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As well as the obvious interests, ie. travel and history, I also enjoy reading, walking, horse riding and vintage aircraft.

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Ha Long Bay Stephen Brooker

We did Ha Long Bay as a one night cruise.

The shear natural beauty of the place is bordering on indescribable, and when coupled with a comfortable junk and excellent seafood, this beomes one of the worlds most romantic places. Loved it znd would go back in an instant.

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Arequipa Stephen Brooker

A beautiful colonial city and an ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to altitude. Don't miss either the main square or the Santa Catalina Convent both of which are stunning.

As an aside I dinned in an Argentinian restraunt here - enjoying steak, salad and 'chips of the day,' which were made from three different sorts of potato one yellow, one bight orange and one pinky mauve!

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Taj Mahal Stephen Brooker

Some sites Machu Pichu, The Pyramids, Petra are hard to review because they are so icconic, that there seems to be nothing more one can add.

The Taj Mahal is another such WHS, which like the afore mentioned places, really does take one's breath away; such is the power of it's radiant marble symetry.

However it does not function just upon a grandiose scale, up close the exquisite workmanship stuns, the gardens are seductive, and the ancillery buildings shield you from what by comparrison is the vulgar and mundane of the outside world.

I'm told the whole ensemble is supposed to be a relisation of heaven on earth. Did they succeed? Well if you can go and decide for yourself, it might just be the closest you get in this life to paradise.

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Khajuraho Group of Monuments Stephen Brooker

I have to admit that this is one site I have wanted to visit since first reading about it in a copy of Punch that I found on a train! - And it did not disapoint. The temples themselves are exquisite, this would be enough in itself to justify their inclusuion. But they are set in what can only be described as heavenly gardens.

Sitting there in the late afternoon sun was a sublime experience, which I would recomend to anyone and everyone.

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Fatehpur Sikri Stephen Brooker

I visited this site way back in about 1990, with a rather roguish Indian tour guide - We arrived a full two hours before it officailly opened and he bribed our way in.The result was that we had the entire site to ourselves, which is a huge privellage in a 'deserted' city which is also a tourist Mecca.

We were leaving just as the crowds arrived to replace the birdsong which had accompanied our tour with the din of modern tourism.

That said even when crowded this is a large fascinating, atractive, site, with plenty to see. It is also close enough to the Taj Mahal that you could do both in one day.

It does however stand on its own two feet and I would highly recomend it. And if you can bribe your way in before it officially opens, do!

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Name: Stephen Brooker

Country: UK

Visited WHS: 119

Most Impressive: Petra by Candlelight, all time favourite Avebury, most underated Ait Ben Haddouu which should by up there with the Taj & Machu Pichu.

Proposal New WHS: My Flat! & Orcha - India, stunning especially the frescos in the Jahangir Mahal.

  1. Acropolis
  2. Agra Fort
  3. Amphitheater of El Jem
  4. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  5. Ancient Thebes
  6. Angkor
  7. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  8. Arequipa
  9. Assisi
  10. Australian Convict Sites
  11. Ayutthaya
  12. Bali Subak system
  13. Blenheim Palace
  14. Borobudur
  15. Brugge
  16. Bryggen
  17. Budapest
  18. Canterbury
  19. Cape Floral Region
  20. Chitwan National Park
  21. City of Bath
  22. Cologne Cathedral
  23. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  24. Costiera Amalfitana
  25. Cuzco
  26. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  27. Dubrovnik
  28. Edinburgh
  29. Fatehpur Sikri
  30. Florence
  31. Forth Bridge
  32. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  33. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  34. Grand Canyon
  35. Great Barrier Reef
  36. Great Wall
  37. Gwynedd Castles
  38. Ha Long Bay
  39. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  40. Historic Cairo
  41. Humayun's Tomb
  42. Imperial Palace
  43. Imperial Tombs
  44. Independence Hall
  45. Ironbridge Gorge
  46. Isole Eolie
  47. Istanbul
  48. Jantar Mantar
  49. Kairouan
  50. Kandy
  51. Kathmandu Valley
  52. Kew Gardens
  53. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  54. Kilimanjaro National Park
  55. Kremlin and Red Square
  56. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  57. Lake District
  58. Lima
  59. Liverpool
  60. Lumbini
  61. Machu Picchu
  62. Maritime Greenwich
  63. Medina of Essaouira
  64. Medina of Marrakesh
  65. Medina of Sousse
  66. Medina of Tunis
  67. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  68. Mesa Verde
  69. Meteora
  70. Mont-Saint-Michel
  71. Mount Etna
  72. Mountain Resort, Chengde
  73. Mycenae and Tiryns
  74. Naples
  75. Olympia
  76. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  77. Petra
  78. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  79. Plitvice Lakes
  80. Pompei
  81. Prague
  82. Prambanan
  83. Pyramids (Memphis)
  84. Qutb Minar
  85. Red Fort
  86. Rome
  87. Sagarmatha National Park
  88. Saint Catherine Area
  89. Serra de Tramuntana
  90. Siena
  91. Sigiriya
  92. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  93. Site of Carthage
  94. Split
  95. Statue of Liberty
  96. Stonehenge
  97. Summer Palace
  98. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  99. Sydney Opera House
  100. Taj Mahal
  101. Teide National Park
  102. Temple of Heaven
  103. Thingvellir
  104. Tower of London
  105. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  106. Trogir
  107. Uluru
  108. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  109. Val d'Orcia
  110. Val di Noto
  111. Valletta
  112. Vatican City
  113. Venice and its Lagoon
  114. Versailles
  115. Wadi Rum
  116. West Norwegian Fjords
  117. Westminster
  118. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  119. Works of Antoni Gaudí