Saint-Émilion in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

10 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Émilion (Gascon: Sent Milion) is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in Southwestern France. In the heart of the country of Libournais (the area around Libourne), in a region of wine hills, Saint-Émilion is a medieval city located at the crossroads of Bordeaux, Saintonge and Périgord. The town and surrounding vineyards was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, owing to its long, living history of wine-making, Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.   read more…

Shibam in Yemen

9 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Maria Gropa/cc-by-sa-3.0-igo

Shibam Hadramawt is a town in Yemen. With about 7,000 inhabitants, it is the seat of the District of Shibam in the Governorate of Hadhramaut. Known for its mudbrick-made high-rise buildings, it is referred to as the “Manhattan of the Desert” or “Chicago of the Desert”.   read more…

Singapore Botanic Gardens

7 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Symphony Lake © Velela

Symphony Lake © Velela

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 165-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Botanic Gardens has been ranked Asia’s top park attraction since 2013, by Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. It was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012.   read more…

The European Union: The Anthem of Europe, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’

4 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, EU blog post series, European Union, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Flag Of Europe The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, is a choral symphony, the final complete symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, composed between 1822 and 1824. It was first performed in Vienna on 7 May 1824. The symphony is regarded by many critics and musicologists as a masterpiece of Western classical music and one of the supreme achievements in the history of music. One of the best-known works in common practice music, it stands as one of the most frequently performed symphonies in the world.   read more…

Theme Week Basque Country – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

25 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© W. Bulach/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (literally “Saint John [at the] Foot of [the] Pass”; Basque: Donibane Garazi; Spanish: San Juan Pie de Puerto) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. It is close to Ostabat in the Pyrenean foothills. The town is also the old capital of the traditional Basque province of Lower Navarre. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is also a starting point for the French Way Camino Francés, the most popular option for travelling the Camino de Santiago. In 1998, the Porte St-Jacques (city gate) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the sites along the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.   read more…

Ávila in Castile and León

25 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Plaza del Mercado Chico © flickr.com - Brian Adamson/cc-by-2.0

Plaza del Mercado Chico © flickr.com – Brian Adamson/cc-by-2.0

Ávila is a city of Spain located in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is the capital and most populated municipality of the Province of Ávila. It lies on the right bank of the Adaja river. Located more than 1,130 m above sea level, the city is the highest provincial capital in Spain.   read more…

Camagüey in Cuba

23 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  4 minutes

Plaza de los Trabajadores © Arnoud Joris Maaswinkel/cc-by-sa-4.0

Plaza de los Trabajadores © Arnoud Joris Maaswinkel/cc-by-sa-4.0

Camagüey is a city and municipality in central Cuba and is the nation’s third-largest city with more than 333,000 inhabitants. It is the capital of the Camagüey Province.   read more…

Ceviche

21 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Picanteria karol/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ceviche, cebiche, sebiche, or seviche is a dish consisting of fish or shellfish marinated in citrus and seasonings, recognized by UNESCO as an expression of Peruvian traditional cuisine and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, although different versions of ceviche are part of the culinary culture of various Spanish-American countries along the Pacific Ocean where each one is native: Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru. In Peru it is also considered a flagship dish and cultural heritage.   read more…

Angra do Heroísmo on the Azores

19 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  11 minutes

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© Concierge.2C/cc-by-sa-3.0

Angra do Heroísmo, or simply Angra, is a city and municipality on Terceira Island, Portugal, and one of the three capital cities of the Azores. Founded in 1478, Angra was historically the most important city in the Azores, as seat of the Bishop of the Azores, government entities, and having previously served as the capital city of Portugal during the Liberal Wars. The population in 2011 was 35,402, in an area of 239.00 km². It was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.   read more…

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