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Kotor Jay T

Kotor by Jay T

I had great expectations for the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor when I visited in October 2017, since it would be my first visit to Montenegro. Unfortunately, the city seemed rather sleepy and empty when I arrived. After hiking up the walls to the Castle of Saint John, I was treated to an amazing view of the city and the bay surrounded by steep rocky slopes. Small fields and farms were visible from the trail, as were the church towers and the red-tiled roofs in villages lining the bay. Kotor was slightly filled with more tourists when I returned to the city, but the squares still seemed quiet, making me wonder whether anyone other than shopkeepers and their cats (which are revered in Kotor) lived in the old part of the city. The fortifications around the old city were impressive, and I spent some time strolling the city walls.

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Great Smoky Mountains Jay T

Great Smoky Mountains by Jay T

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the first World Heritage Site I visited, part of a family vacation when I was six. I have fond memories of the trip and the blue-grey mist over the mountains, but much time has passed since then, so I decided to revisit the park in the summer of 2016 while on a road trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The park is a wonderful encapsulation of Appalachian culture, with small settlements and mills scattered throughout the forest. There are many other similar state and national parks throughout the Appalachian Mountains, but Great Smoky Mountains (and likely its family-oriented gateway towns) retains a mythos that continues to draw vacationers from all over the East Coast of the United States. During my visit, I toured an old farmstead off the Roaring Fork loop road and hiked up to scenic Grotto Falls, an easy and beautiful trail.

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Colonia del Sacramento Jay T

Colonia del Sacramento by Jay T

The Historic Center of the City of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay is a perfectly adequate World Heritage Site, but, as has been intimated by other reviewers here, it would likely not fall in the top tier for many WHS travelers. Like others, I visited the town as a day trip by ferry from Buenos Aires in March 2016. The weather was warm, which made the stroll around the historic cobblestone streets of the historic quarter rather pleasant. I appreciated the tile maps of the city found throughout the historic quarter, and also enjoyed the overhead views of the city from atop the lighthouse. Scattered around the quarter were several old cars that had been turned into artwork, and antique lamps were hung from the sides of many of the buildings. Before returning to Buenos Aires, my friends and I enjoyed a relaxing late lunch at a cafe overlooking the Rio de la Plata and some of the old city walls on the south side of the historic quarter.

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Antigua Naval Dockyard Jay T

Antigua Naval Dockyard by Jay T

The hurricane season in the fall of 2017 was awful in the eastern Caribbean, and unfortunately devastated the island of Barbuda; in better news, however, the neighboring island of Antigua was not heavily damaged by the storms. I visited the Antigua Naval Dockyard (also known as Nelson's Dockyard)during a Caribbean cruise in the fall of 2016, and was pleased to hear in 2017 the dockyard made it through the storms. The first stop I made was to the Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre, located above the harbor. The center did not yet have a World Heritage Site plaque erected, but they did provide a film showing the history of the English Navy in the Caribbean. The views of the harbor from both the center and nearby Shirley Heights were incredible. After descending to the dockyard, I took in the serviceable dockyard museum and then walked around the restored buildings, of which the ruins of the old boat house were the most interesting.

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Venetian Works of Defence Jay T

Venetian Works of Defence by Jay T

One doesn't have to look any farther than the city walls of Kotor in Montenegro to see they are part of the Venetian Works of Defence Between 16th and 17th Centuries World Heritage Site. On the wall near the Maritime Gate to the city is a carving of the Lion of Saint Mark, symbol of the city of Venice. Above the city walls are fortified defenses snaking up a mountainside to the Castle of Saint John. When I visited Kotor in October this year, my first goal was to hike the fortifications to the castle for a view of the old town and the bay. There are many steps and switchbacks along the ramparts leading up the mountain, but there are also ample opportunities to stop and enjoy the views. Somewhere around a third of the way up the mountain is the Church of Our Lady of Remedy, which is small but scenic.

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Name: Jay T

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 143

Most Impressive: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Proposal New WHS: Badlands National Park: A North American Prairie

Update 2018-01-26

  1. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks : 5.0
  2. Grand Canyon : 5.0
  3. Iguacu : 5.0
  4. Iguazu National Park : 5.0
  5. Istanbul : 5.0
  6. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  7. Yosemite National Park : 5.0
  8. Gros Morne National Park : 4.5
  9. Göreme NP : 4.5
  10. Hawaii Volcanoes : 4.5
  11. Yellowstone : 4.5
  12. Ephesus : 4.0
  13. Hierapolis-Pamukkale : 4.0
  14. Independence Hall : 4.0
  15. L'Anse aux Meadows : 4.0
  16. Québec : 4.0
  17. Statue of Liberty : 4.0
  18. Grand Pré : 3.0
  19. Great Smoky Mountains : 3.0
  20. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis : 3.0
  21. Antigua Naval Dockyard : 2.5
  22. Cahokia Mounds : 2.5
  23. Colonia del Sacramento : 2.5
  24. Kotor : 2.5
  25. Old Town Lunenburg : 2.5
  26. Poverty Point : 2.5
  27. Rideau Canal : 2.5
  28. Venetian Works of Defence : 2.5
  29. Joggins Fossil Cliffs : 2.0
  30. Miguasha Park : 2.0
  31. Acropolis
  32. Al Ain
  33. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  34. Ancient Thebes
  35. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  36. Australian Convict Sites
  37. Ayutthaya
  38. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  39. Belem
  40. Biblical Tells
  41. Blenheim Palace
  42. Botanical Garden, Padua
  43. Brú na Bóinne
  44. Budapest
  45. Camino Real
  46. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  47. Chaco Culture
  48. City of Bath
  49. Costiera Amalfitana
  50. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  51. Dubrovnik
  52. Edinburgh
  53. Everglades
  54. Evora
  55. Florence
  56. Forth Bridge
  57. Fortifications of Vauban
  58. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  59. Galapagos Islands
  60. Giant's Causeway
  61. Great Barrier Reef
  62. Greater Blue Mountains
  63. Gwynedd Castles
  64. Historic Cairo
  65. Ibiza
  66. Ironbridge Gorge
  67. Kew Gardens
  68. Kinderdijk
  69. Kremlin and Red Square
  70. La Fortaleza
  71. Lake Baikal
  72. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  73. Mammoth Cave
  74. Maritime Greenwich
  75. Masada
  76. Medici Villas and Gardens
  77. Melaka and George Town
  78. Mesa Verde
  79. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  80. Mont-Saint-Michel
  81. Monticello
  82. Morne Trois Pitons
  83. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  84. Naples
  85. New Lanark
  86. Nikko
  87. Novodevichy Convent
  88. Nubian Monuments
  89. Old City of Jerusalem
  90. Olympia
  91. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  92. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  93. Petra
  94. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  95. Pitons Management Area
  96. Pompei
  97. Popocatepetl monasteries
  98. Potsdam
  99. Puebla
  100. Pyramids (Memphis)
  101. Qhapaq Ñan
  102. Quito
  103. Quseir Amra
  104. Redwood
  105. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  106. Rome
  107. Royal Exhibition Building
  108. Salzburg
  109. San Antonio Missions
  110. San Marino and Mount Titano
  111. Sangay National Park
  112. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  113. Schönbrunn
  114. Siena
  115. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  116. Sintra
  117. Skocjan Caves
  118. Split
  119. St. Petersburg
  120. Stonehenge
  121. Sydney Opera House
  122. Taos Pueblo
  123. Teotihuacan
  124. Thingvellir
  125. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  126. Tongariro National Park
  127. Tower of London
  128. Trogir
  129. Turaif Quarter
  130. Uluru
  131. Um er-Rasas
  132. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  133. Vatican City
  134. Versailles
  135. Vicenza
  136. Vienna
  137. Wadi Rum
  138. Westminster
  139. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  140. White City of Tel-Aviv
  141. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  142. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  143. Xochicalco
  1. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  2. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  3. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  4. Bet She'an (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Caesarea (T)
  7. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  8. Central Park (T)
  9. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  10. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  11. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  12. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  13. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  14. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  15. Ellis Island (T)
  16. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  17. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  18. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  19. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  20. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  21. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  22. Khor Dubai (T)
  23. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  24. Mount Vernon (T)
  25. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  26. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  27. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  28. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  29. Rade de Marseille (T)
  30. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  31. Seoul City Wall (T)
  32. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  33. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  34. St. George Fortified System (T)
  35. St. George Historic District (T)
  36. Teylers (T)
  37. The Burren (T)
  38. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  39. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  40. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  41. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  42. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  43. Waitangi Treaty Grounds historic precinct (T)
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  3. Cape Floral Region
  4. Gunung Mulu
  5. Ephesus
  6. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  7. Vienna
  8. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  9. Masada
  10. Old City of Acre
  11. Alto Douro
  12. Kenya Lake System
  13. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  14. Rio de Janeiro
  15. Coffee Cultural Landscape
  16. Persepolis
  17. Koutammakou
  18. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  19. Thingvellir
  20. Pitons Management Area
  21. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  22. Gulf of California
  23. Timbuktu
  24. West Norwegian Fjords
  25. Sagarmatha National Park
  26. Syracuse
  27. Tequila
  28. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  29. Sewell Mining Town
  30. Ouro Preto
  31. South China Karst
  32. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  33. Valletta
  34. Western Ghats
  35. Al Ain
  36. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  37. Wadi Rum
  38. Grand Pré
  39. El Pinacate
  40. Fujisan
  41. Namib Sand Sea
  42. Okavango Delta
  43. Silk Roads
  44. Los Glaciares
  45. Qhapaq Ñan
  46. Old City of Jerusalem
  47. Great Barrier Reef
  48. Serengeti
  49. SGang Gwaay
  50. Sydney Opera House
  51. Medina of Fez
  52. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  53. Florence
  54. Lalibela
  55. Tasmanian Wilderness
  56. Leptis Magna
  57. Shibam
  58. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  59. Cahokia Mounds
  60. Damascus
  61. Old Havana
  62. Bamiyan Valley
  63. Aleppo
  64. Red Fort
  65. Chola Temples
  66. Taj Mahal
  67. Island of Gorée
  68. Abbey of St Gall
  69. Mesa Verde
  70. Cuzco
  71. Machu Picchu
  72. Samarra
  73. Yellowstone
  74. Vatican City
  75. Cracow
  76. Baalbek
  77. Tyre
  78. Aachen Cathedral
  79. Québec
  80. Iguazu National Park
  81. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  82. Statue of Liberty
  83. Yosemite National Park
  84. Auschwitz Birkenau
  85. Cordoba
  86. Granada
  87. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  88. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  89. Petra
  90. Medina of Marrakesh
  91. Huascaran National Park
  92. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  93. Keoladeo National Park
  94. Istanbul
  95. Göreme NP
  96. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  97. Chan Chan
  98. Giant's Causeway
  99. Site of Carthage
  100. Ironbridge Gorge
  101. Stonehenge
  102. Gwynedd Castles
  103. Seville
  104. Ngorongoro
  105. Skocjan Caves
  106. Venice and its Lagoon
  107. L'Anse aux Meadows
  108. Budapest
  109. Kilimanjaro National Park
  110. Acropolis
  111. Dja Faunal Reserve
  112. Hawaii Volcanoes
  113. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  114. Teotihuacan
  115. Gros Morne National Park
  116. Potosi
  117. Tongariro National Park
  118. Westminster
  119. Great Wall
  120. Imperial Palace
  121. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  122. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  123. Brasilia
  124. Uluru
  125. Meteora
  126. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  127. Guanajuato
  128. Chichen-Itza
  129. Strasbourg
  130. Banc d'Arguin
  131. Victoria Falls
  132. Cliff of Bandiagara
  133. Olympia
  134. Santo Domingo
  135. Potsdam
  136. St. Petersburg
  137. Kremlin and Red Square
  138. Te Wahipounamu
  139. Ayutthaya
  140. Borobudur
  141. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  142. Samarkand
  143. Prague
  144. Tikal National Park
  145. Himeji-jo
  146. Angkor
  147. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  148. Ha Long Bay
  149. Hué
  150. Ancient Kyoto
  151. Nasca Lines
  152. Potala Palace
  153. Rapa Nui
  154. Glacier parks
  155. Carlsbad Caverns
  156. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  157. Edinburgh
  158. Grand Canyon
  159. Lake Baikal
  160. Everglades
  161. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  162. Laponian Area
  163. Genbaku Dome
  164. Independence Hall
  165. Luther Memorials
  166. Salzburg
  167. Maritime Greenwich
  168. Mont-Saint-Michel
  169. Chartres Cathedral
  170. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  171. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  172. Kinderdijk
  173. Pompei
  174. Versailles
  175. Costiera Amalfitana
  176. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  177. Qadisha Valley
  178. Pyramids (Memphis)
  179. Nubian Monuments
  180. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  181. Wartburg Castle
  182. Isole Eolie
  183. Rome
  184. Loire Valley
  185. Dubrovnik
  186. Saint Catherine Area
  187. Walled City of Baku
  188. Valparaiso
  189. Gyeongju
  190. Plitvice Lakes
  191. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  192. Brugge
  193. Pantanal
  194. Meroe
  195. Air and Téneré
  196. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
  197. Virunga National Park
  198. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  199. Socotra Archipelago
  200. Bikini Atoll