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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 […]

Independence Hall
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #4: Independence Hall (USA)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever […]

Schoenbrunn at Dusk
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #38: Palace and Gardens of Schoenbrunn (Austria)

My Visit I’ve only ever imagined visiting Schoenbrunn in summer. I pictured walking dreamily through the gardens, touching the flowers wistfully with the tips of my fingers, while pretending I’m the empress and I was about to commission a really awesome portrait of myself before going horseback riding and then […]

The painting of Jesus in the dome of the church
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #34: Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios (Greece)

This site consists of 3 monasteries located in different parts of Greece. I visited Daphni Monastery, which is on the outskirts of Athens.  My Visit My trip to Daphni Monastery was simple and without fanfare. I only learned that this was a UNESCO site and close enough to Athens to […]