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Joel Baldwin

Traveller, blogger and videographer from Australia, retired at 35 and travelling the world, aiming to visit every UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Verona Joel Baldwin

Verona by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Verona in early September 2017. We had a fantastic day here, walking around and exploring in the late summer sunshine.

The UNESCO entry for this location specifically mentions the legacy of the Roman era, the medieval era, and the Venetian era, and I actually found it really easy to wander around and spot parts of each on display. It's such a great city for exploring and discovering, with cool little history tidbits along the way.

See below for my full video review!

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Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy Joel Baldwin

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited two of the Sacri Monti in September 2017. Staying near Lake Como, we decided to visit first Varese and secondly Ossuccio. Unfortunately we found the site at Varese to be a total disappointment, since you can basically drive to the top and it's just a confused jumble of uninspired buildings.

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Bellinzone Joel Baldwin

Bellinzone by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Bellinzona as a day trip from Lake Como in September 2017. We visited the uppermost castle first, enjoying the views up and down the valley. From here we drove down to the middle castle, where we left the car to explore and walk down to both the town and the lowest castle.

All three are in good condition though as others have mentioned, they've definitely been "enthusiastically" restored in places. We definitely enjoyed our visit though!

As a side note, it's incredible how Italian this area of Switzerland is, we really couldn't tell that we weren't in Italy at all!

See the link below for my full video review!

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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Joel Baldwin

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Jungfrau in August 2017. We managed to luck out with our visit, with super clear skies and reasonable temperatures both in the valley and up top. Given the prices and the crowds, I would strongly recommend purchasing the "Good Morning" ticket, which offers a substantial discount (down to about 120 CHF per person). You need to be on one of the first two trains up in the morning (departing Grindelweld at 7:25 or 7:40), and then descend again from the mountain by around 1:30pm.

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Strasbourg Joel Baldwin

Strasbourg by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I stayed for a week in Strasbourg in August 2017. It's an extremely beautiful city, not too touristy, much more affordable than other French cities (especially Paris), and there's quite a bit to see.

The area known as Petite-France with its picturesque houses, the lovely canal, the imposing Notre-Dame cathedral and of course the little alleyways running everywhere.

Recently, Strasbourg was extended as well to cover another area, the German-developed Neustadt or New Town, located across the river from the medieval city. It's striking just how different the planning, layout and architecture is over here, representing the development of new European ideas, particularly after the revolutions of 1848.

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Name: Joel Baldwin

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 200

Most Impressive: Historic Centre of Istanbul

Proposal New WHS: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Recently Visited WHS

Update 10.11.17


  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  3. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  4. Kinabalu Park
  5. Gunung Mulu
  6. Saltaire
  7. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  8. Derwent Valley Mills
  9. Guimarães
  10. Vienna
  11. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  12. Aranjuez
  13. Alto Douro
  14. Tugendhat Villa
  15. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  16. Churches of Peace
  17. Tokaji Wine Region
  18. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  19. Trebic
  20. Kew Gardens
  21. Monte San Giorgio
  22. Macao
  23. Liverpool
  24. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  25. Centennial Hall
  26. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  27. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  28. Bali Subak system
  29. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  30. Vizcaya Bridge
  31. Melaka and George Town
  32. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  33. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  34. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  35. Rhaetian Railway
  36. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  37. Stoclet House
  38. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  39. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  40. Australian Convict Sites
  41. Tower of Hercules
  42. Heritage of Mercury
  43. Longobards in Italy
  44. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  45. Redwood
  46. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  47. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  48. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  49. Elvas
  50. University of Coimbra
  51. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  52. Van Nellefabriek
  53. Kakadu National Park
  54. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  55. Forth Bridge
  56. Antequera Dolmens Site
  57. Venetian Works of Defence
  58. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  59. Great Barrier Reef
  60. Serengeti
  61. Sydney Opera House
  62. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  63. Belem
  64. Monastery of Batalha
  65. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  66. Old City of Berne
  67. Abbey of St Gall
  68. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  69. Vatican City
  70. Cracow
  71. Yosemite National Park
  72. Auschwitz Birkenau
  73. Altamira Cave
  74. Segovia
  75. Asturian Monuments
  76. Cordoba
  77. Granada
  78. Burgos Cathedral
  79. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  80. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  81. Santiago de Compostela
  82. Avila
  83. Istanbul
  84. Evora
  85. Giant's Causeway
  86. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  87. Ironbridge Gorge
  88. Studley Royal Park
  89. Stonehenge
  90. Gwynedd Castles
  91. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  92. Toledo
  93. Seville
  94. Caceres
  95. Ngorongoro
  96. Skocjan Caves
  97. Venice and its Lagoon
  98. Budapest
  99. Hollókö
  100. Kilimanjaro National Park
  101. Hawaii Volcanoes
  102. Ibiza
  103. Lake District
  104. Blenheim Palace
  105. Westminster
  106. City of Bath
  107. New Lanark
  108. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  109. Hortobágy
  110. Luang Prabang
  111. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  112. Tower of London
  113. Strasbourg
  114. Canterbury
  115. Monastery of Alcobaça
  116. Neolithic Orkney
  117. Poblet Monastery
  118. Úbeda and Baeza
  119. Potsdam
  120. Ayutthaya
  121. Borobudur
  122. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  123. Prague
  124. Cesky Krumlov
  125. Banska Stiavnica
  126. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  127. Telc
  128. Vlkolinec
  129. Fraser Island
  130. Prambanan
  131. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  132. Brú na Bóinne
  133. Mérida
  134. Angkor
  135. Baroque Churches
  136. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  137. City of Luxembourg
  138. Vicenza
  139. Sintra
  140. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  141. Edinburgh
  142. Crespi d'Adda
  143. Schokland
  144. Grand Canyon
  145. Oporto
  146. Pannonhalma
  147. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  148. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  149. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  150. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  151. Cuenca
  152. Salzburg
  153. Semmering Railway
  154. Schönbrunn
  155. Maritime Greenwich
  156. Verona
  157. Las Medulas
  158. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  159. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  160. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  161. Trogir
  162. Kinderdijk
  163. Botanical Garden, Padua
  164. Aquileia
  165. Pompei
  166. Versailles
  167. Costiera Amalfitana
  168. Flemish Béguinages
  169. The Four Lifts
  170. Grand Place, Brussels
  171. Holy Trinity Column
  172. Pyramids (Memphis)
  173. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  174. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  175. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  176. Ancient Thebes
  177. Tarraco
  178. Alcala de Henares
  179. Nubian Monuments
  180. Bellinzone
  181. Historic Cairo
  182. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  183. Beemster Polder
  184. Litomysl Castle
  185. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  186. Rome
  187. Greater Blue Mountains
  188. Graz
  189. Belfries
  190. Dubrovnik
  191. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  192. Split
  193. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  194. Bardejov Town
  195. Reichenau
  196. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  197. Roman Walls of Lugo
  198. Vall de Boi
  199. Atapuerca
  200. Brugge
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  2. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  3. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  4. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  5. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  6. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  7. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  8. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  9. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  10. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  11. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  12. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  13. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  14. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  15. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  16. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Po (T)
  17. Inle Lake (T)
  18. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  19. Khor Dubai (T)
  20. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  21. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  22. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  23. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  24. The Burren (T)
  25. The city of Bergamo (T)
  26. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  27. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  28. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  29. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  30. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  31. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plecnik in Ljubljana and Prague (T)
  32. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  33. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)