Watkinstravel Profile

Air traffic controller from Canada. Spent the better part of my 20's traveling around the world after finishing my bachelor degree. Made a friend on the road that suggested I look into the WH list if I didnt know what to visit somewhere. Excellent advice! Unfortunately got into the WHS thing a little too late to maximize my potential visits. I wont make that mistake again! Now my goal is to visit every country and as many WHS as i reasonably can and I'm rarely disappointed.

My travel experience is varied but has mostly ranged in the budget to extreme budget category which has made things very interesting at times. With a limited time and budget and to balance other interests I am more prone to skipping out on the less known natural WHS. 

I still try to take holidays and visit new sites a few times a year, with an itinerary and prioritization that befuddles all, including the mrs. 

Fun trivia: I proposed to my wife in the Rock Islands WHS in Palau. I married her in the Waterton/Glacier NP WHS in Canada :)

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Zabid

Watkinstravel Canada - 27-Nov-19

Zabid

I managed to get to Zabid in March 2007, just before UNESCO gave it a "last chance" to fix itself up. It was in a terrible state of decay but not totally forgotten. There was already a small team of foreign conservationists computer-mapping the entire town to help come up with the best approach to right the ship so to speak. I spent a few hours chatting with them and got my first lesson in conservation and an inkling of understanding that while it might be World Heritage to us, it is just home to the locals and they might be more interested in making a living or just surviving than self-sacrificing to preserve ancient history. There must be some sort of moral/ethical dilemma here. 

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The Historic City of Thula (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 27-Nov-19

The Historic City of Thula (T)

Unintentional visit Feb 2007. I hadn't set out to specifically visit Thula but while at the rock palace of Wadi Dhahr I was offered a ride with an American woman who had hired a car and driver for the day. We were taken to Shibam (not the more famous one in the east), Kawkaban (worth a visit if in the area, it is built on top of a cliff with great views) and Thula. Thula was our last stop, it had started raining and the driver anxious to get back so we didn't have much time to explore. Unlike villages in many other regions of Yemen, homes in Thula were made of stone instead of mud and overall were in a much better state of preservation than elsewhere. Great stylistic elements especially on the windows as seen in the photo.

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Maaloula (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 25-Nov-19

Maaloula (T)

Visited Feb 2007. Maaloula is less than an hour by minibus from Damascus but I made an overnight trip of it, staying overnight with the nuns in the Convent of St. Takla and woke to a light dusting of snow the next morning. Maaloula's small population and relatively isolated location have helped it preserve much of its history and local culture. The monasteries and churches here are among the oldest in Syria and contain some of the oldest Christian icons in the world. The village is also one of only 3 left that still speak Western neo-Aramaic, perhaps the closest remaining language to that of Jesus. While visiting one of the local churches I was able to hear the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic which was a pretty amazing experience even for someone generally inclined toward religious cynicism

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Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossil Sites in the Mongolian Gobi (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 28-Oct-19

On an 8-day road trip to the Gobi desert in the summer of 2005 we also visited Bayanzag which do indeed look and feel like flaming cliffs when you are stuck trying to push your car out of the sand in 40+ degrees. Having driven past dozens of horse skeletons daily certainly highlighted the seriousness of being prepared in such a remote area. On the dinosaur theme we also visited the Natural History Museum in Yolyn Am which had several fossils found locally including eggs. We ended up sleeping in a back room in the museum for lack of anywhere else to stay at the time too. Nothing came alive in the night ;) As the largest source of dinosaur fossils in the world this should be an easy and automatic nomination, or at worst combined with the other Gobi TWHS.

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Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)

Watkinstravel Canada - 28-Oct-19

Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)

I was able to visit this monastery in the summer of 2005 during a jeep tour to Khovsgol Lake. It is a rather small and out of the way monastic complex sitting by itself at the end of a beautiful valley, surrounded at the time by only a few families and their flock. I doubt much has changed. I can't attest to the sacredness and OUV of the site but the scenery was stunning and very peaceful. Being so simple and yet the second-most important monastery in the country really highlighted how undeveloped and small-scale everything in Mongolia is, especially in contrast to Russia and China. We were the only group there, saw a handful of monks doing their thing in the main temple quite quickly and spent the night with one of the local families before moving on the next morning

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Watkinstravel
Country
Canada
Most Impressive
So many to choose
Proposal
Bagan, Myanmar; Jerash, Jordan
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Recently Visited WHS

Update 04.12.19
Rating Stats
Bagan 5
Iguacu 5
Brugge 4.5
Calakmul 4.5
Lalibela 4.5
Byblos 4
Copan 4
Meroe 4
Yazd 4
Chavin 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Djenné 3.5
Hampi 3.5
Harar 3.5
Lima 3.5
Palmyra 3.5
Samarkand 3.5
Sana'a 3.5
Shibam 3.5
Sucre 3.5
Timbuktu 3.5
Uxmal 3.5
Aleppo 3
Bosra 3
Potosi 3
Tyre 3
Bagerhat 2.5
Chan Chan 2.5
Olinda 2.5
Panamá 2.5
Rabat 2.5
Shushtar 2.5
Tiwanaku 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Vigan 2.5
Goias 2
Zabid 2
Le Morne 1.5
  1. Abraj Al-Kuwait (T)
  2. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
  3. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
  4. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
  5. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  6. Apamee (Afamia) (T)
  7. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  8. Badshahi Mosque, Lahore (T)
  9. Baquedano Street (T)
  10. Brazilian Fortresses Ensemble (T)
  11. Caesarea (T)
  12. Cal Orck'o: Footprints of time (T)
  13. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  14. Catholic Doctrine Temples (T)
  15. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  16. Centre historique de Saida (T)
  17. Centro storico di Parma (T)
  18. Chachapoyas sites of the Utcubamba Valley (T)
  19. Chalchuapa (T)
  20. Chinese Section of the Silk Road (T)
  21. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  22. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  23. City of Granada and its natural environment (T)
  24. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  25. Ciudad Bolivar in the narrowness of the Orinoco River (T)
  26. Coron Island Natural Biotic Area (T)
  27. Cretaceous Dinosaur Fossil Sites in the Mongolian Gobi (T)
  28. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (T)
  29. Cultural Landscape of the Lower Basin of the Chicamocha River (T)
  30. Dahab (T)
  31. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  32. Dali Chanshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Spot (T)
  33. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  34. Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi (T)
  35. Dinder National Park (T)
  36. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  37. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  38. Eglise et Monastère de Sao Bento, Rio de Janeiro (T)
  39. Etosha Pan (T)
  40. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  41. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  42. Guano Islands, Islets, and Capes National Reserve System form Peru (RNSIIPG) (T)
  43. Gulf of Fonseca (T)
  44. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  45. Historic Center of the City of Trujillo (T)
  46. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  47. Historic Georgetown (T)
  48. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  49. Inle Lake (T)
  50. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  51. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
  52. Jerusalem (T)
  53. Kakum National Park (T)
  54. Karez Wells (T)
  55. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
  56. Khor Dubai (T)
  57. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  58. La Moneda Palace (T)
  59. Lake Titicaca (T)
  60. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  61. Le lac Tanganyika (T)
  62. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  63. Le Paysage culturel des chuttes de la Lobé (T)
  64. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  65. Les ruines d'Ouara (T)
  66. Maaloula (T)
  67. Mahansthangarh and its Environs (T)
  68. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
  69. Mole National Park (T)
  70. Monuments of Srirangapatna Island Town (T)
  71. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  72. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
  73. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  74. Noréas de Hama (T)
  75. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (T)
  76. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  77. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  78. Protected area of Lake Atitlán: multiple use (T)
  79. Puente de Occidente (Western Bridge) (T)
  80. Pulacayo, Industrial Heritage Site (T)
  81. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  82. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  83. Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala (T)
  84. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  85. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  86. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  87. San Francisco Church and Convent (T)
  88. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  89. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  90. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  91. Shush (T)
  92. Shwedagon Pagoda on Singuttara Hill (T)
  93. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  94. Siwa archaeological area (T)
  95. South of Ricaurte Province (T)
  96. Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)
  97. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  98. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
  99. Temple of Hator built by Ramses III (T)
  100. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  101. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  102. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  103. The Chinese Section of the Silk Roads (T)
  104. The Colonial Transisthmian Route of Panamá (Ruta Colonial Transístmica de Panamá) (T)
  105. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  106. The forts of Rostaq and al-Hazm (T)
  107. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  108. The Historic Centre of Cajamarca (T)
  109. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  110. The Historic City of Thula (T)
  111. The Historical City of Masouleh (T)
  112. The Lijiang River Scenic Zone at Guilin (T)
  113. The Lofoten islands (T)
  114. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
  115. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  116. The Royal Sites of Ireland: Cashel, Dún Ailinne, Hill of Uisneach, Rathcroghan Complex, and Tara Complex (T)
  117. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  118. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  119. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  120. University City of Bogotá (T)
  121. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
  122. Virgilio Barco Library (T)
  123. Wazir Khans Mosque, Lahore (T)
  124. White Sands National Monument (T)
  125. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)
  126. Zaruma ciudad minera (T)