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. With a limited time and budget and to balance other interests I am more prone to skipping out on the less known natural WHS though. 

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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Watkinstravel Canada - 23-Nov-18

Visited in Nov 2018 as a day trip from Belo Horizonte. Due to disappointingly frustrating bus connections to the other neighbouring towns, this is the best way to visit. There are buses almost hourly throughout the day to BH though.

With that in mind, it is worth the trip out. The church is nice, but The Prophets are fantastic and really set the site apart. The best approach is to come up the steep hill on foot, passing the chapels and building up to the Prophets above to get the full effect of their majesty and power and overall setting as it was intended.

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São Francisco Square

Watkinstravel Canada - 17-Nov-18

Sao Francisco square in Sao Cristovao was not much more than a typical square for the area. We weren't even sure we were in the right place but finally found a UNESCO sign on a nearby building.  Surprisingly there is a lack of preservation in the surrounding streets though there are a couple of older churches. In all we spent maybe 1.5 hrs there.

it feels like they don't know what they have there. There wasn't any tourist infrastructure at all. We visited late morning mid week

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Most Impressive
So many to choose
Bagan, Myanmar; Jerash, Jordan

Recently Visited WHS

Update 17.11.18
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  • Old City of Jerusalem
  • Kinderdijk
  • Ayutthaya
  • Kathmandu Valley
  • Kremlin and Red Square
  • Granada
  • Palmeral of Elche
  • Polonnaruva
  • Kandy
  • Old Town of Galle
  • Old Town of Lijiang
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Tikal National Park
  • Vatican City
  • Taj Mahal
  • Rome
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Horyu-ji Area
  • Himeji-jo
  • Ancient Kyoto
  • Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  • Genbaku Dome
  • Itsukushima Shrine
  • Ancient Nara
  • Nikko
  • Djenné
  • Timbuktu
  • Schokland
  • Defence Line of Amsterdam
  • Istanbul
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Agra Fort
  • Cordoba
  • Works of Antoni Gaudí
  • Seville
  • Echmiatsin and Zvartnots
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Salzburg
  • Schönbrunn
  • Walled City of Baku
  • Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
  • El Fuerte de Samaipata
  • Olinda
  • Salvador de Bahia
  • Brasilia
  • Pantanal
  • Sagarmatha National Park
  • Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  • Beemster Polder
  • Rietveld Schröderhuis
  • Mesa Verde
  • Yellowstone
  • Everglades
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Great Smoky Mountains
  • Carlsbad Caverns
  • Itchan Kala
  • Bukhara
  • Victoria Falls
  • City of Luxembourg
  • Ohrid Region
  • Vilnius
  • Curonian Spit
  • Valletta
  • Tallinn
  • Trier
  • Potsdam
  • Bamberg
  • Bauhaus Sites
  • Classical Weimar
  • Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Hampi
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Sun Temple, Konarak
  • Petra
  • Luang Prabang
  • Riga
  • Angkor
  • Bryggen
  • Stone Town of Zanzibar
  • Kronborg Castle
  • Imperial Tombs
  • Verona
  • Assisi
  • Great Wall
  • Imperial Palace
  • Potala Palace
  • Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Shibam
  • Sana'a
  • Zabid
  • Ha Long Bay
  • Hué
  • Hoi An
  • My Son
  • Canaima National Park
  • Roskilde Cathedral
  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  • Rila Monastery
  • Kotor
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Stonehenge
  • Westminster
  • City of Bath
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Tower of London
  • Edinburgh
  • Maritime Greenwich
  • Yazd
  • Fort and Shalamar Gardens
  • Persepolis
  • Mtskheta
  • Gelati Monastery
  • Forts and Castles Gold Coast
  • Damascus
  • Aleppo
  • Bosra
  • Palmyra
  • Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  • Kiev
  • L'viv
  • Ancient ksours
  • Medina of Fez
  • Medina of Marrakesh
  • Meknes
  • Medina of Tétouan
  • Chichen-Itza
  • Sighisoara
  • Baalbek
  • Byblos
  • Tyre
  • Borobudur
  • Komodo National Park
  • Prambanan
  • Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  • Florence
  • Old Havana
  • Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  • Viñales Valley
  • Dubrovnik
  • Warsaw
  • Cracow
  • Auschwitz Birkenau
  • Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  • Budapest
  • Pyramids (Memphis)
  • Ancient Thebes
  • Nubian Monuments
  • Historic Cairo
  • Baroque Churches
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  • Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Versailles
  • Amiens Cathedral
  • Paris, Banks of the Seine
  • Lake Baikal
  • White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  • Fortress of Suomenlinna
  • Siena
  • Ferrara
  • Ravenna
  • Modena
  • Pompei
  • Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  • Lalibela
  • Prague
  • Cesky Krumlov
  • Kutna Hora
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  • Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  • Grand Canyon
  • Vienna
  • Goias
  • Old City of Acre
  • Villa d'Este
  • Samarkand
  • Vigan
  • Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River
  • Saint Catherine Area
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  • Paramaribo
  • Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  • Takht-e Soleyman
  • Gebel Barkal
  • Koguryo Kingdom
  • Koguryo Tombs
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Orkhon Valley
  • Bam Cultural Landscape
  • Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  • Thingvellir
  • Etruscan Necropolises
  • Mostar
  • Macao
  • Cienfuegos
  • Soltaniyeh
  • Kunya-Urgench
  • Harar
  • Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  • Bisotun
  • Aapravasi Ghat
  • Crac des Chevaliers
  • Regensburg
  • Lopé-Okanda
  • Red Fort
  • Gobustan Rock Art
  • Armenian Monastic Ensembles
  • Le Morne
  • Melaka and George Town
  • San Marino and Mount Titano
  • Preah Vihear Temple
  • Camagüey
  • Bahá’i Holy Places
  • Wadden Sea
  • Shushtar
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Tabriz Bazaar
  • Amsterdam Canal Ring
  • São Francisco Square
  • Meroe
  • Persian Garden
  • Konso
  • Bethlehem
  • Rock Islands
  • Rabat
  • Margravial Opera House
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  • Fujisan
  • Golestan Palace
  • Erbil Citadel
  • Van Nellefabriek
  • San Antonio Missions
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Ephesus
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  • Lake District
  • Rating Stats
    Brugge 4.5
    Olinda 2.5
    1. Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs (T)
    2. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library (T)
    3. Amarbayasgalant monastery and sacred cultural landscape (T)
    4. Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (T)
    5. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
    6. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
    7. Caesarea (T)
    8. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
    9. Centro storico di Parma (T)
    10. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
    11. Ciudad Bolivar in the narrowness of the Orinoco River (T)
    12. Dahab (T)
    13. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
    14. Desert Wadis (T)
    15. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
    16. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
    17. Etosha Pan (T)
    18. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
    19. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
    20. Historic Georgetown (T)
    21. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
    22. Historical Relics in Pyongyang (T)
    23. Inle Lake (T)
    24. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
    25. Jerash Archaeological City (Ancient Meeting Place of East and West) (T)
    26. Jerusalem (T)
    27. Karez Wells (T)
    28. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (T)
    29. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
    30. Le lac Tanganyika (T)
    31. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
    32. Les ruines d'Ouara (T)
    33. Maaloula (T)
    34. Mahansthangarh and its Environs (T)
    35. Manama, City of Trade, Multiculturalism and Religious Coexistence (T)
    36. Mole National Park (T)
    37. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
    38. Mt. Myohyang and the Relics in and around the Mountain (T)
    39. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
    40. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
    41. Rade de Marseille (T)
    42. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
    43. Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala (T)
    44. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
    45. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
    46. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
    47. Siwa archaeological area (T)
    48. Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab (T)
    49. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
    50. Tbilisi Historic District (T)
    51. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
    52. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
    53. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
    54. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
    55. The Lofoten islands (T)
    56. The monasteries of Tatev and Tatevi Anapat and the adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley (T)
    57. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
    58. Thingvellir National Park (T)
    59. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
    60. Vardzia-Khertvisi (T)
    61. White Sands National Monument (T)
    62. Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T)

    Reviewed TWHS