Following on from the post about UNESCO sites in Spain that I have visited..(8 and a half so far at the end of 2012).

Out of curiosity I took a look at the full list to see if I had seen any other sites while on my travels.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Here´s the list:

River Seine, Paris

In France the banks of the River Seine in Paris. Although I have visited Paris three times. The most memorable trip as a ´poor´ student in the late nineties. The Seine has 37 bridges in Paris crossing the water. Making it a romantic place for photos and sunsets.

I also loved the Shopping in Paris, France as well as all of the fabulous bakeries and pâtisseries

seondol-son-River Seine Paris France UNESCO Sites

 

UK – The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Kew Gardens

UK It currently has 28 sites with UNESCO status. So far I have only seen 3 of them. All of them in London.

The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey are must see places when you visit London. The buildings that make up the area around the tower are wonderfully conserved and of course this is the home to the Crown Jewels of the Royal Family

The Tower of London England

The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens for me was a delightful day trip, as I am a bit of a greenfingers. I actually studied floristry for several years but that aside these gardens have absolutely everything. It has 300 acres of space packed with thousands of plant species and of course the popular waterlily area.

I have visited Edinburgh. The city is listed but my visit really doesn’t count. I only saw Edinburgh Castle from the Taxi window on a business trip, I can´t say I saw it properly.

When I travel to the UK in future I may have to check this list first!

Westminster London City England

USA – Grand Canyon N.P

I visited Grand Canyon some years ago but didn´t enjoy it as I should have done. I think that if you visit the canyon you need to fly over it in a helicopter or trek down it with mules. There are also some Grand Canyon Day Hikes worth planning so that you really get a feel for the expanse of this natural space.

Grand Canyon USA

Seeing the Canyon from above or from the Canyon floor a more fulfilling way to see it.  I was standing on the edge of the vast landmark on a hazy day. This didnt create the WOW factor I was expecting. We also had to leave the canyon rim very soon after arriving as a thunderstorm was coming in.

Maybe the weather affected my experience that day?

UNESCO Yosemite

Yosemite National Park

When I visited Yosemite, I m doing some simple hiking routes, suitable for families and all levels of fitness. The thing that I remember most are the waterfalls. Absolutely Epic!. Not only that they are also plenty of mountain landscapes to enjoy in the park and Sequoia trees too. Yosemite was way too busy when I visited in Mid August so I would plan your trip another time of the year.  If you like outdoors you must visit this park at some point. See are more detailed tips on this Yosemite Itinerary

Yellowstone West thumb

Yellowstone National Park

This place was my highlight of a 19 day trip crossing 9 american states. I absolutely loved it here and am keen to return for a longer stay. The colours of the pools, yellow, turquoise, deep green. The powerful geysers shooting up out of the ground. The huge trees just slain on hillsides from the power of the underground movements. The wildlife, bears, buffalos, eagles and even wolves.

Yellowstone buffalo

New York – Statue of Liberty National Park

The actual statue is 46 metres tall (the whole piece from Ground to torch is 93m) however this seems small when you are out in the bay observing her from the ferry. An iconic landmark no doubt which has been there since 1886.

Statue of Liberty New York USA

UNESCO Sites in Germany

Berlin

The UNESCO sites are palaces and parks of Potsdam and Berlin again the weather. Berlin in February. Well the flight was cheap! It was absolutely freezing. We wrapped up warm and visited the Berlin Wall, checkpoint Charlie and some amazing palaces (see pic)

Museumsinsel the Museum island is also on the UNESCO list and in Berlin.

Several huge museums all in the same area. You need a weekend just to visit that area itself.

There are also some great daytrips from Berlin to plan for when you visit the region.

Berlin Germany Shloss Charlottenberg

The Canals of Amsterdam

The Canals of Amsterdam, Netherlands also make the list. Amsterdam is the place outside of the UK where I always feel at home. The Dutch eat lovely cakes and lots of cheese. They also share a similar sense of humour as the Brits do.

Canals of Amsterdam NL

I have been 3 or 4 times now and love the place.

The house boats and wonderful scenery created by the network of canals make a unique city layout.

Canals of Amsterdam UNESCO Sites in Europe

Portugal

The landscape of Sintra – This trip to Lisbon was an amazing luxury experience. We had a gala dinner in the Sieteais palace which was built in 1787 in Sintra. I remember eating typical cheese pastries in Sintra one morning on a patio in the sun.

In fact I am long due to return to Portugal… I need to investigate which places to head to and build my Portugal Itinerary particularly to learn more about the delicious food and wine.

Sintra Portugal UNESCO Sites

On the same trip we visited The tower of Belem Lisbon which was built in 1520 to defend the river Tagus and the city.

Torre de Belen Lisbon Portugal

So that´s 20 UNESCO sites that I´ve seen. (13 USA/Europe & 8 and half in Spain)

With 962 sites in total I just have 941 left to go

Which World Heritage have you already seen?

Which UNESCO sites are you hoping to visit?