Profile Zack Culvert
I only started counting the WHS in the last three years and have since to concentrate my travels, including business, to WHS. I have covered about 15 sites in China, 8 while back in the US, as my top countries.
Having not achieved most of my lifetime goals, I set a goal of reaching 200 WHS when I turned 50. I need to go on a pace of about 15-18 a year, given that my physical conditions are not what they used to be. 2005 was a good year with 18 WHS visited. Really too busy in 2006 to travel, but finished the year with three more sites around Kyoto and Nara, Japan. 2007 was a better year as I covered the seven points between Moscow and St. Petersburg and went to Tibet in the summer. In 2008 so far i covered six sites in Tunisia and two in South Africa, that makes my 100, half way towards the 200.
What I regret is that I did not take full advantage of my business travels when I used to cover South America in the 90's, e.g. wasted a week in Peru without doing any Inca sites.
Map of Visited Sites
Recent Reviews by Zack Culvert
Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye Zack culvert
Architecturally, the Ascension Cathedral is quite different from most other famous ones in Moscow or Novodevichy, this one being pure white sans onion domes.
Although It is in the suburbs, it is easily accessible by metro (17 rubles) like 4 stops from the central ring. But as the structure was under repairs and closed for visit, the trip was at best an afternoon's walk through the park. If really pressed for time in Moscow, outside the Kemlin, I would go to Novodevichy instead.
Potala Palace Zack Culvert
I just took the train trip from Qinghai to Lhasa. Due to the influx of tourists from this new train service, the visiting hours to Potala Palace is now only one hour, although they increased the daily inflow from 1,000 to 3,000 people so everyone can get a chance to see inside. The result is a rush through the palace, with barely sufficient time to take in the art and monuments. The tickets are officially 100 RMB (US$14), but scalpers ask for up to US$100.
Wulingyuan Zack Culvert
This site is mostly of karst formations, hundres of them, if not thousands of towers of rock, with dense vegetation covering the towers due to the humidty and temperate weather. As opposed to Arches in Utah, where the dry weather kept the rocks red and bare. Do bring a wide-angle lense of 18mm minimum, telephoto of 200mm and and polarizing filter for the waterfall with your camera.
Cable cars and well laid out paths allow you to see most of the sites.
Florence Zack Culvert
You really need to spend a week here. We did two, with side trips to Sienna, San Gimingano, Pisa and Luca.(first 3 WHS's) The duomo needs a whole day to be awed, one at the Uffici, one in Barboli Gardens, half a day in Academia to look at David and other Michaelangelos, one day walking around the banks of Orno. If there is one WHS you must see in the Western World..... I would stay at one of the villas across the river.
Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) Zack Culvert
Really disappointed, after seeing other sites in Tuscany. There is the tower, the Piazza, and an EMPTY duomo, as all the art were lost as the Pisans lost a war to the Florentines(?). Now it's just a tourist strip selling souvenirs, and thousands of stupid American tourists taking pictures leaning towards the tower. Better plan the day to spend four hours in Luca (on the train from Florence), and just one hour in Pisa, and go right back to Florence.
Zack Culvert's Lists
- Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
- Potala Palace
- Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
- Classical Gardens of Suzhou
- Mountain Resort, Chengde
- Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
- Dresden Elbe Valley
- Mount Kenya
- Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
- Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
- Jiuzhaigou Valley
- Cologne Cathedral
- Dazu Rock Carvings
Visited WHS: 100
Most impressive: Jiuzhaigou, China
Proposal for a new WHS: Ephesus, Turkey