Category Archives: travel

UNESCO World Heritage Site Challenge: Convent of Christ in Tomar

I’ve been lucky to have visited many of Portugal’s Unesco World Heritage Sites, and one that I’ve driven quite close to but never actually visited, until recently, was the Convent of Christ in Tomar. With its origins as a stronghold … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site Challenge: Garrison Border town of Elvas and its Fortifications

This site in Portugal, close to the Spanish border, only became a designated Unesco site in 2012 due the value of the extensive fortifications which took place between the 17th and 19th centuries. Historically, this area was a key point … Continue reading

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Unesco World Heritage Site challenge: Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida

The Emperor Augustus (63 BC – AD 14) established the Roman colony known as Augusta Emerita – later to become modern Mérida – in 25 BC, and today it is designated as a Unesco site due to the plethora of archaeological … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

I had the fortunate opportunity of living in the city of Liverpool for seven years so this will probably always be my most visited UNESCO site. Having this incredible architectural sight on my doorstep meant I had plenty of opportunities … Continue reading

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Around the World: Spain

  Currency: 1 euro (EUR) = 1oo cents System of government: Constitutional monarchy since 1978 Capital: Madrid Languages: Spanish (official language), Catalan, Valencian, Galician, Basque (official regional languages) Surface Area: 504,782 sq km (194,897 sq miles) Population: 45.95 million What … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Challenge: The Statue of Liberty

I had the chance to visit the Statue of Liberty in Spring 2008 on my first ever trip to New York (and the USA). It’s an imposing sight, recognised by millions around the world. We took a boat to the  … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley (1862-1900) was the first European to visit several parts of West Africa. She was the daughter of the Doctor, naturalist and writer George Kinglsey, and many of her fathers interests became her own. She was self-taught, using her … Continue reading

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