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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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Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (T) Joel Baldwin

Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (T) by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Ivrea in January 2018 on a sunny winter's afternoon. It's an easy one hour train ride from Turin's two main stations, and trains leave about every hour. The (proposed) World Heritage area is adjacent to the train station, and everywhere is fully walkable.

There's a nice trail of information signs, talking about the Olivetti company and its eponymous founders - the main employers for the town in the 20th century. The large factory building is very impressive and reminded us quite a bit of the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam.

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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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Name: Joel Baldwin

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 239

Most Impressive: Historic Centre of Istanbul

Proposal New WHS: Isle of Skye, Scotland


  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. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  19. Stralsund and Wismar
  20. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  21. Trebic
  22. Kew Gardens
  23. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  24. Monte San Giorgio
  25. Macao
  26. Liverpool
  27. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  28. Centennial Hall
  29. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  30. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  31. Bali Subak system
  32. Genoa
  33. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  34. Vizcaya Bridge
  35. Melaka and George Town
  36. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  37. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  38. San Marino and Mount Titano
  39. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  40. Rhaetian Railway
  41. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  42. Stoclet House
  43. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  44. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  45. Australian Convict Sites
  46. Tower of Hercules
  47. Heritage of Mercury
  48. Longobards in Italy
  49. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  50. Redwood
  51. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  52. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  53. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  54. Elvas
  55. Fagus Factory
  56. University of Coimbra
  57. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  58. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  59. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  60. Van Nellefabriek
  61. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  62. Kakadu National Park
  63. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  64. Forth Bridge
  65. Antequera Dolmens Site
  66. Caves and Ice Age Art
  67. Venetian Works of Defence
  68. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  69. Great Barrier Reef
  70. Serengeti
  71. Sydney Opera House
  72. Speyer Cathedral
  73. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  74. Florence
  75. Medici Villas and Gardens
  76. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  77. Belem
  78. Monastery of Batalha
  79. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  80. Old City of Berne
  81. Abbey of St Gall
  82. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  83. Lübeck
  84. Vatican City
  85. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  86. Cracow
  87. Cologne Cathedral
  88. Aachen Cathedral
  89. Yosemite National Park
  90. Auschwitz Birkenau
  91. Altamira Cave
  92. Segovia
  93. Asturian Monuments
  94. Cordoba
  95. Granada
  96. Burgos Cathedral
  97. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  98. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  99. Santiago de Compostela
  100. Avila
  101. Istanbul
  102. Evora
  103. Trier
  104. Giant's Causeway
  105. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  106. Ironbridge Gorge
  107. Studley Royal Park
  108. Stonehenge
  109. Gwynedd Castles
  110. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  111. Toledo
  112. Seville
  113. Caceres
  114. Ngorongoro
  115. Skocjan Caves
  116. Venice and its Lagoon
  117. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  118. Budapest
  119. Hollókö
  120. Kilimanjaro National Park
  121. Hawaii Volcanoes
  122. Ibiza
  123. Lake District
  124. Blenheim Palace
  125. Westminster
  126. City of Bath
  127. New Lanark
  128. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  129. Hortobágy
  130. Luang Prabang
  131. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  132. Tower of London
  133. Strasbourg
  134. Canterbury
  135. Monastery of Alcobaça
  136. Neolithic Orkney
  137. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  138. Poblet Monastery
  139. Úbeda and Baeza
  140. Potsdam
  141. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  142. Quedlinburg
  143. Maulbronn Monastery
  144. Ayutthaya
  145. Borobudur
  146. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  147. Prague
  148. Cesky Krumlov
  149. Banska Stiavnica
  150. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  151. Telc
  152. Vlkolinec
  153. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  154. Fraser Island
  155. Prambanan
  156. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  157. Brú na Bóinne
  158. Mérida
  159. Angkor
  160. Baroque Churches
  161. Völklingen Ironworks
  162. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  163. City of Luxembourg
  164. Vicenza
  165. Messel Pit
  166. Sintra
  167. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  168. Edinburgh
  169. Bauhaus Sites
  170. Crespi d'Adda
  171. Ferrara
  172. Schokland
  173. Grand Canyon
  174. Oporto
  175. Pannonhalma
  176. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  177. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  178. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  179. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  180. Cuenca
  181. Luther Memorials
  182. Salzburg
  183. Semmering Railway
  184. Schönbrunn
  185. Ravenna
  186. Maritime Greenwich
  187. Verona
  188. Las Medulas
  189. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  190. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  191. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  192. Trogir
  193. Kinderdijk
  194. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  195. Botanical Garden, Padua
  196. Aquileia
  197. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  198. Modena
  199. Urbino
  200. Pompei
  201. Versailles
  202. Costiera Amalfitana
  203. Classical Weimar
  204. Flemish Béguinages
  205. The Four Lifts
  206. Grand Place, Brussels
  207. Holy Trinity Column
  208. Pyramids (Memphis)
  209. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  210. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  211. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  212. Ancient Thebes
  213. Tarraco
  214. Alcala de Henares
  215. Nubian Monuments
  216. Bellinzone
  217. Historic Cairo
  218. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  219. Wartburg Castle
  220. Beemster Polder
  221. Litomysl Castle
  222. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  223. Rome
  224. Greater Blue Mountains
  225. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  226. Graz
  227. Belfries
  228. Dubrovnik
  229. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  230. Split
  231. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  232. Bardejov Town
  233. Reichenau
  234. Zollverein
  235. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  236. Roman Walls of Lugo
  237. Vall de Boi
  238. Atapuerca
  239. 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. Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (T)
  19. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  20. Khor Dubai (T)
  21. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  22. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  23. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  24. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  25. The Burren (T)
  26. The city of Bergamo (T)
  27. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  28. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  29. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  30. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  31. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  32. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  33. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plecnik in Ljubljana and Prague (T)
  34. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  35. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)