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Imeong Conservation Area (T)

Dennis Nicklaus - 19-Aug-19

Imeong Conservation Area (T)

For one day of our Palau vacation, we decided to rent a car and have a self-made circle-island tour of Babeldaob, the largest island of Palau. Armed with our Cultural, Natural and Historical Sites of Palau pocket guide and map we set off.  We noticed the Imeong Traditional Village on our map and thought it sounded interesting. We drove through where we thought it should be from the map, but didn't notice anything other than a very small modern settlement. Turning around and coming back, we finally noticed a wooden sign saying "Imeiuns Ancient Village" and "Emeraech (North Star) Stone Path."  We walked up a gently sloping 4 meter wide stone path/staircase made of black basalt stones

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Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin

Dennis Nicklaus - 17-Aug-19

Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin

This site was one I had never heard of before investigating the UNESCO sites of Israel, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip.  I guess it really isn't featured in package tours because it doesn't have a strong religious connection, so in that way it is a lot less visited. But for our independent tour, it was an easy drive from Tel Aviv.

There are three main types of caves here: the more residential caves of Maresha, the Sidonian tombs, and the bell caves which are former chalk quarries. As a bonus, right across the road you get a Roman amphitheater, crusader ruins, and more.

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Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)

Dennis Nicklaus - 13-Jul-19

Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)

We were pretty thrilled that we arrived in the area in the late afternoon with just enough time to visit Shaubak Castle the evening before we went to Petra.  This made it our first stop in Jordan, and it was pretty cool to see the ruins of a crusader castle and to ponder the history there.  Its hilltop location is great with an interesting overview of the desert landscape. All that said, there isn't really much to see in the way of castle remains here.  One main tower and Shaubak's famous stairway/passageway are pretty much what there is to see.  We later visited the Karak (Kerak, Al Karak,...) crusader castle, and I much preferred that one -- there was just a lot more to see and explore there

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Town of Chichicastenango (T)

Dennis Nicklaus - 11-Jun-19

Town of Chichicastenango (T)

Chichicastenango was a fascinating small city to visit. You don't come for nature's beauty, ancient stone artifacts, or grand palaces, but for its unique living culture.  The people and their culture descend from the ancient Maya, and  that heritage still infuses everyday life.  The evolution of culture is on evident display, a mix of the modern and the ancestral. Sometimes in easily visible things like the traditional clothing, sometimes in many more subtle ways, like the cartoonish mask of a colonial Spaniard used in a local folk dance. The ancient religious practices mix unabashedly with Catholicism.  The pretty colonial church on the plaza mayor had the most incense-saturated atmosphere I have ever been in

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Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)

Dennis Nicklaus - 16-Mar-19

Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne  (T)

I'm happy to contribute the first review of this area!

I visited 7 of the 8 sites across four days October of 2017.  The only one I missed was Termes.  I came primarily to see the castle ruins, such as the ones nominated here, but there are so many other beautiful natural and historical man-made places to visit that I was thinking this was my new favorite part of France. If you like castle ruins, this is the place for you! They are best visited with your own car, although be prepared for narrow, winding, mountain-side roads with no guard rails between you and a steep drop off. Visiting in the shoulder season was great because it meant very little traffic, and I had a few of the castles to myself.

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