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Joel Baldwin

Traveller, blogger and videographer from Australia, retired at 35 and travelling the world, aiming to visit every UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Ivrea Joel Baldwin

Ivrea by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Ivrea in January 2018 on a sunny winter's afternoon. It's an easy one hour train ride from Turin's two main stations, and trains leave about every hour. The (proposed) World Heritage area is adjacent to the train station, and everywhere is fully walkable.

There's a nice trail of information signs, talking about the Olivetti company and its eponymous founders - the main employers for the town in the 20th century. The large factory building is very impressive and reminded us quite a bit of the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam.

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Verona Joel Baldwin

Verona by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Verona in early September 2017. We had a fantastic day here, walking around and exploring in the late summer sunshine.

The UNESCO entry for this location specifically mentions the legacy of the Roman era, the medieval era, and the Venetian era, and I actually found it really easy to wander around and spot parts of each on display. It's such a great city for exploring and discovering, with cool little history tidbits along the way.

See below for my full video review!

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Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy Joel Baldwin

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited two of the Sacri Monti in September 2017. Staying near Lake Como, we decided to visit first Varese and secondly Ossuccio. Unfortunately we found the site at Varese to be a total disappointment, since you can basically drive to the top and it's just a confused jumble of uninspired buildings.

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Bellinzone Joel Baldwin

Bellinzone by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Bellinzona as a day trip from Lake Como in September 2017. We visited the uppermost castle first, enjoying the views up and down the valley. From here we drove down to the middle castle, where we left the car to explore and walk down to both the town and the lowest castle.

All three are in good condition though as others have mentioned, they've definitely been "enthusiastically" restored in places. We definitely enjoyed our visit though!

As a side note, it's incredible how Italian this area of Switzerland is, we really couldn't tell that we weren't in Italy at all!

See the link below for my full video review!

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Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch Joel Baldwin

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch by Joel Baldwin

My wife and I visited Jungfrau in August 2017. We managed to luck out with our visit, with super clear skies and reasonable temperatures both in the valley and up top. Given the prices and the crowds, I would strongly recommend purchasing the "Good Morning" ticket, which offers a substantial discount (down to about 120 CHF per person). You need to be on one of the first two trains up in the morning (departing Grindelweld at 7:25 or 7:40), and then descend again from the mountain by around 1:30pm.

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Name: Joel Baldwin

Country: Australia

Visited WHS: 344

Most Impressive: Historic Centre of Istanbul

Proposal New WHS: Isle of Skye, Scotland


Update 2018-07-16 15:16:04

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  5. Agrigento
  6. Albi
  7. Alcala de Henares
  8. Altamira Cave
  9. Alto Douro
  10. Amiens Cathedral
  11. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  12. Ancient Thebes
  13. Angkor
  14. Antequera Dolmens Site
  15. Aquileia
  16. Arab-Norman Palermo
  17. Aranjuez
  18. Arles
  19. Assisi
  20. Asturian Monuments
  21. Atapuerca
  22. Auschwitz Birkenau
  23. Australian Convict Sites
  24. Avignon
  25. Avila
  26. Ayutthaya
  27. Bali Subak system
  28. Banska Stiavnica
  29. Bardejov Town
  30. Baroque Churches
  31. Bauhaus Sites
  32. Beemster Polder
  33. Belem
  34. Belfries
  35. Bellinzone
  36. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  37. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  38. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  39. Birka and Hovgarden
  40. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  41. Blenheim Palace
  42. Bordeaux
  43. Borobudur
  44. Botanical Garden, Padua
  45. Bourges Cathedral
  46. Brugge
  47. Bryggen
  48. Brú na Bóinne
  49. Budapest
  50. Burgos Cathedral
  51. Burgundy
  52. Caceres
  53. Canal du Midi
  54. Canterbury
  55. Castel del Monte
  56. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  57. Causses and Cévennes
  58. Caves and Ice Age Art
  59. Centennial Hall
  60. Cesky Krumlov
  61. Champagne
  62. Chartres Cathedral
  63. Christiansfeld
  64. Churches of Peace
  65. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  66. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  67. City of Bath
  68. City of Luxembourg
  69. Classical Weimar
  70. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  71. Cologne Cathedral
  72. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  73. Cordoba
  74. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  75. Costiera Amalfitana
  76. Cracow
  77. Crespi d'Adda
  78. Cuenca
  79. Curonian Spit
  80. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  81. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  82. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  83. Derwent Valley Mills
  84. Donana National Park
  85. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  86. Drottningholm
  87. Dubrovnik
  88. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  89. Edinburgh
  90. El Escurial
  91. Elvas
  92. Engelsberg Ironworks
  93. Etruscan Necropolises
  94. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  95. Evora
  96. Fagus Factory
  97. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  98. Ferrara
  99. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  100. Flemish Béguinages
  101. Florence
  102. Fontainebleau
  103. Forth Bridge
  104. Fortifications of Vauban
  105. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  106. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  107. Fraser Island
  108. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  109. Gammelstad
  110. Garajonay
  111. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  112. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  113. Genoa
  114. Giant's Causeway
  115. Gorham's Cave Complex
  116. Granada
  117. Grand Canyon
  118. Grand Place, Brussels
  119. Graz
  120. Great Barrier Reef
  121. Greater Blue Mountains
  122. Grimeton Radio Station
  123. Guimarães
  124. Gunung Mulu
  125. Gwynedd Castles
  126. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  127. Hawaii Volcanoes
  128. Heritage of Mercury
  129. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  130. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  131. Historic Cairo
  132. Hollókö
  133. Holy Trinity Column
  134. Hortobágy
  135. Ibiza
  136. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  137. Ironbridge Gorge
  138. Isole Eolie
  139. Istanbul
  140. Jelling
  141. Kakadu National Park
  142. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  143. Karlskrona
  144. Kernavë
  145. Kew Gardens
  146. Kilimanjaro National Park
  147. Kinabalu Park
  148. Kinderdijk
  149. Kronborg Castle
  150. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  151. La Lonja de la Seda
  152. Lake District
  153. Laponian Area
  154. Las Medulas
  155. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  156. Le Havre
  157. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  158. Litomysl Castle
  159. Liverpool
  160. Loire Valley
  161. Longobards in Italy
  162. Luang Prabang
  163. Luther Memorials
  164. Lyon
  165. Lübeck
  166. Macao
  167. Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
  168. Major Town Houses
  169. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  170. Maritime Greenwich
  171. Matera
  172. Maulbronn Monastery
  173. Medici Villas and Gardens
  174. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  175. Melaka and George Town
  176. Messel Pit
  177. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  178. Modena
  179. Monastery of Alcobaça
  180. Monastery of Batalha
  181. Mont-Saint-Michel
  182. Monte San Giorgio
  183. Mount Etna
  184. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  185. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  186. Mérida
  187. Nancy
  188. Naples
  189. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  190. Neolithic Orkney
  191. New Lanark
  192. Ngorongoro
  193. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  194. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  195. Nubian Monuments
  196. Old City of Berne
  197. Old Rauma
  198. Oporto
  199. Orange
  200. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  201. Palmeral of Elche
  202. Pannonhalma
  203. Par force hunting landscape
  204. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  205. Petäjävesi Old Church
  206. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  207. Pienza
  208. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  209. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  210. Poblet Monastery
  211. Pompei
  212. Pont du Gard
  213. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  214. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  215. Potsdam
  216. Prague
  217. Prambanan
  218. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  219. Provins
  220. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  221. Pyramids (Memphis)
  222. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  223. Quedlinburg
  224. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  225. Ravenna
  226. Redwood
  227. Reichenau
  228. Reims
  229. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  230. Rhaetian Railway
  231. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  232. Riga
  233. Rjukan / Notodden
  234. Rock Art of Alta
  235. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  236. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  237. Roman Walls of Lugo
  238. Rome
  239. Roskilde Cathedral
  240. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  241. Royal Palace at Caserta
  242. Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
  243. Røros
  244. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  245. Saint-Emilion
  246. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  247. Salamanca
  248. Saltaire
  249. Salzburg
  250. Sammallahdenmäki
  251. San Cristobal de La Laguna
  252. San Gimignano
  253. San Marino and Mount Titano
  254. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  255. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  256. Santiago de Compostela
  257. Schokland
  258. Schönbrunn
  259. Segovia
  260. Semmering Railway
  261. Serengeti
  262. Seville
  263. Siena
  264. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  265. Sintra
  266. Skocjan Caves
  267. Skogskyrkogarden
  268. Southern Öland
  269. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  270. Speyer Cathedral
  271. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  272. Split
  273. Stevns Klint
  274. Stoclet House
  275. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  276. Stonehenge
  277. Stralsund and Wismar
  278. Strasbourg
  279. Struve Geodetic Arc
  280. Studley Royal Park
  281. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  282. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  283. Sydney Opera House
  284. Syracuse
  285. Tallinn
  286. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  287. Tarraco
  288. Teide National Park
  289. Telc
  290. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  291. The Four Lifts
  292. The trulli of Alberobello
  293. Tokaji Wine Region
  294. Toledo
  295. Tower of Hercules
  296. Tower of London
  297. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  298. Trebic
  299. Trier
  300. Trogir
  301. Tugendhat Villa
  302. University of Coimbra
  303. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  304. Urbino
  305. Urnes Stave Church
  306. Val d'Orcia
  307. Val di Noto
  308. Vall de Boi
  309. Valletta
  310. Van Nellefabriek
  311. Vatican City
  312. Vegaøyan
  313. Venetian Works of Defence
  314. Venice and its Lagoon
  315. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  316. Verona
  317. Versailles
  318. Vicenza
  319. Vienna
  320. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  321. Villa Romana del Casale
  322. Villa d'Este
  323. Vilnius
  324. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  325. Vizcaya Bridge
  326. Vlkolinec
  327. Vézelay
  328. Vézère Valley
  329. Völklingen Ironworks
  330. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  331. Wadden Sea
  332. Wartburg Castle
  333. West Norwegian Fjords
  334. Westminster
  335. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  336. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  337. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  338. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  339. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  340. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  341. Yosemite National Park
  342. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  343. Zollverein
  344. Úbeda and Baeza
  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  2. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  3. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  4. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  5. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  6. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  7. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  8. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  9. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  10. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  11. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  12. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  13. Historic Centre of Guimarães and Couros Zone (extension) (T)
  14. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  15. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  16. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Po (T)
  17. Inle Lake (T)
  18. Karst Valleys of Slovakia (T)
  19. Khor Dubai (T)
  20. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  21. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  22. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  23. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  24. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  25. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  26. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  27. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  28. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  29. The Burren (T)
  30. The city of Bergamo (T)
  31. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  32. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  33. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  34. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  35. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  36. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  37. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  38. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  39. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)