|Subject: Re: UNESCO World Heritage Sites|
I've been to many on the list, but not enough! I find that the ones I've been to are almost spiritual highs they are so beautiful or breathtakingly significant in history. The Bend of the Boyne has passage tombs older than the pyramids in a lovely, bucolic setting. Very crowded in tourist season, you can still enjoy it in some peace if you get there early in the day and take the tour that takes you into one of the tombs and demonstrates how the light shines in for 17 minutes on only one day of the year - winter solstice, I think.
Skellig Michael off the Iveragh Peninsula in Western Ireland is probably the most striking place on earth. 10 miles off the coast, an hour's ride on a rolling, rolicking sea with a very difficult landing spot - surrounded on three sides by rock cliffs that seem to go straight up to the sun - and then you climb over 600 ancient steps to get to the small monastic cluster of beehive huts where the monks lived. Simply amazing, and you can climb a bit further to feel as if you are literally in the middle of no where. I've never experienced anything like it.
This past summer, my son and I hiked the Hadrian's Wall Path in northern England - they whole 85 miles is UNESCO - and quite a walk it is - into history. Huge ruined forts and temples dot the path every few miles, so there's always something to stop and look at - not to mention wonderful scenery, especially in the rolling countryside in the middle of the walk.
So many others, but enough for now.