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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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Durham Castle and Cathedral Joel Baldwin

Durham Castle and Cathedral by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Durham Castle & Cathedral in June 2017. I actually found this site to be quite a disappointment. The cathedral is impressive, but I didn't think it was more impressive or interesting than York Minster which isn't on the UNESCO list.

Likewise with the castle, most of it is actually comparatively recent in construction - the beautiful keep is actually from the 18th century, and the buildings around the main square are mid-1600s. Only one small Norman chapel survives from the earliest days of the castle.

Also very disappointed to find that neither the castle nor cathedral allowed photography or filming inside, which makes producing a video review a very difficult task! Prior requests to the management for a permit went unanswered.

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Saltaire Joel Baldwin

Saltaire by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Saltaire in June 2017, and given the frankly mixed experiences people seem to have at Industrial Revolution sites (and the disappointment we'd had at some sites particularly in the UK), Saltaire was surprisingly good.

The mill itself is underwhelming (mostly inaccessible, and the available parts are given over to shops, cafes, galleries etc). There is a small display in one area of the mill talking about Saltaire and why it was important.

But what I found fascinating was doing background research before our visit, so that I was already familiar with the ideas and concepts that were realised here in this small town, and how those ideas resonated around the world.

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Kilimanjaro National Park Joel Baldwin

Kilimanjaro National Park by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I climbed Kilimanjaro in March 2011. We used a local company named Zara Tours, who I would fully recommend (it's not permitted to climb Kilimanjaro without guides).

Although you have a choice of routes, to maximise our chances of summiting we picked the longest route: Machame. This meant basically five days up, and 1.5 days back down, staying in tents the entire way. This gives you the longest amount of time to acclimatise to the altitude, as hypoxia is more likely to stop you reaching the summit than your legs are.

Along the way, you pass through rainforest, alpine forest, moorlands, and eventually the last couple of days it's just a rocky moonscape. Not much wildlife to speak of other than birds and insects.

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Blenheim Palace Joel Baldwin

Blenheim Palace by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited in early June 2017. This was a surprising site for me, as I didn't have particularly high expectations but Blenheim Palace far exceeded them.

It was originally built by the first Duke of Marlborough to celebrate his victory over the Austrians in the Spanish War of Secession (in Blenheim, southern Germany). It's still their ancestral home and Sir Winston Churchill was born here.

The exterior is very grand and impressive, and the interior is quite good too. Lots of variety in the rooms, from the austere front rooms to the lush formal living areas at the back. It's still used as a home occasionally, so large parts of it are still off-limits - don't expect to access every part of it!

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Ironbridge Gorge Joel Baldwin

Ironbridge Gorge by Joel Baldwin

I visited this site with my wife in June 2017. We had a rental car and so were able to drive directly to the village itself. The bridge is quite impressive, though a bit smaller than I expected. Very beautifully constructed though, and the way the paths run around the gorge you can see it from most angles.

We also visited the New Bedlam blast furnaces but they were being restored and were fully fenced off. We also drove over to the museum but decided it was too expensive to fully explore. Here the large blast furnaces are in a separate building at the far end of the car park, so if it's quiet you might be able to sneak in and have a quick look. Not that we did that of course ;)

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Name: Joel Baldwin

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 121

Most Impressive: Historic Centre of Istanbul

Proposal New WHS: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Recently Visited WHS

Update 09.07.17


  1. Kinabalu Park
  2. Gunung Mulu
  3. Saltaire
  4. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  5. Guimarães
  6. Vienna
  7. Aranjuez
  8. Alto Douro
  9. Kew Gardens
  10. Macao
  11. Liverpool
  12. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  13. Bali Subak system
  14. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  15. Vizcaya Bridge
  16. Melaka and George Town
  17. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  18. Australian Convict Sites
  19. Tower of Hercules
  20. Redwood
  21. Elvas
  22. University of Coimbra
  23. Kakadu National Park
  24. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  25. Forth Bridge
  26. Antequera Dolmens Site
  27. Great Barrier Reef
  28. Serengeti
  29. Sydney Opera House
  30. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  31. Belem
  32. Monastery of Batalha
  33. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  34. Vatican City
  35. Yosemite National Park
  36. Altamira Cave
  37. Segovia
  38. Asturian Monuments
  39. Cordoba
  40. Granada
  41. Burgos Cathedral
  42. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  43. Santiago de Compostela
  44. Avila
  45. Istanbul
  46. Evora
  47. Giant's Causeway
  48. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  49. Ironbridge Gorge
  50. Studley Royal Park
  51. Stonehenge
  52. Gwynedd Castles
  53. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  54. Toledo
  55. Seville
  56. Caceres
  57. Ngorongoro
  58. Budapest
  59. Kilimanjaro National Park
  60. Hawaii Volcanoes
  61. Ibiza
  62. Lake District
  63. Blenheim Palace
  64. Westminster
  65. City of Bath
  66. New Lanark
  67. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  68. Luang Prabang
  69. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  70. Tower of London
  71. Canterbury
  72. Monastery of Alcobaça
  73. Neolithic Orkney
  74. Poblet Monastery
  75. Úbeda and Baeza
  76. Ayutthaya
  77. Borobudur
  78. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  79. Prague
  80. Cesky Krumlov
  81. Fraser Island
  82. Prambanan
  83. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  84. Brú na Bóinne
  85. Mérida
  86. Angkor
  87. Baroque Churches
  88. Sintra
  89. Edinburgh
  90. Grand Canyon
  91. Oporto
  92. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  93. Cuenca
  94. Salzburg
  95. Schönbrunn
  96. Maritime Greenwich
  97. Las Medulas
  98. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  99. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  100. Trogir
  101. Pompei
  102. Versailles
  103. Costiera Amalfitana
  104. Grand Place, Brussels
  105. Pyramids (Memphis)
  106. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  107. Ancient Thebes
  108. Tarraco
  109. Alcala de Henares
  110. Nubian Monuments
  111. Historic Cairo
  112. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  113. Rome
  114. Greater Blue Mountains
  115. Dubrovnik
  116. Split
  117. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  118. Roman Walls of Lugo
  119. Vall de Boi
  120. Atapuerca
  121. Brugge