Randi Thomsen Profile

Together with Svein, we travel around the world to explore and enjoy new WHS, countries, culture and great food.  In 2010 we become WHS travellers, when we started planning our trips in order to visit WHS. 

Hunting for WHS makes us go off the beaten tracks and brings us to new and exciting places, trying to understand the OUV.  Travel is more than seeing new places, it’s  about learning history, new culture and enjoy excotic food and drinks. 

 

 

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Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)

Randi Thomsen Norway - 09-Oct-21

Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)

We spent two short days in Minorca in October 2021 to check out the upcoming nomination to the list for next year. Presently there are 25 locations enlisted, but the selection of sites is likely to be and should be reduced.

The first 4-6 visits were nice, they added something different, but then it was too much of the same. Some of the sites are neglected and need to be maintained. It seems that the best sites were those with an admission. So which one will survive? Here is our bet after visiting 18 sites. 

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Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)

Randi Thomsen Norway - 13-Feb-21

Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)

The proposed Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape consist of three different locations the Makgadikgadi National Parks, Nxai Pan National Park and Nata Bird Sanctuary.

We managed to visit all three of them on our Namibia-Botswana roadtrip in April 2019.

From Kasane to Maun we did a stop-over close to Gweta. We stayed at Planet Baobab

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The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)

Randi Thomsen Norway - 07-Feb-21

The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)

As part of our 2020 summer trip to the north of Norway, we did a short cut through northern Finland. We stayed overnight at the shore of Lake Inari.

In order to visit the Island of Ukonsaari, you will have to join a boat-trip. During summer there are daily tours leaving at 13:00 by Visit Inari. So what to do while waiting for the boat to leave? Two options: you can visit the Sami museum, Siida, or take a hike to Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church. The wooden church was built in 1760 after the Christianization of the local people on the site of an old Sami winter village. The easiest way to reach the church is to hike from Inari village,  starting point of the trail is the Sarviniementie parking area. The hike is 5km one way through the woods.

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Vat Phou

Randi Thomsen Norway - 07-Nov-20

Vat Phou

Visit Januar 2020

Yet another Angkor Site, but has it’s own charm. Nice setting in the slopes of the holy mountain.

From the ticket office, there is an electric bus to the site. We got there in the morning, not many tourists and not too hot. The middle section was nice to explore. The main temple requires a few stairs to climb. The main temple has some very nice reliefs. We also went looking for the elephant stone, crocodile stone and the holy spring.

The small museum is also worth a visit though not outstanding.

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Preah Vihear Temple

Randi Thomsen Norway - 07-Nov-20

Preah Vihear Temple

We organized a day trip from Siem Reap with a private car and a driver, a three hour drive. The temple site sits on the top of a 700 m high “mountain”.  The ticket booth is down on the plain and you need to buy special transport to get up the steep hill. It’s $5 pp on a motorbike or $25 for a truck with 6 seats. Entrance is $10pp.

On site there are several bunkers from the dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. Prior to the inscription you could walk up the ancient holy path from the Thai side, but now that entrance is closed.

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There are so many impressive places in the world. I have a special feeling for Natural WHS like Galapagos, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Norwegian Fjords, but places like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat and Rome is impressive

Recently Visited WHS

Update 09.10.21
Rating Stats
Angkor 5
Pompei 5
Rome 5
Baalbek 4.5
Cordoba 4.5
Florence 4.5
Redwood 4.5
Sigiriya 4.5
Taj Mahal 4.5
Anjar 4
Brugge 4
Elvas 4
Hué 4
Prague 4
Toledo 4
Vienna 4
Assisi 3.5
Bamberg 3.5
Champagne 3.5
Chan Chan 3.5
Cracow 3.5
Cuzco 3.5
Edinburgh 3.5
El Tajin 3.5
Hoi An 3.5
Matera 3.5
My Son 3.5
Naples 3.5
Olympia 3.5
Oporto 3.5
Paphos 3.5
Pergamon 3.5
Potsdam 3.5
Quito 3.5
Québec 3.5
Riga 3.5
Salzburg 3.5
Segovia 3.5
Siena 3.5
Sintra 3.5
Surtsey 3.5
Syracuse 3.5
Tiwanaku 3.5
Tsodilo 3.5
Tyre 3.5
Vat Phou 3.5
Vegaøyan 3.5
Belem 3
Byblos 3
Chavin 3
Cuenca 3
Genoa 3
Graz 3
Kandy 3
Kotor 3
Lima 3
Mostar 3
Orange 3
Pienza 3
Puebla 3
Reims 3
Røros 3
Split 3
Torun 3
Trier 3
Trogir 3
Verona 3
Visby 3
Aquileia 2.5
Aranjuez 2.5
Arles 2.5
Avila 2.5
Ayutthaya 2.5
Bryggen 2.5
Caceres 2.5
Evora 2.5
Ferrara 2.5
Hollókö 2.5
Ibiza 2.5
Jelling 2.5
Kyiv 2.5
Mazagan 2.5
Modena 2.5
Nancy 2.5
Nesvizh 2.5
Provins 2.5
Qalhat 2.5
Red Fort 2.5
Reichenau 2.5
Saltaire 2.5
Tallinn 2.5
Tarraco 2.5
Telc 2.5
Trebic 2.5
Troy 2.5
Urbino 2.5
Valletta 2.5
Vézelay 2.5
Warsaw 2.5
Zamosc 2.5
Al Ain 2
Ivrea 2
Corvey 1.5
Kernavë 1.5
Pearling 1.5
  1. Alanya (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Augustow Canal (T)
  5. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  6. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  7. Big Bend National Park (T)
  8. Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  10. Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  11. Cattolica Monastery in Stilo and Basilian-Byzantine complexes (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  14. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  15. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  16. Chobe Linyanti System (T)
  17. Citadel of Alessandria (T)
  18. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  19. City of Motovun (T)
  20. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  21. Monastery of Santa María de La Rábida and the Columbus Memorial Places in Huelva (T)
  22. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  23. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  24. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  25. Djerdap National Park (T)
  26. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  27. Edifices for Worship of Fortress Type in Belarus, Poland and Lithuania (T)
  28. Ellis Island (T)
  29. Etosha Pan (T)
  30. Flow Country (T)
  31. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (Slova) (T)
  32. Fortifications in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  33. Fortress Town of Palmanova (T)
  34. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  35. Grand Trunk Road sites (T)
  36. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  37. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  38. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  39. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  40. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston (T)
  41. The Lower Palaeolithic Palaeosurfaces at Isernia-La Pineta and Notarchirico (T)
  42. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  43. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  44. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  45. L'oeuvre architecturale d'Henry van de Velde (T)
  46. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  47. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  48. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  49. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  50. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  51. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  52. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  53. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  54. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  55. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  56. Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape (T)
  57. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  58. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  59. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  60. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  61. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  62. Mole National Park (T)
  63. Mothia and Lilibeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy (T)
  64. Mývatn and Laxá (T)
  65. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  66. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  67. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  68. Okavango Delta (T)
  69. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  70. Old Town of Bar (T)
  71. Orvieto (T)
  72. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  73. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  74. Phuphrabat Historical Park (T)
  75. Plasencia - Monfragüe - Trujillo : Paysage méditerranéen (T)
  76. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  77. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  78. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  79. Roman Ways. Itineraries of the Roman Empire (T)
  80. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  81. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  82. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  83. Salt Mines of Maras (T)
  84. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  85. Saviour Transfiguration Church and St. Sophia Cathedral in the town of Polatsk (T)
  86. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  87. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  88. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  89. Sites of Saytagrah (T)
  90. SS. Boris and Gleb (Kalozha) Church in the city of Hrodna (T)
  91. Sultan Bayezid II Complex: A Center of Medical Treatment (T)
  92. Svalbard Archipelago (T)
  93. Talayotic Culture of Minorca (T)
  94. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  95. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  96. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  97. The Architectural Works of Alvar Aalto - a Human Dimension to the Modern Movement (T)
  98. The Burren (T)
  99. The city of Bergamo (T)
  100. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  101. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  102. The Hadrianic city of Italica (T)
  103. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  104. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  105. The historic town of Korcula (T)
  106. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  107. The Lofoten islands (T)
  108. The Maritime Heritage of Dragør Old Town and Harbour - A ‘skipper-town’ from the era of the great tall ships in the 18th and 19th centuries (T)
  109. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  110. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  111. The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)
  112. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  113. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  114. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  115. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  116. The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track (T)
  117. The Turf House Tradition (T)
  118. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  119. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  120. Torfajökull Volcanic System / Fjallabak Nature Reserve (T)
  121. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  122. Trowulan (T)
  123. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  124. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  125. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  126. Victoria Lines Fortifications (T)
  127. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  128. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Thingvellir National Park (T)
  129. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  130. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  131. Welwitschia Plains (T)
  132. White Sands National Monument (T)
  133. Worship wooden architecture (17th -18th centuries) in Polesye (T)
  134. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library
  2. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  3. Cenotes of the Yucatan
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Golden Gate Bridge
  6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
  7. Mount Rushmore
  8. Panama Canal
  9. Petrified Forest National Park
  10. Rainforests of Polynesia
  11. Scrovegni's Chapel
  12. Silk Roads
  13. Svalbard
  14. Tempelhof Airport, Berlin