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As well as the obvious interests, ie. travel and history, I also enjoy reading, walking, horse riding and vintage aircraft.

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Ha Long Bay Stephen Brooker

We did Ha Long Bay as a one night cruise.

The shear natural beauty of the place is bordering on indescribable, and when coupled with a comfortable junk and excellent seafood, this beomes one of the worlds most romantic places. Loved it znd would go back in an instant.

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Arequipa Stephen Brooker

A beautiful colonial city and an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to altitude. Don't miss either the main square or the Santa Catalina Convent both of which are stunning.

As an aside I dinned in an Argentinian restraunt here - enjoying steak, salad and 'chips of the day,' which were made from three different sorts of potato one yellow, one bight orange and one pinky mauve!

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Taj Mahal Stephen Brooker

Some sites Machu Pichu, The Pyramids, Petra are hard to review because they are so icconic, that there seems to be nothing more one can add.

The Taj Mahal is another such WHS, which like the afore mentioned places, really does take one's breath away; such is the power of it's radiant marble symetry.

However it does not function just upon a grandiose scale, up close the exquisite workmanship stuns, the gardens are seductive, and the ancillery buildings shield you from what by comparrison is the vulgar and mundane of the outside world.

I'm told the whole ensemble is supposed to be a relisation of heaven on earth. Did they succeed? Well if you can go and decide for yourself, it might just be the closest you get in this life to paradise.

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Khajuraho Group of Monuments Stephen Brooker

I have to admit that this is one site I have wanted to visit since first reading about it in a copy of Punch that I found on a train! - And it did not disapoint. The temples themselves are exquisite, this would be enough in itself to justify their inclusuion. But they are set in what can only be described as heavenly gardens.

Sitting there in the late afternoon sun was a sublime experience, which I would recomend to anyone and everyone.

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Fatehpur Sikri Stephen Brooker

I visited this site way back in about 1990, with a rather roguish Indian tour guide - We arrived a full two hours before it officailly opened and he bribed our way in.The result was that we had the entire site to ourselves, which is a huge privellage in a 'deserted' city which is also a tourist Mecca.

We were leaving just as the crowds arrived to replace the birdsong which had accompanied our tour with the din of modern tourism.

That said even when crowded this is a large fascinating, atractive, site, with plenty to see. It is also close enough to the Taj Mahal that you could do both in one day.

It does however stand on its own two feet and I would highly recomend it. And if you can bribe your way in before it officially opens, do!

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Name: Stephen Brooker

Country: UK

Visited WHS: 111

Most Impressive: Petra by Candlelight, all time favourite Avebury, most underated Ait Ben Haddouu which should by up there with the Taj & Machu Pichu.

Proposal New WHS: My Flat! & Orcha - India, stunning especially the frescos in the Jahangir Mahal.

Recently Visited WHS

Update 31.12.69


  1. Imperial Tombs
  2. Arequipa
  3. Val d'Orcia
  4. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  5. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  6. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  7. Kew Gardens
  8. Liverpool
  9. Thingvellir
  10. Bali Subak system
  11. West Norwegian Fjords
  12. Sagarmatha National Park
  13. Kathmandu Valley
  14. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  15. Teide National Park
  16. Australian Convict Sites
  17. Valletta
  18. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  19. Jantar Mantar
  20. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  21. Serra de Tramuntana
  22. Wadi Rum
  23. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  24. Forth Bridge
  25. Sydney Opera House
  26. Florence
  27. Sigiriya
  28. Red Fort
  29. Humayun's Tomb
  30. Qutb Minar
  31. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  32. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  33. Agra Fort
  34. Taj Mahal
  35. Fatehpur Sikri
  36. Mesa Verde
  37. Cuzco
  38. Machu Picchu
  39. Chitwan National Park
  40. Vatican City
  41. Cologne Cathedral
  42. Statue of Liberty
  43. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  44. Petra
  45. Medina of Marrakesh
  46. Istanbul
  47. Medina of Tunis
  48. Site of Carthage
  49. Ironbridge Gorge
  50. Stonehenge
  51. Gwynedd Castles
  52. Amphitheater of El Jem
  53. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  54. Venice and its Lagoon
  55. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  56. Budapest
  57. Kilimanjaro National Park
  58. Acropolis
  59. Blenheim Palace
  60. Westminster
  61. City of Bath
  62. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  63. Great Wall
  64. Imperial Palace
  65. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  66. Uluru
  67. Kandy
  68. Meteora
  69. Tower of London
  70. Canterbury
  71. Medina of Sousse
  72. Kairouan
  73. Lima
  74. Olympia
  75. Kremlin and Red Square
  76. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  77. Ayutthaya
  78. Bryggen
  79. Borobudur
  80. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  81. Prague
  82. Prambanan
  83. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  84. Lumbini
  85. Angkor
  86. Ha Long Bay
  87. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  88. Siena
  89. Naples
  90. Edinburgh
  91. Grand Canyon
  92. Medina of Essaouira
  93. Independence Hall
  94. Maritime Greenwich
  95. Trogir
  96. Pompei
  97. Versailles
  98. Costiera Amalfitana
  99. Pyramids (Memphis)
  100. Ancient Thebes
  101. Summer Palace
  102. Temple of Heaven
  103. Historic Cairo
  104. Rome
  105. Mycenae and Tiryns
  106. Dubrovnik
  107. Saint Catherine Area
  108. Split
  109. Plitvice Lakes
  110. Assisi
  111. Brugge