Written by the Warrior

 

According to its website, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site is a place of outstanding universal value.

During the preparation for our trip to Iceland, I came across “the list“. Not that I go out of my way to visit World Heritage Sites around the world, but just out of curiosity, I wanted to see how many I have been to.

It appears to be about 38 to date. Hard proof that I was once, an exciting, albeit utterly unfashionable and totally ill-equipped person.

People’s Exhibit A – Me marching towards an erupting volcano in 2007.

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And yes, I was planning on climbing that volcano. No, I am not crazy. Yes, I paid money for those pants. Ok, I’m crazy for paying money for those pants. Yes, I still have those pants. Because I paid money for them.

So, long story short, here is my brush with UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites…

Australia (2003): Kakadu National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness*, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Greater Blue Mountains Area, Purnululu National Park, Sydney Opera House, Australian Convict Sites and Ningaloo Coast.

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Belgium (2000): La Grand-Place, Brussels

Canada: Historic District of Old Québec (2004) and Rideau Canal* (2000) – only 2, this is totally sad, I really should visit more places in Canada.

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China (2006): Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and The Great Wall*

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France (2000): Paris, Banks of the Seine

Iceland (2016): Þingvellir National Park*

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Italy (2000): Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying, Historic Centre of Florence, Piazza del Duomo, Pisa and Venice and its Lagoon

Kenya (2007): Mount Kenya National Park*/Natural Forest

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New Zealand (2002): Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand*, Tongariro National Park

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Norway (2001): West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord

Peru (2005): City of Cuzco, Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu*, Huascarán National Park*, Historic Centre of Lima, Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa, Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2000): Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, City of Bath,Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church and Tower of London

United Republic of Tanzania (2007): Ngorongoro Conservation Area*, Serengeti National Park and Stone Town of Zanzibar

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United States of America: Statue of Liberty (1990), Yosemite National Park* (2009), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (2009)

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* Location of the photos.