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Zagori Cultural Landscape

Assif Germany - 04-Feb-22

Zagori Cultural Landscape

We visited Zagori, another name for Zagorochoria, in Summer 2020 during the Corona pandemic and spent three days exploring the area. We felt it was enough time to grasp the site, but I could easily imagine spending an entire week there. Travelling with children, we could not hike a lot, but we still managed to explore different aspects of this nomination.

Steps - There are several stone steps connecting the villages. Until the 20th century they were often the only connection to the outside world. The most famous one is in Vradeto, the highest village, connecting it to Kapesovo (in the picture). We descended the steps, which was worthwhile.

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City of Tigre and its rowing clubs (T)

Assif Germany - 06-Jul-20

Tigre was established as a wealthy suburb of Buenos Aires. It is popular among tourists, but mostly as a hub for trips to the Paraná delta. Tigre had its heyday at the turn of the 19th century when many European immigrant communities chose it for their weekend/holiday rowing activities. It offered a suitable spot next to the Paraná delta with its multitude of navigable channels and at some distance from the urban hustle and bustle of downtown Buenos Aires.

Tigre still features many historic mansions from the 19th century in colonial style

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Assif Germany - 05-Jul-20

The recently published ICOMOS working documents show that a big portion of Nice is to be included in this nomination and not only its waterfront promenade. Nice is a major tourist hub in France mostly catering for beach tourists. This can be regarded as a sign of continuity, perpetuating the historic function of Nice in the development of modern tourism. The most significant component, the renowned Promenade des Anglais, I did not find neither very scenic nor authentic. A lot of new buildings on the city side of the road do not allow for a unified cityscape. However, other parts of the city centre, which are all included, are very well preserved.

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Wadden Sea

Assif Germany - 04-Jul-20

I think that in order to appreciate the Wadden Sea you have to go on a mudflat hike. Living in Hamburg, I have been to several ones, and I always find this weird ecosystem fascinating. Coming from Hamburg you can reach the Northern Sea at Dünen/Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony or at Friedrichskoog/Büsum/Sankt Peter in Schleswig Holstein. I have been to mudflat hikes at all these points and, surprisingly enough, the landscape and the nature of the hike differ considerably. One of the reasons is a feature of the Wadden Sea called tidal creeks (Priele in German). These are streams which appear during low water and can be very strong. Their route remains steady. If you go hiking next to such a tidal creek you cannot normally cross it

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Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)

Assif Germany - 04-Jul-20

From the proposed sites I have only visited Glendalough (May 2017). As Nan has already pointed out, it is a fairly easy day-trip from Dublin, although we chose to stay at the only hotel next to the ruins. This proved to be a good choice as you can enjoy the site early in the morning or in the late after noon. The monastery was probably big for its time, but visiting it today will not take you longer than an hour. There is a modern visitor centre worth visiting and there is the obligatory hike from the monastery to the upper lake, where ruins from the same age can be viewed. These belonged to the monastery and served monks seeking solitude in the woods. The natural setting is very pretty

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