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Copán

Digits Ireland - 20-Jun-22

Copán

With my brother’s wife being from Honduras, it was a certainty we would have to visit the country during our Central America trip in the summer of 2016.


Like others, we crossed into Honduras from Guatemala at the El Florido crossing (our driver’s taking of various other border crossings between Guatemala and El Salvador raised some eyebrows elsewhere) and overnighted in Copan Ruinas at the Hotel Magdalena. A five minute drive early in the morning brought us to the wooded trail to the ruins, the colours of the macaws flashing between the trees. 

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Ilulissat Icefjord

Digits Ireland - 26-May-22

Ilulissat Icefjord

We visited Ilulissat for a two day-one night stay in July 2017. An unexpected opening for a trip arose and, in what was a sad sign of the times, we said we had better go to Greenland while the ice was still there.


We arrived by plane from Reykjavik. The experience of simply flying over Greenland was something else - the ice-capped mountains, the glaciers calving into the sea, the never ending white blanket, the blue pools of water that sometimes accumulated on top of the ice, the then amazing sight of land with no ice covering at all! The plane then banked directly over the mouth of the icefjord on its approach to the tiny airport, with the majestic icebergs of Disko Bay on view in all their glory.

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Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)

Digits Ireland - 30-Apr-22

Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)

We visited Slovenia in October 2018, with a passing visit, in terms of this extension nomination,to Predjama Castle and a longer visit to Postojna Cave.

We didn’t enter the castle, what with castle overload, and I believe there is not much inside at any rate, so parking up for free for a quick photo stop was all that was on the cards. We had arrived self-drive from Ljubljana in the morning en route to Kobarid via the WHS site Skojcan Caves and the aforementioned Postojna Cave.

Postojna is well set up for tourists (possibly too well set up), becoming a tourist attraction in the early 1800s, with annual visitor numbers shy of a million. Apart from the usual cave formations, there are two main novelties here

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The Céide Fields and North West Mayo Boglands (T)

Digits Ireland - 10-Apr-22

I must admit my local bias with this one. I grew up just outside the nearest town and have memories of visiting several times. The pyramid-shaped Céide Fields visitor centre, built in 1993, in this remote part of one of the most isolated treeless parts of our small country has always stood out, and while I distinctly remember its bog oak centrepiece, I haven’t been inside since I was a child. I visited the outdoors (always open) near sunset sometime again in the last decade. It is situated just above a spectacular sea-cliff landscape, complete with viewing platform. There are little visible archaeological remains on this short uphill boardwalk, since everything is essentially under the bog, and I have no memory of the court tombs mentioned in the T-List description. 

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Le chemin de fer de Cerdagne (T)

Digits Ireland - 03-Apr-22

Le chemin de fer de Cerdagne (T)

We took a trip on the Petit Train Jaune as far as the WHS of Villefranche-de-Conflent in April 2017. The timing was somewhat out of season, meaning not only were there very few passengers, but also that the train wasn’t running from Latour-de-Carol but instead from Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via. Confusingly, the end stop is not called Villefranche-de-Conflent, but Villefranche-Vernet-les-Bains.

We had arrived driving across the border from [...]

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Recently Visited WHS

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  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  3. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  4. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  5. Bulwarked Frontier Fortifications (T)
  6. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  7. Central Park (T)
  8. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  9. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  10. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  11. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  12. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  13. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  14. Khor Dubai (T)
  15. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  16. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  17. Le chemin de fer de Cerdagne (T)
  18. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  19. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  20. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  21. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  22. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  23. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  24. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  25. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  26. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  27. Route of the Peace and National Identity (T)
  28. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  29. The Burren (T)
  30. The Céide Fields and North West Mayo Boglands (T)
  31. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  32. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  33. The Memorial of Chatam Sófer (T)
  34. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  35. The Walk of Peace from the Alps to the Adriatic – Heritage of the First World War (T)
  36. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  37. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  38. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  39. Western Stone Forts (T)