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Tom Livesey

I only started WHS hunting in 2013 but I'm getting there slowly. I write about my visits at https://whstravellers.wordpress.com

The UK is a good base for a WHS-er because of its abundance of cheap flight connections to airports in the world's densest continent for WHSs. Unlike others on this site I love to fly, and prefer to arrive at a destination by air, always at a new airport if possible.

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Edinburgh Tom Livesey

Despite being a Brit this was my first time visiting Scotland when I travelled with friends in December 2016.

After checking in to our accommodation in the heart of Old Town we first visited the cathedral, named after St Giles. It is smaller than I expected from such an important city, but that probably stems from the fact it was built in an area that was already bustling, in the heart of Auld Reekie (as it was nicknamed for its smell). We stopped off beside a statue of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics and a face you can see on the £20 note (although ironically not on the Scottish version).

Highlights of my time in Edinburgh included a whisky museum, hiking up for the view from Arthur's Seat and enjoying some of the historic pubs in Edinburgh's New Town.

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Gorham's Cave Complex Tom Livesey

I travelled to the UK's newest WHS at Gibraltar in October 2016, particularly enjoying walking across the airport's runway after having landed on it 30 minutes before! I have for some time wanted to visit one of those few former outposts of empire that remain under the sovereignty of the UK, so was glad when this site was inscribed to have a good reason for travelling to one.

Unfortunately my experience of Gorham's Cave Complex was a fairly tangential. The visitors' centre is not yet open and I was unable to secure either a museum-facilitated tour or a boat ride to peer in from the sea. Given these constraints the best I could do was to walk down the Mediterranean Steps and have a look inside Goat’s Hair Twin Caves.

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Laurisilva of Madeira Tom Livesey

Madeira was my first stop on a December 2016 tour of Portugal and Spain. One experiences this WHS by hiking the ‘levada trails’, which are walking routes that follow man-made irrigation channels known as levadas. The levadas generally flow horizontally along the contours of the hills, with occasional descents down the slopes.

The most striking things about driving up from our hotel by the coast up to the laurisilva forests in Madeira’s uplands were the changes in weather and vegetation. The temperature dropped by about 10 degrees and the types of plants we saw changed as we ascended. It was as if it was still summer down at sea level but further up – as the temperature fell – the leaves had turned brown and autumn was well and truly underway.

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Alcala de Henares Tom Livesey

Alcala de Henares by Tom Livesey

My December 2016 day in Alcalá de Henares was not the most exciting one I've ever had, though I enjoyed spotting the storks that live all over the city's tall buildings.

Although this is still an active university city there wasn’t a lot to do on an overcast weekday in December. I took a look around the archaeological museum and the main university building, but that was pretty much it.

The city does have one of the better UNESCO logos I have seen, carved in along with its name in large stone blocks in the centre of a roundabout just outside the city walls.

Best WHS logos so far: Alcalá, St Lucia (large wooden carving across a valley from Gros Piton) and Cornish Mining Landscape (depicted in flowers in the town of Hayle).

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Toledo Tom Livesey

Toledo, visited December 2016, surprised me to the upside. I had done little research on it in advance of my one-night stay so when we turned up and found a charming medieval city with more than its fair share of winding alleyways I was very impressed.

We caught a coach to Toledo from Madrid. The El Greco museum (reopened since Els's visit) is excellent - particularly the series of Apostles with Jesus in the centre. For food I can recommend the newly-opened Mercado de San Agustín.

As a culture-rich former capital, Toledo is a popular tourist attraction. To me it felt like Venice without the canals. On our second day we woke up to a city shrouded in fog, making it feel like we were travelling back through the mists of time.

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Name: Tom Livesey

Country: United Kingdom

Visited WHS: 118

Most Impressive: Pre-Hispanic City of Chichen-Itza

Proposal New WHS: Works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

  1. Acropolis
  2. Alcala de Henares
  3. Amiens Cathedral
  4. Ancient Kyoto
  5. Aquileia
  6. Assisi
  7. Bamberg
  8. Belem
  9. Belfries
  10. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  11. Blenheim Palace
  12. Botanical Garden, Padua
  13. Bridgetown
  14. Brugge
  15. Bryggen
  16. Byblos
  17. Canterbury
  18. Castel del Monte
  19. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  20. Chichen-Itza
  21. Churches and Convents of Goa
  22. City of Bath
  23. City of Luxembourg
  24. Cologne Cathedral
  25. Colonia del Sacramento
  26. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  27. Corfu
  28. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  29. Cuenca
  30. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  31. Dubrovnik
  32. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  33. Edinburgh
  34. Elvas
  35. Evora
  36. Flemish Béguinages
  37. Florence
  38. Forth Bridge
  39. Fortifications of Vauban
  40. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  41. Genoa
  42. Giant's Causeway
  43. Gorham's Cave Complex
  44. Graz
  45. Great Wall
  46. Guimarães
  47. Gusuku of Ryukyu
  48. Gwynedd Castles
  49. Heritage of Mercury
  50. Himeji-jo
  51. Horyu-ji Area
  52. Independence Hall
  53. Ironbridge Gorge
  54. Istanbul
  55. Jelling
  56. Kew Gardens
  57. Kotor
  58. Kronborg Castle
  59. La Lonja de la Seda
  60. Laurisilva of Madeira
  61. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  62. Le Havre
  63. Liverpool
  64. Longobards in Italy
  65. Maritime Greenwich
  66. Matera
  67. Medici Villas and Gardens
  68. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  69. Monastery of Alcobaça
  70. Monastery of Batalha
  71. Monticello
  72. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  73. Old City of Berne
  74. Oporto
  75. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  76. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  77. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  78. Pitons Management Area
  79. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  80. Pompei
  81. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  82. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  83. Prague
  84. Roman Walls of Lugo
  85. Rome
  86. Roskilde Cathedral
  87. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  88. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  89. Santiago de Compostela
  90. Schönbrunn
  91. Semmering Railway
  92. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  93. Sintra
  94. Skocjan Caves
  95. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  96. Statue of Liberty
  97. Stonehenge
  98. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  99. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  100. The trulli of Alberobello
  101. Toledo
  102. Tower of Hercules
  103. Tower of London
  104. University of Coimbra
  105. Valletta
  106. Vatican City
  107. Venice and its Lagoon
  108. Vienna
  109. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  110. Villa d'Este
  111. Vézère Valley
  112. Wadden Sea
  113. Warsaw
  114. West Norwegian Fjords
  115. Westminster
  116. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  117. Würzburg Residence
  118. Zollverein