Randi Thomsen Profile

 

Together with Svein, we travel around the world to explore and enjoy new WHS, countries, culture and great food.  In 2010 we become WHS travellers, when we started planning our trips in order to visit WHS. 

 

 

Hunting for WHS makes us go off the beaten tracks and brings us to new and exciting places, trying to understand the OUV.  Travel is more than seeing new places, it’s  about learning history, new culture and enjoy excotic food and drinks. 

 

 

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Paquimé

Randi Thomsen Norway - 01-Aug-18

Paquimé

On our US road trip in may 2018, we spent a day going south to visit Paquime. From Tucson we crossed the border at Aqua Prieta and we had no trouble crossing the border. We bought Mexican car insurance from Thrifty, one of the few car rentals that allow driving into Mexico. We had very few expectations to the Mexican road trip but were really surprised. The first 100 km along the US boarder was very scenic, with mostly good roads.

Paquime was very calm. On a Saturday there were a few other Mexican tourists around, but “none” foreign. Paquime is largest pre-columbian site in North America. The visitor center was informative and explained well the city and people living there, and had a small, but nice exhibition of pottery and figurines. The people of Paquime were excellent craftsmen. The city was established in 1100 century by people coming from north. The citys construction was made up of innovative adobe techniques. They built multi-familiar complexes, some of them counting four floors and more than 1700 rooms. That’s why the Spaniards called the place Casas Grandes. It was called Paquime by the natives who lived there for about 300 years

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Gros Morne National Park

Randi Thomsen Norway - 01-Aug-18

Gros Morne National Park

We visited the national park in late June. We approached the park from L’ans aux Meadows and took this scenic route all the way to Woody Point where we stayed.

It turned out to be a great location to see the Tablelands, one of the highlights in the park. Woody Point is a small heritage community inside the park with nice wooden houses by the fjord.

The park has everything, mountains, waterfalls, fjords, beaches, rugged coastline with sea stacks, heritage communities and wildlife. We stayed two nights and it was too short period to cover it all.

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Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

Randi Thomsen Norway - 28-Jul-18

Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

We visited this northern outpost in June 2018. This world heritage site is not the greatest, but our effort getting there, and the coastal surroundings made it one of the most memorable places on our Canada trip. We drove the inland route from Quebec along the St Lawrence Bay up to Baie Comeau and then route 389 some 590 km to Labrador. Further on the Trans Labrador Highway back to the eastern coast. It’s about 1600 km through desolate land, mostly paved but about 600 km is still gravel. At the most there are about 4oo km between settlements and gas. The isolated settlements or towns were fun to visit. We stayed overnight in Wabush close to Labrador city and in Happy Valley Goose Bay on the way.

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Mistaken Point

Randi Thomsen Norway - 01-Aug-18

Mistaken Point

We visited Mistaken point on Canada Day 2018 and was greated with cake at the visitor center. It was rainy and cold, not the best for a hike out to the fossil site.

The visitor center is on the highway at Portugal Cove South, outside the sites boundary. It is about 2 h by car from St. John and you will need a car to get to there.  You also need to join a tour to get into the core zone. We had pre-booked a tour on the website at 13:00, the only one that day. Quite a steep price, 24 CAD per person. The visitor center was small and kind of boring. No cafes or store around either, so bring some food and drinks because the tour took about 2-3 hours.

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Wood Buffalo National Park

Randi Thomsen Norway - 23-Jul-18

Wood Buffalo National Park

We visited Wood Buffalo Park in July 2018.

It is an achievement just to get there. A long drive about 1400 km from Jasper to Fort Smith. The roads are good and paved all the way to Fort Smith. It’s a small airport in Fort Smith if you want to skip the drive, but you will need a vehicle to see the park. It’s a 120 km gravel road into the park center from Fort Smith.

We stopped on night in Hay River by the Great Slave Lake and two nights in Fort Smith. The drive from Hay river to Fort Smith goes the northern part of the park.

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Name
Randi Thomsen
Country
Norway
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Galapagos, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Rome are my favorites

Recently Visited WHS

Update 20.02.19
Rating Stats
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Florence 4.5
Redwood 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Brugge 4
Elvas 4
Hué 4
Toledo 4
Vienna 4
Assisi 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
El Tajin 3.5
Hoi An 3.5
Matera 3.5
My Son 3.5
Quito 3.5
Québec 3.5
Salzburg 3.5
Segovia 3.5
Vegaøyan 3.5
Belem 3
Graz 3
Kandy 3
Kotor 3
Røros 3
Visby 3
Avila 2.5
Bryggen 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Evora 2.5
Ferrara 2.5
Hollókö 2.5
Kiev 2.5
Mazagan 2.5
Modena 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Valletta 2.5
Zamosc 2.5
Corvey 1.5
  1. Alanya (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  5. Big Bend National Park (T)
  6. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  7. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  8. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  9. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  10. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  11. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  12. City of Motovun (T)
  13. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  14. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  15. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  16. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  17. Djerdap National Park (T)
  18. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  19. Ellis Island (T)
  20. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  21. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  22. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  23. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  24. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  25. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  26. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  27. Hall in Tyrol - The Mint (T)
  28. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  29. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  30. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Po (T)
  31. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  32. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  33. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  34. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  35. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  36. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  37. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  38. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  39. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  40. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  41. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  42. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  43. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  44. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  45. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  46. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  47. Mole National Park (T)
  48. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  49. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  50. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  51. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  52. Old Town of Bar (T)
  53. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  54. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  55. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  56. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  57. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  58. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  59. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  60. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  61. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  62. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  63. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  64. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  65. Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)
  66. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  67. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  68. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  69. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  70. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  71. The Burren (T)
  72. The city of Bergamo (T)
  73. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  74. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  75. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  76. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  77. The Lofoten islands (T)
  78. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  79. The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)
  80. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  81. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  82. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  83. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  84. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  85. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  86. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  87. Trowulan - Former Capital City of Majapahit Kingdom (T)
  88. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  89. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  90. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  91. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  92. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  93. White Sands National Monument (T)
  94. Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi (T)

Reviewed TWHS

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  3. Cenotes of the Yucatan
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Mount Rushmore
  8. Panama Canal
  9. Petrified Forest National Park
  10. Rainforests of Polynesia
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Silk Roads
  13. Svalbard
  14. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin