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Michael Turtle
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I'm a travel journalist and blogger who started counting World Heritage Sites in 2011. Often I try to visit the sites as part of other trips - although sometimes I will go to a country just with the mission to see as many as possible.

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Stari Grad Plain

Michael Turtle Australia - 21-Mar-20

Stari Grad Plain

At first glance, the Stari Grad Plain is not particularly interesting - just a large amount of farmland. But, after exploring it for a day, I have a new appreciation of the site. The agricultural practice here are really interesting and seeing them up close with local producers is lovely. But, even more than that, the Stari Grad Plain should be seen as the backdrop for some wonderful exploration. My biggest tip is to hire a bike and use that to get between to all the various things to do around Stari Grad. The plain itself is criss-crossed by paths that you can ride along. I found it so peaceful to pedal through the farmland, looking at the dry stone-wall boundaries with the olive trees or vineyards in between

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Michael Turtle Australia - 20-Mar-20

Mont-Saint-Michel

I feel a bit sorry for people who only visit Mont St Michel as a day trip. Part of the magic of this spectacular site is seeing the way it changes colour at different times of the day and takes on a whole new image as the tide changes. I spent two night there and I would like to share some of my tips for visiting Mont Saint Michel. Firstly, stay for at least one night. In the evenings, you get some amazing views of the sunset from the banks on the southern side of the bridge (eastern is probably slightly better but western side also works well). And in the morning the island is a spectacular colour at sunrise from the western banks on the southern side of the bridge

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San Gimignano

Michael Turtle Australia - 20-Mar-20

San Gimignano

I've now been to San Gimignano twice. The first visit, I popped in for a few hours and walked around, thinking that was enough. The second visit, I stayed for two nights and saw a whole new side of the town. For those who have time, this is what I would recommend! In the mornings before the tour groups arrive, the streets are deserted and you can explore with nobody but the local cafe owner in sight. In the evenings, the colours of the sunset are incredible. There's also no shortage of things to do in San Gimignano. Obviously the towers are the most prominent feature and I would recommend climbing the Torre Grossa for amazing views and the Torre e Casa Campatelli to see a different style

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Cesky Krumlov

Michael Turtle Australia - 02-Aug-18

Cesky Krumlov

I know everyone uses the term 'fairy tale' to describe Cesky Krumlov - but it really is apt! It's such a beautiful place and looking down from the viewpoints and walking through the streets is so charming. I really enjoyed my visit here.

I only went as a day trip (from nearby Ceske Budejovice, which is a good alternative for accommodation). A day trip was easily enough time to see everything, including the castle. But I do suspect it would be quite nice to spend the night in Cesky Krumlov and explore a bit more when the tour groups all leave. I also saw people kayaking on the river and that would be a lovely way to spend an afternoon, if you had a bit more time.

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Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

Michael Turtle Australia - 02-Aug-18

Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

There is some so beautiful about this site - but it obviously suffers from the problem of too much tourism. There is very little authenticity left in the economy of the villages, which now rely almost exclusively on visitors.

However, having said that, I visited in April and was quite lucky with the crowds. Although there were a lot of people around, it wasn't nearly as many as you would get in the peak summer period. And the weather was absolutely perfect for hiking. I would highly recommend people consider going in these shoulder periods.

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Michael Turtle
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Iguazu
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Bagan, Myanmar

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  1. Stari Grad Plain
  2. Mont-Saint-Michel
  3. San Gimignano
  4. Cesky Krumlov
  5. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  6. Pompei
  7. Petra
  8. Sintra
  9. Pont du Gard
  10. Rome
  11. Preah Vihear Temple
  12. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  13. Ha Long Bay
  14. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  15. Salzburg
  16. Nikko
  17. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  18. Ancient Nara
  19. Ancient Kyoto
  20. Los Glaciares
  21. Cueva de las Manos
  22. Peninsula Valdes
  23. Gondwana Rainforests
  24. Greater Blue Mountains
  25. Uluru
  26. Xanthos-Letoon
  27. Istanbul
  28. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  29. Kotor
  30. Durmitor National Park
  31. Tower of London
  32. Westminster
  33. Blenheim Palace
  34. Brugge
  35. Major Town Houses
  36. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  37. Grand Place, Brussels
  38. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  39. The Four Lifts
  40. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  41. Stoclet House
  42. Churches of Chiloé
  43. Sewell Mining Town
  44. Valparaiso
  45. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  46. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  47. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  48. Iguacu
  49. Iguazu National Park
  50. Rio de Janeiro
  51. Colonia del Sacramento
  52. Temple of Heaven
  53. Great Wall
  54. Yosemite National Park
  55. My Son
  56. Hoi An
  57. Royal Exhibition Building
  58. Hué
  59. Flemish Béguinages
  60. Arequipa
  61. Qhapaq Ñan
  62. Lima
  63. Regensburg
  64. Maulbronn Monastery
  65. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  66. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  67. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  68. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  69. Wadden Sea
  70. Stralsund and Wismar
  71. Bauhaus Sites
  72. Fagus Factory
  73. Primeval Beech Forests
  74. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  75. Messel Pit
  76. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  77. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  78. Medina of Essaouira
  79. Medina of Marrakesh
  80. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  81. Bryggen
  82. Te Wahipounamu
  83. Baroque Churches
  84. Sigiriya
  85. Anuradhapura
  86. Polonnaruva
  87. Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
  88. Central Highlands
  89. Kandy
  90. Old Town of Galle
  91. Wartburg Castle
  92. Speyer Cathedral
  93. Muskauer Park
  94. Völklingen Ironworks
  95. Classical Weimar
  96. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  97. Potsdam
  98. Zollverein
  99. Bamberg
  100. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  101. Lübeck
  102. Corvey
  103. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  104. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  105. Luther Memorials
  106. Würzburg Residence
  107. Quedlinburg
  108. Cologne Cathedral
  109. Medina of Fez
  110. Mazagan
  111. Meknes
  112. Volubilis
  113. Rabat
  114. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  115. Aachen Cathedral
  116. Le Havre
  117. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  118. Schokland
  119. Thang Long
  120. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  121. Brú na Bóinne
  122. Robben Island
  123. Tallinn
  124. Angkor
  125. Trang An
  1. 'Biogradska gora' National Park (T)
  2. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  3. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  4. Ayeyawady River Corridor (T)
  5. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  6. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  7. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  8. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  9. Central Park (T)
  10. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  11. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  12. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  13. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  14. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  15. Ensemble de Beng Mealea (T)
  16. Etosha Pan (T)
  17. Fann mountains (T)
  18. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  19. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  20. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  21. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  22. Inle Lake (T)
  23. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  24. Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) (T)
  25. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  26. Mausoleum of "Mukhammad Bashoro" (T)
  27. Mon cities : Bago, Hanthawaddy (T)
  28. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  29. Mountain Chains (T)
  30. Old Town of Bar (T)
  31. Orvieto (T)
  32. Raja Ampat Islands (T)
  33. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  34. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  35. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  36. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  37. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  38. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  39. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  40. The city of Bergamo (T)
  41. The early medieval architectural complex of Panauti (T)
  42. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  43. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  44. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  45. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  46. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  47. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  48. The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point (T)
  49. Tilaurakot, the archaeological remains of ancient Shakya Kingdom (T)
  50. Trakai Historical National Park (T)

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