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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, industrial city of the 20th century (T) Joel Baldwin

Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (T) 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: 293

Most Impressive: Historic Centre of Istanbul

Proposal New WHS: Isle of Skye, Scotland


Update 2018-04-22 06:51:07

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