Appologies for the wave of nostalgia, but today is the fourteenth anniversary of my first knowing visit to a World Heritage Site, namely the Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
For those that want the specifics, I visited at around 22:20 CET, the temperature was about -5*c and there was a thick fluffy smattering of snow in the air. I don't normally remember the specifics in as much detail (though you may be surprised at the amount of junk my mind retains
) but this day I specifically remember as it was my first night as an Erasmus student. And with my roommate (now best friend) we were taken out for a pizza on the central square.
I remember on the walk there a friendly American student telling us about how there was a column on the town square that was protected by the UN and if we were planning on travelling around whilst we were studying then this UNESCO list was really useful in planning trips. We were impressed by this advice, my roommate perhaps more than me as he is now married to that same US student.
Just before we went into the Pizza restaurant, we ducked our heads around the corner of the Town Hall and to have a look at this Column, and then I had the first real wow moment of visiting World Heritage Sites, which it has set me off on fourteen years of travel all over the world.
I also recall the next morning during our orientation at the library, looking up this World Heritage list, and stumbling across a website of a Dutch lady that was trying to travel to them, it looked like this
I did spend a lot of my time whilst studying in Olomouc criss-crossing the centre of the continent and trying to build up my tally, with a trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine being the first I went on specifically to tick it off from the list.
So that was the story of the first WHS I knowingly visited, on reflection it was actually my ninth site visit (the first was either the Dorset and East Devon Coast or Westminster
I think I remember Els used to have a blurb about discovering WHS thanks to being given a book on 'Werelderfgoed' but I was just wondering if anyone else has a story associated with their "first" World Heritage Site visit?
And yep for fans of mid 1990's UK indie music, the title is indeed a nod to Pulp