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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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Castel del Monte Tsunami

Castel del Monte by Tsunami

My last 3 remaining WHSs in Italy were spread all over the country (Aquileia in the north-east, Barumini in Sardinia and Castel del Monte in the south) and were giving me headaches. After visiting Aquileia and upon finding out that it's only around 30 Euros each to fly from Venice Treviso to Cagliari in Sardinia and from Cagliari to Bari in the south on Ryanair, I just decided to finish them up once and for all (even though the 25 hour stay in Sardinia in winter didn't sound right). 

But this is about Castel del Monte outside Bari. 


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The Murge of Altamura (T) Tsunami

The Murge of Altamura (T) by Tsunami

I arrived in Altamura (which seems to mean High Wall) at about 14:30 on a Monday by bus from Gioia del Colle, as I was coming from Taranto, but Altamura can easily be visited from Bari TWHS or Matera WHS by train, as it is located on the rail line between these 2 cities. 

First, even though I only became aware of Altamura because of its TWHS status, the walled old town was quite pleasant with a marvelous cathedral, museums, and many cafes / restaurants populated by who appeared to be Italian tourists.  

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Heritage of Mercury Tsunami

Heritage of Mercury by Tsunami

I took a bus from Logatec to Idrija, but the bus stop was not at the Logatec train station, and the closest bus stop to the train station was here: 45°55'01.8"N 14°13'26.9"E

I spent about 22 hours in Idrija, from 13:30 on Monday to 11:45 on Tuesday in February.  It was a busy 22 hours, which made the visit more fun for me. 

When I got off the bus one stop before the Idrija bus station, the driver asked me where I'm going.  I said "To the museum," and he said "The (Castle) Museum is at the next stop."  I had meant the Smelting Plant Museum, which the driver was not aware of.  

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Plitvice Lakes Tsunami

Plitvice Lakes by Tsunami

So impressed when I visited Plitvice Lakes in spring 2010 that I went back there with my then-girlfriend in summer the following year.  Upon my first visit, I said if the US had Grand Canyon, Europe had Plitvice Lakes.  But after seeing amazing photos of the park covered in snow in Google Images, I had been seeking a chance to go back there in winter, and the chance finally came this winter.

Upon hearing that the park could be closed due to snow in winter, I decided to stay overnight at the park to increase my chance of entering the park and booked an inn about 2 km south of Entrance 2.  I thought I could easily walk for 2 km.

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Stari Ras and Sopocani Tsunami

Stari Ras and Sopocani by Tsunami

I had to create another WHS hunting trip itinerary around my annual skiing trip, and this winter the ski resort of my choice was at Jahorina, Bosnia, the site of the 1984 Winter Olympics. So I attempted to bag remaining WHSs in Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Unlike last winter when I couldn't move around in Bulgaria due to criplingly heavy snow, there wasn't so much snow in the Balkan this winter, so I was able to follow my itinerary fairly well, although bus timetables I got off internet in Serbia and Bosnia were way off. 

Flew from Berlin to Nis in Serbia and took bus from Nis through Kraljevo and Usce to Novi Pazar. 

The day I arrived in Novi Pazar, I just walked to St. Peter's Church, which was about 2 km from my hotel.

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Name: Tsunami

Country: Japan / USA / Poland

Visited WHS: 393

Most Impressive: Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada

Proposal New WHS: Bryce Canyon NP, Utah, USA; Coso Rock Art District, California, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

  1. Aachen Cathedral
  2. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  3. Abbey of St Gall
  4. Acropolis
  5. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  6. Agrigento
  7. Altamira Cave
  8. Amiens Cathedral
  9. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  10. Ancient Kyoto
  11. Ancient Nara
  12. Aquileia
  13. Arab-Norman Palermo
  14. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  15. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  16. Arles
  17. Assisi
  18. Auschwitz Birkenau
  19. Avignon
  20. Avila
  21. Bahá’i Holy Places
  22. Bamberg
  23. Banska Stiavnica
  24. Bardejov Town
  25. Bauhaus Sites
  26. Belem
  27. Belfries
  28. Bellinzone
  29. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  30. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  31. Berat and Gjirokastra
  32. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  33. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  34. Bethlehem
  35. Biblical Tells
  36. Birka and Hovgarden
  37. Blenheim Palace
  38. Bordeaux
  39. Botanical Garden, Padua
  40. Boyana Church
  41. Brugge
  42. Bryggen
  43. Brú na Bóinne
  44. Budapest
  45. Burgundy
  46. Butrint
  47. Cahokia Mounds
  48. Camino Real
  49. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  50. Canal du Midi
  51. Canterbury
  52. Carlsbad Caverns
  53. Castel del Monte
  54. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  55. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  56. Centennial Hall
  57. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  58. Cesky Krumlov
  59. Chaco Culture
  60. Champagne
  61. Chartres Cathedral
  62. Christiansfeld
  63. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  64. Churches of Moldavia
  65. Churches of Peace
  66. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  67. City of Bath
  68. City of Luxembourg
  69. Classical Weimar
  70. Cologne Cathedral
  71. Cordoba
  72. Corfu
  73. Corvey
  74. Costiera Amalfitana
  75. Cracow
  76. Crespi d'Adda
  77. Curonian Spit
  78. Dacian Fortresses
  79. Danube Delta
  80. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  81. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  82. Delos
  83. Derwent Valley Mills
  84. Dolomites
  85. Drottningholm
  86. Dubrovnik
  87. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  88. Durmitor National Park
  89. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  90. Edinburgh
  91. El Escurial
  92. Engelsberg Ironworks
  93. Epidaurus
  94. Etruscan Necropolises
  95. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  96. Everglades
  97. Evora
  98. Fagus Factory
  99. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  100. Ferrara
  101. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  102. Flemish Béguinages
  103. Florence
  104. Fontainebleau
  105. Forth Bridge
  106. Fortifications of Vauban
  107. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  108. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  109. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  110. Fujisan
  111. Gammelstad
  112. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  113. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  114. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  115. Genbaku Dome
  116. Genoa
  117. Giant's Causeway
  118. Glacier parks
  119. Granada
  120. Grand Canyon
  121. Grand Place, Brussels
  122. Graz
  123. Great Barrier Reef
  124. Great Smoky Mountains
  125. Greater Blue Mountains
  126. Grimeton Radio Station
  127. Gulf of California
  128. Gwynedd Castles
  129. Göreme NP
  130. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  131. Hawaii Volcanoes
  132. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  133. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  134. Heritage of Mercury
  135. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  136. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  137. Himeji-jo
  138. Hiraizumi
  139. Holasovice
  140. Hollókö
  141. Holy Trinity Column
  142. Hortobágy
  143. Horyu-ji Area
  144. Ibiza
  145. Incense Route of the Negev
  146. Independence Hall
  147. Ironbridge Gorge
  148. Isole Eolie
  149. Istanbul
  150. Itsukushima Shrine
  151. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  152. Jelling
  153. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  154. Karlskrona
  155. Kernavë Archeological Site
  156. Kew Gardens
  157. Kiev
  158. Kii Mountain Range
  159. Kinderdijk
  160. Kotor
  161. Kremlin and Red Square
  162. Kronborg Castle
  163. Kutna Hora
  164. L'viv
  165. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  166. La Lonja de la Seda
  167. Lake District
  168. Laponian Area
  169. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  170. Le Havre
  171. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  172. Litomysl Castle
  173. Liverpool
  174. Loire Valley
  175. Longobards in Italy
  176. Luther Memorials
  177. Lyon
  178. Lübeck
  179. Madara Rider
  180. Major Town Houses
  181. Malbork Castle
  182. Mammoth Cave
  183. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  184. Maritime Greenwich
  185. Masada
  186. Matera
  187. Maulbronn Monastery
  188. Medici Villas and Gardens
  189. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  190. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  191. Mesa Verde
  192. Messel Pit
  193. Meteora
  194. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  195. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  196. Mir Castle
  197. Modena
  198. Monastery of Horezu
  199. Mont-Saint-Michel
  200. Monte San Giorgio
  201. Monticello
  202. Mostar
  203. Mount Athos
  204. Mount Etna
  205. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  206. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  207. Muskauer Park
  208. Mycenae and Tiryns
  209. Mystras
  210. Nancy
  211. Naples
  212. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  213. Nessebar
  214. Nesvizh
  215. New Lanark
  216. Nikko
  217. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  218. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  219. Novgorod
  220. Novodevichy Convent
  221. Ohrid Region
  222. Old City of Acre
  223. Old City of Berne
  224. Old City of Jerusalem
  225. Old Rauma
  226. Olympia
  227. Olympic National Park
  228. Oporto
  229. Orange
  230. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  231. Pannonhalma
  232. Par force hunting landscape
  233. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  234. Petäjävesi Old Church
  235. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  236. Pienza
  237. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  238. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  239. Pirin National Park
  240. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  241. Plitvice Lakes
  242. Pompei
  243. Pont du Gard
  244. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  245. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  246. Potsdam
  247. Poverty Point
  248. Prague
  249. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  250. Primeval Beech Forests
  251. Provins
  252. Quedlinburg
  253. Québec
  254. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  255. Ravenna
  256. Redwood
  257. Regensburg
  258. Reichenau
  259. Reims
  260. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  261. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  262. Rhaetian Railway
  263. Rhodes
  264. Riga
  265. Rila Monastery
  266. Rjukan / Notodden
  267. Rock Art of Alta
  268. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  269. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  270. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  271. Rome
  272. Roskilde Cathedral
  273. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  274. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  275. Royal Palace at Caserta
  276. Røros
  277. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  278. Saint-Emilion
  279. Salamanca
  280. Saltaire
  281. Salzburg
  282. San Gimignano
  283. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  284. Santiago de Compostela
  285. Santo Domingo
  286. Schönbrunn
  287. Segovia
  288. Semmering Railway
  289. Seville
  290. Shirakami-Sanchi
  291. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  292. Shiretoko
  293. Siena
  294. Sighisoara
  295. Sintra
  296. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  297. Skocjan Caves
  298. Skogskyrkogarden
  299. Southern Öland
  300. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  301. Speyer Cathedral
  302. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  303. Split
  304. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  305. St. Petersburg
  306. Stari Grad Plain
  307. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  308. Statue of Liberty
  309. Stevns Klint
  310. Stećci
  311. Stoclet House
  312. Stonehenge
  313. Stralsund and Wismar
  314. Strasbourg
  315. Struve Geodetic Arc
  316. Studenica Monastery
  317. Studley Royal Park
  318. Su Nuraxi di Barumini
  319. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  320. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  321. Sydney Opera House
  322. Syracuse
  323. Tallinn
  324. Taos Pueblo
  325. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  326. Te Wahipounamu
  327. Telc
  328. Teotihuacan
  329. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  330. The Four Lifts
  331. The trulli of Alberobello
  332. Thessalonika
  333. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  334. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  335. Tikal National Park
  336. Tokaji Wine Region
  337. Toledo
  338. Tomioka Silk Mill
  339. Tongariro National Park
  340. Torun
  341. Tower of London
  342. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  343. Trebic
  344. Trier
  345. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  346. Trogir
  347. Troy
  348. Tugendhat Villa
  349. University of Coimbra
  350. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  351. Urbino
  352. Urnes Stave Church
  353. Val d'Orcia
  354. Val di Noto
  355. Vatican City
  356. Vegaøyan
  357. Venetian Works of Defence
  358. Venice and its Lagoon
  359. Verona
  360. Versailles
  361. Vicenza
  362. Vienna
  363. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  364. Villa Romana del Casale
  365. Villa d'Este
  366. Villages with Fortified Churches
  367. Vilnius
  368. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  369. Visby
  370. Vlkolinec
  371. Vézère Valley
  372. Völklingen Ironworks
  373. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  374. Wadden Sea
  375. Warsaw
  376. Wartburg Castle
  377. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  378. West Norwegian Fjords
  379. Westminster
  380. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  381. White City of Tel-Aviv
  382. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  383. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  384. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  385. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  386. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  387. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  388. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  389. Würzburg Residence
  390. Yellowstone
  391. Yosemite National Park
  392. Zamosc
  393. Zollverein
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  3. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  4. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  5. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  6. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  8. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  9. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  10. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  11. Central Park (T)
  12. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  13. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  14. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  15. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  16. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  17. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  18. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  19. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  20. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  21. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  22. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  23. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  24. Ellis Island (T)
  25. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  26. 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)
  27. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  28. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  29. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  30. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) (T)
  31. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  32. Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Croatian Limes (T)
  33. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  34. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  35. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  36. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  37. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  38. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  39. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  40. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  41. Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape (T)
  42. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  43. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  44. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  45. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  46. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  47. Jerusalem (T)
  48. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  49. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  50. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  51. La Camargue (T)
  52. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  53. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  54. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  55. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  56. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  57. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  58. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  59. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  60. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  61. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  62. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  63. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T)
  64. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoøí (T)
  65. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  66. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  67. Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T)
  68. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  69. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  70. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  71. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  72. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  73. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  74. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  75. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  76. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  77. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  78. Rade de Marseille (T)
  79. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  80. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  81. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  82. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  83. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  84. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  85. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  86. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  87. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  88. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  89. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  90. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  91. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  92. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  93. The Burren (T)
  94. The city of Bergamo (T)
  95. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  96. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  97. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  98. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  99. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  100. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  101. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  102. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  103. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  104. The Lofoten islands (T)
  105. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  106. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  107. The Naumburg Cathedral and the landscape of the rivers Saale and Unstrut an important dominion in the High Middle Ages (T)
  108. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  109. The Roussensky Lom National Park. (T)
  110. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  111. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  112. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  113. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  114. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  115. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  116. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  117. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T)
  118. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  119. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  120. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  121. White Sands National Monument (T)
  122. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  123. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  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