UNESCO is a club that all of the famous world heritages sites want to get into. Think of the listing as the glittery lip gloss worn by the popular schoolyard kids, only it applies to gloriously dusty buildings instead. I came to England intent on exploring the architecture of Europe, and haven't done too badly over the years with my collection of UNESCO favourites.
It's one of my 101 in 1001 days goals to visit at least another five - in the meantime here are a few that should definitely be on your UNESCO bucket list. That's a thing, right? (I'm so cool.)
Bath, Somerset England
I've roadtripped to these gorgeous Georgian terraces more than a few
times, each time leaving a little part of my heart behind in the
glorious honeycomb of golden stone and history.
Forth Bridge, Edinburgh Scotland
Our favourite place in Edinburgh to visit? The Forth Rail bridge, mostly because
we're nerds, additionally because it's internationally famous. Cool
fact; the bridge was known as 'the bridge with neverending painting'
because as soon as they finished, they'd have to start again - though somewhat sadly in 2011 a
paint was developed that would last 25 years (much to our disappointment).
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland (not blogged, but we love Belfast)
Allegedly created in a fight between two Giants, the causeway is a natural marvel of hexagonal columns.
Kew Gardens, London England
I've at least a half dozen times, and every single time we go I'm amazed at the skill, the size, and the variety found within the gates. Take a picnic (the food in there is levelled at tourist trap prices), wander around the garden, say hi to the friendly inhabitants (the peacocks and squirrels in particular) and just enjoy.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire England
One of the best things to do at this time of year living in Britain is
to hop in your car with some great company, a picnic, a map, your
favourite music and go for a road trip, especially when your destination is a great big pile of rocks.
Tower of London, London
Priceless Diamonds & Sapphires, Murder, Kings, Queens, 1000 years of history, Ravens, Torture & Beefeaters. Need I say anymore? How about a free, ancient Ceremony of the Keys locking up the icon each night?
Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli Italy
When Hadrian died, various successors used the 350+ room Villa, but it fell into
disuse and disrepair and by the 16th Century was in partial ruin, and
the buildings' materials were being nicked for the Villa d'Este.
Can you imagine the parties they threw here? It's now a UNESCO World
History Site - where all those massive discos were thrown, amazing no?
I'm counting the glorious Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal in amongst my latest UNESCO aquisitions, but I would LOVE any recommendations...
What are your favourites?