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Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 09-May-19

Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l

Empúries, with the emphasis on plural S, are ancient ruins at the east coast of Catalonia, a good 2h away from the Barcelona and apparently getting plenty of French tourists. With the Dali museum in Figueres nearby it is not entirely off the beaten track but the smaller roads one has to take is exactly the reason why the towns fell into ruins so long ago. The Roman roads neglected the towns of Empuries and other port towns were favored over them.

I wasn't sure if I should bother with it either

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Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 07-May-19

Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)

The only reason I review it is because I think it's funny there is an Els Gorge in the park (Catalan for "the" but still). It isn't entirely clear which part of the parks are included and I don't see it as unique enough to be included on the WH list. I mainly came here for hiking around and enjoying the scenery and it should be in everyone's Catalonia trip. The roads are a tad winding but in excellent condition. You won't see a truck along this route. Siruana itself is a worthy stop although the price of the hotel put me off immediately and I only drove up for the sunset. Hard to believe people drink alcohol while relaxing on the cliffs.

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Paris, Banks of the Seine

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 01-May-19

Paris, Banks of the Seine

Paris is a lovely city. I don't go for “city of love” or anything like that, from a pure sightseeing point of view there is so much to do the 3 days I spent here were not enough, and that's didn't even include Versailles and the other things past the A86 ring road such as Saint Denis cathedral, the Nestle chocolate or Hangar Y. The arc, the tower, the basilica, Notre Dame (no access due to the fire which is very sad), the Louvre and that's just a few highlights. The only downsides I have are crowds (tourist groups) and general Parisian rudeness.

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Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 30-Apr-19

Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)

There is clearly an opposition to glorify war memorials by the advisory board and I used to agree until I visited the sites in Belgium and France to see the WWI funeral sites. These do not glorify the war at all. They instead remind us how countries bonded together to protect each other, something I don't see as black and white in today's political climate.

Right from the start these sites are pretty grim. They do not talk about “victory”, only about the losses of protecting Belgium and France

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The Neanderthal fossil sites of Wallonia (T)

Zoë Sheng Chinese-Canadian in NZ - 30-Apr-19

The Neanderthal fossil sites of Wallonia (T)

I've been to at least 4 human fossil sites around the world and that's only world heritage so there are probably a half dozen more and now I can add Wallonia to the list. I went to the small museum in Spy, assuming that the Spy Cave (cool name for either a Jason Stratham action flick or a Clive Cussler book.

I did not visit the cave itself because I believe it is off-limits and all items found inside have been moved already.

The museum has weird opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday only 13:00-17:00. They don't get many visitors. There is also not much English available with most in French and Dutch only. Hardly makes the 5 Euros worth it. Besides, as I mentioned before the addition of yet another human evolution site feels overkill, then a study to include only the main sites is needed because they just keep coming

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  1. Greek Archaeological ensemble in Empúries, l'Escala, Girona (T)
  2. Priorat-Montsant-Siurana paysage agricole de la montagne méditerranéenne (T)
  3. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  4. The Neanderthal fossil sites of Wallonia (T)
  5. Hôpital Notre-Dame à La Rose - Lessines (T)
  6. Çanakkale (Dardanelles) and Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Battles Zones in the First World War (T)
  7. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  8. Early Farmsteads of the Cape Winelands (T)
  9. Ramagrama, the relic stupa of Lord Buddha (T)
  10. The monasteries of the Arab Desert and Wadi Natrun (T)
  11. Voormalige Nazorgkolonie en Sanatorium Zonnestraal (T)
  12. Sungai Buloh Leprosarium (T)
  13. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  14. Huangguoshu Scenic Area (T)
  15. The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh (T)
  16. The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah (T)
  17. Sacred Sites associated with Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and his descendants (T)
  18. Augustow Canal (T)
  19. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  20. Aizanoi Antique City (T)
  21. Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape (T)
  22. Ayvalık Industrial Landscape (T)
  23. Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid (T)
  24. Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty - Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County (T)
  25. ShuDao (T)
  26. Ngwenya Mines (T)
  27. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  28. Human Rights, Liberation Struggle and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites (T)
  29. Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest) (T)
  30. Yıldız Palace Complex (T)
  31. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  32. al Dimaniyyat Islands Nature Reserve (T)
  33. Alisadr Cave (T)
  34. Trans-Iranian Railway (T)
  35. Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (T)
  36. Hamoun Lake (T)
  37. Ras al Had Turtle Reserve and the Heritage Site of Ras al Jinz (T)
  38. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (T)
  39. Persian Caravanserai (T)
  40. The Collection of Historical Bridges (T)
  41. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (T)
  42. Zozan (T)
  43. Salt Domes of Iran (T)
  44. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (T)
  45. Group of Monuments at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (T)
  46. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  47. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  48. Al Bidya Mosque (T)
  49. Evolution of Temple Architecture - Aihole-Badami- Pattadakal (T)
  50. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  51. Ancient Ruin of Drukgyel Dzong (T)
  52. Iconic Saree Weaving Clusters of India (T)
  53. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  54. Sites Megalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang (T)
  55. Tr’ondëk-Klondike (T)
  56. Gombak Selangor Quartz Ridge (T)
  57. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  58. Mediterranean Wind Mills (T)
  59. Pharaon Island (T)
  60. Fagaloa Bay - Uafato Tiavea Conservation Zone (T)
  61. Liangzhu Archaeological Site (T)
  62. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  63. Yukon Ice Patches (T)
  64. Limes Romanus - The Roman antique monuments on the Middle Danube (T)
  65. Prehistoric Cave Sites in Maros-Pangkep (T)
  66. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  67. The Ipolytartnóc Fossils (T)
  68. Kangjingun Kiln Sites (T)
  69. Ras Mohammed (T)
  70. Valle Salado de Añana (T)
  71. Qinghai Lake (T)
  72. The Wine in Iberia (T)
  73. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  74. Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island (T)
  75. The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River (T)
  76. Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain (T)
  77. Cultural landscape of the stud farm at Kladruby nad Labem (T)
  78. SanFangQiXiang (T)
  79. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)
  80. Maijishan Scenic Spots (T)
  81. Kvetera Church (T)
  82. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  83. Salterns (T)
  84. The Four Sacred Mountains as an Extension of Mt. Taishan (T)
  85. Ancient Porcelain Kiln Site in China: The Yue-Kiln Site at Shanglin Lake (T)
  86. The President Coolidge (T)
  87. Jinfushan Scenic Spot (T)
  88. Marine Protected Areas of American Samoa (T)
  89. The Complex of Yen Tu Monuments and Landscape (T)
  90. The Djavolja Varos (Devil's Town) Natural Landmark (T)
  91. Baiheliang Ancient Hydrological Inscription (T)
  92. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  93. Stone Buddhas and Pagodas at Hwasun Unjusa Temple (T)
  94. Hua Shan Scenic Area (T)
  95. The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines (T)
  96. The Alligator Sinensis Nature Reserve (T)
  97. Sites of Hongshan Culture: The Niuheliang Archaeological Site, the Hongshanhou Archaeological Site, and Weijiawopu Archa (T)