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Profile Tom Livesey

I only started WHS hunting in 2013 but I'm getting there slowly. I write about my visits at https://whstravellers.wordpress.com

The UK is a good base for a WHS-er because of its abundance of cheap flight connections to airports in the world's densest continent for WHSs. Unlike others on this site I love to fly, and prefer to arrive at a destination by air, always at a new airport if possible.

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Recent Reviews by Tom Livesey

Edinburgh Tom Livesey

Despite being a Brit this was my first time visiting Scotland when I travelled with friends in December 2016.

After checking in to our accommodation in the heart of Old Town we first visited the cathedral, named after St Giles. It is smaller than I expected from such an important city, but that probably stems from the fact it was built in an area that was already bustling, in the heart of Auld Reekie (as it was nicknamed for its smell).

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Gorham's Cave Complex Tom Livesey

I travelled to the UK's newest WHS at Gibraltar in October 2016, particularly enjoying walking across the airport's runway after having landed on it 30 minutes before! I have for some time wanted to visit one of those few former outposts of empire that remain under the sovereignty of the UK, so was glad when this site was inscribed to have a good reason for travelling to one.

Unfortunately my experience of Gorham's Cave Complex was a fairly tangential.

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Laurisilva of Madeira Tom Livesey

Madeira was my first stop on a December 2016 tour of Portugal and Spain. One experiences this WHS by hiking the ‘levada trails’, which are walking routes that follow man-made irrigation channels known as levadas. The levadas generally flow horizontally along the contours of the hills, with occasional descents down the slopes.

The most striking things about driving up from our hotel by the coast up to the laurisilva forests in Madeira’s uplands were the changes in weather and vegetation.

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Alcala de Henares Tom Livesey

My December 2016 day in Alcalá de Henares was not the most exciting one I've ever had, though I enjoyed spotting the storks that live all over the city's tall buildings.

Although this is still an active university city there wasn’t a lot to do on an overcast weekday in December. I took a look around the archaeological museum and the main university building, but that was pretty much it.

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Toledo Tom Livesey

Toledo, visited December 2016, surprised me to the upside. I had done little research on it in advance of my one-night stay so when we turned up and found a charming medieval city with more than its fair share of winding alleyways I was very impressed.

We caught a coach to Toledo from Madrid. The El Greco museum (reopened since Els's visit) is excellent - particularly the series of Apostles with Jesus in the centre.

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Tom Livesey's Lists

  1. Acropolis
  2. Alcala de Henares
  3. Amiens Cathedral
  4. Ancient Kyoto
  5. Aquileia
  6. Bamberg
  7. Belem
  8. Belfries
  9. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  10. Blenheim Palace
  11. Botanical Garden, Padua
  12. Bridgetown
  13. Brugge
  14. Canterbury
  15. Castel del Monte
  16. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  17. Chichen-Itza
  18. Churches and Convents of Goa
  19. City of Bath
  20. City of Luxembourg
  21. Cologne Cathedral
  22. Colonia del Sacramento
  23. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  24. Corfu
  25. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  26. Cuenca
  27. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  28. Dubrovnik
  29. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  30. Edinburgh
  31. Elvas
  32. Evora
  33. Flemish Béguinages
  34. Florence
  35. Forth Bridge
  36. Fortifications of Vauban
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  38. Genoa
  39. Giant's Causeway
  40. Gorham's Cave Complex
  41. Great Wall
  42. Guimarães
  43. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  44. Gwynedd Castles
  45. Heritage of Mercury
  46. Himeji-jo
  47. Horyu-ji Area
  48. Independence Hall
  49. Ironbridge Gorge
  50. Istanbul
  51. Jelling
  52. Kew Gardens
  53. Kotor
  54. Kronborg Castle
  55. La Lonja de la Seda
  56. Laurisilva of Madeira
  57. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  58. Liverpool
  59. Longobards in Italy
  60. Maritime Greenwich
  61. Matera
  62. Medici Villas and Gardens
  63. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  64. Monastery of Alcobaça
  65. Monastery of Batalha
  66. Monticello
  67. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  68. Old City of Berne
  69. Oporto
  70. Palau de la Musica Catalana & Hospital de Sant Pau
  71. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  72. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  73. Pitons Management Area
  74. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  75. Pompei
  76. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  77. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  78. Prague
  79. Roman Walls of Lugo
  80. Rome
  81. Roskilde Cathedral
  82. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  83. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  84. Santiago de Compostela
  85. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  86. Sintra
  87. Skocjan Caves
  88. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  89. Statue of Liberty
  90. Stonehenge
  91. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  92. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  93. The trulli of Alberobello
  94. Toledo
  95. Tower of Hercules
  96. Tower of London
  97. University of Coimbra
  98. Valletta
  99. Vatican City
  100. Venice and its Lagoon
  101. Vézère Valley
  102. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  103. Villa d'Este
  104. Wadden Sea
  105. Warsaw
  106. Westminster
  107. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  108. Würzburg Residence
  109. Zollverein

Profile data

Country: United Kingdom

Visited WHS: 109

Most impressive: Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Proposal for a new WHS: Works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Recently visited WHS

Update February 10, 2017
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District