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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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Pyrénées - Mont Perdu

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 01-Jan-23

Pyrénées - Mont Perdu

This report has to do with the French side. The main place to visit is Gavarnie, the site of one of the three "Cirques" in the area. 

In visiting a WHS I don't think I have experienced so many "twists" as I did with this Pyrenees WHS. 

When I was planning a trip to finish mainland France in winter 2019-2020 (just before the pandemic), I realized that it was better to visit all national / nature park-related WHS in France / Andorra in summer, not only because you can see more, but because more public transportations are available. So I postponed my visit to this Pyrenees WHS until some summer later.

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Isole Eolie

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 21-Dec-22

Isole Eolie

I just read this thread for the first time to find that all previous 6 posts mentioned only the island of Vulcano, so I would be glad to add my experience on 2 more islands: Lipari and Stromboli. 

Toward the end of my 2 month-long trip to Europe in summer 2012 I took a ferry from Milazzo to the city of Lipari (on the island of Lipari), which is considered to be the capital of Isole Eolie, and stayed there for 2 nights. In the evening when I arrived, I booked a volcano-viewing tour to Stromboli in the following day. 

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Albi

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 23-Oct-22

Albi

Arriving from the Causses and the Cévennes (by a bus that ran under Millau Viaduct) in the evening, I spent the following morning exploring the city of Albi. I understand that the three main structures in this WHS to admire are the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, the Palais de la Berbie and the Pont-Vieux

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Odesa

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 12-Oct-22

Odesa

I have been to Odesa twice…in 2004 and 2010.

Most Ukrainians would agree that Odesa today has two centers. One is by the port area and the other is an area called Arcadia, the largest summer party / beach resort in Ukraine. But this nomination of course has to do with the former, the historic center.

But Odesa (even just the historic center) does not feel like a city with many cultural monuments in unified style like, say, Lviv does

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Primeval Beech Forests

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 11-Aug-22

Primeval Beech Forests

Even though I had been to all WHSs and TWHSs in Germany, upon learning that Germany was offering a 9-Euro, monthly train pass in summer 2022, I decided to take advantage of it and to visit the north-east corner of the country, where I had hardly travelled before, for about 10 days. As such, the final destination for this trip was the Jasmund National Park, which includes the Primeval Beech Forests WHS.

I took a bus from the Sassnitz Busbahnhof straight to Königsstuhl National Park Centre.

At the NP Center I first checked out the multimedia exhibition with an automatic audio guide, which, as you might expect, did not work very well. On the other hand, the 20 min. movie playing continuously titled "Migration of Ancient Beech Forest," produced around the time of its inscription in 2011, was quite good and informative, I thought

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Tsunami
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Japan / USA / Europe
Most Impressive
Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada
Proposal
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; Inyo National Forest (White Mountain area), California, USA; Berkeley Cultural Landscape, California, USA; The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, Palestrina, Italy

Recently Visited WHS

Update 25.01.23
  1. Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
  2. Isole Eolie
  3. Albi
  4. Odesa
  5. Primeval Beech Forests
  6. Verona
  7. Dacian Fortresses
  8. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  9. Kyiv
  10. Roșia Montană
  11. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  12. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  13. Paphos
  14. Island of Patmos
  15. Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  16. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  17. Glacier parks
  18. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  19. Great Spa Towns of Europe
  20. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  21. Schokland
  22. Great Spa Towns of Europe
  23. Epidaurus
  24. Ivrea
  25. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  26. Vicenza
  27. Kotor
  28. Castel del Monte
  29. Heritage of Mercury
  30. Plitvice Lakes
  31. Stari Ras and Sopocani
  32. Novgorod
  33. Luther Memorials
  34. Stevns Klint
  35. Hedeby and Danevirke
  36. Primeval Beech Forests
  37. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  38. Longobards in Italy
  39. Fujisan
  40. Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun
  41. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  42. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  43. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  44. Madara Rider
  45. Danube Delta
  46. Churches of Peace
  47. Champagne
  48. Reims
  49. Edinburgh
  50. Pirin National Park
  51. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  52. Monastery of Horezu
  53. Forth Bridge
  54. New Lanark
  55. Dacian Fortresses
  56. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  57. Val d'Orcia
  58. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  59. Mount Athos
  60. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge
  61. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  62. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  63. The Four Lifts
  64. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  65. Rjukan / Notodden
  66. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  67. Monte San Giorgio
  68. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  69. Dutch Water Defence Lines
  70. Holasovice
  71. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  72. Shirakami-Sanchi
  73. Shirakami-Sanchi
  74. Shirakami-Sanchi
  75. Fortifications of Vauban
  76. Fortifications of Vauban
  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. Central Balkan National Park (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. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (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. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  32. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  33. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Dacia (T)
  34. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  35. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  36. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  37. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  38. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  39. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  40. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  41. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  42. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  43. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  44. Hoge Kempen Rural - Industrial Transition Landscape (T)
  45. Jerusalem (T)
  46. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  47. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  48. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  49. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  50. L’observatoire du pic du Midi de Bigorre, pionnier en haute montagne (T)
  51. La Camargue (T)
  52. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  53. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  54. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  55. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  56. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  57. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  58. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  59. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  60. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  61. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  62. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  63. Les citadelles mosanes (T)
  64. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  65. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  66. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  67. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  68. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  69. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  70. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  71. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  72. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  73. Minoan Palatial Centres (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. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  79. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  80. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  81. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  82. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  83. Rade de Marseille (T)
  84. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  85. Ripa Pannonica in Hungary (T)
  86. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  87. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  88. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  89. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  90. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  91. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  92. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  93. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  94. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  95. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  96. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  97. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  98. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  99. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  100. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  101. The Burren (T)
  102. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  103. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  104. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  105. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  106. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  107. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  108. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  109. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  110. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  111. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  112. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  113. The Lofoten islands (T)
  114. The Magoura cave with drawings from the bronze age. (T)
  115. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  116. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  117. The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)
  118. The Ringed Seal Archipelagos of Lake Saimaa (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 Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  122. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  123. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  124. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  125. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  126. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  127. Two neolithic dwellings with their interior and household furnishings and utensils completely preserved. (T)
  128. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  129. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  130. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  131. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  132. Vratsa Karst Nature Reserve (T)
  133. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  134. Western Stone Forts (T)
  135. White Sands National Monument (T)
  136. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  137. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  138. 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