Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Collecting UNESCO: 40 out of 936...

I happened to see someone mention on Twitter the number of UNESCO World Heritage sites they'd visited. Until that moment, it hadn't even occurred to me to find out how many there were, but just for fun I thought I'd look through the list and see how many I've already visited.

It isn't really a list that you can just work through from beginning to end - quite aside from the length of the list, sites are being added and removed from time to time. But it's quite fun to skim through and see which ones you've seen, and any that jump out as interesting places to aim for.

Anyway, in case anyone's interested, here are the tiny proportion that I've already visited:

La Grand-Place, Brussels, BELGIUM
The Forbidden City, Beijing, CHINA
The Great Wall, CHINA
Summer Palace, Beijing, CHINA
Temple of Heaven, Beijing, CHINA
Ming and Qing Tombs, CHINA
Havana, CUBA
Vi├▒ales valley, CUBA
Cienfuegos, CUBA
Camaguey, CUBA
Trinidad, CUBA
Roskilde Cathedral, DENMARK
Tallinn, ESTONIA
Suomenlinna Fortress, Helsinki, FINLAND
Banks of the Seine, Paris, FRANCE
Le Havre, FRANCE
Ilulissat Icefjord, GREENLAND
├×ingvellir National Park, ICELAND
Canal area, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Warsaw, POLAND
St Petersburg, RUSSIA
Kremlin & Red Square, Moscow, RUSSIA
Lake Baikal, RUSSIA
Old town & Aquaduct, Segovia, SPAIN
Las Medulas, SPAIN
Castles in Gwynedd, UK
Stonehenge & Avebury, UK
Fountains Abbey, UK
Blenheim Palace, UK
Bath, UK
Roman Empire frontiers, UK
Tower of London, UK
Edinburgh, UK
Maritime Greenwich, London, UK
Liverpool, UK
Cornwall & West Devon mining landscape, UK
Statue of Liberty, New York, USA


Anonymous said...

Rather like Monroe-bagging with a moving target! Maybe I need to see how I'm doing too...

Jade said...

This is great, I never knew about the list either, I'll have a look up. I think it's probably one of those lists where you've been to more than you think once you see the list - I think you're doing pretty well with the number you've seen already.

Stephanie V said...

That's impressive. I like those retrospective lists where you can cross off stuff right away. You've done a lot of travelling - nice to know there's still places on the list.

Anonymous said...

I always wondered if there was a list. I live near one site; the banks of the Loire River.
Also,j now that the French cuisine is part of UNESCO's world heritage, we can make a list of food, too.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Mmm, well I've been to 2 of those!! Still, I can also add Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan. Perhaps I should look up the list and see if I've 'graced' any of the others!!

MJ said...

What a great idea! I haven't travelled as much as you but it'd be a great goal to have.

Tabor said...

What a lovely list you have already accumulated. I must see if I have visited at least a few of these.

The Blonde Duck said...


Jade said...

Just counted 24 - lots still to see then! What I found most interesting is that I've not really been to that many in the UK - 7/28 which is something I could really concentrate on - although not sure if Bermuda's going to happen soon!

A Cuban In London said...

I'm ever so happy that my beautiful island awarded five points! :-)

Wow, you've ratcheted up some air miles. That's some serious travelling. And here's to you getting some more! :-)

Greetings from London.

Rabbit Hole Report said...

I am interested. And impressed! And also curious as to how many I've seen.

carma said...

I am amazed at how well traveled you are and you are probably half my age :D

I need to get out more....

Jacqueline said...

How shameful, I hvae only been to 7. It was intersting to see the list. It would be a good list to use when planning a holiday.

Graham Nye said...

13 UK (including 7 in common with you) and 4 non-UK, with just Paris in common with your list though I've seen different sites in Belgium (Bruges), Italy (Florence) and the USA (Grand Canyon). I've seen the Statue of Liberty but can't claim to have actually visited it.

Charlotte said...

Wow--awesome (and impressive) list! I think I've only seen five of the places on your WH list. I'd love to get to Cuba one day.

James Fry said...

You call that a tiny amount? Just think of your carbon footprint!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It would be lovely to visit them all but I think in one lifetime that would mean travelling constantly and one needs time to appreciate so many of these places.

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