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Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
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Unesco World Heritage Site: Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (Serbia)

Traveling to Gracanica Monastery   I visited Gracanica Monastery recently, as part of my six-week backpacking trip through the Balkans. Gracanica is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Medieval Monuments of Kosovo.” This WHS is the only one in the country of Kosovo (although UNESCO lists it as part […]

UNESCO World History Site #46: Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #46: Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) (Jordan)

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #12:  Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (The Netherlands)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #12: Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (The Netherlands)

Fun Experiment: throw a mediocre, grainy, poorly composed photograph of the Amsterdam Canals up on Instagram. Then post a gorgeous, perfectly composed photo of the coolest landmark in any other city. I’d bet you $20 the Amsterdam photo will do better. Maybe even twice as good. You know why? People […]

Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #43: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue (Hungary)

“Budapest is a prime site for dreams: the East’s exuberant vision of the West, the West’s uneasy hallucination of the East. It is a dreamed-up city; a city almost completely faked; a city invented out of other cities, out of Paris by way of Vienna — the imitation, as Claudio […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #40: Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (Austria)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #40: Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (Austria)

Never heard of the Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape? How about the much friendlier and more marketable Austrian Lake District? Still no? Don’t worry-I hadn’t either. My Visit I spent the first half of December pingponging between two equally powerful childhood fantasies: pretending to be an Austrian princess and pretending to be […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #2: The Statue of Liberty
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #3: The Statue of Liberty (USA)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command […]