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Michael Turtle
Michael Turtle.

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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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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Pompei

Michael Turtle Australia - 17-Jul-18

Pompei

I don't think anything can quite prepare you for visiting Pompeii. The site is so large that it's overwhelming at first and it's hard to know where to go and what to see. After a couple of hours of exploring, it all starts to make a bit more sense and you get a sense of how the the urban design is laid out.

I guess it's like every time you arrive in a new city - it takes a little while to get your bearings.

Pompeii is the kind of place where a guide or an organised tour would actually be really useful. I didn't have one and I regretted it by the end. But, having said that, there was also something really nice about being able to wander and explore such a vast site by myself.

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Petra

Michael Turtle Australia - 16-Jun-18

Petra

It probably goes without saying that Petra is an incredible site - one of the best in the world. I had high expectations before arriving and my visit exceeded them!

I spent about 10 hours at the site over just one day. I arrived with a tour group at about 6am and we toured around the main sights together until about 11am. Then I had another five hours on my own.

My first recommendation would be to get there early. It was magical arriving really early in the morning before other tourists arrived. Having the walk through the canyon without the crowds and then seeing the treasury (and being able to take photos) with nobody in front of me was incredible. I won't forget it soon!

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Sintra

Michael Turtle Australia - 19-Apr-18

Sintra

I decided to do a one day trip to Sintra from Lisbon. I think this is the minimum amount of time you should spend there. In retrospect, I wish I had done two days there - either staying overnight in Sintra town or catching the train back again from Lisbon.

It's a beautiful landscape with so much to see. I found it fascinating to see the evolution of the site from the period of the Moors, through the Medieval years, up to the Romantic 19th century and even into the way Sintra is used today.

There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of (if not the number one) best WHS in Portugal. So it's no surprise that it is incredibly busy. The other advantage of going for a second day is that you can visit some of the areas that are less crowded because the day-trippers focus on the highlights.

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Michael Turtle
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Iguazu
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Bagan, Myanmar

Recently Visited WHS

Update 07.07.19
Rating Stats
  1. Cesky Krumlov
  2. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  3. Pompei
  4. Petra
  5. Sintra
  6. Pont du Gard
  7. Rome
  8. Preah Vihear Temple
  9. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  10. Ha Long Bay
  11. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  12. Salzburg
  13. Nikko
  14. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  15. Ancient Nara
  16. Ancient Kyoto
  17. Los Glaciares
  18. Cueva de las Manos
  19. Peninsula Valdes
  20. Gondwana Rainforests
  21. Greater Blue Mountains
  22. Uluru
  23. Xanthos-Letoon
  24. Istanbul
  25. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  26. Kotor
  27. Durmitor National Park
  28. Tower of London
  29. Westminster
  30. Blenheim Palace
  31. Brugge
  32. Major Town Houses
  33. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  34. Grand Place, Brussels
  35. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  36. The Four Lifts
  37. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  38. Stoclet House
  39. Churches of Chiloé
  40. Sewell Mining Town
  41. Valparaiso
  42. Ischigualasto / Talampaya
  43. Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
  44. Jesuit Missions of Trinidad and Jesus
  45. Iguacu
  46. Iguazu National Park
  47. Rio de Janeiro
  48. Colonia del Sacramento
  49. Temple of Heaven
  50. Great Wall
  51. Yosemite National Park
  52. My Son
  53. Hoi An
  54. Royal Exhibition Building
  55. Hué
  56. Flemish Béguinages
  57. Arequipa
  58. Qhapaq Ñan
  59. Lima
  60. Regensburg
  61. Maulbronn Monastery
  62. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  63. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  64. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  65. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  66. Wadden Sea
  67. Stralsund and Wismar
  68. Bauhaus Sites
  69. Fagus Factory
  70. Primeval Beech Forests
  71. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  72. Messel Pit
  73. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  74. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  75. Medina of Essaouira
  76. Medina of Marrakesh
  77. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  78. Bryggen
  79. Te Wahipounamu
  80. Baroque Churches
  81. Sigiriya
  82. Anuradhapura
  83. Polonnaruva
  84. Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
  85. Central Highlands
  86. Kandy
  87. Old Town of Galle
  88. Wartburg Castle
  89. Speyer Cathedral
  90. Muskauer Park
  91. Völklingen Ironworks
  92. Classical Weimar
  93. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  94. Potsdam
  95. Zollverein
  96. Bamberg
  97. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  98. Lübeck
  99. Corvey
  100. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  101. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  102. Luther Memorials
  103. Würzburg Residence
  104. Quedlinburg
  105. Cologne Cathedral
  106. Medina of Fez
  107. Mazagan
  108. Meknes
  109. Volubilis
  110. Rabat
  111. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  112. Aachen Cathedral
  113. Le Havre
  114. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  115. Schokland
  116. Thang Long
  117. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  118. Brú na Bóinne
  119. Robben Island
  120. Tallinn
  121. Angkor
  122. 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. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  18. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  19. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  20. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  21. Inle Lake (T)
  22. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  23. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  24. Mon cities : Bago, Hanthawaddy (T)
  25. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  26. Mountain Chains (T)
  27. Old Town of Bar (T)
  28. Orvieto (T)
  29. Raja Ampat Islands (T)
  30. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  31. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  32. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  33. Smederevo Fortress (T)
  34. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  35. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  36. The Bodrum Castle (T)
  37. The city of Bergamo (T)
  38. The early medieval architectural complex of Panauti (T)
  39. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  40. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  41. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  42. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  43. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  44. The Tabon Cave Complex and all of Lipuun Point (T)
  45. Tilaurakot, the archaeological remains of ancient Shakya Kingdom (T)
  46. Trakai Historical National Park (T)

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