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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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Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 22-Mar-20

Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

In early February 2020 I took a bus from Poitier to Saint-Savin in the evening and came back in the early afternoon on the following day to Poitier. This bus continued all the way to Châteauroux. The time table was found under train (not bus) here.

The bus arrived in Sanit-Savin at 19:30 and dropped me off right in front of the possibly best restaurant in this village that closed at 20:00, so I rushed to my airbnb accommodation and came back before 20:00. I think this is the kind of restaurants that still exist in French countryside that serve great food at moderate price. 

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Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 16-Feb-20

Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)

As a Japanese who grew up taking a hot bath every evening (like everybody else does in Japan even today), I have a predilection for spas, although, living in Europe, I hardly get to soak in "hot" water. 

11 spa towns from 7 countries in Europe are joining forces to become one WHS, and Vichy is solely representing France.  I was staying for 2 nights in Clermont-Ferrand in February 2020, and one afternoon I took a train for 30 min. to visit Vichy. 

I first walked to the Hall des Sources in the Parc des Sources for "tasting" of the spa waters.  The hall is not attended, but you can taste several different kinds of water as much as you want for free, and the most locals bring their own bottles. The water called "Celectine," with the least taste, had the best taste. 

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Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 16-Feb-20

Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)

My first visit to Bayeux (and to the city of Battle in East Essex in England) several years ago had to do with the Battle of Hastings, often regarded by historians to be the single most influencial battle in human history, which started from here in 1066.

This visit to Bayeux and to the Omaha Beach nearby in February 2020 had to do with the Battle of Normandy in 1944.

I took Bus Line 70 from the Bayeux train station to St. Laurent-sur-Mer and walked to the Omaha Beach and to the Normandy American Cemetery. 

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The Spa at Luhacovice (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 07-Feb-20

The Spa at Luhacovice (T)

I visited this TWHS after visiting the Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice TWHS earlier in the day in January 2020. My Czech friend "R" in Brno drove me to both sites, but we didn't leave Brno until noon, so by the time we got to Luhacovice it was 4 pm. 

Luckily R says he spent some 5 years in Luhacovice when he was growing up, so he was all very familiar with this place. 

We parked his car by the city hall and walked for a few hundred meters to the main area of Luhacovice. 

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Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

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

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

I couldn't justify going back to Finland just to visit Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and Sammallahdenmäki to finish the Finnish sites. So, after realizing the Finland's geological similarity to Canada, where I have seen the most massive color change of foliage in Autumn, I decided to go to Finland in late September.  

This trip was originally planned in late September 2018, but I had to postpone it for 1 year. At that time there was bus running between Kouvola and Verla only on Tuesdays. But this time it was running on Tuesdays and also on Thursdays. So I went on a Thursday. 

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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
  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 (France) (T)
  5. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  6. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  7. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  8. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  9. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  10. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  11. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  12. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  13. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  14. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  15. Central Park (T)
  16. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  17. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  18. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  19. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  20. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  21. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  22. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  23. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  25. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  26. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  27. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  28. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  29. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  30. Ellis Island (T)
  31. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  32. 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)
  33. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  34. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  35. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  36. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  40. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  41. Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Croatian Limes (T)
  42. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  43. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  44. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  45. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  46. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  47. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  48. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  49. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  50. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  51. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  52. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  53. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  54. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  55. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  56. Jerusalem (T)
  57. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  58. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  59. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  60. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  61. La Camargue (T)
  62. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  63. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  64. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  65. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  66. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  67. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  68. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  69. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  70. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  71. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  72. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  73. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  74. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  75. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  76. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  77. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  78. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  79. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  80. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  81. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  82. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  83. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  84. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  85. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  86. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  87. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  88. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  89. Rade de Marseille (T)
  90. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  91. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  92. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  93. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  94. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  95. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  96. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  97. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  98. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  99. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  100. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  101. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  102. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  103. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  104. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  105. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  106. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  107. The Burren (T)
  108. The city of Bergamo (T)
  109. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  110. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  111. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  112. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  113. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  114. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  115. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  116. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  117. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  118. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  119. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  120. The Lofoten islands (T)
  121. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  122. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  123. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  124. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  125. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  126. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  127. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  128. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  129. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  130. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  131. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  132. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  133. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  134. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  135. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  136. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  137. Western Stone Forts (T)
  138. White Sands National Monument (T)
  139. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  140. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  141. 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