Richard Stone Profile

Its definitely becoming a problem : The more places I see the more the travel bug bites.

It's a really big and diverse world out there. Travel gets easier and easier but the continual homogenisation of the world leaves culture and history vulnerable.

My family and I live in Cape Town, South Africa and luckily we all like to travel and explore what the world has to offer. We always return humbled by what we have experienced and grateful for what we otherwise take for granted. 

We live in a world where instant gratification takes too long, where walls are going up not coming down and where virtual reality will ultimately remove the need and of course the benefits of traveling to experience what it has to offer. 

Never was it more true to say that the past is infinitely more interesting than the present. 



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Forts and Castles Gold Coast

Richard Stone South Aftica - 15-Jan-20

Forts and Castles Gold Coast

Visited March 2019.

I guess i shouldn't have been so shocked given humanity's track record of inhumanity to others. 

Visiting these sites is interesting from a historical perspective but it is mind numbing from a human perspective. Expect to be appalled. 

The builders and occupants of these forts went to very great lengths to taunt and crush the spirits of the slaves: The hell of the dungeons, packed full with slaves, no light or air, an unbelievable stench, a floor thick with faeces, vomit and blood, while directly above the heavenly chapel and the commander's godly quarters.Very biblical connotations. 

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Lake Turkana

Richard Stone South Aftica - 25-Dec-19

Lake Turkana

Visited September 2005.

As I was born in Kenya, it holds a special place in my heart. The Northern Frontier District or NFD has always been seen as a very wild place and certainly not for the faint-hearted to visit.

Lake Turkana itself has gone by many names, initially Lake Rudolph and the more romantic Jade Sea.

Life for the local tribes people is a constant fight for survival against drought and starvation. Camels and goats are the only animals able to survive these conditions. 

Lake Turkana is absolutely huge and you could spend many weeks traversing its shores. Of particular interest to the adventurous soul are the Volcanic islands which have their own lakes within them. Hiring a reliable boat is essential as it gets very rough out on this mini sea. 

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Recently Visited WHS

Update 25.12.19
Rating Stats
Sarazm 5
Granada 4.5
Iguacu 4.5
Yazd 4.5
Kotor 4
Taxila 4
Bukhara 3.5
Dubrovnik 3.5
Shushtar 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Tiwanaku 3.5
Cuzco 3
Potosi 3
Budapest 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Split 2.5
Trogir 2
Bisotun 1.5
Lima 1.5
Sucre 1.5
  1. 'Biogradska gora' National Park (T)
  2. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  3. Baltit Fort (T)
  4. Benguela Current Marine Ecosystem Sites (T)
  5. Buddhistic cloister of Ajina-Tepa (T)
  6. Central Balkan National Park (T)
  7. Central Karakorum National Park (T)
  8. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  9. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  10. Chor-Bakr (T)
  11. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  12. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  13. Dahab (T)
  14. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  15. Deosai National Park (T)
  16. Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (T)
  17. Desert National Park (T)
  18. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  19. Ecosystèmes Marins de l'Archipel des Comores (T)
  20. Ecosystèmes terrestres et paysage culturel de l'Archipel des Comores (T)
  21. Etosha Pan (T)
  22. Expansion Project of Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties: King Lujian's Tombs (T)
  23. Fann mountains (T)
  24. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  25. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  26. Highlands of Mongol Altai (T)
  27. Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (T)
  28. Kakum National Park (T)
  29. Karakorum-Pamir (T)
  30. L'ensemble rupestre de Basarabi (T)
  31. La Haute Ville d’Antananarivo (T)
  32. Le Monastère de Neamt (T)
  33. Le rivage méditerranéen des Pyrénées (T)
  34. Les témoignages matériels de la construction de l’État des Pyrénées : la Co-principauté d’Andorre (A) (T)
  35. Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (T)
  36. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (T)
  37. Okavango Delta (T)
  38. Paleontological Sites of Pisco and Camana Basins (T)
  39. Paysage Culturel des Plantations à Parfums des Iles de la Lune (T)
  40. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  41. Peruvian Central Railway (T)
  42. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  43. Qinghai Lake (T)
  44. Réserve Spéciale d'Anjanaharibe-Sud (extension des forêts humides de l'Atsinanana) (T)
  45. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  46. Sān Living Cultural Landscape (T)
  47. Shush (T)
  48. Sierra de las Quijadas National Park (T)
  49. Silk Roads Sites in Kyrgyzstan (T)
  50. Silk Roads Sites in Tajikistan (T)
  51. Silk Roads Sites in Uzbekistan (T)
  52. Sultanats Historiques des Comores (T)
  53. Tape Sialk (T)
  54. Taq-e Bostan (T)
  55. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  56. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  57. The Bachkovo Monastery (T)
  58. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  59. The Great Rift Valley - The Kenya Lakes System (T)
  60. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  61. The Historic Town of Gedi (T)
  62. The Historical City of Masouleh (T)
  63. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (T)
  64. The Mediterranean Facet of the Pyrenees (France-Spain) (T)
  65. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  66. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  67. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  68. The Silver Route (T)
  69. The Site of Ancient Town of Pyanjekent (T)
  70. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  71. Thracian Tomb with Wall Paintings beside Alexandrovo village (T)
  72. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  73. Ulcinj Old town (T)
  74. Waitangi Treaty Grounds (T)
  75. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  76. Western Xia Imperial Tombs (T)
  77. Xinjiang Yardang (T)

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