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I was born in Japan, lived most of my life in Los Angeles, CA, but am currently changing country of residence every 3 months within Europe. 

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Roșia Montană

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 17-Oct-21

Roșia Montană

Romanian people are nice!

That is the first thing I would like to say, even after the several predicaments I encountered trying to get in and get out of Rosia Montana without my own transportation.  

But before I talk about Rosia Montana...

This was my 6th trip to Romania, but it happened while I'm living in its southern neighbor Bulgaria during my 2nd 3 month stay.

At this point I'm eager to finish the UK and France to finish up Europe, but due to Covid and other annoyances I couldn't make it to those countries

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Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 04-Sep-21

Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril

So Ukraine wants to add 2 more churches to the existing Kyiv WHS: St. Andrew's Church and St. Cyril's Church.  

St. Andrew's Church is located only a few minutes walk from St. Sophia Cathedral, creating a sort of triangle with St. Sophia and St. Michael's, and well within the popular tourist area of Kyiv. So most likely any visitors to Kyiv have been to St. Andrew's, another neutral museum like St. Sophia. 

On the other hand St. Cyril's Church is located somewhat out of the way and may even seem difficult to get to by public transportation, as there is no metro station nearby.  This means that you need to know how to take those Marshrutkas (mini bus) ubiquitous in Kyiv, unless you want to walk. 

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Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 09-Sep-21


Having had lived in Chernihiv, Ukraine, over 18 months, I was compelled to do justice to Kyiv WHS, the country's most important WHS, by visiting all the associated sites, including the ones on the proposed extension, I had not visited before. (I had visited St. Sophia Monastery and Kyiv Pechersk Lavra in the core zone and St. Michael's Monastery and St. Andrew's Church in the buffer zone.) By doing so I have learned a little more about this WHS, and that is what I would like to talk about here. 

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Coastal Cliffs (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 21-Jun-21

Coastal Cliffs (T)

Coastal Cliffs: Fifla Islet

On my 4th day in Malta, from Valletta I visited Mdina TWHS and Maltese Catacomb Complexes TWHS and then took the bus 201 from Mdina to the bus stop "Panorama" for Blue Grotto, also stopping at Dingli Cliffs on the way for Malta South West Cliffs TWHS.

I have no idea if Blue Grotto, which is located on the South West coast of Malta, is part of the Malta South West Cliffs TWHS. But it's perhaps one of the more scenic parts of the South West coast of Malta. 

From both Dingli Cliffs and Blue Grotto, Fifla Islet, which is one of the 5 components of this nomination, is visible, as you can see above the Blue Grotto in this photo. 

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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 21-Jun-21

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

After 3 months in Bulgaria, where I managed to receive full Pfizer vaccination even though I am not a citizen or resident of Bulgaria or the EU, I flew to Malta on June 2, 2021, 2 days after my second dose (and my 3rd PCR test on the same day) and a day after Malta opened up for tourists, and stayed for 4 nights. 

This was my first time in Malta, and honestly I could not believe I had not been there after all these years of traveling in Europe. I didn't know what I was missing. 

As the site is already well described by previous reviewers, I'll focus on the practicalities. 

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Profile Data

Japan / USA / Europe
Most Impressive
Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada
Jingu, Ise, Japan; Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto, Japan; Chion-In, Kyoto, Japan; Kuon-ji, Yamanashi, Japan; Eihei-ji, Fukui, Japan; Bodai-ji, Aomori, Japan; Bryce Canyon NP, Utah, USA; Arches NP, Utah, USA; Coso Rock Art District, California, USA; Berkeley Cultural Landscape, California, USA; The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, Palestrina, Italy

Recently Visited WHS

Update 22.11.21
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Ancient Lavrion (T)
  5. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  6. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  7. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  8. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  10. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  11. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  12. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  13. Central Park (T)
  14. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  15. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  16. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  17. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  18. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  19. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  20. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  21. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  22. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  23. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  24. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  25. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  26. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  27. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  28. Ellis Island (T)
  29. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  30. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  31. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  32. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Dacia (T)
  33. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  34. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  35. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  36. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  37. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  38. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  39. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  40. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  41. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  42. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  43. Hoge Kempen Rural - Industrial Transition Landscape (T)
  44. Jerusalem (T)
  45. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  46. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  47. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  48. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  49. La Camargue (T)
  50. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  51. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  52. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  53. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  54. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  55. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  56. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  57. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  58. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  59. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  60. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  61. Les citadelles mosanes (T)
  62. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  63. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  64. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  65. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  66. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  67. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  68. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  69. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  70. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  71. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  72. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  73. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  74. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  75. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  76. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  77. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  78. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  79. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  80. Rade de Marseille (T)
  81. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  82. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  83. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  84. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  85. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  86. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  87. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  88. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  89. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  90. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  91. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  92. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  93. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  94. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  95. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  96. The Burren (T)
  97. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  98. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  99. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  100. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  101. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  102. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  103. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  104. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  105. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  106. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  107. The Lofoten islands (T)
  108. The Magoura cave with drawings from the bronze age. (T)
  109. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  110. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  111. The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)
  112. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  113. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  114. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  115. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  116. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  117. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  118. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  119. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  120. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  121. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  122. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  123. Vratsa Karst Nature Reserve (T)
  124. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  125. Western Stone Forts (T)
  126. White Sands National Monument (T)
  127. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  128. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  129. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Chernobyl
  2. Mecca, Kaaba
  3. Minoan palaces of Crete
  4. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  5. Palaces of Yalta
  6. Silk Roads
  7. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow