We are a couple living in Brussels and love to travel.
Although we do not select our travel destination based on the WHS list, we find the list a good guide to discover a country's most interesting (and sometimes otherwise overlooked) sites.
Recent Reviews Kbecq
Kbecq Belgium - 07-Jul-22
Surtsey is sometimes called the newest place on earth since it only rose up out of the sea in 1963.
As mentioned below, the island is off limits to tourists and only a handful of scientists are allowed to stay there, which makes it very hard to visit Surtsey. Nevertheless, we gave it a try starting with the tips provided in other reviews, i.e. we contacted SACA to sail to Surtsey in a small Rib boat.
The people at SACA were very helpful, answered all of our questions and even provided us with an overview of the route. However, the price was above our budget/what we wanted to spend so we asked SACA if there were other interested parties willing to share a boat and the cost. There was indeed a fellow WHS enthousiast wanting to go to Surtsey but unfortunately our travel dates did not match.Read On
Kbecq Belgium - 05-Mar-21
Although this site already received a number of reviews, we will add another since it seems that none of the reviewers managed to get a look at the inside of the buildings.
In high season there are regular guided tours during which the buildings can be visited. In principle the tours are in Swedish, but the (very knowledgeable) guide also made the translation in English for us. The tours are in very small groups but since we visited the site in 2020 / covid times, we don’t know if this is always the case.Read On
Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
Kbecq Belgium - 19-Jan-21
Last weekend we watched the Werner Herzog documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams about the Chauvet cave (Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc), triggering this review since we visited the cave last summer.
Since the original cave is closed for visitors and one has to do with a replica cave, the documentary is the only way to admire the beautiful cave art. The replica cave is of course not the real deal, but we must admit that it does not feel fake and that they succeeded very well in copying the actual cave. Some time ago we also visited the Lascaux replica and we found this one the best of the two.Read On
Pitons of Reunion
Kbecq Belgium - 22-Nov-19
Contrary to its neighbour Mauritius, Réunion island does not have a lot of beaches so most people (including ourselves) come for hiking.
Over the course of four days we did four hikes: (i) Trou de Fer, (ii) Col du Taïbit/Marla, (iii) Piton des Neiges, and (iv) Piton de la Fournaise. These and more hikes can be found on the website https://en.reunion.fr/organize/hiking-trails where also GPX tracks can be downloaded and practical information is provided (where to park, distances, …). However, we didn’t need GPX tracks since all hikes are well marked.Read On
Rjukan / Notodden
Kbecq Belgium - 11-Sep-19
The site focuses on the production of fertilizers by using hydro energy. At the core of this site are the Norsk Hydro production- and power plants, but also the Rjukan and Notodden company towns and the transport system between both towns (rail and ferry).
This probably isn’t a site that will appeal to many but because of mr. Kbecq’s professional interest in this industry we couldn’t visit Oslo without also visiting Rjukan and Notodden. We hired a car in Oslo and although it was winter (March) we made it to Rjukan without problems.Read On
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- World War I memorials and cemeteries
Recently Visited WHS
- Update 19.09.22
- Ohrid Region
- Durmitor National Park
- Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
- Berat and Gjirokastra
- Engelsberg Ironworks
- Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
- Pitons of Reunion
- Rjukan / Notodden
- Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Kilimanjaro National Park
- Wadden Sea
- Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
- Fagus Factory
- Teide National Park
- Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
- Rammelsberg and Goslar
- City of Luxembourg
- The Four Lifts
- Namib Sand Sea