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Chris combines business and leisure travel in an efficient luxury way. With ultimate goals to visited all continents, countries and UNESCO sites and finally go to space one day.

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Ensemble du site naturel de la Vallee du Nahr Ibrahim (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 13-Jun-19

Ensemble du site naturel de la Vallee du Nahr Ibrahim (T)

If you want to go off the beaten track in Lebanon the Nahr Ibrahim Valley is a good start. If you come from Beirut it will take you a full day but if you're staying in Byblos it will shave of a bit of the time. Take lunch for a picknick! I researched all UNESCO documents and besides the natural valley I visited all the cultural sites except the caves.

If you're a WHS collector including the tentative make sure to FIRST go to the Roman Ruins in Faqra which are actually part of the Nahr el Kelb inscription BUT will save you hours driving. The ruins are relatively small and do need restauration. Hope this will be done with the small entrance fee.

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Congonhas

Christravelblog Netherlands - 01-Mar-19

Congonhas

Congonhas as a city is boring and dirty but the basilica, the statues and cedarwood carvings are amongst the most beautiful I have seen. I visited as a (partial) day trip from Belo Horizonte; a great hub to tick off 4 or 5 WHS. A visit doesn’t take long, maybe 3-4 hours including the two museums. Do check opening times! In 2018 the basilica was still under reconstruction so visiting inside wasn’t possible. I was allowed for a peak in side, but it was full of equipment for restoring.

The cedarwood carvings representing the stations of the cross are truly magnificent. I really enjoyed them. lots of details and nice colors although a bit dusty. The 12 prophets made from soapstone are also very detailed. Museums were closed unfortunately but the rosaria I could have a look around although not inside

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Rock Islands

Christravelblog Netherlands - 01-Oct-18

Rock Islands

The Republic of Palau is one of these destinations that isn’t frequently visited by tourists. And those that do are mainly Asian (Chinese) tourists. Palau has just 1 WHS site and that’s the rock islands. There are many but the most famous is the 70 Islands cluster. You can’t go in there anymore. The only way to see them is from the air! I did a helicopter flight over Palau which is an amazing experience. You see much better these rock islands. The next day I also did a Kayak tour where you get closer to other rock islands. Both tours gave me a good view of this WHS. I liked it as it’s unique.

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Nzulezu Stilt Settlement (T)

Christravelblog Netherlands - 20-Aug-18

I really enjoyed wandering around the Nzulezo Stilt Village of Beyin as it’s so unique. I have visited the floating village on the Tonle Lap lake in Cambodia and the stilt villages of Brunei but in Ghana it’s so different.

It's hectic to get there. A 2 hour drive from Takoradi. Make sure to leave around 7AM not as me at 9AM. At hte visitors center it's hectic and the canoe's go to the village full; but also MUST return full. They won't go back empty and pick you up and there are just that many canoe to take. Just 3 motorized, and like 5 without motor. Locals must use it too! I finally had to wait 3 hours before i could jump on one. Paying more would not help as the canoe was simply not there.

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Kerkuane

Christravelblog Netherlands - 14-Aug-18

Kerkuane

I visit Kerkouane as part of my 2 week road trip in the northern half of Tunisia. (I ticked of all the WHS/TWHS there). Kerkouane is a 2.5 hour drive from Tunis or 3 hours from Sousse. I recommend visiting it on the way from Tunis to Sousse or the other way around. Saves you driving the same road twice and Cape Bon is nice to drive around too.

It's a beautiful site and I really enjoyed walking around the site. It's only foundations left, which are in general from almost nothing up to over a meter high. The grid layout is good visitble and you get a good idea how the city must have looked like. Lots of plaster is in tact, mosaic floors (simple ones), and some houses have good signs with explanations and a 3D model how they must have looked like. Great way to explore.

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  46. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
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  54. Khor Al-Adaid natural reserve (T)
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