Favorite UNESCO sites you have visited

Old Mar 18th, 2018, 06:40 AM
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Favorite UNESCO sites you have visited

Good morning

Thinking about travel plans... as usual.

I managed to visit my 70th UNESCO site in December, in Melbourne (Carlton Gardens). I wonder if technically I have more than that because when there are multiple sites listed under one main category, I just count the main category.

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Opening this up to new ideas, worldwide. Which sites that you have visited were your favorite(s)? Due to beauty, or age, or perhaps personal history attached to it, I'd love to hear why it was important to you as well.

Inspirations for a Sunday morning...

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Old Mar 18th, 2018, 07:39 AM
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Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonia_del_Sacramento

Lovely, small town with an interesting history, good restaurants, antique cars, etc.
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I LOVE your thread.

I have a few...

statue of Liberty gives me the chills. My great great grandparents came through Ellis Island and when Iím on the ferry looking at the statue, itís like Iím standing in their shoes. Thereís something immensely powerful about the American story of emigration. Not knowing what youíll find when you get there, but hoping youíll find a better future.

redwoods NP- the trees are so big. Just a marvel.

In Europe- Rome. One of those few cities where when the light is just right, you can believe youíve time travelled.
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Old Mar 18th, 2018, 08:09 PM
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We have been to close to 90 sites and, by coincidence because I did know they were listed, another 6 or 7 this year. Some of favorites for very different reasons are Cappadocia in Turkey, Medina in Marrakesh, Tikal in Guatemala, and the Alhambra and cave drawings at Altamira in Spain.
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Have you retro-counted? As in, as more sites are added, have you counted places you visited before they became listed?
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Originally Posted by BigRuss
Have you retro-counted? As in, as more sites are added, have you counted places you visited before they became listed?
I just checked for this posting. I actually had no idea what was a UNESCO site and what wasn't. I understand the choices have recently turned into a political and economic morass, as opposed to being sites of genuine consequence and influence, and the more recent additions are a bit suspect. But I did a quick check and probably missed some. The ones I cited above, are some of my fondest travel memories, regardless of designation.
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flyergirl- it's the Royal Exhibition buildings and Carlton Gardens .
Theres 1073 properties and I've been to 9 of the Australian sites .
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