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Pitons Management Area 24-Nov-18

Pitons Management Area by Jay T

The Pitons of St. Lucia hold such a place of pride for the country that they are prominently featured on its flag. There was no way I was going to pass up a visit to the twin peaks when I traveled to St. Lucia in the fall of 2016, so I hired a driver from a tour company in the port of Castries to take me to the Pitons Management Area in the southern part of the island, near the town of Soufrière. Along the way I passed banana plantations, fishing villages, and scenic Marigot Bay, but I was most impressed when the Pitons first came into view along the coastline. Before visiting the peaks, my driver took me to the Sulphur Springs geothermal area, which was rather decent to visit, even though I have seen similar areas in other countries. Following Sulphur Springs, we drove to a farm on the Piton Mitan ridge, which connects Gros Piton with Petit Piton. There was a hike on the farm which gave me a spectacular view of the Pitons--particularly Petit Piton--set against the deep blue of the Caribbean. I thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty of the peaks, and I have fond memories of that evening as I left the island, getting one last view of the Pitons silhouetted against the horizon as the sun set.

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Mesa Verde 20-Nov-18

Mesa Verde by Jay T

While hiking the Inca Trail last month, I was wondering how different North American cultural heritage might look if the Inca Empire had extended further north. We may never know what North American Incan architecture would look like, but North America does have incredible Puebloan architecture from the 12th century on display at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. Mesa Verde was one of the first two US World Heritage Sites, and part of the first group of World Heritage Sites inscribed in 1978. The exquisite Cliff Palace is rightly famed, and looks incredible from the viewing platforms; unfortunately when I visited in May 2016, palace tours had not yet started for the season. Instead, I signed up for a tour of Balcony House, built high up on the side of a cliff. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and was impressed at the craftmanship of the rooms and kivas, which look out over a valley. After the tour, I drove around the park's loop trails and stopped by the museum at the visitor center before continuing to nearby Wetherill Mesa, where I visited Step House and hiked some of the Long House trail. Mesa Verde deserves at least one full day for a visit, if not more, and is one of the best cultural sites the US has to offer.

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs 15-Nov-18

Joggins Fossil Cliffs by Jay T

I think that I shall never see a fossil lovely as a tree... Although Joggins Fossil Cliffs does have some reptilian fossils, the vast majority of the fossils on display are of the arboreal variety. I visited Joggins on a cool September day in 2017 and joined a two hour tour on the beach below the cliffs. The tour guide very helpfully showed how the constant erosion of the cliffs was exposing fossilized tree trunks, and also displayed examples of fossils found exposed on the beach. A museum near the car park on the top of the cliffs provided an exhibit revealing what the prehistoric forests would have looked like for context. I enjoyed the tour, as well as the opportunity to wander around the beach afterwards and look for fossils. That said, I am not as much of a fan of fossil sites as I am of sites with natural beauty, so Joggins Fossil Cliffs resonated with me more for its scenic location along the Bay of Fundy. For those World Heritage Site travelers who love fossils, though, Joggins Fossil Cliffs is one of several Canadian sites that would be well worth a visit.

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Grand Place, Brussels 05-Nov-18

Grand Place, Brussels by Jay T

For four to five days in August, every two years, the most scenic square in Brussels is adorned with a floral carpet. When I decided to visit World War I sites in Belgium this past summer, I opted to time my trip to coincide with this exhibit in the Grand Place of Brussels. This year, on the 20th anniversary of the Grand Place becoming a World Heritage Site, Brussels chose to display a carpet celebrating the culture of Guanajuato, Mexico (yet another World Heritage Site). On the Tuesday night prior to the display, the square had been blocked off, patterns had been traced out in the square, and some boxes of flowers were beginning to arrive. I was amazed at how quickly the carpet had been assembled when I walked by the square again on Wednesday morning. I met up with friends on Wednesday afternoon, and we purchased tickets to view the carpet from the second floor of the impressive Town Hall. From the balcony we had an awesome view of the floral display, as well as of the numerous guildhouses enclosing the square. The Mexican theme of the carpet continued at night, with a lively sound and light display celebrating Mexican culture. Although I was less impressed with the remainder of Brussels as a city, the Grand Place of Brussels was definitely worth the visit.

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Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape 03-Oct-18

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape by Jay T

The scope of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape can seem rather daunting, with its multiple components, but after my visit last May, I felt I had a better understanding of its role in the Industrial Revolution. I appreciated the recommendations of other reviewers on this site to help focus my travels, and used the quaint town of Tavistock as a base for my two day tour. From Tavistock, which is well described already, I followed its canal south to the Victorian river port of Morwellham Quay. This open air museum includes a copper mine, a village with a large water wheel used to crush manganese, and a quay once famed for the amount of copper transiting through it. Similar to Morwellham was the atmospheric port of Charlestown, where fog was rolling in over tall ship replicas when I arrived. This coastal harbor in southern Cornwall was also used to transport the region's copper out to the world. Some of this copper ore was shipped north to the Welsh port of Swansea, which, thanks to its nearby coal reserves, became famous as a copper smelting city in the 18th and 19th centuries. One can easily enjoy touring Cornwall and Devon with no knowledge of this World Heritage Site, but I really appreciated learning about the region's mining history.

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Name: Jay T

Country: USA

Visited WHS: 165

Most Impressive: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

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

Update 2018-10-20 21:02:01

  1. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks : 5.0
  2. Edinburgh : 5.0
  3. Grand Canyon : 5.0
  4. Great Barrier Reef : 5.0
  5. Iguacu : 5.0
  6. Iguazu National Park : 5.0
  7. Istanbul : 5.0
  8. Mesa Verde : 5.0
  9. Old City of Jerusalem : 5.0
  10. Paris, Banks of the Seine : 5.0
  11. Petra : 5.0
  12. Rome : 5.0
  13. St. Petersburg : 5.0
  14. Uluru : 5.0
  15. Venice and its Lagoon : 5.0
  16. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park : 5.0
  17. Yosemite National Park : 5.0
  18. Acropolis : 4.5
  19. Everglades : 4.5
  20. Galapagos Islands : 4.5
  21. Gros Morne National Park : 4.5
  22. Göreme NP : 4.5
  23. Hawaii Volcanoes : 4.5
  24. Mont-Saint-Michel : 4.5
  25. Nikko : 4.5
  26. Vatican City : 4.5
  27. Versailles : 4.5
  28. Wadi Rum : 4.5
  29. Works of Antoni Gaudí : 4.5
  30. Yellowstone : 4.5
  31. Amsterdam Canal Ring : 4.0
  32. Budapest : 4.0
  33. Costiera Amalfitana : 4.0
  34. Ephesus : 4.0
  35. Florence : 4.0
  36. Hierapolis-Pamukkale : 4.0
  37. Independence Hall : 4.0
  38. Ironbridge Gorge : 4.0
  39. Kinderdijk : 4.0
  40. Kremlin and Red Square : 4.0
  41. L'Anse aux Meadows : 4.0
  42. La Fortaleza : 4.0
  43. Quito : 4.0
  44. Québec : 4.0
  45. Rietveld Schröderhuis : 4.0
  46. Salzburg : 4.0
  47. Schönbrunn : 4.0
  48. Siena : 4.0
  49. Singapore Botanic Gardens : 4.0
  50. Skocjan Caves : 4.0
  51. Statue of Liberty : 4.0
  52. Tongariro National Park : 4.0
  53. Upper Middle Rhine Valley : 4.0
  54. Vienna : 4.0
  55. Australian Convict Sites : 3.5
  56. Brú na Bóinne : 3.5
  57. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape : 3.5
  58. Grand Place, Brussels : 3.5
  59. Ibiza : 3.5
  60. Kew Gardens : 3.5
  61. Olympia : 3.5
  62. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa) : 3.5
  63. San Marino and Mount Titano : 3.5
  64. Split : 3.5
  65. Vicenza : 3.5
  66. Al Ain : 3.0
  67. Ayutthaya : 3.0
  68. Belem : 3.0
  69. Botanical Garden, Padua : 3.0
  70. Grand Pré : 3.0
  71. Great Smoky Mountains : 3.0
  72. Greater Blue Mountains : 3.0
  73. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis : 3.0
  74. Monticello : 3.0
  75. Morne Trois Pitons : 3.0
  76. Naples : 3.0
  77. Pitons Management Area : 3.0
  78. San Antonio Missions : 3.0
  79. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca : 3.0
  80. Wet Tropics of Queensland : 3.0
  81. Antigua Naval Dockyard : 2.5
  82. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" : 2.5
  83. Biblical Tells : 2.5
  84. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape : 2.5
  85. Blenheim Palace : 2.5
  86. Cahokia Mounds : 2.5
  87. Colonia del Sacramento : 2.5
  88. Defence Line of Amsterdam : 2.5
  89. Forth Bridge : 2.5
  90. Fortifications of Vauban : 2.5
  91. Kotor : 2.5
  92. Novodevichy Convent : 2.5
  93. Old Town Lunenburg : 2.5
  94. Poverty Point : 2.5
  95. Quseir Amra : 2.5
  96. Rideau Canal : 2.5
  97. Royal Exhibition Building : 2.5
  98. Sangay National Park : 2.5
  99. Tombs of Buganda Kings : 2.5
  100. Turaif Quarter : 2.5
  101. Um er-Rasas : 2.5
  102. Venetian Works of Defence : 2.5
  103. White City of Tel-Aviv : 2.5
  104. Belfries : 2.0
  105. Evora : 2.0
  106. Joggins Fossil Cliffs : 2.0
  107. Miguasha Park : 2.0
  108. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau : 2.0
  109. Ancient Thebes
  110. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  111. Brugge
  112. Camino Real
  113. Canterbury
  114. Caral-Supe
  115. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  116. Chaco Culture
  117. Chavin
  118. City of Bath
  119. City of Luxembourg
  120. Cuzco
  121. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  122. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  123. Dubrovnik
  124. Flemish Béguinages
  125. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  126. Giant's Causeway
  127. Gwynedd Castles
  128. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  129. Historic Cairo
  130. Huascaran National Park
  131. Lake Baikal
  132. Lima
  133. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  134. Machu Picchu
  135. Major Town Houses
  136. Mammoth Cave
  137. Maritime Greenwich
  138. Masada
  139. Medici Villas and Gardens
  140. Melaka and George Town
  141. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  142. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  143. New Lanark
  144. Nubian Monuments
  145. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  146. Pompei
  147. Popocatepetl monasteries
  148. Potsdam
  149. Primeval Beech Forests
  150. Puebla
  151. Pyramids (Memphis)
  152. Qhapaq Ñan
  153. Redwood
  154. Sintra
  155. Stoclet House
  156. Stonehenge
  157. Sydney Opera House
  158. Taos Pueblo
  159. Teotihuacan
  160. Thingvellir
  161. Tower of London
  162. Trogir
  163. Westminster
  164. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  165. Xochicalco
  1. Pitons Management Area
  2. Mesa Verde
  3. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  4. Grand Place, Brussels
  5. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  6. Belfries
  7. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  8. Split
  9. Quito
  10. Greater Blue Mountains
  11. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  12. Vicenza
  13. Skocjan Caves
  14. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  15. La Fortaleza
  16. Grand Pré
  17. Botanical Garden, Padua
  18. White City of Tel-Aviv
  19. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  20. San Antonio Missions
  21. Olympia
  22. Kotor
  23. Great Smoky Mountains
  24. Colonia del Sacramento
  25. Antigua Naval Dockyard
  26. Venetian Works of Defence
  27. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  28. Petra
  29. Kinderdijk
  30. Galapagos Islands
  31. Budapest
  32. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  33. Sangay National Park
  34. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  35. Kremlin and Red Square
  36. Great Barrier Reef
  37. Brú na Bóinne
  38. Westminster
  39. Sintra
  40. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  41. Kew Gardens
  42. Göreme NP
  43. Blenheim Palace
  44. Wadi Rum
  45. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  46. Old City of Jerusalem
  47. Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
  48. Giant's Causeway
  49. Biblical Tells
  50. Vienna
  51. Schönbrunn
  52. Morne Trois Pitons
  53. Ironbridge Gorge
  54. Fortifications of Vauban
  55. Belem
  56. Versailles
  57. Siena
  58. Old Town Lunenburg
  59. L'Anse aux Meadows
  60. Forth Bridge
  61. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  62. Venice and its Lagoon
  63. San Marino and Mount Titano
  64. Nubian Monuments
  65. Independence Hall
  66. Florence
  67. Ayutthaya
  68. Vatican City
  69. Salzburg
  70. Novodevichy Convent
  71. Iguazu National Park
  72. Evora
  73. Ancient Thebes
  74. Um er-Rasas
  75. Rome
  76. New Lanark
  77. Iguacu
  78. Everglades
  79. Australian Convict Sites
  80. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  81. Royal Exhibition Building
  82. Nikko
  83. Istanbul
  84. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  85. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  86. Uluru
  87. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  88. Naples
  89. Ibiza
  90. Edinburgh
  91. Al Ain
  92. Turaif Quarter
  93. Rideau Canal
  94. Ephesus
  95. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  96. Historic Cairo
  97. Acropolis
  98. Tower of London
  99. Quseir Amra
  100. Mont-Saint-Michel
  101. Hawaii Volcanoes
  102. Costiera Amalfitana
  103. Yosemite National Park
  104. Tongariro National Park
  105. Québec
  106. Monticello
  107. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  108. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  1. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  2. Arbel (arbel, nebe shueb, horns of hittim) (T)
  3. Archaeological Complex of Pachacamac (T)
  4. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  5. Bet She'an (T)
  6. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  7. Caesarea (T)
  8. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  11. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  12. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  13. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  14. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  15. Early Synagogues in the Galilee (T)
  16. Ellis Island (T)
  17. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  18. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  19. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  20. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  21. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  22. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  23. Khor Dubai (T)
  24. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  25. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  26. Mount Vernon (T)
  27. Napier Art Deco historic precinct (T)
  28. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  29. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  30. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  31. Rade de Marseille (T)
  32. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  33. Seoul City Wall (T)
  34. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  35. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  36. Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (T)
  37. St. George Fortified System (T)
  38. St. George Historic District (T)
  39. Teylers (T)
  40. The Burren (T)
  41. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  42. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  43. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  44. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  45. Triple-arch Gate at Dan & Sources of the Jordan (T)
  46. Waitangi Treaty Grounds historic precinct (T)
  1. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  2. Koutammakou
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Alto Douro
  5. Olympia
  6. Acropolis
  7. Ephesus
  8. Pompei
  9. Baalbek
  10. Leptis Magna
  11. Syracuse
  12. Aleppo
  13. Medina of Marrakesh
  14. Medina of Fez
  15. Samarkand
  16. Hué
  17. Potala Palace
  18. Borobudur
  19. Bamiyan Valley
  20. Taj Mahal
  21. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  22. Aachen Cathedral
  23. Lalibela
  24. Meteora
  25. Vatican City
  26. Saint Catherine Area
  27. Mont-Saint-Michel
  28. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  29. Qadisha Valley
  30. Chartres Cathedral
  31. Luther Memorials
  32. Abbey of St Gall
  33. Westminster
  34. Sydney Opera House
  35. Kremlin and Red Square
  36. Kinderdijk
  37. Cliff of Bandiagara
  38. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  39. Meroe
  40. Ouro Preto
  41. Québec
  42. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  43. Santo Domingo
  44. Old Havana
  45. Coffee Cultural Landscape
  46. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  47. Tequila
  48. Costiera Amalfitana
  49. Loire Valley
  50. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  51. Rio de Janeiro
  52. Grand Pré
  53. Air and Téneré
  54. El Pinacate
  55. Wadi Rum
  56. Namib Sand Sea
  57. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
  58. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  59. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  60. Pyramids (Memphis)
  61. Nubian Monuments
  62. Göreme NP
  63. Grand Canyon
  64. Uluru
  65. Ironbridge Gorge
  66. Ancient Kyoto
  67. Gyeongju
  68. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  69. Virunga National Park
  70. Galapagos Islands
  71. Banc d'Arguin
  72. Ngorongoro
  73. Serengeti
  74. Keoladeo National Park
  75. Cape Floral Region
  76. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  77. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  78. Dja Faunal Reserve
  79. Glacier parks
  80. Yosemite National Park
  81. Los Glaciares
  82. Laponian Area
  83. Gros Morne National Park
  84. Chola Temples
  85. Fujisan
  86. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  87. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  88. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  89. South China Karst
  90. Gunung Mulu
  91. Ha Long Bay
  92. Skocjan Caves
  93. Carlsbad Caverns
  94. Cuzco
  95. West Norwegian Fjords
  96. Gulf of California
  97. Te Wahipounamu
  98. Great Barrier Reef
  99. Socotra Archipelago
  100. Brazilian Atlantic Islands
  101. Maritime Greenwich
  102. Valparaiso
  103. Granada
  104. Cracow
  105. Brugge
  106. Seville
  107. Strasbourg
  108. Auschwitz Birkenau
  109. Genbaku Dome
  110. Statue of Liberty
  111. Bikini Atoll
  112. Independence Hall
  113. Gwynedd Castles
  114. Himeji-jo
  115. Great Wall
  116. Masada
  117. Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  118. Red Fort
  119. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  120. Potosi
  121. Guanajuato
  122. Sewell Mining Town
  123. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  124. Sagarmatha National Park
  125. Kilimanjaro National Park
  126. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  127. Western Ghats
  128. Huascaran National Park
  129. Samarra
  130. Persepolis
  131. Petra
  132. Al Ain
  133. Rapa Nui
  134. Imperial Palace
  135. Versailles
  136. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  137. Wartburg Castle
  138. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  139. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  140. Potsdam
  141. Site of Carthage
  142. Tyre
  143. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  144. Florence
  145. St. Petersburg
  146. Dubrovnik
  147. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  148. Budapest
  149. Vienna
  150. Valletta
  151. SGang Gwaay
  152. Mesa Verde
  153. Machu Picchu
  154. Chan Chan
  155. Teotihuacan
  156. Tikal National Park
  157. Chichen-Itza
  158. Cahokia Mounds
  159. Stonehenge
  160. Nasca Lines
  161. Tasmanian Wilderness
  162. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  163. Kenya Lake System
  164. Pantanal
  165. Victoria Falls
  166. Lake Baikal
  167. Okavango Delta
  168. Iguazu National Park
  169. Plitvice Lakes
  170. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  171. Everglades
  172. Angkor
  173. Ayutthaya
  174. Silk Roads
  175. Qhapaq Ñan
  176. Island of Gorée
  177. Venice and its Lagoon
  178. Istanbul
  179. Rome
  180. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  181. Damascus
  182. Old City of Jerusalem
  183. Prague
  184. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  185. Edinburgh
  186. Salzburg
  187. Old City of Acre
  188. Walled City of Baku
  189. Cordoba
  190. Shibam
  191. Brasilia
  192. Thingvellir
  193. L'Anse aux Meadows
  194. Isole Eolie
  195. Hawaii Volcanoes
  196. Yellowstone
  197. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  198. Giant's Causeway
  199. Tongariro National Park
  200. Pitons Management Area