receive UNESCO World Heritage Status

Marilyn Jones ·
  July 5 was a big day for San Antonio, Texas and history lovers the world over when San Antonio Missions was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The decision was announced at the annual UNESCO World Heritage committee meeting in...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 8, 2013 : The Sanctuary Knocker, Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage site

Mac ·
Set high in England's Durham Cathedral’s North door and known as the "Sanctuary Knocker", dating back to 1093 AD, this magnificent door knocker played an important spiritual and social role in the history of Durham Cathedral, now a beautiful...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 29, 2013: Chartres, France

DrFumblefinger ·
 Chartres is a great day-trip destination for those visiting Paris.  An hour's train ride from the City of Lights, Chartres' main highlight is its magnificent cathedral (itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  The inner part of the city...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 21, 2014: Cesky Krumlov, the Czech Republic

DrFumblefinger ·
Probably the prettiest small medieval town I've ever seen is Cesky Krumlov, a 2.5 hour drive southwest from Prague.  It seems little changed these past 500 years and fortunately was not damaged by bombing in the Great Wars.   The town is...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 31, 2013: Copan, Honduras

DrFumblefinger ·
 Copán was once one of the greatest cities in the Americas, home to the fascinating Mayan people and their mysterious culture.   The Mayan empire collapsed hundreds of years ago and today Copán's ruins are a rich site...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov, 30 2013: Nazca Lines

DrFumblefinger ·
 Situated in Peru's coastal desert, about 400 km south of Lima, are a number of ancient geoglyphs the history and purpose of which is unknown.  It's thought they may have been crafted about the 5th or 6th century A.D.  These many...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 14, 2013: Stromatolites, Shark Bay, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
 The oldest known organisms that still live on the planet are stromatolites, rock-like structures built by an algae known as cyanobacteria.  Stromatolites have an extensive fossil record in Western Australia dating back some 3.5 million...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 7, 2013: Sunset, Haleakala National Park, Maui

DrFumblefinger ·
It's hard not to like a Maui sunset!  I'm fond of this image because it was taken from the summit of Haleakala, looking down at the sunset and thick layer of clouds that surrounded the mountain and obscured the Pacific Ocean and Maui.  The...
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Exploring Willemstad, Curacao’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Marilyn Jones ·
Sunday morning it is quiet in Willemstad; so different from earlier in the week when I walked along busy streets, admiring the island’s Dutch architecture and interacting with local merchants.   My lodging is in the neighborhood of...
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Gustave Eiffel: Iron Man of Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
 ''Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. "- John Collins, IRONMAN Founder We're all familiar with the famous Ironman race, whose amazing challenges are outlined above in the quote by John Collins....
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 17, 2014: San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

DrFumblefinger ·
Situated on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, across the canal from Piazza San Marco, sits this beautiful cathedral, one of the iconic symbols of Venice.  The church was built by the Benedictine order between 1566 and 1610....
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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (Where Gumbo was #210)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India. An 18th century royal observatory with a most fascinating collection of instruments used to observe and measure the sun, stars, earth's rotation and such. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Gallery: Signs of Quebec

DrFumblefinger ·
Quebec is one of the oldest cities in North America, founded in 1608, now a city of 500,000.  It was built on a rocky promontory (Cap-Diamant) which provided excellent defensive views including of the St. Lawrence River...
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A stroll in Dijon's historic center

PHeymont ·
Dijon's historic center is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, with well-preserved buildings, an unusual Gothic church and a Michelin-star lunch.
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Newgrange; Ireland’s ancient Passage Tomb

DrFumblefinger ·
Newgrange is the oldest structure I've ever visited.  It was built over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.) during the Neolithic era, before even Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid of Giza.  It’s obvious that Newgrange was...
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A visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

DrFumblefinger ·
  Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States.  His brilliance and great writing skills are well known.  He authored one of the greatest statements of liberty in human history, the Declaration of...
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Cesky Krumlov: A Stroll thru a Medieval Town

DrFumblefinger ·
(Ceský Krumlov -- town overview) My first view of the southwestern Czech town of Český Krumlov (pronounced CHESS-key KRUM loff — from now on I’ll just call it Krumlov, as the locals do) was from Castle hill...
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Victoria Falls: The Zambian Side

DrFumblefinger ·
(Eastern Cataract of the Falls, the Zambian Side, during the dry season)Our journey took us from the magical place that is Chobe National Park, across the Chobe River and into Zambia.  This journey required a boat ride, a rather lengthy wait...
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Praha = Prague = Fantastic!!! (part 2)

DrFumblefinger ·
  (View of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral from Petrin Hill) This is a continuation of my blog on Prague; you can find part 1 by clicking this link. 2) Castle Quarter (Hradcany).  The first castle in Prague was built on the west...
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Vienna — Life in the Past Lane (part 2)

DrFumblefinger ·
(Vienna, Kartnerstrasse, one of the main pedestrian malls) This blog is a continuation of a discussion on visiting Vienna.  If you missed it, you can read part 1 here.   (St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna)  Other...
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Victoria Falls: The Zimbabwe Side

DrFumblefinger ·
(Victoria Falls, viewed from the western Zimbabwe side)After our introduction to the Falls in Zambia, we wanted to venture to Zimbabwe to see how the Victoria Falls experience in that country compared. We were visiting during the dry season and, as...
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A Visit to Ireland: Part 11) Brú na Bóinne

DrFumblefinger ·
(Knowth)   The combination of its natural beauty and fascinating archaeological record (chronicling the country's long history) makes Ireland a compelling place to visit.  There are many fabulous places to see when...
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Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France

DrFumblefinger ·
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud  is situated in France's western Loire Valley, a short drive from Chinon and Saumur.  The name refers not only to Europe’s largest medieval abbey, built in the 12th century, but also to the...
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La Dolce Vita (Part 2) Rome: A City in Renaissance

DrFumblefinger ·
(Overview of the city, viewed from "Rome from the Sky") I'd previously discussed the old Roman Ruins, which you can read about here. After the fall of the Roman Empire around 500 A.D., Rome entered a dark age that lasted a thousand years. ...
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Everglades National Park: Shark Valley's "River of Grass"

DrFumblefinger ·
 This is the last in a three part series highlighting a visit to Florida's unique Everglades.  The first part discussed the Cypress forests of the Everglades and the second part highlighted the coastal mangrove forests near Everglades...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was, #6: The Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam

JohnT ·
Thanks for this. I'm learning more bout a part of the world I've never been.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was, #6: The Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam

Travel Rob ·
A great Where in the World is Gumbo Pic this week by Port Moresby . I couldn't believe anyone would get it. Hats off to Club2013 for nailing it!
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Cinque Terre to limit visitor numbers

PHeymont ·
The five tiny towns of Italy's iconic Cinque Terre are among the world's most popular tourist attractions, but now local officials are saying "Enough!"
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 6, 2013: Lake Louise, Banff National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
I've a great fondness for the Canadian Rockies, an area I think is one of the most beautiful in the world.  In an region of great natural beauty, Lake Louise stands out as a special place.  The lovely turquoise water, the backdrop...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct 7, 2013: Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
 Mesa Verde National Park is a unique place because of its 600 cliff dwellings (many very well preserved), homes of the Ancestral Pueblo people.  Some of these cliff communities are over 1500 years old and the park is a UNESCO World Heritage...
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Good news, bad news on UNESCO's world heritage

PHeymont ·
The good news: The Great Barrier Reef is no longer one of the most endangered World Heritage sites. The bad news: a number of World Heritage sites in the Middle East have been damaged or destroyed either by ISIS or general war damage. And the worst...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 21, 2013: Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa

DrFumblefinger ·
 Cape Town is a special and beautiful place  in large part because it's framed by the bulky sandstone mass of Table Mountain.  Table Mountain is a wilderness area set in an urban environment, a flat topped mountain frequently...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day September 9, 2013: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Oxara River, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland)  Thingvellir National Park is of great historic and geologic importance in Iceland.  This was the site of Iceland's first parliament more than 1,000 years ago.  The Icelandic...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 24, 2013: Madonna and Child, Chartes Cathedral, France

DrFumblefinger ·
 Today's highlighted photo(s) come from one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, Chartres, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Chartres was built in the 12th century and is unique because it was constructed and furnished...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 19, 2013: Machu Picchu, Peru

DrFumblefinger ·
 Machu Picchu is a well known Inca ruin situated on top of a steep granite peak in the Peruvian Andes (2430 m above sea level).  Despite the altitude, its location near the equator provides a warm climate and the hills on which it rests are...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Dr.Y ·
Nested in the northern Hunan Province of mainland China is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park .  The park is well known for its stunning eroded mountain pinnacles that are simply breathtaking! This park is part of the the Wulingyan Scenic...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 16, 2013: Flamingos, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
This photo was taken just at the crack of dawn in Serengeti National Park.  We were already on safari, looking for wildlife, when we came upon this soda (alkaline) lake.  A group of flamingos was slowing wading through the water looking for...
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Cologne Cathedral, Germany. Where Gumbo Was #83

DrFumblefinger ·
    Gumbo was visiting the magnificent Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.  The puzzle destination was recognized rather quickly by Roderick Simpson -- congratulations Roddy!      I first saw Cologne’s Cathedral on a...
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