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Claire Bradshaw - 16-Aug-19

So we had planned to visit the less-visited Store Dyrehaven, but it turned out to be quite a detour from our route, and it was raining, and we got stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway around Copenhagen, and in the end it just seemed easier to visit Jægersborg Dyrehave instead.

I wasn't very enthusiastic about visiting this site anyway, especially having read the reviews already posted here, so had hoped that by visiting Jægersborg we could at least enjoy the park and a walk.

We parked in the large parking [...]

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Stevns Klint

Claire Bradshaw - 16-Aug-19

I really enjoyed my visit to Stevns Klint today, on what was one of the only dry days we have had during our visit to Denmark. seems a bit like whoever is in charge of managing this site has lost interest in it.  The car-park and restaurant are well maintained, presumably because they make an income, but the rest of the site seems lost.

Clearly though Denmark is enthusiastic about the site as it is signed extremely well from every possible approach, and from many miles away.  But then on arrival there is very little mention of the UNESCO listing, nor information relating to the actual reason for the listing in the first place.

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Claire Bradshaw - 29-Sep-18

I really enjoyed my visit to this WHS, way more than I was expecting.  Having seen both Roman ruins and Mosaics elsewhere, I wasn't expecting to be impressed.

However, the huge Roman Mosaic covering almost the entire floor of the Basilica is one of the most breathtaking that I have ever seen.  Both its scale and content are impressive, I particularly enjoyed the fishing scenes.

Also in the Basilica are two crypts, one of Frescos, one of Excavations. I visited only the former and again, found the frescos to be better than I imagined.  The colours are vivid and the emotions depicted on the subjects faces are incredible.

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Skocjan Caves

Claire Bradshaw - 29-Sep-18

These caves are very impressive, and the visit is see them is definitely worthwhile.  However I did struggle a little bit with understanding why these caves, compared to the many other impressive caves systems around the world, are under the protection of UNESCO.

Nevertheless, I can certainly recommend a visit.  There are three tour options available, Tour 1, the classic Underground tour for EUR 18 per adult, Tour 2, to follow the Reka River further, for EUR 12

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Botanical Garden, Padua

Claire Bradshaw - 24-Sep-18

I visited the botanical gardens in late September 2018 on a warm and sunny day.  Having seen a lot of old towns and churches recently, these gardens came as a lovely surprise.  Not being particularly interested in gardens or gardening, I was not greatly enthused by the thought of this visit, however I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours I spent here.  The garden is in two parts, the old, historical garden and a new garden contained within a large metal and glass building.  The two could not be more different, but both were equally enjoyable, focusing on different aspects of our interactions with plants over time.

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  22. Etosha Pan (T)
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  28. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
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  35. La Camargue (T)
  36. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  37. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
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