19 December 2015

8 inspirational UNESCO sites around the world

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.

Kew Gardens London UNESCO

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.

Bath England Georgian UNESCO


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).


Forth Rail Bridge Edinburgh Scotland UNESCO


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.
Giants Causeway Northern Ireland UNESCO
 
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. 

Kew Gardens London UNESCO


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.


Stonehenge Wiltshire England UNESCO


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?

Tower of London London England UNESCO


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?

Hadrian's Villa Tivoli Italy UNESCO


I'm counting the glorious Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal in amongst my latest UNESCO aquisitions, but I would LOVE any recommendations...

Pena Palace Sintra Potugal UNESCO

What are your favourites?

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