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Aquileia

Claire Bradshaw - 29-Sep-18

I really enjoyed my visit to this WHS, way more than I was expecting.  Having seen both Roman ruins and Mosaics elsewhere, I wasn't expecting to be impressed.

However, the huge Roman Mosaic covering almost the entire floor of the Basilica is one of the most breathtaking that I have ever seen.  Both its scale and content are impressive, I particularly enjoyed the fishing scenes.

Also in the Basilica are two crypts, one of Frescos, one of Excavations. I visited only the former and again, found the frescos to be better than I imagined.  The colours are vivid and the emotions depicted on the subjects faces are incredible.

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Skocjan Caves

Claire Bradshaw - 29-Sep-18

These caves are very impressive, and the visit is see them is definitely worthwhile.  However I did struggle a little bit with understanding why these caves, compared to the many other impressive caves systems around the world, are under the protection of UNESCO.

Nevertheless, I can certainly recommend a visit.  There are three tour options available, Tour 1, the classic Underground tour for EUR 18 per adult, Tour 2, to follow the Reka River further, for EUR 12

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Botanical Garden, Padua

Claire Bradshaw - 24-Sep-18

I visited the botanical gardens in late September 2018 on a warm and sunny day.  Having seen a lot of old towns and churches recently, these gardens came as a lovely surprise.  Not being particularly interested in gardens or gardening, I was not greatly enthused by the thought of this visit, however I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hours I spent here.  The garden is in two parts, the old, historical garden and a new garden contained within a large metal and glass building.  The two could not be more different, but both were equally enjoyable, focusing on different aspects of our interactions with plants over time.

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Longobards in Italy

Claire Bradshaw - 24-Sep-18

I visited the site at Cividale del Friuli today and must say I was a little disappointed.  Maybe if I had visited additional sites included in this listing, I would have gained a deeper understanding into the inclusion of this town by UNESCO.  The included area in the town is small, comprising only the cathedral and the area immediately surrounding it.  The cathedral is nice, but nothing particularly special compared to others in northern Italy.  The main highlight is the Longobard Temple in the Monastery set behind the cathedral.  This is lovely but very small, and has a real sense of feeling special.  The problem being that for me at least, I failed to grasp the reason for it being so special

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  2. Archaeological Site and Historic Centre of Panamá City (T)
  3. Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo (T)
  4. Auckland Volcanic Fields (T)
  5. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  6. Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
  7. Bregenzerwald (Bregenz Forest) (T)
  8. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  9. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  10. Central Park (T)
  11. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  12. Centre historique d'Irkoutsk (T)
  13. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  14. Chatham Dockyard and its Defences (T)
  15. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  16. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  17. Creswell Crags (T)
  18. Cultural Itinerary of Ecuador's Trans-Andean Train (T)
  19. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  20. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  21. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  22. Etosha Pan (T)
  23. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  24. Fishriver Canyon (T)
  25. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  26. Gorge of Samaria National Park (T)
  27. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  28. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  29. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  30. Insular area and bay of Colonia del Sacramento (T)
  31. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  32. Khor Dubai (T)
  33. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  34. Kuressaare Fortress (T)
  35. La Camargue (T)
  36. La Rambla (promenade maritime) de la Cité de Montevideo (T)
  37. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  38. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  39. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  40. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  41. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  42. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  43. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  44. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  45. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  46. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  47. Okavango Delta (T)
  48. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  49. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  50. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  51. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  52. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  53. Sacred Titicaca Lake (T)
  54. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  55. San Pedro de Atacama (T)
  56. Site of the Retiro and the Prado in Madrid (T)
  57. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  58. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  59. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  60. The city of Bergamo (T)
  61. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  62. The Lijiang River Scenic Zone at Guilin (T)
  63. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  64. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  65. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  66. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  67. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  68. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  69. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  70. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)

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