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Al Qastal (Settlement) (T)

Ralf Regele Germany - 10-Nov-18

Al Qastal (Settlement) (T)

Now this site is currently hard to find. There are absolutely no street signs, Google Maps does not know it, my car GPS does not know it. I ended up driving slowly up and down the side road towards the airport, looking out for anything that looked ancient and archeological. Excuse my, have you seen the lost city of Al-Qastal ? It might have been lost again ! Luckily, there is a modern settlement with the same name, and somewhere in between the ruined modern houses are the ancient ruined houses ! As it turned out, the site is not really prepared for touristic visits. Like, totally not prepared. There are no signs, fences, pathes, visitor, keepers or anything. Some archeological clean-up has taken place, but that's it

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The Turf House Tradition (T)

Ralf Regele Germany - 14-Sep-18

The Turf House Tradition (T)

Turf houses were actually the primary (and almost solely) form of housing in iceland from the viking ages till the 19th century. Trees and timber were in very short supply in iceland. Turf houses have only a light wood framework, the roof and many walls are made out of turf blocks. Turf houses have the advantage of a good isolation, but are difficult to maintain and could only be built to a certain size - which is why even bigger turf buildings are an aggregation of relatively small huts. Turf houses only last for roughly a century, which means that all of the islandic turf houses are no older than the 19th century. Many of the buildings are mentioned in older sources, but were rebuilt again and again throughout the ages

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Vatnajökull National Park (T)

Ralf Regele Germany - 11-Sep-18

Vatnajökull National Park (T)

The Vatnajökull National Park area is a bit unusual, as it includes the Jökulsargljufur National Park, which has no borders to the rest of the park, creating a second location for the site. Having just visited this exclave, I can highly recommend it. It features some of the most spectacular scenery in a country overflowing with great landscapes. The glacier-fed river Jökulsa a Fjöllum (which orginates a long way down south in the main park area) is cutting through a landscape formed by raw volcanic rock. It creates a large canyon and tumbles down a series of waterfalls, including the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. It's a gripping display of raw elementary powers, with hardly any plant life or greenery in sight

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Mývatn and Laxá (T)

Ralf Regele Germany - 09-Sep-18

Mývatn and Laxá (T)

The Myvatn lake in northern iceland is aptly named "midge lake", as it is home to clouds of annoying flies, at least in summer. The flies can be a real damper on your travel experience here, to the point where putting a flynet around your head turns from a ridiculous tourist folly into a totally reasonable and diserable act. The area is a major tourist destination, with multiple sightseeing stations around the lake. A typical trip around the lake could include:

Skutustadagigar: An area of the lake shore with a lot of the typical pseudocraters. Nice views and a pleasent walk, if you don't mind the swarms of flies chasing you (Views 3/5, Flies 5/5). Dimmuborgir: A lava field next to the lake, with enormous lava rock towers to walk amongst. Crowded with tourists, but most do not advance far from the shortest walking circle (Views 5/5 Flies 4/5 at parking, 1/5 at church rock (most distant point)). Hverfjall: A hill-sized ash crater, which can be climbed for views and bragging rights. Too strenuous for me. Grjotagja: A nice little natural hot water grotto, about 10min. from the lake

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The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)

Ralf Regele Germany - 12-May-18

The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)

The "Villa" Gregoriana is actually not a villa, not even a building. Despite the naming and marketing, it is mainly the name for a hiking trail going through the valley of the river Aniene near the small town of Tivoli, which is better known for two other WHS sites, the more approriate named Villa Adriana and Villa D'Este. Although sometimes described as a park, the valley looks like a natural forest. There are some ancient remains, but they are so insignificant that they are barely worth mentioning. The river Aniene tumbles down the valley through various waterfalls, although most of the water is now redirected to avoid catastrophal floodings. The main claim to fame, however, is the connection with 18th century romanticism

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  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Archaeological Site of Nikopolis (T)
  4. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
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  6. Caesarea (T)
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  8. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  9. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  10. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  11. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
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  13. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  14. Lake Titicaca (T)
  15. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  16. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  17. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  18. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  19. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  20. Qasr Al-Mushatta (T)
  21. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  22. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  23. Seoul City Wall (T)
  24. Shaubak Castle (Montreal) (T)
  25. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  26. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  27. Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)
  28. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  29. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  30. The city of Bergamo (T)
  31. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  32. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  33. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  34. Vatnajökull National Park (T)
  35. Yangtze Gorges Scenic Spot (T)

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