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I was born in Japan, lived most of my life in Los Angeles, CA, but am currently living in Poland.

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Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 19-Jun-19

Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)

In late April 2019 I stopped at Gorokhovets by train on my way from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow. 

Gorokhovets is located on the eastern edge of the Vladimir Oblast but is only 50 km west from Nizhny Novgorod, the 5th largest city in Russia. 

The train station is about 8 km away from the center of Gorokhovets, and not surprisingly a Marshrutka, or a mini bus, was waiting at the station. The last stop of this bus was the central square of the town with a tourist office a short distance away. 

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Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 19-Jun-19

Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)

The site is only 15 km from Vienna through the Vienna Woods. 

There is no train station by this Abbey, and the only two ways to get there by public transportation are by bus either from the Baden bei Wien train station or from the Mödling train station. 

I visited from the former. 

The bus will drop you right off at the parking lot for this Abbey. This means that you enter the Abbey complex from the back, but I would recommend entering the Abbey from the front gate in order to orient yourself for this large complex. 

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Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 16-Jun-19

Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)

This is the 5th Great Spa in Europe I have visited. The other 4 are Karlovy Vary in Czechia, Baden-Baden in Germany, Spa in Belgium and Bath in the UK.

I guess Bad Ischl in Salzkammergut, which I have also been to, is no longer included in this Great Spas of Europe nomination, but Baden bei Wien is.  I'm not exactly sure how these decisions were made. 

I enjoyed visiting this small town outside Vienna quite a bit, but I see some problems in this nomination. First of all, there is not many traces of spa facilities in this town. At other spa towns included in this nomination you can either drink the spa water (Karlovy Vary; Spa) or soak in it (Baden-Baden; Bath) at their historic facilities

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Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 15-Jun-19

Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)

Driving on this road means visiting 2 TWHS at once, as this road runs north-south in the middle of Höhe Taurn National Park, which is another TWHS. 

I took a bus tour on this road from Zell am See to Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, which is the centerpiece of this TWHS, for 34 Euros with a company called Blaguss. The entrance fee to the National Park itself is 36 Euros per car, so it's a good deal. There is no public transportation from the north end of this road to Kaiser-Firanz-Josefs-Höhe at this time. 

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Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 07-Jun-19

Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)

I was taking a Flix bus from Brno, Czechia, to Linz, Austria, and this bus went through 3 WHSs (Trebic, Telc, Cesky Krumlov) and 1 TWHS that is Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin.  I had been to all the 3 WHSs before on two different occasions. It seemed like groups of Chinese tourists were using this bus line to go from one WHS to another.

But I did not go into the town center of Trebon because the bus station in Trebon is a little farther out (500m?) from the center. 

Still, I was able to take this photo of Svet Pond, one of the 5 sites included in the nomination, from the bus when it was running on E49. 

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Name
Tsunami
Country
Japan / USA / Poland
Most Impressive
Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada
Proposal
Bryce Canyon NP, Utah, USA; Coso Rock Art District, California, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

Recently Visited WHS

Update 16.06.19
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Czechia) (T)
  4. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  5. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  6. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  7. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  8. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  9. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  10. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  11. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  12. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  13. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  14. Central Park (T)
  15. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  16. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  17. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  18. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  19. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  20. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  21. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  22. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  23. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  24. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  25. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  26. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  27. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  28. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  29. Ellis Island (T)
  30. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  31. Extension to the Joint World Heritage Property "Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians (Slovak Republic and Ukraine) and the Ancient Beech forests of Germany (Germany)" (T)
  32. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  33. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  34. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  35. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  36. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  40. Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Croatian Limes (T)
  41. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  42. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  43. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  44. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  45. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  46. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  47. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  48. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  49. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  50. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  51. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  52. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  53. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  54. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  55. Jerusalem (T)
  56. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  57. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  58. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  59. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  60. La Camargue (T)
  61. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  62. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  63. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  64. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  65. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  66. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  67. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  68. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  69. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  70. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  71. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  72. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  73. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  74. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  75. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  76. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  77. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  78. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  79. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  80. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  81. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  82. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  83. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  84. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  85. Paysage culturel minier des Monts Métallifères (Erzgebirge) (T)
  86. Rade de Marseille (T)
  87. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  88. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  89. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  90. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  91. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  92. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  93. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  94. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  95. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  96. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  97. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  98. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  99. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  100. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  101. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  102. The Burren (T)
  103. The city of Bergamo (T)
  104. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  105. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  106. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  107. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  108. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  109. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  110. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  111. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  112. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  113. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  114. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  115. The Lofoten islands (T)
  116. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  117. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  118. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  119. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  120. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  121. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  122. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  123. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  124. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  125. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  126. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  127. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  128. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  129. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  130. White Sands National Monument (T)
  131. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  132. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (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