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I can't believe I only discovered this site in 2018. I discovered the World Heritage List back in 2004 and it formed a major focus of my free time for a good decade or so. I never knew that there was such an active community of fellow like-minded nerds out here.

My visits have pretty much fallen off a cliff since 2015 as I have discovered there is a limit to what is responsible or feasible with a young family. Since my honeymoon I've only managed to visit three or four new sites (the 'maybe four' being Pont d'Arc where I visited the replica cave but didn't sneak into the actual inscribed area). So my reviews will be limited to newly-visited sites or ones I have previously visited but are lacking in reviews on the site.

And as my family grows up, hopefully I'll be able to drag them along as I recommence my quest ("Hey kids! Who wants to go and see some German Modernist housing estates?") 

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Tombs of Buganda Kings

Squiffy UK - 27-Aug-19

Tombs of Buganda Kings

It wasn’t much to look at. Some concrete pillars, some buckled girders, some plastic sheeting.  Beyond it, the compound was scruffy and dilapidated. Old women in trances lay on the steps, naked children washed from bowls, flies swarmed around the matoke and the scent of incense hung in the air. I was in the presence of royalty…

Visiting the tombs of the Buganda kings at Kasubi in north-west Kampala really represents the dual nature of being a Unesco World Heritage hunter

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Squiffy UK - 27-Aug-19

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

There’s a reason the film wasn’t called Gorillas in the Dazzling Sunshine. My first view of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was of a wall of foliage climbing the valley wall opposite, wreathed in skeins of spectral blue mist. The knowledge that the following day I would be setting off into the jungle on foot to search for mountain gorillas was thrilling.

I had booked my permit in advance – but not dramatically so. The whole trip to Uganda was fairly last minute and so I had only made my reservation a month ahead of time. There was the risk that all the permits would have been sold out. I was lucky. With hindsight, starting from Buhoma gave me the best chance of getting a place. At the time of my travel there were seven groups of Mountain Gorillas ‘habituated’ to human presence. One is in the southern Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (on the Tentative List) and the other six are located in Bwindi. There are four trailheads. From Ruhija in the east of the park the Bitakura group can be tracked. From Rushaga in the south the Shongi group can be tracked

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Stone Town of Zanzibar

Squiffy UK - 15-Aug-19

Stone Town of Zanzibar

We arrived in Zanzibar late at night. Exhausted, I set the alarm, assuming that – unlike on the savannah – there would be no dawn chorus. Incorrect. It just would not be provided by the wildlife. The call to prayer woke me, a lone muezzin beseeching the faithful, his melodic words hanging in the air. After a minute his colleagues joined in, Allahu akbar emanating from every direction, their different intonations and rhythms smearing into and over each other like fresh paint between two panes of glass. Stone Town woke. Engines revved, horns parped and children shouted. Animated discussions echoed up from the narrow street. A radio emitted a blare of exotic music. In the distance a cock crowed

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Kilimanjaro National Park

Squiffy UK - 13-Aug-19

Kilimanjaro National Park

The white-necked raven eyed us beadily. It was not an attractive bird. Its feathers were scruffy and its heavy beak was all too obviously designed for scavenging on carcasses. All the same, I was glad to see it. We were in northern Tanzania, one of the most famous wildlife destinations in the world. But that raven, I realised, was the first sign of life we had seen in hours.

Firstly, hats off to those reviewers below who have summited Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s a great undertaking and I hope to follow in your footsteps one day. We debated whether trying to fit in the full ascent on our trip to Tanzania

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Ngorongoro

Squiffy UK - 10-Aug-19

Ngorongoro

The giraffes stared down at us. We stared up at them. Animals that had seemed gentle and almost comic from a vehicle were much more imposing when viewed from on foot. One became agitated by our presence so we retreated back to the cover of the trees lining the gorge. “Take care”, urged Taletien, suggesting we grasp the tough sisal leaves – oldupai in Maasai – as support ropes while we descended the riverbank. But as I jumped the last foot down to the fine black sand I caught the edge of my palm on a leaf tip. Blood welled up. Taletien inspected the prick: “Let me show you some Maasai medicine”. With his knife he chopped down an oldupai leaf. He twisted it so that its greenish soapy-smelling liquid dripped onto the cut

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Name
Squiffy
Country
UK
Most Impressive
Petra. Not very imaginative I know, but I just love ancient sites
Proposal
Scrovegni Chapel, Padova. Exquisite and I'm glad to see that the nomination looks to be progressing.

Recently Visited WHS

Update 15.08.19
Rating Stats
Palmyra 4.5
Serengeti 4.5
Aleppo 4
Bosra 3
Meknes 2
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  2. Azraq (T)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  4. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  5. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  6. Central Park (T)
  7. Chott El Jerid (T)
  8. Dahab (T)
  9. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  10. Ellis Island (T)
  11. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  12. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  13. Gorge of Samaria National Park (T)
  14. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
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  18. Lake Titicaca (T)
  19. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
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  21. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
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  26. Mount Vernon (T)
  27. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  28. Petrified Forest of Lesvos (T)
  29. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  30. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  31. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  32. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  33. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  34. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  35. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  36. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  37. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)

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